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CASTING CALL UPDATED 12/03/2021 – General call, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Casting during the holidays has proven to be far more challenging than anticipated, so we’re putting the process on hold for December and resuming in January.  

42nd Street Moon invites you to audition for our 2022 production of The Scottsboro Boys by John Kander and Fred Ebb, directed by Brandon Jackson, choreography by Kimberly Valmore, dramaturgy by Isaiah Wooden.

Auditions will be held in person Monday January 10, 2022 from 6-10 pm.  Callbacks will be Thursday, January 20 2022 from 6-10 pm.

Both will be at 250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.

  1. Please create a master performer database entry for yourself via this link: https://airtable.com/shraFVs6SjsZIAZqd. If you have done this for 42nd St Moon, Nick Ishimaru, or Kim Donovan before, you do not need to submit it again.
  2. Please fill out an audition form (https://airtable.com/shrgGheeAVVlt8u9A). This is different from the actor database link above. Indicate your preferred audition time on this form. Under “Show” please write exactly: 2022 Scottsboro Boys

You will also be asked to confirm your COVID-19 vaccination status*.

See below for audition materials.

Video auditions may be submitted if you are unavailable on January 10.

All roles are open. There will be 6 AEA contracts and 7 non-AEA contracts.

Please review the Synopsis prior to auditioning. This piece centers around a true story of racial injustice.

SYNOPSIS

In 1931, nine African-American teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with the rape of two white women, while traveling through Alabama. With no evidence and no proof, these nine young men were convicted and sentenced to death. Based on this infamous case of miscarried justice, The Scottsboro Boys is a haunting and powerful portrait of bravery in the face of enormous adversity. In John Kander and Fred Ebb’s final, visionary collaboration, the now-dead minstrel form is revived and turned on its head, revealing profound truths about the history of our country in toe-tapping song and dance, and heart-wrenching ballads. Gutsy, passionate, and inspiring, The Scottsboro Boys is a remarkable, true story of a group of young men who changed the course of history.

Libretto is available to read here: https://www.mtishows.com/news/free-read-the-scottsboro-boys

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

The Scottsboro Boys

  • Roy Wright: 20-25. African-American. Likable. Curious. Always going a little further than he should. Must dance. Tenor to B-flat.
  • Andy Wright: 18-25. African-American. Roy’s brother. Always wants to do the right thing. Must dance. Baritone/tenor to F.
  • Eugene Williams/ Young George: To play 13. African-American. The youngest of them all. Naïve. Must dance. Tenor to A.
  • Haywood Patterson: 18-25. African-American. Hotheaded. Smart. Willing to speak his mind and face the consequences. Must dance. Tenor to high C-sharp.
  • Clarence Norris/Preacher/Minister: 18-25. African-American. The bully. Ornery. Must dance. Baritone to F.
  • Willie Roberson: 16-21. African-American. Silent but resourceful. Everyone thinks he is stupid—but he isn’t. Must dance. Tenor to A.
  • Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates: 18-25. African-American. The smart one who understands exactly what is going to happen. Quiet. Must dance. Tenor to high C.
  • Charles Weems/Victoria Price: 18-25. African-American. Always acting bigger than he really is. Must dance. Tenor to high C.
  • Olen Montgomery: 18-25. African-American. Willing to say anything, do anything, just to get out. Moves well. Tenor to A.
  • Interlocutor: 30-60. A white Southern racist; oversees the Minstrel Show. Baritone.
  • Mr. Bones/ Sheriff/Guard/ Lawyer/District Attorney: African-American. A jokester. Baritone to E-flat.
  • Mr. Tambo/Guard/Lawyer/Sam Leibowitz: African-American. A jokester, a song-and-dance man. Must dance. Baritone to F.
  • The Lady: 35 and up. African-American. A smart, compassionate southern seamstress. Non-singing. Moves well.

RELEVANT DATES:

Non-AEA Rehearsals at Moon start March 29

AEA Rehearsals at Moon start April 5

Tech weekend April 16-17

Dress rehearsal at Gateway April 19-20

Previews April 21-22

Opens April 23

Closes May 8 (fifteen performances total)

COMPENSATION:

Pay for AEA artists will be at minimum a BAT Tier 3, $562/week for 5 weeks

Non-AEA artists will be volunteers who receive $1200 in per diem.

ATTACHED ARTISTS:

There are no offers or contracts out at this time.

AUDITION MATERIALS:

Those interested in auditioning for The Interlocutor, Mr. Bones, Mr. Tambo, or one of The Scottsboro Boys should use the respective dialogue and vocal side provided here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a6GAqSN1-1T0HfHL5Ero_U2cGfPPHKjI?usp=sharing

Those auditioning for The Lady may perform a dramatic monologue of your choice.  She is a non-singing role.

*Please note – all artists and audience members will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. At this time all 42nd Street Moon rehearsals will be fully masked. Performers will not perform with face coverings, but audiences are required to wear masks in the theatre at all times. We will continue to exceed requirements as set forth by the CDC and state or local guidelines.

If submitting a video, send both the monologue and vocal side via file share or video streaming service (Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc) to: casting@42ndstmoon.org.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!