EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Always wanted a shot at Broadway? Join Playhouse 22 next week for open auditions for Footloose as part of the inaugural "Summer Stage Under The Stars" production on the outdoor amphitheater at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center.
This production will be held outdoors in the amphitheater at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, as part of Playhouse 22’s Summer Stage Under The Stars production.
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.
The show will run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from July 25, 26 and 27 and August 1, 2, and 3.
Directed by Christian Carrara. Choreography by Raven Dunbar. Music Direction by Marty Angstreich
Auditions will be held at Playhouse 22 on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 with callbacks on the 17th.
Please prepare 16 to 32 bars from an upbeat song in the style of the show. Note that non-musical songs are accepted as long as they are within the style of the show. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key as an accompanist will be provided. You may also be asked to read a monologue, sides will be provided.
There will be a dance portion of the audition for ALL auditionees as well so please dress appropriately.
All roles are open. Ages are just suggestions as long as you can believably portray that age.
Ren McCormack (M: 16-18) (Tenor) High School student forced to move from the big city of Chicago to the small town of Bomont after his father left. Ren is an easygoing fun-loving joker who finds it difficult to follow the rules of his new home while at the same time dealing with his father leaving. He deals with this in the only way he knows how, sarcasm and dance.
Willard Hewitt (M: 16-18) (Tenor) - A simple country boy who is more bark than bite. Willard becomes friends with Ren who brings him out of his shell. In return Willard advises Ren on how to handle the people in this town. He is funny, lovable, and very country.
Chuck Cranston (M: 17-18) (Tenor) - Bomont's resident bad boy. Chuck is dating Ariel and he isn't very happy when she starts to warm up to Ren. He is the type of guy who doesn't like to take no as an answer. Motorcycle experience a plus.
Ariel Moore (F: 16-18) (Mezzo-Soprano) - The preacher's daughter who is very good at appearing to be innocent and demure, but can be quite the opposite. She is dating Chuck, but in Ren she sees someone who she can open up to about the loss of her brother. She is strong-willed and aware of her sensuality.
Rusty (F: 16-18) (Soprano) - The town gossip and good friend of Ariel. Rusty is a bit ditsy, but she knows everything about everyone. She talks fast and is very humorous.
Reverend Shaw Moore (M: 40s) (Baritone) - The town's reverend and most respected person in Bomont. Most respected by the adults anyway. After losing his son in a car accident years ago, Shaw became strict and stubborn and banned most anything high school students consider fun including dancing. This way of life has greatly affected his relationships with Ariel and Vi. With the help of his daughter and wife, and even Ren, Shaw relearns a tenderness and compassion he once lost.
Vi Moore (F: 40s) (Mezzo-Soprano) - The reverend's wife. Vi is a caring and loving wife and mother, but struggles with keeping a relationship between her husband and daughter. She is a voice of reason.
Ethel McCormack (F: 40s) (Mezzo-Soprano) - Ren's mother. Loving and kind. Feels bad to put Ren in this situation, but does the best she can.
Urleen (F:16-18) (Soprano) - Rusty's friend. Funny and gossipy like Rusty.
Wendy Jo (F: 16-18) (Mezzo-Soprano) - Rusty's friend. Funny and gossipy like Rusty.
Ensemble - Also looking for a large ensemble of various ages to play a variety of roles including:
Teen males: Lyle, Travis, Bickle, Garvin, and more.
Teen females: Cowgirl, and more.
Adult males: Cowboy Bob, Coach, Principal, Wes, and more.
Adult females: Eleanor, Lulu, Betty, and more.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (732) 254-3939.