Audition Announcement: Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

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MUSIC AUDITIONS: February 4 at 1:00 p.m. – Theatre
SCENE AUDITIONS: February 6 & 7 at 7:00 p.m.. – Theatre

DIRECTORS: Michal Simpson and Echelle Childers

RUN DATES: March 8 thru April 1. Shows run Thursday – Sunday. Shows start at 8:00 pm. Sunday shows are at 6:00 PM. The Sunday show on April 1 is at 2:00 pm.

A musical song cycle inspired by the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Dramatic, powerful and emotionally intense, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens celebrates those have lost their lives to AIDS. Through a series of heart-rending monologues, hear the struggles of various people who have battled with the disease. Each coming from very different walks of life, every character has their own unique story to share, but one tragic link in common. Interspersing these stories are the poignant and uplifting songs from the victims’ loved ones, reminding us that AIDS affects the lives of more than the individual sufferers.

CASTING: 20m, 11f
Features Children, Roles written for all ages, genders and ethnicities.
It is the author’s intent that actors from ethnic minorities are cast whenever possible.
SINGERS – Wide open but a few considerations follow. All should be comfortable performing in pop styles. Music Director requests that audition pieces be of a contemporary style with a soulful feel.q
JUDITH – Soprano. BUD’s sister, so those roles need to be coordinated.
DOUG – Baritone.
BRIAN – Tenor. Should be believable as RAY’s friend.
ANGELA – Alto. CLAUDIA’s secretary.
PATRICK – A man in his 30s or 40s (old enough to have achieved success as a designer). Important that the actor can find the humor in the monologue.
BILLY – Young, early 20s, a typical all-American mid-Western boy.
JOE – A comedian of any type or age, as long as he can get the laughs.
JOSH – A clown and ring-leader of the group of friends (the first four characters plus DOUG).
TIM – A teenager who can find the laughs in this. The younger and more energetic the better.
TRACEY – Young, gorgeous, sexy and spoiled. She should find the laughs and stay away from pathos.
CHARLOTTE – A young, tough drug-abuser.
FRANCIS – A gentleman of a certain age. Outrageous.
RAY – A regular guy, party animal, athletic. His friendship with BRIAN should be easily accepted.
PACO – An hispanic teenager, the younger the better.
SALLY – Many possibilities as long as she’s not too old to have recently given birth.
ORVILLE – Middle-age, middle-class, “an ordinary Joe.”
NICK – Drop-dead gorgeous, traditionally costumed in a towel, so a great body is a plus. The audience should be seduced by his charm and beauty.
PATRICK – Could be any type who can play comedy.
DWIGHT – A typical, young, Broadway-chorus-boy type, Southern accent can work.
REBECCA – Mid-Western, typical housewife.
CLAUDIA – A high-power corporate executive. A contrast to her secretary, ANGELA, is helpful. British accent can work.
ROSCOE – A big old drag queen.
HELEN – A typical grandmother.
WALTER – Old enough to attend a high school reunion, different somehow (ethnic? heavy? off-beat?) so we can see why he was something of an outcast.
LAMAR – A black, street-hangin’, story-tellin’ drug abuser. Essential that the actor find the humor here.
RAFAELLA – A very young hispanic mother.
NANCY – Wide open as to age and type, but a no-nonsense kind of woman.
KHADIJA – Experience has proven that small, eight-year-old girls work best. An ethnic minority is highly preferable.
PAUL – A strong, leading man type with a great speaking voice. Old enough to have served in Vietnam (though he could have died from AIDS in the early 80s. He should be at least in his 30s).
NAT – A fire and brimstone orator, traditionally costumed as a priest or minister. Should be at least 50 or preferably even older.
JOANNE – Best comedienne available.
ALMA – Middle-aged.
NONKOSI – South African, housewife and mother.
BUD – Believable as JUDITH’s brother.
MILES – Should be believable as DOUG’s lover. Often cast with a black actor.


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