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Audition Information for Actors
Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, FL announces auditions for Woody Guthrie’s American Song
Monday, March 19 and Monday, March 26, 2018
Email Bruce Linser at [email protected] with questions or to schedule an audition appointment.
A culturally and ethnically diverse ensemble of strong actors who are able to sing and harmonize with an authentic folk/bluegrass sound. Excellent guitar skills also required for certain roles. See breakdown. Actor/singers who play stringed instruments well and can bring them to the audition are strongly encouraged to attend.
A short folk/bluegrass storytelling song in the style of Woody Guthrie. A guitar accompanist will be provided, though actors who play guitar should accompany themselves. Bring a guitar chart or chord changes in your key and be prepared to sing additional songs if requested.
Palm Beach Dramaworks
The Perlberg Studio Theatre (second floor)
201 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Bill Hayes (producing artistic director) and Bruce Linser (director)
Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to attend.
WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG
By Peter Glazer & Jeff Waxman
Bruce Linser, Director
1st Rehearsal: June 19, 2018; Runs July 13 – August 5, 2018
First Young Man (aka The Searcher): 20s to early 30s, bari-tenor with a good ear for harmony; embodies the young Woody Guthrie, may or may not resemble Woody physically; must play excellent folk/bluegrass guitar, ability with other stringed instruments a plus; a strong actor and singer; earnest, open, affable, easy-going, and charming with a wry sense of humor; driven by a deep, restless passion for justice
Second Young Man (aka The Folksinger): 30s to 40s, bari-tenor with a good ear for harmony; embodies the middle-aged Woody Guthrie, may or may not resemble Woody physically; must play excellent folk/bluegrass guitar, ability with other stringed instruments a plus; a strong actor and singer; open, affable, easy-going, and charming with a wry sense of humor; wiser, deeper, more grounded version of The Searcher’s restless passion
Man (aka The Writer): 50s to 60s, true rumbling bass voice to low C with a good ear for harmony; embodies the older Woody Guthrie, may or may not resemble Woody physically; ability to play folk/bluegrass instruments a plus but not required; a strong actor and singer with a darkly passionate gravitas and a deep sense of social justice; the darker, more knowing, and vulnerable version of The Folksinger
Young Woman: late 20s to 30s, versatile soprano/belt voice with a good ear for harmony; plays multiple characters throughout the show; must pluck and strum passable folk guitar, ability with other stringed instruments a plus but not required; a strong actor and singer with an earthy, playful sense of humor and an open, raw vulnerability
Woman: 40s to 50s, versatile mezzo/belt voice with a good ear for harmony; plays multiple characters throughout the show; ability to play folk/bluegrass instruments a plus but not required; a strong actor and singer with an earthy, wry, open presence, warmth, and awareness in both humor and vulnerability
Onstage Band: a versatile group of folk/bluegrass musicians who can sing, harmonize, and play any combination of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, acoustic bass, dobro, dulcimer, mandocello, and/or piano; ability to work and improvise as an ensemble required; may also play minor characters throughout the show
Palm Beach Dramaworks also attends the following General Auditions:
Florida Professional Theatre Statewide Auditions, which were held on May 20 - 22, 2017 at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Please visit fpta.net for more information.
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Thank you for your interest in Palm Beach Dramaworks. At this time, Palm Beach Dramaworks is not accepting unsolicited scripts for its Mainstage.
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