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Auditions: The Color Purple

AUDITION – Call 904-430-7407 to schedule

Show dates:

  • May 19, 2022
  • May  20, 2022
  • May 21, 2022
  • May 22, 2022` May 26, 2022
  • May 27, 2022
  • May 28, 2022
  • May 29, 2022

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE AUDITIONS BECAUSE WE NEED TO FILL THE FOLLOWING ROLES

SHUG (African American, 30s-40s): A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.

MISTER (African American, 30s-40s. Also known as ALBERT): Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.

HARPO (African American, 20s): Mister’s vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a juke joint in his first house and becomes Squeak’s lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.

ENSEMBLE ROLES: MISTER’S DAUGHTER, HENRIETTA – CHURCH SOLOIST/CHURCH LADY, DORIS – CHURCH LADY, DARLENE – CHURCH LADY, JARENE, DAISY, PREACHER, PRISON GUARD, PA, SQUEAK, OL’ MISTER, BUSTER, CHIEF, GRADY, BOBBY, OLIVIA, ADAM

ADULT SINGERS: Males and females, African American. All ages and singing ranges. 

Actors will be asked to read excerpts from the script.  Additionally, please be prepared with a 1–2-minute musical selection of your choice that highlights your vocal ability.  Selections from the show are permitted.  Please use an accompaniment track to use along with your musical selection.  A Capella auditions are strongly discouraged.  

Please call (904) 430-7407 to schedule an audition.  Video submissions will also be accepted.  Please reach out to director, Deirdre A. Wallace at deirdreawallace@gmail.com with any questions regarding this or the audition process.

DESCRIPTION

THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. 

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