THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR BROADWAY CLASSIC MUSICAL “OKLAHOMA!”

 

Auditions for the Spring production of Theatre 29’s 20th Anniversary 2019 season, the frontier Broadway musical classic “OKLAHOMA!”, have been scheduled for Monday, January 14th at 6:00pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. This tale of star-crossed lovers, a charming cowboy and a winsome farmer’s daughter in the wild frontier of what will become America’s 46th state in the early twentieth century will take the stage for four weeks beginning March 8th through 31st, 2019.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary: Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

Award winning veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of 25 (PRINCIPALS 3 Women & 4 Men, FEATURED DANCERS 1 Woman and 2 Men, ENSEMBLE: Large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles) musical performers for this production. ALL ROLES MUST SING AT LEAST CHORALLY! The roles being cast are:

Laurey
Female, Soprano, (18-35)
She has an innocence and yet an air of knowledge about her. She lives with her Aunt Eller on a ranch and is in love with Curly, though she may not admit it.

Curly
Male, Baritone, (18-35)
Has a confident swagger and deserves it, he is the most handsome man in the whole county. He is in love with Laurey, but refuses to admit it. He’s a cowboy and the romantic lead. He is called Curly for his curly hair.

Aunt Eller
Female, mezzo, (40-?)
She acts as the town’s aunt, a fun-loving caretaker. She watches over the town and a ranch with her niece, Laurey and a hired hand, Jud. She sees the good in everyone, but is nobody’s fool.

Will Parker
Male, Tenor, (18-35)
Will is a cowboy who is skilled enough to compete in rodeos. Being able to do rope tricks is a plus. Will is a dance role, tap dancer preferred. He is interested in Ado Annie, but isn’t the brightest bulb.

Jud Fry
Male, Baritone, (18-35)
Described as dark and growly by others, Jud works the ranch Laurey and Aunt Eller live on. Jud does not fit in with the society he lives with, he is seen by most as an outsider and misunderstood. He has feelings for Laurey. He works hard to take care of Laurey and Aunt Eller on the ranch and thinks he is owed a return of those affections..

Ado Annie Carnes
Female, Soprano, (18-35)
Andrew Carnes’ daughter, she “Can’t Say No” to anyone. She wants everyone to be happy. Her heart is always in the right place, but she isn’t always the best judge of character. A comic, romantic lead, she is wooed by Ali Hakim, but deep down she feels a connection to Will Parker.

Ali Hakim
Male, (18-35)
Traveling peddler who says he’s from Persia (present day Iran), but most likely from the East Coast, possibly Jewish. He is a bit of a con artist. Though we aren’t sure how much of what he says we can believe. He, like Jud, is an outsider to this community but not feared by most. He likes pretty things and pretty women. He pursues Ado Annie and Gertie Cummings, but as flings, not a commitment.

Gertie Cummings
Female, Alto or Soprano, (18-35)
From the next town over, she has eyes on Curly and isn’t waiting around for Laurey to say no to him. She has a unique, irritating laugh.

Andrew “Pa” Carnes
Male, Tenor, (40-?)
He is very protective of his daughter, Ado Annie. He doesn’t want Will Parker to marry her because he believes the cowboy’s life to be risky and unreliable. To prove this isn’t true he asks for Will to maintain $50 in order to have his daughter’s hand in marriage. He is a rancher, and doesn’t feel very kind to cowboys in general.

“Dream” Curly
Male, Dancer, (16-35)
He must be able to dance balletically and should resemble Curly in Laurey’s dream ballet. will be doubled as another character or in the ensemble

“Dream” Laurey
Female, Dancer, (16-35)
She must be able to dance balletically and should resemble Laurey. will be doubled as another character or in the ensemble.

Ike Skidmore
Male, Baritone, Farmer, (30’s+)
Owns the ranch where the Box Social takes place.

Cord Elam
M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Cowboy and Territory Judge

Dance and Vocal Ensemble:
Fred M, Baritone, Farmer (16+)
Slim M, Dancer, Farmer (16+)
Jess, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Chalmers, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Mike, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Joe, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)
Sam, M, Tenor/Bari/Base, (16-35)

Ellen, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Kate, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Sylvie, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Armina, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)
Aggie, F, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano (16-35)

Auditions will consist of vocalization for 16 bars in the style of the show (Pick Broadway standards in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein, please), movement and cold readings. Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD (Musical Theatre piece, NO ORIGINAL WORKS OR POP SONGS). An accompanist will NOT be provided. If you bring accompaniment on mobile device or phone, please bring a speaker for the device as well. Dress prepared to move. Production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Any wishing to participate in these capacities, please also attend auditions (you will not be required to audition). For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/Theatre29TwentyninePalms or  www.theatre29.org/auditions or contact the director, Charles Harvey, via email at [email protected]