Riverside Center for the Performing Arts announces auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Annie (Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan)

By | March 24, 2019

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts announces auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Annie (Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan)

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Production Details

Production: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Producing Company: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Rehearsal Dates: To begin in early June 2019

Technical Rehearsal Date: Monday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 24, 2019

Performance Dates: Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, September 15, 2019

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Penny Ayn Maas, Director & Choreographer

Angela Donadio, Music Director

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Production: Annie (Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan)

Producing Company: Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Rehearsal Dates : To begin in early August 2019

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Monday, September 16 – Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Performance Dates: Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, November 17, 2019

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Patrick A’Hearn, Director

Stephanie Wood, Choreographer

TBD, Music Director

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Audition Detail

Date:

Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (Adults & Children for South Pacific)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (Children for Annie [Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan])

Time:

3pm – 10pm (April 22 and 23, 2019)

5pm – 9pm (April 30, 2019)

Location:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed.

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Please prepare 32 bars from or in the style of the show you are auditioning for. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to read from the script if asked. Please bring a headshot and a résumé. AEA Guest Artist contracts for some roles. All appointments will be scheduled via e-mail. Please contact the Production Manager via e-mail for appointments. If you are unable to attend auditions, video submissions are encouraged (with a headshot, résumé, and video link/s) to productionmanager@riversidedt.com.

To schedule an audition appointment, please e-mail the Co-Production Manager via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com with the subject line “South Pacific/Annie Audition Appointment Request”. Please include your headshot, resume, and a link to your website in your request e-mail.

To submit a video audition, please e-mail the Co-Production Manager via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com with the subject line “South Pacific/Annie Video Submission [YOUR GENDER] – [YOUR NAME]”. Please include your headshot, resume, and a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video submission in your submission e-mail.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Production Manager, James Davis via e-mail at productionmanager@riversidedt.com

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Description

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific – Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Roles

Please note:  The role of Emile de Becque has been cast. We will be casting an understudy for Emile de Becque.

Ensign Nellie Forbush

Heroine; military nurse with a sense of optimism, in spite of the looming peril of war. A product of her Southern upbringing in Little rock, Arkansas, she struggles with her own racism when she falls in love with Emile DeBeque, an older Frenchman living in the South Pacific who is raising two children of mixed race. The actress must have a sincerity that defies her faults and subtle comic timing.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 28-35

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano to Db5 with good belt mix

Lt. Joseph Cable

An extremely handsome and intelligent Lieutenant with a bright future in the US Navy.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 20-29

Vocal Range: Soaring tenor (E3 to G4)

US Marine Luther Billis

(comic role) A loveable character who provides his fellow marines with much-needed comic relief. Does not respect authority. Enterprising, stubborn. Adores Nellie.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 30-45

Vocal Range: Bass/Baritone down to G2

Bloody Mary

(Mezzo, low G to high F, comedic) Shrewd Polynesian merchant who makes a fortune off the sailors. Mother of Liat.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 35-55

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano to C5 with good belt mix

Liat

A beautiful Polynesian girl who steals the heart of Joe Cable. Bloody Mary’s daughter.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 16-20

Vocal Range: Non-Singing

Stewpot

The brawn of the group, Stewpot is known for his physical strength and loyalty, not his intelligence. This character man must have strong comedic timing and a strong singing voice. He is Luther Billis’ cohort and is best friends with the Professor.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 25-35

Vocal Range: —

Professor

Professor earned his nickname because he is one of the few Seabees to have attended college; a character man of the studious type who jumps to problem solving in order to make up for his lack of physical strength. Luther Billis’ cohort and best friends with Stewpot. Strong singer.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 25-35

Vocal Range: —

Ngana

De Beque’s first born, who takes full advantage of being the older sibling

Gender: Female (Pacific Islander)

Age Range: 6-12

Vocal Range: Child Alto

Jerome

DeBeque’s youngest child; a precocious and curious young boy.

Gender: Male (Pacific Islander)

Age Range: 6-12

Vocal Range: Child Alto

Henry

DeBeque’s trusted servant who helps raise Ngana and Jerome. Spoken French lines

Gender: Male

Age Range: Any age

Vocal Range:

Capt. George Bracket

Commanding officer on the island. Slightly pompous but not without a soft side.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40-60

Vocal Range: Non-Singing

Cmdr. William Harbison

Bracket’s right-hand man. Can be hot-headed, especially when Billis is concerned.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 35-50

Vocal Range: —

Please note: 

There are number of cameo roles which will be assigned to ensemble members.  

We are casting women and men in the ensemble.

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Annie (Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan) Description

Annie (Starring Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan) – Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, little orphan Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So, when billionaire Oliver Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks him to help find her real mom and dad instead. Warbucks agrees, and his whopping reward for Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the reward. But don’t fret: This classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the whole gang.

