Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte would like to announce auditions for THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso. This production will be directed by ATC Artistic Director Chip Decker, along with Music Director Mike Wilkins and Choreographer Tod Kubo. The production will rehearse weekday evenings and weekend afternoons beginning October 27, 2014. Run dates are November 26-December 28, 2014. (There will be NO performances December 21-25, but the cast will be participating in Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, so that availability is vital) Auditions will be held for both EQUITY and NON-EQUITY performers. Please see the appropriate listing below for details.
EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS
For all members of Actors’ Equity Association, these auditions will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 9:00am- 12:00pm (lunch break 12:00pm-1:00pm) and also 1:00pm- 5:00pm. They will be located at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, located at 650 East Stonewall Street. Appointments are suggested, but not necessary. To schedule an appointment, or get more information, please contact Production Intern Tyler Hilton at email@example.com. No housing available. Please see audition requirements listed below.
NON- EQUITY AUDITIONS
For all non-equity actors, these auditions will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 1:00pm- 5:00pm. They will be located at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, located at 650 East Stonewall Street. Auditions are by appointment only. All roles compensated. To book an audition time, please contact Production Intern Tyler Hilton at firstname.lastname@example.org Please see audition requirements listed below.
- Bring: Please bring an updated copy of your headshot and resume.
- Monologue: Prepare a brief Comedic Monologue (approximately 1 minute) …and be prepared for the possibility for a little improv!
- Music: Prepare a short musical selection. (approximately 16-32) Bars of upbeat song. Musical, Pop, Rock, Country. No Christmas songs need apply. Also, NO ACAPELLA.
- Please be aware that this show does contain explicit/blasphemous language and adult subject matters.
- The dance portion of the audition will take place at a later callback. No date is currently set.
If you are unable to attend the audition call, but still wish to be considered, we do accept video audition submissions. Please follow the instructions above for Monologue and Music. Load audition clip onto a hosting site and send the link, along with a headshot and resume, to Production Intern Tyler Hilton at email@example.com Please title the email “Video Submission” and you will receive a reply acknowledging your audition submission. All videos must be received by Friday, September 19.
ABOUT THE PLAY
It’s Christmastime in the Armadillo Acres mobile home community, and everyone is filled with visions of kegnog and beer. In this fun-loving and raucous sequel to THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, you’ll meet new residents of north Florida’s premiere mobile home community, including Darlene (the neighborhood Scrooge), her boyfriend Jackie, and Rufus (a redneck with a heart of gold). Longtime Armidillo Acres residents Betty, Lin, and Pickles are back with voices as big as their hair, but when a freak accident strikes Darlene, everyone’s Christmas cheer will be put to the test. Saddle up and jingle your bells over to the Hipp this summer for an all-new, all-trailer-park holiday extravaganza and catch up with Starke, Florida’s rowdiest residents for a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’, good-ole festive Hipp summer musical good time!
Director Chip Decker will be casting 7 actors (4 female, 2 male). ALL ROLES AVAILABLE.
DARLENE SEWARD (female, late 20s to late 30s). Darlene is a year-round ”Scrooge.” She hates everybody and everything all the time and isn’t afraid to show it. But underneath her hard exterior is a wounded girl who once believed in true love and Christmas magic. That ended when a terrible accident happened one icy Christmas Eve in another place, another time. But Darlene won’t even have to leave the trailer park to get jolted out of her anger and start believing in things again, because Armadillo Acres’ heavy-handed use of Christmas lights brings extra special excess voltage.
RUFUS JETER (male, late 20s to late 30s). Rufus is best described as a redneck with a heart of gold. Well-liked around the trailer park, he spends most of his downtime fashioning “art” out of found objects. He’ll finish off a six-pack as fast as the next guy, but the next guy won’t see the artistic potential in the empties that Rufus can. It will take him by surprise when this unique ability extends to his grumpy neighbor Darlene – a woman he usually refers to in words that would land most people on Santa’s “other” list.
JACKSON “JACKIE” BOUDREUAX (male, 40 to 50-something). Jackie is a self-made man and an all-American success story. He took a simple idea and turned it into a thriving local breastaurant chain. Unapologetically capitalistic, Jackie doesn’t discriminate – money is money no matter whose pockets it’s comin’ out of. But Jackie plays to win and he has a possessive side. This comes out when he returns from a business trip to find his girlfriend acting like a completely different person altogether.
BETTY (female, 38-50-something). Betty has lived at Armadillo Acres for at least 20 years. Part hard-ass, part mother hen, she’s the leasing manager at the trailer park and she makes it her business to know everything about everybody who passes through. Betty is rumored to have buried her husband at Armadillo acres after whacking him a little too hard on the head with a frying pan, so she feels connected to the trailer park in a deep and special way. Of all “The Girls,” Betty is the most grounded, earthy and drywitted.
LINOLEUM (female, 30s to early-40s). Mostly known as just “Lin,” she was formerly a death row wife until the State of Florida flipped the switch on her husband Earl and made her a death row widow. Lin is rumored to have spent time on several tour buses with famed (and not-so-famed) rockers of the 1980s. That said, her love for her late husband was passionate and steadfast, so she is having some difficulty moving on. Generally speaking, Lin is the fieriest of all “The Girls.”
DONNA a.k.a. “PICKLES” (female, early 20s). Donna got the nickname “Pickles” when she became afflicted with a hysterical pregnancy that turned out to be a real pregnancy that resulted in her giving birth to a baby with an entirely different complexion from her husband’s. She is now single. New to motherhood, Pickles is often tired, but she still finds energy to embrace the joy of the holiday season. Pickles is a devout believer in Santa Claus and of all “The Girls,” she is the most airy and wide-eyed.
(BETTY, LIN & PICKLES are also known as “The Girls.” Unlike the rest of the cast, they occasionally break the fourth wall to bond with the audience and help tell the story.)