Auditions: Caroline, Or Change
Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Caroline, Or Change. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 11 and 12 with call backs on Monday November 18. The production will be directed by Karen Dacons-Brock.
Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, November 11 and 12, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre
Registration begins at 6:30pm.
Callbacks: Monday November 18 @ 7:00pm
First cast meeting: The week of November 18 or 25
Rehearsals: Beginning the week of December 2, intermittent music rehearsals will occur as schedules allow until December 22nd. A regular weeknight and Saturday schedule will begin in the New Year. No conflicts after January 31.
Tech rehearsals: Beginning Saturday February 8
Performances: February 14-16, 20-23, and February 27-March 2
About the show
This Tony-nominated musical centers on Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced African-American maid and Noah Gellman, the eight-year-old son of the Jewish family for whom she works. Set in 1963 Louisiana against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Kennedy’s assassination, and the Vietnam War, blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies blend together to create a breathtaking medium for Kushner’s provocative and personal story of political change, social change, and pocket change.
Caroline, Or Change ran on Broadway for 136 performances at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre from May 2, 2004 until August 29, 2004. During its brief Broadway run it was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Anika Noni Rose). In 2007, its original London production won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
You can see more information about the show and order tickets from our Caroline, or Change show page.
About the roles
Caroline Thibodeaux: A thirty-nine-year-old African American female who works as a maid for the Gellman family. She is a proud, hardworking, divorced mother of four who prides herself on her ability to endure through continuing hard times. Deeply religious but also angry because of her life circumstances and their apparent dead end. Vocal Range: E3 -E5
The Washing Machine: A soulful singing female companion to Caroline when she is working in the basement of the Gellman home. Vocal Range: G3-F5
The Radio: A trio of female singers in the vein of The Supremes or Martha Reeves & The Vandellas who are companions to Caroline when she is working in the basement of the Gellman home. Vocal Ranges: G3-F5
Noah Gellman: Son of Stuart Gellman. An intelligent, thoughtful but sad, eight year old boy attempting to navigate his unresolved feelings surrounding the untimely loss of his mother to cancer, the resulting emotional isolation of his father, his professed hatred of his stepmother (despite her kindness toward him), and his projection of heroism onto his family’s maid, Caroline, “who is always mad.” Vocal Range: G3-E5
The Dryer: Male; a menacing presence in Caroline’s world dispensing heat and fiery insults to her as she tries to complete her daily chores in the stuffy basement of the Gellman home. Caroline says on one occasion, “The devil made the dryer,” which pretty much sums up their adversarial relationship. Vocal Range: E3-C6
Grandma Gellman: Grandmother of Noah, mother of Stuart Gellman, early-to-mid seventies. Cannot move beyond her burdens which include her daughter-in-laws untimely death, her son and grandson’s inability to move past it, and a changing world for which she is not prepared. She bemoans life. Vocal Range: G3-E5
Grandpa Gellman: Grandfather of Noah, father of Stuart Gellman, mid-to-late seventies. Burdened, stoic. He waves a white flag to life’s circumstances. Vocal Range: G3-E5
Rose Stopnick Gellman: Recently married to Stuart, mid-to-late thirties. Tries very hard to fit in to her new life as wife of Stuwart, mother of Noah, and aspires to be Caroline’s “friend-boss” (why can’t we all just get along). A bit overwhelmed by it all. Attempts to keep a civil/friendly disposition/facade even when she is boiling inside. She doesn’t understand what she is doing obviously wrong but keeps trying anyway, sometimes breathlessly hard. Ernest. A candidate for a nervous breakdown. Vocal Range: G3-E5
Stuart Gellman: Mid-to-late thirties. Recently widowed and remarried to his wife’s best friend. A clarinetist who seems to have become his instrument due to his inability to cope with the profound changes in his life brought on by his first wife’s untimely death from “cigarettes.” He has surrendered to the calamities that have besieged him and is not even aware of it. Life is passing him by, literally, and his pain has numbed him to it. His response to challenges is, “I have to practice.” Vocal Range: B3-A5
Dotty Moffitt: Caroline’s friend, early thirties. A bit of a” put-on” and not easily offended. Her strong sense of self and spunk don’t allow her to marinate in potential insults or ill will. Very practical and determined to forge a better future for herself, despite challenges. Vocal Range: F3-F5
The Moon: Female, strong, commanding. She is most often a soothing voice of encouragement or reflection. However, she can also be a piercing voice of chastisement or a fickle voice of abandonment. Vocal Range: B3-A5
The Bus: Male (can be played by same actor as The Dryer): A deep, resonant, voice of doom and foreboding, announcing President Kennedy’s assassination and the uncertainty of the future. Vocal Range: G3-B5
Emmie Thibodeaux: Caroline’s only daughter, sixteen to seventeen years old. Strong willed, energetic, feisty, determined. She assists her mother with the care of her younger brothers and, whenever needed, the demands of Caroline’s job. She possesses a sense of youthful invincibility and courage to resist and/or speak truth to perceived injustice. She embraces the hope of change that will bring a better tomorrow for her family and community. Vocal Range: F3-F5
Jackie Thibodeaux: Caroline’s son, ten years old. Active, energetic, respectful of his mother, at times challenging his older sister’s authority. Vocal Range: A3-D5
Joe Thibodeaux: Caroline’s s son, eight years old. Active, energetic, pleasant. Vocal Range: B3-D5
Mr. Stopnick: Rose Stopnick Gellman’s father; mid-seventies. Spirited, opinionated, appreciative of a vigorous conversation of current events, politics, etc. Possesses strong moral values and a desire for justice for the poor and oppressed. Gets energetically carried away sometimes with his views but is easily assuaged. He has been waiting all of his life for social and political change but does not agree with nonviolence as a means to this end. Vocal Range: F3-E5
About the production team
- Director: Karen Dacons-Brock
- Musical Director: Scott McKenzie
- Scenic & Lighting Designer: Thomas Mauney
- Costume Designer: Vicki Olson
About the auditions
Auditionees should have a contemporary one-to-two minute monologue to present.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of an audition song that showcases your voice, and bring the sheet music in the correct key. Musical director, Scott McKenzie will play for the auditions. Short selections from gospel, blues, classic rock are encouraged.
Come prepared to move and/or follow a simple dance or movement routine. Those auditioning are asked to wear comfortable clothing which allows for freedom of movement and shoes suitable for dancing.
Perusal copies of the script will be available for a 48 hour checkout from the RLT business office. The office is located in the rear of our facility and is open from 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday thru Friday. Please call the RLT office at 919-821-4579 to check on availability.
Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions plus some helpful documents:
- RLT audition form (PDF and DOC) — please fill out
- Conflict calendar — please list every weeknight or weekend day that you have a conflict.
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