Auditions

 

AUDITIONS FOR FLOYD COLLINS MUSICAL

FLOYD COLLINS rev

MORE INFORMATION ON FLOYD COLLINS PRESENTED JAN.13

AUDITIONS: Sunday February 11 from 1-4 and Monday and Tuesday, February 12 and 13 from 7-10 pm

DIRECTED BY SANDRA ZIELINSKI

MUSICAL DIRECTOR BY PETER GUITHER

VOCAL DIRECTION BY JOE PENROd

 

PREPARATION FOR AUDITIONS:

HEAR THE MUSIC!

Actors should prepare a one minute selection in the style of the show. Contemporary musical theatre selections and bluegrass/country/folk are encouraged.  Please bring your own sheet music.  A piano accompanist will be provided. Please do not bring recorded accompaniment. Actors who play guitar, violin, or similar instruments may accompany themselves at the audition if they choose.

SYNOPSIS:

Floyd Collins is a musical with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book by Tina Landau, and additional lyrics by Landau. The story is based on the death of Floyd Collins near Cave City, Kentucky in the winter of 1925.

In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical – one of the most acclaimed in recent years – tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.

Influenced by Bluegrass and Americana, Adam Guettel’s stunning score beautifully illuminates this story of spirituality, hope and one man’s quest for glory. 

SETTING/DATE:

January 30- February 16, 1925, Bee Doyle’s Farm In Barren County, Ky, Including Sand Cave Where Floyd Gets Trapped.

CHARACTERS:  Singing and Non-Singing Roles

FLOYD COLLINS – 25-35, a caver who is looking to find the biggest, most beautiful cave in the region and turning it into a spectacular tourist attraction. Baritone.

LEE COLLINS – 45-60, Floyd’s father. Stoic and taciturn, he is a God-fearing man who was raised on the rough soil of Kentucky, unequipped to handle the disintegration of his family. Baritone.

MISS JANE – 40-55, Floyd’s stepmother. The anchor of the Collins family, she has a quiet strength and stolidity. Alto/Mezzo 

NELLIE COLLINS – 20-30, Floyd’s sister. Delicate and almost ghostly. She has a childlike quality which others interpret as emotional immaturity, but she actually knows more than she lets on. Soprano or Mezzo.

HOMER COLLINS – 20-30, Floyd’s younger brother. Passionate, emotional and hot-headed, he is single-minded in his goal to free Floyd in spite of the odds. Tenor.

SKEETS MILLER – 20-30, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Eager, energetic, anxious to get his first big scoop, he is the only man small enough to reach Floyd. Torn apart by guilt over the media circus he has created. 

H.T. CARMICHAEL – 4O-55, the engineer assigned to get Floyd out of the cave. Arrogant, overbearing and disdainful of the uneducated locals he is forced to deal with, he is an outsider in a very tight-knit community. 

JEWELL ESTES – 18-25, a local teenager. Simple and good-natured, he is a big talker and the butt of the jokes around Sand Cave. GUITAR PLAYING IS A PLUS. Baritone.

BEE DOYLE: 30-45, the owner of the farm above Sand Cave where Floyd is trapped. Tough, weathered and severe, he is a local farmer who is forced to watch as his farm is transformed into a media circus. Baritone. 

ED BISHOP: 30-45. A local caver who is in over his head. Baritone.

DR. HAZLETT: 35-45, a doctor from Chicago. Also plays a Sand Cave local. Tenor. 

CLIFF RONEY: 20-35,  a young opportunistic film-maker arrives to make financial capital out of Floyd’s plight; also plays a Sand Cave local. Tenor. 

FREDERICK DENNY: 25-35, a local farmer. Tenor.

3 REPORTERS:  20-35, slick, hard-boiled newspapermen arrives from the city to make financial capital out of Floyd’s plight, and have the ability to sing tight harmonies.

ENSEMBLE:

Consists of characters at the Carnival – Hawkers, Con Man, Jugglers, Sparkplug Eddie Bray, et al.

Performances: April 5, 6, 7 | 12, 13, 14, 15 | 19, 20, 21, 22  – 2018

NOTE: The character ages are somewhat flexible. Please contact Sandra Zielinski (skzieli@gmail.com), the musical’s director, if you have questions about any of the characters or your suitability for specific roles.

 


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