**Actors under 18 must have parent or legal guardian present at auditions**

 

Location:  Campus Theatre at 214 W. Hickory Street in Denton, Texas

Dates:  February 26 & 27, 2018

Time:  7pm 

Callbacks:  February 28, 2018 *not all roles require callback*

Please prepare 16-32 bars from a song in the style of the show. Selections from Memphis are acceptable. but tunes from other musicals, as well as rock and gospel selections are

preferred. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. No pre-recorded accompaniment will be allowed. Dependent on time, these auditions may also include readings from the script.

NOTE: Everyone must participate in a dance call, following their sung audition. Please bring or wear appropriate movement attire and shoes.

 

Performances will also be held at the Campus Theatre weekends of May 4-13, 2018. 

Season tickets are on sale at HERE.  Individual performance tickets go on sale  4/6/18.

 

For more information regarding Music Theatre of Denton, contact David Pierce, Managing Director at mtd@musictheatreofdenton.com or by calling 940-381-3562.  

PRODUCTION TEAM

Producer ... David K. Pierce

Director ... Theresa Ferrell

Assistant Director ... Sienna Riehle

Music Director ... Benjamin Brown

Choreographer ... Kristi Lee Smith

Lighting Design ... John Norine, Jr.

Costume Design ... Nathan Scott

Hair & Make-Up Design ... Tianta Harrison

Scenic Design ... Tony Rose 

PLOT:

From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical  that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

CHARACTER ROLES & DESCRIPTIONS

*A note about character doublings: Two or three roles may be played by the same actor. The doublings listed here reflect the original Broadway casting, but are subject to change, pending actors’ availability and directors’ preference.*

**A note about vocal ranges: As is common in Rock & Roll and Soul music, there can be many interpretations of a certain line or phrase. The vocal ranges listed here are the approximate preferences of the music director, and can be modified in some cases.**

Huey Calhoun (lead): motor-mouthed hero who ignores race barriers and eventually falls in love with Felicia. Caucasian male, tenor, must sing up to at least an A

 

Felicia Farrell (lead): fiercely gifted singer who falls in love with Huey, despite knowing that a relationship between a white man and a black woman in prejudiced Memphis is doomed. African-American female, soprano with a strong belt

Delray (lead): realistic, cautious, protective of his younger sister Felicia, and aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond. African-American male, baritone or tenor 

 

Gator (supporting): works as a bartender at Delray’s club; hasn’t spoken since age five, when he saw his father lynched; as the story progresses, he finds his voice again. African-American male, tenor up to an A

Bobby (supporting): full of personality and heart; strong dance skills and great comedic timing. African-American male, baritone or tenor

 

Gladys Calhoun (supporting): Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her son. Caucasian female, strong singer and actress, gospel riffing a must

Mr. Simmons (supporting): strong, conservative businessman who becomes willing to take a chance on Huey. Caucasian male, strong actor who sings 

 

Main Street Male Actor #1 (featured): to play Mr. Collins, a department store owner, and Gordon Grant, a record company executive. Caucasian male, speaking role

Main Street Male Actor #2 (featured): to play Buck Wiley, DJ and former host of “Boppin’ with the Blues” at Mr. Simmon’s radio station, and Martin Holton, TV network executive from New York. Caucasian male, baritenor with strong acting skills

 

Beale Street Male Actor (featured): to play Wailin’ Joe, a stand-in for colorful figures in the music scene of the 1950s, and Rev. Calvin Hobson, pastor at the First Baptist Church. African-American male, rock n’ roll singer with strong falsetto

Ensemble: An ensemble of strong singers, dancers, and actors: African-American females to play Ethel, “Someday” backup singers, and others; African-American males to play “Everybody Wants to Be Black” trio, and others; Caucasian females to play Clara, White Mother, and teenagers; Caucasian males to play Perry Como, Frank Dryer, and teenagers

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