Mark your calendar for April 1 & 2, 2017 for auditions for SouthFork Confessions, a play written and directed by Chrissie Addison.
SouthFork AUDITIONS April 1 & 2 (Please note the change of previously advertised audition dates.)
Set in the Gold Rush days in a church graveyard, this original twisting tale of redemption is bound to entertain. An ensemble cast of 13 – 14 consisting of 7 or 8 men and 6 or 7 women will portray several historical and hysterical colorful characters. Original music written by Betsy Moore highlights the musical. All parts cast are leading roles of equal importance. There is no chorus. Some actors will play two characters. A live band of five musicians will be housed on stage in a church and will interact with the band, as will the stage crew. Show has serious dramatic moments and lots of comedy tucked in. Tour de force for actors!
Characters: (All 18 – adult)
Mr. Pantier – Wealthy attorney, bares his soul & loves his dog
Mrs. Pantier – Former actress/singer, learns to love again
Whore – Take-no-prisoner survivor, industrious felon
Father – Priest/confessor, spiritual &magical qualities
Minerva – Youthful poetess, survivor with hope
Gambler – Man-of-the-world, ready for action
Black Bart – Stage coach robber, hidden talents & sins
Railroad Magnates – Wealthy male/female, important, impatient
Sheriff – No-nonsense leader, wants answers
Miner – Gold digger, rich man with turn of fate
Claim Jumper – Comic, naive opportunist
Jehu – Intrepid stage coach driver
Hangman – Intriguing, complicated loner
English Teacher – Trail blazer, with shocking secret
Doc Elliott – Town hero, specializes in amputations
Charly Parkhurst – Famed coach driver, cross-dresser
The Milliner – Clever, sensuous entrepreneur
Saloon Mistress – Dancer with money & checkered past
This Musical “Dramedy” is designed to engage all who dream of what life was like in the “good old days” of during the days of the Gold Rush! The inhabitants of Coloma and surrounding areas tell stories that uncover the true grit of the spirit of independence that formed the West. The actors, along with the stage crew & band, will sing, dance & act in ensemble/improv style off of a thrust stage.
In an attempt to be efficient, auditioners will be seen one at a time in a less-than-stressful atmosphere on stage at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, CA. Please call the box office 530-642-0404 or director 530-626-4464 for further information. Private auditions welcome for those with schedule conflicts.
April 1st AUDITIONS 9:30 am- Noon (Plan on 15 – 45 minutes)
Auditioners invited to come anytime during this open period.
SONG AUDITION: Prepare a song one minute or less that highlights your vocal clarity, resonance and range. All songs will be acapella. No musical accompaniment will be used or provided.
MONOLOGUE AUDITION: Prepare a memorized monologue that is one minute or less. The monologue should best portray the actor’s strengths and can be from any source. Monologues will be provided on site if necessary.
HEADSHOT AND RESUME: These are requested and advised, but not required.
April 2nd CALLBACKS 9:30- Noon (plan on 2 ½ hours or less total time at theater)
Scene readings from the script, improvs and simple movement exercises will be shared with all actors called back. Wear clothing that allows easy movement and comfort. Bring an open mind and your calendar for May – September to look ahead and note any blackout periods you may have during rehearsal period for vacations, etc.
Online copies of the script will be available after January 15, 2017 through the box office: 530- 642-0404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can request one from director Chrissie Addison at email@example.com.
Please call/text Chrissie with any questions you may have: 530-333-7387
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Show dates – September 15 – October 8, 2017
Three readthrus will follow casting where costume measurements will be taken. Band members will attend one of the readthrus to join the cast family. Character meetings will occur in May. Blocking and vocal rehearsals will start in June. Blocking/Vocals will continue in July with some scene runthrus. The band will start working on stage with the actors in August.
From mid-August to opening mid-September SouthFork rehearsals will tech and tighten show. All staff members have agreed to use time as efficiently as possible during rehearsals. Every attempt will be made to work around vacation/family schedules.
QUICK SYNOPSIS: Set in the Gold Rush days in Coloma, California a group of rugged spirits in a local graveyard spill their gritty secrets and hidden stories of their past. The archetype characters discover their life paths/stories are all connected. As false facades are broken down, true character is revealed. They seek redemption, but must work together to find the “key” to their freedom from regret, guilt and pain of past life.
At midnight, on a full harvest moon, a stage coach awaits those who pass the test. The coach will deliver them to higher ground where a better life awaits.
Recommended for ages 13+ due to language and mature themes.