Auditions

ALAMANCE REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY & THE PARAMOUNT ACTING COMPANY

AUDITION NOTICE

Alamance Repertory Theatre Company, Alamance County’s newest community theater group, and The Paramount Acting Company, announce auditions for their joint production, The Ballad of Coley Cain. Auditions for this “play with music” will be held March 12 and 13 at The Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St. in downtown Burlington.

Check-in begins at 6:00. Candidates will fill out audition form and have identifier photo made. (Headshots and resumes, while not required, are welcome.) Auditions will begin promptly at 7:00PM

with readings from the script. (Perusal copies of the lead and principal sides will be available at check-in.) There will some light movement work, due to a cast dance number in Act One.

Candidates must bring all known and/or anticipated conflicts, including Saturdays and Sundays, from March 18 thru April 28. No conflicts April 29-May 6

Call backs, if necessary, will be Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00PM at The Paramount.

The Ballad of Coley Cain, with book by David Anthony Wright (Ruthie, The Last Encampment, Wyatt Outlaw, The Hermit of Ft. Fisher) and Gary Cole (Cole’s Dairy Lunch, The Fabulous Paramounts), and music by Gary Cole, is inspired by real events in Burlington and Alamance County in the summer of 1936. Coley Cain, a small-time criminal, comes to the area for the “easy pickings” to be had, robbing bootleggers and high-stakes gamblers of their ill-gotten gains. He strikes up a friendship with an up-and-coming country singer, and develops a budding relationship with a Baptist preacher’s lovely daughter. Conflicts arise when he is forced to choose between his lucrative “business” and his desire for love and stability in his life.

ONLY THE “BILL DARE” CHARACTER (SEE BELOW) SINGS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. In the aforementioned “cast dance number”, there may be some brief, unison singing.

SEEKING: Strong dramatic/comedic actors, capable of portraying the following characters

COLEY CAIN—Male-early 20s; a handsome, roguish, fearless ex-convict; devoted to his mother; determined to “make it” in the world, “by hook or crook”, yet torn between the life-style his “business” provides and his desire for love and stability

BILLY DARE—Male; late teens to early 20s; up-and-coming country singer, in the mold of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, or Charlie Poole; a naïve, likeable fellow; drinks too much, and at the worst possible times. (NOTE: actor must be a strong singer and should be a competent guitar player. Please be prepared to sing an Old Time Country, Folk, or Americana type song of 1:30 to 2:00 in length. NO BROADWAY.)

MYRNA MCLEAN—Female; late teens to early 20s; lovely young woman; father is a Baptist minister; intelligent and open-minded, she finds Coley interesting and attractive, despite her mother’s disapproval

REV. MANFRED MCLEAN—Male; early 40s to mid-50s; a Baptist minister who escaped his own “past” to become a pillar of the community; not a “hard-shell”, except when he’s in the pulpit

GERTRUDE MCLEAN—Female; early 40s to mid-50s; the straight-laced, pompous wife of Rev. McLean; condescending to others, but with her own “back story”  

RALPH and WADE HANCOCK—Males; early 40s to mid-60s; brothers; ex-cons who convince Coley to come to Alamance County for “easy pickings”; they become Coley’s accomplices; comedic figures, but with a darker side

MAJOR WHITTINGTON—Male; late 50s to mid-60s; area’s leading bootlegger; runs high-stakes gambling operations in the area; a mean, rough individual who would “sell his mother to the Arabs, if the price was right”; menacing physical character

SGT. EARL BAKER—Male; late 40s to early 50s; police officer; his small-town background belies a sharp law enforcement mindset

WILBUR—Male—late 40s to late 60s; restaurant owner; befriends Coley; business is a focal point of play

AGENT BAXTER DOUGLAS—Male—late 40s-early 60s; FBI agent; called in to help solve robberies

SUPPORTING PLAYERS,  most doubling/tripling, with lines, including Prison Guard, Businessman, Attorney, Sheriff’s Deputy, Millworker, Bartender, “Loafers”, Major’s Gang Members, Bootleggers, Women’s League Members, Housewives, Dancers

Believable Southern accents, needless to say, are necessary for all roles.

Rehearsals will be Sunday through Thursday nights (7:00PM) from March 18-May 2. Show dates are May 3-6, with a possible matinee/evening schedule on May 5. All performances at The Paramount Theater.

