DATE: February 2 & 3, 2017 TIME: 5:00-7:30pm
LOCATION: InterACT (104 South First Street, Colquitt, GA 39837)
Actors will be asked to:
- Fill out some general information paperwork. (Actors under the age of 18, should bring a parent or guardian to sign paperwork.)
- Take a photo to help the moderators put a face to the name. These may also be used in production materials.
- Choose one of the scripts provided to read for their audition. Please read over it to be sure you understand the context of each scene.
- Sing a song that showcases your vocal range. (It is recommended that you sing a song in the style of the show. The adult roles lean a bit more towards traditional musical theater, while the teenage roles live in an 80s pop-rock space.)
- If you are auditioning specifically to be a dancer, feel free to prepare some of your favorite dance moves, but for most roles, dancing will be covered at call-backs.
Callbacks will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 1pm-5pm at InterACT. Dancing will be required, so comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Times for these callbacks will be posted on www.swampgravy.com by 10:00pm on February 3th.
Other helpful information:
- There will be some scripts available to peruse & check out at Cotton Hall (Starting January 9th) for anyone wanting to read the script beforehand. Please call ahead to check availability. Phone:1-229-758-5450.
- Rehearsals will begin in March, and the Performances will be April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30, 2017.
- There is no fee to participate as a cast member in the production of Footloose.
- There will be NO DOUBLES for any role, so actors MUST be available to attend all performances.
- As the youngest characters in the show are high-school students, we ask that all actors auditioning be 13 years of age or older. (Preferably able to pass as a high school freshman.)
- Keep in mind that depending on casting restraints, not everyone will receive a role.
- The show does include some sexual innuendo and mild language.
- You can find most of the musical score for Footloose the Musical by searching “Footloose Original Broadway Cast” on Youtube. Use it to help you find an appropriate song in a similar style.
If you have any other questions about auditions, song choice, etc., please email: email@example.com.
Cast of Characters
REVERAND SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, and father of a teenage girl (Ariel). The secret to the character of Reverend Moore is that he is charismatic. Charming, even. Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humor. All of which endear him to his congregation. While trying to be strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son – the one person he could not save. Only ARIEL and VI (and eventually Ren) get a glimpse of this private anguish and the flashes of frustration and temper that arise form that.
VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. With her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful.
ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter. Ariel is smart. She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and, in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly. When she’s in her father’s presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behavior. Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, here girlfriends and, eventually, with Ren. However her spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving relationship with her father.
REN MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago. Ideally, Ren must sing and dance – and he must also be witty (good comedic timing). Ren is a cut-up, a joker who enjoys a good time (which is why his pals are upset to find out he’s leaving Chicago in the opening number). Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has. Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that sticky subject. Sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for Ren’s and Ariel’s relationship. Ren’s emotional journey starts with his being feisty and flippant in Act 1, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council, and ends with this emotional final confrontation with Reverend Moore. It’s a journey from boyhood to maturity.
ETHEL MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother. Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience and his sense of humor? From his mother, of course! It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules. However, she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation. After all, she has to be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss (the walking-out of her husband / Ren’s father) has brought them closer together. They share a teasing, good-natured relationship.
LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt. Wants Ren and Ethel to fit in.
WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband. Hard on Ren for his perceived troublemaking.
COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher. Tough as nails.
ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife. Friend of Vi.
RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend. Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the story. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together. However, they are so inept about expressing themselves, that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about.
URLEEN – Ariel’s friend.
WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend.
CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend.
LYLE – Chuck’s buddy.
TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy.
A COP (male or female)
BETTY BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.
PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK – Principle of the high school.
WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s friend, a country boy. Willard is not dumb. He is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard just hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture his macho belligerence – until Ren arrives. After that, the humor in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him.
JETER – Ren’s friend.
BICKLE – Ren’s friend.
GARVIN – Ren’s friend.
COWBOY BOB– Lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que restaurant and dance club.
COWBOY BOB’S BAND
ENSEMBLE OF TOWNSPEOPLE- (CHOIR/ CONGREGATION/ CHICAGOANS/ BOOT-SCOOTERS)
ENSEMBLE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Join the cast of Swamp Gravy!
Auditions for Swamp Gravy’s fall season happen in August, so check back here for more information as it becomes available. Typically in the Spring, we do not hold auditions, but new cast members are allowed to join in an ensemble capacity, unless other roles have become available. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome, though children under 18 need a parent or guardian to fill out their paperwork, and children under 12 are encouraged to have an adult with them for all rehearsals and performances (these adults can be in the cast or volunteer in other ways).
Parts in Swamp Gravy are double- and sometimes triple-cast, which mean each part has 2 or 3 actors playing the role, and they alternate performances.
Ensemble parts are available – you can have the fun of being a part of the cast, without the stress of trying to remember any lines! Ensemble cast members are required to know all group songs and choreography, and may be given non-speaking actions to fulfill during the show.
Singing is not required for the audition, though those interested in potential solos are welcome to sing. Singing solos are assigned at the sole discretion of the Director and Music Director.
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