Auditions – “Big River”

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Production Team

Director:  Jay Lewis
Assistant Director: Devon Kleine
Music Director:  Meredith Browning
Choreographer:  Stevie Simmons
Stage Manager: Whitney Shearon

Performances

August 13-September 6, 2021

Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm

There is a special Labor Day matinee at 2pm on Monday, September 6.

 

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals will begin Monday, July 19.
  • Typically, rehearsals will be Mondays-Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on August 9-12 will be Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm.
  • There may be a Q2Q rehearsal on Sunday, August 8.

Benefits

  • Actor stipends are available for some roles.
  • An allotment of comp tickets is available for family and friends.
  • Housing is available upon request.

Video Auditions

Submit video audition by Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 5pm

The video should include:

(1) the singing of 32 bars from a song in the style of the show

(2) for Huck only – reading from the provided audition side

Reading and song should be combined into one video.

Please submit through this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/request/n1bNE2NmWjzm0QkOAmJg

Please include a headshot, resume, and a list of rehearsal/performance conflicts.

Audition Sides

Click on this link for the audition side:

BIG RIVER Audition Side

Callbacks

If needed and by invitation only

To Be Determined

 

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel – the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

AVAILABLE ROLES

Limited roles available – all other roles were previously cast

Huck: White male, age range 13-20 (must look and act young) baritone leading part. Must be a strong singer and actor.

Mary Jane: White Female, age range 13-20 (must look and act young) mezzo cameo, will double in other parts.

Alice: African American female, age range 30-50, strong gospel sound mezzo, will double in other parts.

Slaves: African American or multicultural singers; age range 8-80; strong gospel sound. These parts are very important to the message of this show; they sing two of the most important (and beautiful) songs in the show.

Chorus of townspeople, mourners, tarts, movers who will all have multiple parts (ages 6-86).