Fairfield Center Stage presents an open call audition for performers (singers/actors/dancers) of all ages, types & experience levels for a production of the smash-hit musical DREAMGIRLS, which will be presented at Black Rock Church (3685 Black Rock Turnpike) on March 1-9, 2019. Director: Brian Crook; Music Director: Eli Newsom; Choreographer: Emily Frangipane; Artistic Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom.
AUDITION INFO: Auditions take place at Fairfield Museum (370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT) on Sunday, November 18th and Tomlinson Middle School (200 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT) on Monday, November 19th.
Auditions for adult actors (age 16+) will take place on Sunday November 18 from 12-3pm (sign-in begins 11:30am, sign-in ends 2:30pm), and Monday November 19, from 6pm-9pm (sign-in begins 5:30pm, sign-in ends 8:30pm). Actors will audition in order of arrival, except those who have reserved a timeslot.
What to prepare: Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) and resume of any stage or performing experience. Please prepare a short selection from a musical in the style of the show, around 1 minute in length or less. Bring sheet music in the correct key. A capellasinging (singing without sheet music) is discouraged.
Callbacks: Callbacks will be held Tuesday November 27 starting at 6:30pm. Auditionees who are asked to attend callbacks may be asked to participate in a movement/dance call.
Seeking singer/actors of all types/ages; full breakdown below. Non-Equity, no pay.
APPOINTMENTS: For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots by clicking here. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.
REHEARSALS: The show will rehearse in approximately five weeks, with two weekends of performances. The general rehearsal schedule for DREAMGIRLS is weeknights after 6:30pm and Sunday evenings, beginning Jan 20, 2019. Performances: Feb 28 @ 8pm (preview), March 1 @ 8pm (opening), March 2 @ 2pm (matinee) and 8pm, March 7 @ 7pm, March 8 @ 8pm, and March 9 @ 2pm (matinee) and 8pm (closing). Rehearsals will take place at a combination of Tomlinson Middle School and the University of Bridgeport, and performances will take place at Black Rock Church.
ABOUT THE SHOW: Based on the story of Diana Ross’ rise to fame, the show has made stars of Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Featuring the hit songs “Dreamgirls,” “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “One Night Only”.
EFFIE WHITE – THIS ROLE IS ALREADY CAST. Seeking understudy only.
DEENA JONES – African American woman, 20s-30s. The gorgeous lead singer of The Dreams, based on Diana Ross. She is happy singing backup to Effie until Curtis puts her in the lead and grooms her as star of the group. Mezzo, big full belt. Must move very well and have star quality.
LORRELLROBINSON – African American woman, 20s-30s. The third member of The Dreams. Sexy, flirtatious girl from the projects of Detroit who has been singing with her best friends Effie and Deena for years. Carries on an affair with Jimmy Early, who refuses to leave his wife for her. Soprano, on top of most triad harmony, big full belt. Must move very well.
CURTIS TAYLOR, JR. – African American man, 30-40. Handsome, and very sexy. Slickcar salesman who becomes The Dreams’ manager. Has an appreciation of R & B music and a sense of what it sells. He eventually takes over the management of Jimmy Early’s career and also oversees the rise to stardom of The Dreams. Initially warm and approachable he becomes hardened by wealth and power and the need to control everything and everyone. Baritone. Must move well.
JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY – African American man, 30-40. James Brown-like R & B star. The Dreamettes become his backup singers. Has an affair with Lorrell. Charismatic, sexy, high energy. Rock and R & B tenor. Must move well and have star quality.
C.C. WHITE – African American man, 20s-30s. Effie’s songwriter brother; writes all The Dreams hit songs. Endearing and soft-spoken, he tries to do what’s best but slowly gives up his ideals to Curtis’ controlling vision. High baritone. Must move well.
MICHELE MORRIS – African American woman, 20s. Effie’s replacement in The Dreams. Thin and beautiful, she sings bottom in the harmonies. Mezzo soprano, big belt. Must move well.
MARTY – African American man, 30s-50s. Street savvy, long-time manager who oversees Jimmy’s career and rise to R & B stardom. Represents an earlier age of black entertainment. At odds with Curtis and his ideas and schemes. Later oversees Effie’s comeback. Baritone. Should move.
1 CAUCASIAN MAN AND 2 CAUCASIAN WOMEN - Strong singers who move well to play Dave and The Sweethearts (Pat Boone singer and his backup girls who sing the all American pop version of “Cadillac Car”). Will play other ensemble roles such as reporters, press agents, etc.
1 CAUCASIAN MAN – Strong singer, character actor to play Frank, the press agent and various supporting roles. Must move well.
Ensemble singer/dancers to play various supporting roles: must be strong singers and move very well. All ensemble members should possess unique and vivid personalities and have the ability to play a wide variety of characters. Wayne and Tiny Joe Dixon will be cast from this ensemble.