Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Bob Cline
Musical direction by Markus Hauck
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 AM, or Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, at 7:00 PM. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 12 noon or 8:00 PM, respectively. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, March 10, at an assigned time, if required
WHERE: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield, which is easily accessible by train or bus from Manhattan.
The show will be presented at The Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin in April and the performances are scheduled for June 8-9, 15-16-17, 22-23
Parade tells the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in 1913 Georgia, who was put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Through the difficult process of proving his innocence, Leo and his wife find a new way to love and support each other.
4th Wall seeks 15-18 very strong singers/actors who can move. All roles are open. All actors will double roles, with the exception of Leo and Lucille. Auditioning actors should prepare a song selection (16 bars, no more than 32 bars) in the style of the show. You are welcome to sing from the show, if desired.
Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for evening and weekend rehearsals beginning April 1. Small Stipend / Non Union production.
PARADE Character Breakdown:
- Leo Frank – 30’s. Bari-Tenor. A Brooklyn Jewish man that transplanted his life to Atlanta, in an effort to give the woman of his dreams the life she deserves. He runs the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and is accused of killing Mary Phagan
- Lucille Frank – The woman of his dreams. 30’s. Gorgeous voice. Probably a mezzo. Must have strong legit, mix, and belt voice. Strong. Stunning. Steadfast. Probably in that order.
- Mary Phagan – Adult actress to play a thirteen-year-old. Strong character belter with mix. Small. Pretty. Employee at the National Pencil Company who is murdered in the basement of the factory.
- Frankie Epps – Adult actor to play 15-year-old boy. Tenor. Short. Horny teenage boy who would like to be Mary's suitor or anyone’s suitor.
- Britt Craig – Could be Late 20’s – 40’s. Tenor. An insatiable journalist for the Atlanta Georgian. Have all the flaws that come from being blinded by a hunger to get famous.
- Governor John Slaton – 40-50’s. Baritone. Handsome. Still has it. The governor of Georgia. Trying to remember he once had a heart.
- Sally Slaton – 30’s -40’s. Alto or mezzo. Slaton's wife. Trophy-esque. Smart.
- Tom Watson – Character Man. Baritone. Southern. Blustery. The editor of the zealot newspaper, the Jeffersonian.
- Jim Conley – 20’s -30’s. African American. Bari-tenor. The janitor at the National Pencil Company. And extremely happy to be the star witness at the trial.
- Angela – 20’s -30’s. African American. Belt with strong mix. Jim’s girl. Enjoys her man being the star of the trial.
- Newt Lee – 30’s -60’s. African American. The night watchman at the National Pencil Company the night that Mary was killed.
- Hugh Dorsey – 30’s-50’s. Baritone. The charismatic and ambitious prosecuting attorney. Who wouldn’t love such a high profile case?
- Mrs. Phagan – Late 30’s – 50’s. Mezzo. Mary's mother. Dealing with the loss of a child the best she can.
- Judge Roan – 50’s-70’s. Any voice type. The sickly judge presiding over Leo's trial.
- Luther Z. Rosser – 40’s – 60’s. Baritone. Leo's attorney, a Southern 'Good Old Boy'. Naturally gets attention wherever he goes.
- Detective JN Starnes - Chief of the Atlanta Police Department
- Officer Ivey - Starnes' assistant
- Iola Stover – Adult to play teen. Strong vocalist. Mary's best friend from the factory
- Monteen – Adult to play teen. Mary's other friend from the factory
- Essie – adult to play teen. Mary's other friend from the factory
- Young Confederate Soldier - A young Confederate soldier that appears in the Prologue
- Old Confederate Soldier - An older version of the young Confederate soldier, but he has now lost his leg
- Minola “Minnie” McKnight – 30’s. African American. Belter with mix. Employed by the Frank’s in their home, and prosecutors’ pawn.
- Mr. Peavy - The guard at the Milledgeville Prison
- Ensemble of Townspeople
For additional information including directions to the theatre, please visit www.4thwalltheatre.org.