Auditions

AUDITION

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

A musical by Clarke Peters
Directed by Thomas ‘TeeKay’ King

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

Five Guys Named Moe is about Nomax – he’s broke, his lovely Lorraine left him and he’s listening to the radio at 5:00 in the morning. Out of the radio, five guys named Moe appear. Set to Louis Jordan’s iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score, the Moes encourage Nomax to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her. This show enjoyed a Broadway run and was nominated for two Tony Awards.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, May 8, 2022, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

June 4 – July 14, 2022  (off 1 – 4 July 2022)

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

July 15 – 7 August 7, 2022

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • Nomax: Chorus / Ensemble, Black/ African American Male, 23-30; a gloomy young man–our protagonist.
  • Big Moe: Chorus / Ensemble, Black/ African American Male, 18-50; the tall, authoritative Moe.
  • Eat Moe: Chorus / Ensemble, Black/ African American Male, 18-48; merry and solidly built.
  • Four-Eye Moe: Chorus / Ensemble, Black/ African American Male, 18-50; the leader of the Moes who wears glasses.
  • Little Moe: Chorus / Ensemble,  Black/ African American Male, 18-50; a small man who loves big girls.
  • No Moe: Chorus / Ensemble,  Black/ African American Male, 18-50; the straightlaced, no-nonsense Moe.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS              

A play by Athol Fugard
Directed by Garry Thomas

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two Black waiters who work in his mother’s tearoom in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist, alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

July 23 – September 1, 2022

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

September 2 – 25, 2022

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • Sam: Male, 40-49; black South African; 40s; a waiter in a tea shop; an older brother/father figure to Willie and Hally; patient, compassionate, and philosophic; he can be both playful and commanding; he takes seriously his role as staff member and as role model.
  • Willie: Male, 30-49; black South African; 30s-40s; a waiter in a tea shop; friendly and sweet, but short-tempered; he is hardworking and dedicated to the task at hand; has a tumultuous relationship with women.
  • Hally (Cast): Male, 15-18; white South African; mid-teens; son of the tea shop owners; clever, pretentious, and still has much to learn; he is most joyful when matching wits and showing off his intellect; struggles deeply with his alcoholic father’s influence on his life. Role has been cast. Seeking possible or future replacements, if needed.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

KILL MOVE PARADISE

A play by James Ijames
Directed by Ekundayo Bandele

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

Four Black men find themselves stuck in a waiting room for the afterlife. As they attempt to make sense of their new paradise, they are forced to confront the reality of their past, and how they arrived in this unearthly place. Inspired by the ever-growing list of slain Black men and women, this play illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, July 24, 2022, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

August 27 – October 13, 2022

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

October 14 – 30, 2022

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  •  Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • ISA – ­ African-American male. 20-­30 years old.
  • TINY -­ African American male. 15­-16 years old. Short.
  • DAZ -­ African American Male. 20­-30 years old.
  • GRIF – ­ African American Male. 20­-30 years old.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

VELVETEEN RABBIT THE MUSICAL

Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Pilcher
Directed by JaMeeka Holloway

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

The Velveteen Rabbit was the boy’s favorite birthday present. But when the party started the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten. He lived for a long time in the toy cupboard, dreaming of becoming real. When the boy rediscovers his favorite toy, the Velveteen Rabbit embarks upon the best summer ever. But when the boy gets very sick, the Velveteen Rabbit learns what it means to be a loyal friend and what it really takes to become real.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

October 1 – November 22, 2022

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

November 26 – December 18, 2022

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES (some may double)

  • Nursery Magic Fairy: Must be a triple threat (sings, dances, acts); a mystical character; helpful, joyful and sweet; she appears in dreams.
  • Passage of Time: Must also be a triple threat; Nursery Magic Fairy’s sidekick. They always appear onstage together. Equally magical and joyful, she shows the passage of time through dance and by making seasons and time change.
  • Son/Boy: Male; Very sweet, very active, somewhat mischievous. He loves his toys and playing outside.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit: Male or female. The “youngest” of the toys, emotionally; everything is new to the Rabbit. Runs the gamut of emotions: shy and uncertain, scared and sad, jubilantly happy; loves Skin Horse and Boy, and wants very much to be loved in return; the only “soft” toy other than the Skin Horse; lots of physical comedy.
  • Aunt: Female. A special Christmas guest who is enamored of her nephew, Boy.
  • Uncle: Male. Another special Christmas guest.
  • Mother: Female. Very nurturing, loving woman who wants only the best for her son.
  • Father/Pops: Male. Wise man, great sense of humor, head of household.
  • Toy Engine: Male or female. Acts super cool; like the “popular” kid.
  • Clockwork Mouse: Male or female. Very official, the “smart” kid, the leader, biting tone.
  • Model Boat: Male or female. One of the gang, but tries hard to be cool by sounding official and being funny.
  • Timothy, the Jointed Wooden Lion: Male or female. One of the gang wants to be cooler, so pretends to be from the government and has top secret information.
  • Skin Horse: Male or Female. Kind and wise and gentle; often plays mediator or parent to the other toys.
  • Nana: Female. Mary Poppins type character. Kind yet strict, one of the family. Very tidy and generally proper, has a very tender heart.
  • “Real” Rabbits: The rabbits the Velveteen Rabbit encounters while out to play with the boy. They don’t take kindly to the odd-looking rabbit at first. They love to dance and play!

