Auditions – Memphis

Memphis – Audition Announcement

  • Date: Saturday, March 10 – 9am-1pm with callbacks from 2pm-6pm
  • Location: West Annapolis Elementary, 505 Melvin Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

Auditions for Memphis will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 9am-1pm with callbacks on the same day from 2-6pm. Location TBD. Rehearsals will begin in June 2018. The show runs August 2-September 2 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8:30 pm. No appointment necessary to audition. Anyone unable to attend the auditions can submit a video audition to the director at darnell.morris@gmail.com with the same audition requirements.

Auditionees should bring a headshot and resume, prepare 2 pieces of contrasting styles consisting of 16-32 bars of a song from a contemporary musical. You may sing one song from the show.

Accompaniment will be provided. No acapella singing will be permitted. Auditionees are to bring their own sheet music for the accompanist.

Those auditioning must be prepared to participate in a dance call.

Please note that all roles are open and unpaid. We encourage performers of all ethnicities to audition. Be advised that we are looking to cast a company of actors who can believably portray the ethnicities of their characters.

In addition to the characters listed below, we are looking to cast a large dancing ensemble of dancers who can sing and who can believably portray both African-American and Caucasian artists. Anyone interested in being only considered for a dancer who sings, please include this information on the audition form where it asks what role(s) you’re auditioning for).

Principal Characters

  • Huey Calhoun– Young man determined to bring “race music” into mainstream culture, and break a segregated society’s racial barrier. He is a strongminded and passionate individual who impulsively acts upon beliefs. Must have strong tenor belt. Caucasian.
  • Felicia Farrell– Young singer at the Beale Street Club that dreams of taking her music beyond the local constraints of Memphis, Tennessee. She is passionate, loving and tenacious. Must have a strong high mix/belt. African-American.
  • Delray Farrell– Owner of Beale Street Club and Felicia’s overly protective older brother. He years to make his sister a national success. African-American.
  • Gladys Calhoun– Huey’s hard-working mother. She has great difficulty supporting Huey’s personal and professional affiliations with the black community. Must have a strong mix belt. Caucasian.
  • Gator– The bartender at the Beale Street Club. He is very attentive but does not speak. Must have strong tenor belt. African-American.
  • Bobby– Beale Street Club frequenter that works during the day as the janitor for the WHDZ radio station. Strong comedic-timing and dance skills a must. African-American.

Supporting  Characters

(Some roles may double up)

  • Mr. Simons– Owner of the WHDZ Memphis radio station and, eventually, Huey’s boss. While he is not comfortable with Huey’s actions, his gains through Huey’s tenacity outweigh his distaste for “race music”. Caucasian.
  • Gordon Grant– A record producer from RCA Records interested in signing Felicia to the label. Caucasian.
  • Martin Holton– A network representative from the American Broadcasting Company interested in bringing Huey’s show to a national audience. Caucasian.
  • Reverend Calvin Hobson– The spiritual leader of the Memphis First Baptist Church. He is both passionate and inspiring. African-American.
  • Buck Wiley– A conservative white man who is the host of “Boppin’ with the Blues” on radio station WHZD. Caucasian.
  • Mr. Collins– The owner of Collins Department Store who fires Huey for playing “race music” in his place of business. Caucasian.
  • Clara– Mr. Collins’ store employee. Caucasian.
  • Frank Dryer– An advertising client of Mr. Simmons who loves Huey’s ability to sell his products. Caucasian.
  • Ethel– A Beale Street Club frequenter who becomes Bobby’s finance. African-American

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