Jackie Murray, who will be directing “The Juneteenth Story Play” in February 2016 at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts, has announced that auditions for the play will be held August 29, 2015. The auditions will be held at the Hickory Hill Community Center between 10a.m. and 4p.m., with call backs on Saturday, September 5, 2015. The community center is located at 3910 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38115.
For more information about the auditions, including character breakdown and requirements, see the following list provided by Jackie Murray.
Soldier – African American Male (30+ years old) High energy, over the top personality. Able to give orders with authority, yet maintains a sense of humor.
Big Momma – African American Female (30+ years old) Classy, but down to earth college prof. Attractive with nice figure.
Mr. Johnson/African Chief/African Captive – African American Male (18-40 years old) Must be able to do an African Dialect.
Corey – African American Male (12-16 years old) Smart, but mischievous young man with great comedic timing.
Shauntae – African American Female (12-16 years old) Sensitive and mature. Very concerned with appearance.
Megan – Caucasian Female (12-16 years old) Bouncy and friendly with lots of personality.
Julio – Hispanic/Latino Male (12-16 years old) Smart and playful friend of Corey.
John Newton /Auctioneer/Slave trader – Caucasian Male (40+ years old) Mean spirited and authoritative.
Paul/Black Preacher – African American Male (40+ years old) Able to deliver a sermon.
Abe Lincoln/Slave Bidder/White Preacher – Caucasian Male (40+ years old) Able to deliver a sermon.
Maggie/Harriet Beecher Stowe – Caucasian Female (40+ years old) Mourning loss of husband, purchases slave girl at auction.
Pupil 1 – African American Male or Female (18-25 years old)
Pupil 2 – African American Male or Female (18-25 years old)
Pupil 3 – African American Male or Female (18-25 years old)
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Able to deliver King Speech
Barack Obama Look Alike
Michelle Obama Look Alike
Sasha Obama Look Alike
Malia Obama Look Alike
Several Dancers Needed: Hip Hop, Jazz, or Contemporary.
Mime: Able to do a dramatic mime routine (please be prepared to present a mime routine at the audition).
Singers: Be prepared to sing A Capella and with an uptempo track of your choice.
All actors will give cold readings from the script. Please also be prepared to deliver a 60-90 second dramatic monologue.
Please email Jackie Murray at email@example.com with any questions about the auditions.”
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