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

SHAKIN’ THE MESS OUTTA MISERY

A play by Shay Youngblood

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

The play follows “Daughter,” the main character and 25-year-old narrator who shares memories of being raised by a community of women after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming of age tale explores passage into womanhood, race and rituals in the 1960s south.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, November 6, 2022, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

December 10-17, 2022

January 3 – February 2, 2023

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

February 3 – 26, 2023

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • Daughter: Black Woman, Mid to late 20s; Acts in child in scenes and as a narrator.
  • Big Mama: Daughter’s Guardian; age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Aunt Mae: Big Mama’s Sister; age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Miss Corine: A Hairdresser and Professional Maid; age 50+, southern black woman
  • Maggie: A Con Woman (also Plays Dee Dee and Ms. Rosa); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Dee Dee: Daughter’s Fast cousin and know-it-all (also plays Maggie and Ms. Rosa); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Rosa: Runs funeral home (also plays Maggie and Dee Dee); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Mary: A Maid with unearthly powers (also plays Ms. Tom); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Tom: A carpenter and prayer circle member (Also plays Ms. Mary); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Young Woman: On bus as maid (no dialogue); (Also plays Fannie Mae and Ms. Shine); age 20+, southern black woman.
  • Fannie Mae: Daughter’s Blood Mama (also plays Young woman and Ms. Shine); age 50+, southern black woman.
  • Shine: A maid at governor’s mansion (Also plays Fannie Mae and Young Woman); age 50+, southern black woman.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

SCHOOL GIRLS; or, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY

A play by Jocelyn Bioh

Directed by Karon Samuels

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, January 8, 2023, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

February 11 – March 23, 2023

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

March 24 – April 16, 2023

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • Paulina Sarpong: Black Female, 18 (pronounced Paul-Lee-Nah / Saar-Pong); most popular girl in school and knows it; she is beautiful, talented, vindictive yet somehow lovable.
  • Ericka Boafo: Female, 18 (pronounced Bwah-Foh); light/fair skin; Biracial (Black and White) woman; she is a transfer student and is new to school; she is seemingly nice, but people do not know much about her.
  • Ama: Black Female, 18 (pronounced Ahh-Mah); the sensible, smart one of Paulina’s pack; is not afraid to say it like she means it.
  • Nana: Black Female, 16 (pronounced Nah-Nah); the simple pseudo dumb one of Paulina’s pack; she struggles with her love of food and snacks; very sensitive.
  • Mercy: Black Female, 16;  the witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina’s pack.
  • Gifty: Female, 16; the ‘Frick’ to Mercy’s ‘Frack’; loves being part of Paulina’s pack and will do anything to be considered cool.
  • Headmistress Francis: Black Female, 40-49; the Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves the girls but is also constantly exhausted by them.
  • Eloise Amponsah : Black Female, 40-49 (pronounced Amm-Pone-Saah); extremely poised and well-mannered former Miss Ghana 1976; she now is a recruiter for the Miss Ghana Pageant; she speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets.

AUDITION

SISTAS THE MUSICAL

A musical by Dorothy Marcic

Directed by JaMeeka Holloway

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Songs include “Oh, Happy Day,” “Mama Said,” “I Will Survive,” “Tyrone,” “I am Not My Hair” and “A Woman’s Worth.”

VENUE:            

Hattiloo Theatre  37 South Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104

AUDITION

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10a – noon

CALLBACKS

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2p – 4p

REHEARSALS  

April 22 – June 1, 2023

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays, 530p – 9p
  • Saturday 10a – 1p
  • Sundays noon – 4p

SHOW RUN  

June 2 – 25, 2023

  • Thursdays – Saturdays at 730p
  • Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2p

ROLES:

  • Gloria: Black Female; mezzo soprano. She is a devoutly religious woman who is just coming out of the grief of losing her loving husband, and now her beloved grandmother. She is in her 30s or early 40s.
  • Simone: Black Female; Mezzo soprano. Late 30s-40s; the divorced mother of 17-year-old Tamika. Simone got her doctorate from Harvard in African-American Music, and is a professor. She has the demeanor of an educated person, and sometimes gets a little know-it-all.
  • Tamika: Black Female, Soprano with belt. 18+; a woman about to graduate from high school. She looks 18 and has the feel of “the street.” Daughter of Simone.
  • Roberta: Black Female, late 30s-40s; Alto. Strong and full of anger, some of it later revealed to be a result of a childhood trauma.
  • Heather: Black Female, 30s-40s, Belter. Simone’s sister-in-law and therefore one of the Sistas. She’s worked very hard to be accepted into the family. She is spunky and full of life. She is a social worker.

Actors are paid and receive complimentary tickets