“Big River” Auditions

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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

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

Granbury Theatre Company is a non-Equity company.

Actor stipends are available for some roles. Housing is available upon request.

Dates and Times

Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11 from 6-9pm at GTC Studio 1301 (1301 W. Pearl Street)

Callbacks (if needed – by invitation only): Wednesday, February 12 from 6-9pm at GTC Studio 1301

Rehearsals:  Rehearsals will begin Monday, February 24. Typically, rehearsals will be Mondays-Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm.  Tech Week rehearsals on March 30-April 2 will be Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm.  There may be a Q2Q rehearsal on Sunday, March 29.

Performances: The production runs from April 3-26, 2020, with shows on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Audition Requirements

  • Bring a headshot and resume.
  • You must note ALL conflicts for rehearsals and performances on the evening of your auditions.
  • Auditions will include a cold reading from the script.
  • Prepare a clearly marked 32 bar cut from a Broadway song in the style of the show. Accompaniment will be provided so please provide the sheet music.

 

Schedule Your Audition

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If there are no open slots available, please come between 6-9pm on any night and we will work you in.

Video Auditions: For those unable to attend the general auditions, please send a video submission to auditions@granburytheatrecompany.org by Sunday, February 9 with accompanied song in the style of the show. Also, please include a headshot, resume, and rehearsal and performance conflicts.

production description

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.

character listing

  • Jim: African American male, age range of 25-45, baritone leading part. Must be a strong singer and actor.
  • Huck: White male, age range 13-20 (must look and act young,) baritone leading part. Must be a strong singer and actor.
  • Alice: African American female, age range 30-50, strong gospel sound mezzo, will double in other parts.
  • Alice’s daughter: African American female, age range 13-25, 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.
  • Tom: White male, age range 13-20 (must look and act young,) tenor supporting part.
  • King: White male, age range 30-55, baritone supporting part.
  • Duke: White male, age range 30-55, tenor supporting part.
  • Pap: White male, age range 35-60, baritone supporting part.
  • Young Fool: multicultural part, age range 10-20, tenor cameo part, will double as one of the gang of boys.
  • Mary Jane: White Female, age range 13-20 (must look and act young,) mezzo cameo, will double in other parts.
  • Judge: White male, age range 45-70, spoken cameo, will double in other parts.
  • Widow Douglas: White female, age range 40-70, spoken cameo, will double in other parts.
  • Miss Watson: White female, age range 40-60, soprano cameo, will double in other parts.
  • Mark Twain: Must look like Twain; cameo, non-singing part. Singing audition still required, as may double in other parts.
  • The boys: Multicultural singers and dancers; age range 8-20. Must have great energy.
  • Chorus of townspeople, mourners, tarts, movers who will all have multiple parts (ages 6-86).