Starring Sally Struthers reprising her role as Miss Hannigan from the 20th Anniversary Annie Broadway revival and National Tour

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Annie Roles:

Annie

Annie is a complex, tough, streetwise urchin who is surprisingly vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: her newfound “family.” Cast an excellent actress who can act motherly, independent, overwhelmed and hopeful. She should be strong vocally and musically and be able to light up the stage in “Tomorrow!”

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Molly

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. Molly is the littlest at age 6.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: A3

Kate

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. Kate is the next-to-youngest at age 7.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Tessie

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. Tessie is the cry baby at age 11.

Age: 11 to 11

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Pepper

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. Pepper is the toughest at age 12.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: C4

July

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. July is the quietest at age 13.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Duffy

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. Duffy is the oldest at age 13.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Miss Hannigan (Understudy Only)

Miss Hannigan is a definite “has-been.” Her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers. Cast a strong actress with excellent comic timing. She must have a strong versatile singing voice and be able to create a character that is larger than life.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Grace Farrell

Grace Farrell is Oliver Warbucks’s calm, cool and classy secretary. She appears businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. Cast an actress that can always appear “in control” and sophisticated. She has a small solo at the beginning of “N.Y.C.” This is a great feature part for an actress who is likable, sweet and confident.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Rooster Hannigan

Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie’s parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan’s swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. Consider casting performers of contrasting heights. The flashy, self-assured Rooster can even be shorter than his airhead accomplice, Lily. Cast a boy for Rooster that can convincingly pull off the “smooth gambler” persona, and vocally and physically handle “Easy Street.” Consider auditioning these roles together to cast the perfect duo.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: G3

Lily St. Regis

Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie’s parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan’s swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. Consider casting performers of contrasting heights. The flashy, self-assured Rooster can even be shorter than his airhead accomplice, Lily. Lily is a perfect role for an actress who is naturally funny, has a good sense of timing and is a strong singer. Consider auditioning these roles together to cast the perfect duo.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Oliver Warbucks

Oliver Warbucks is the daunting millionaire who made his fortune during World War I as an industrialist. This is a challenging role, so cast an actor that can appear middle-aged, self-assured and confident. In the beginning, Warbucks is awkwardly affectionate toward Annie and then finds himself completely charmed by her. Cast an actor who is focused and gently authoritative. His few solos in “N.Y.C.” are secondary to the character commitment as an actor.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Sandy

Sandy is the stray dog that Annie adopts. Sandy has no lines but has the capability of earning spontaneous applause when he sings “Tomorrow” with Annie!

Gender: any

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F4

Drake And Servants

Drake and the Servants are the loyal domestic help of Oliver Warbucks. Your kids will have fun perfecting precision steps, nods and curtsies. This group of performers sings with the ensemble and can be double cast as New Yorkers in “N.Y.C.” These roles are ideally suited for performers of any ability. This is another excellent place to expand your cast.

Gender: any

Apple Seller

The Apple Seller opens Scene 2 speaking to Annie and giving her an apple. With just a few lines, this is a good character part for a young, inexperienced actor.

Gender: any

Lt. Ward

Lt. Ward is the policeman who questions Annie about Sandy, the stray dog. This is a non-singing role and great for a kid who can play an authoritative adult. This is also a great cameo role for a principal or well-known community member.

Gender: male

Bert Healy

Bert Healy is the classic announcer on a radio show of the era. This is a non-singing role and is perfect for someone who is naturally funny with a big voice.

Gender: male

Bundles

Bundles is the laundryman for the orphanage. This is a minor speaking role and is perfect for the actor who can create a likeable character. A great spot for an actor who is not quite ready for a large part.

Gender: male

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt is enlisted by Oliver Warbucks to help locate Annie’s parents. He will be pushed onstage in a wheelchair and delivers a momentous line about “A New Deal!” This is an excellent spot to cast an actor who is not quite ready for a large part or who doesn’t have a strong singing voice.

Gender: male

Louis Howe

Louis Howe is President Roosevelt’s trustworthy aide. This is a great role for someone new to performing.

Gender: male

Star(s)-to-be

Star(s)-To-Be is a glamorous diva in the number “N.Y.C.” Feel free to cast multiple girls in this part and split the singing solos between them. Although this is not a speaking role, cast a girl that can confidently sing and act.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Usherette

The Usherette ushers Warbucks, Annie and Grace to their seats in the Roxy at the end of “N.Y.C.” She has one line and then sings with the ensemble.

New Yorkers

The New Yorkers are comprised of a wonderfully colorful collection of characters, usually identified by their occupation. It is great fun to have your students explore and develop these characters in the historical context of the 1930s. Some ideas for these roles are: street vendors, homeless people, tourists, taxi drivers, newsboys, pickpockets, street cleaners, mothers and children, additional stars-to-be, and news reporters.

Gender: any

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