All actors are required to participate in load-in and strike.

The Ballad of Coley Cain will be produced by Walter Yates Boyd and directed by David Wright, with Music Direction by Gary Cole.

For more information, contact Producer at wyboyd@aol.com or Director at 336.516.6710 or dwright@burlingtonnc.gov



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The Paramount Acting Company


THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY--Audition Notice

The Paramount Acting Company, the City of Burlington/Recreation and Parks Department’s community theater, announces auditions for the Marsha Norman/Jason Robert Brown musical, The Bridges of Madison County.

They will be held April 23 & 24, 2018, at The Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St. in downtown Burlington, NC.

Sign in each night begins at 6:00PM. Candidates must have a complete list of all known and/or anticipated conflicts between the May 1 and June 24, 2018, including Saturdays and Sunday.  Resumes and head shots are gladly accepted. However, identifying photos will be taken each night. Auditions begin promptly at 7:00PM.

Candidates are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a song from the show or in the style of the show of no more than one minute in duration. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key - the accompanist will not transpose. Singing with sheet music is strongly preferred, but if you do not have sheet music you may sing with a recorded track as long as there are no vocals on the track. Please no a capella singing. There are several different musical styles in the show- legit music theatre, country, folk, and some pop. Please sing what is appropriate for the character(s) you are interested in. Most importantly, sing what you do best! Candidates will also be asked to participate in light movement exercises.

Call backs will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 25 at The Paramount.

SEEKING: Strong singers and dramatic actors, capable of portraying the following characters listed below.  (Audition for any role you feel you can play. Remember, much can be done with makeup, hair and costumes.)

FRANCESCA:  Female; 35, ages to 50; Extremely strong singer- classic legit soprano- vocal range G3-Gb5; a beautiful, luminous, and funny Italian woman, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa. Note: Consistent, believable Italian accent required.

ROBERT: Male; 40-50; Extremely strong singer- Classic folk balladeer/ legit high baritone- vocal range B2-A4; a rugged, handsome, worldly, visionary National Geographic photographer

RICHARD “BUD” JOHNSON: 40-50; Country style baritone- vocal range C3-F#4; Francesca’s husband; a diligent, dependable Iowa farmer; exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier over the years

MICHAEL:  Male; 16-18; ages to young adult; Country/ rock tenor- vocal range E3-A4; Francesca and Bud’s son; excitable and wanting to move on in the world

CAROLYN: Female; 14-16; ages to young adult; Country/ rock belter with soprano- vocal range A3-C5; Francesca and Bud’s daughter; wants more than a life in Iowa

MARGE: Female; 45-60; vocal range G3-C5; Francesca’s sassy, nosy neighbor

CHARLIE: Male; 45-60; vocal range E3-C4; Marge’s husband

MARIAN/CHIARA; females; 35-45; vocal range A3-D5; Marian is Robert’s ex-wife and a musician; Chiara is Francesca’s sister, still living in Italy. (May be split into two roles. TBD)

ENSEMBLE: An as-yet undetermined number of townspeople with a variety of vocal ranges to play specialty parts

NOTE ABOUT CONTENT: THERE ARE TWO “BEDROOM SCENES” INVOLVING FRANCESCA AND ROBERT. THE STAGE DIRECTIONS REFER TO HER BEING NAKED. IN THIS PRODUCTION, WE WILL FOREGO NUDITY IN FAVOR OF STRONG, ROMANTIC PERFORMANCES. HOWEVER, THEIR KISSING AND PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP MUST BE CONVINCING OR THE SHOW DOESN’T WORK.

Rehearsals May 1 through June 10 will be held at the Great Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter, corner of E. Davis and Broad Streets in Burlington. From June 11 through end of show, rehearsals will be at The Paramount. A Tentative Rehearsal Schedule will be available.

If a candidate is currently in a show, we will work with you on conflicts. However, if you audition for, and are cast, in another show after being cast in our production, you must attend ALL of our activities first. No exceptions.

ALL CAST MEMBERS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN SITZPROBE, LOAD-IN AND STRIKE.

All cast, crew, and orchestra members receive four (4) comp tickets, which can be used in any combination during the run of the show. 

Show dates are June 21, 22, and 23 at 8PM and June 24 at 3PM at The Paramount Theater.  


For more information, call the Director at 336.222.5001 or email at dwright@ci.burlington.nc.us