Announcing auditions for “All Shook Up”

The Community Players will hold auditions for 

on January 7 and 8, 2019. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on January 10. Performance dates are May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Rehearsal schedule will be determined after casting.

Directed by Sandy Cerel
Musical Direction by Ron Procopio
Choreography by Julia Gillis

“All Shook Up” is a musical comedy built around a number of songs that were made famous by Elvis Presley. These songs have been masterfully and creatively reinvented by Stephen Oremus, whose extensive credits include “Wicked,” “Avenue Q.” “The Book of Mormon,” and “Frozen.” His arrangements are, in turn, powerful, soulful, and exhilarating. Book is by Joe Di Pietro, whose “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” ran for 12 years Off-Broadway.

Auditions will be held at 7:00 PM (sign in beginning at 6:30) at St. Margaret School, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, RI. Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song, preferably in the style of the 1950’s, but not from “All Shook Up.” You do not need to attend both nights, and no appointments are necessary. Bring a photo and resume, if available. Be sure that you are able to provide a complete and detailed list of all your 2019 conflicts through May 19. Those auditioning may also be asked to do a cold reading from the script, as well as to learn a short dance combination. For further information, please call 401-946-3262.

SYNOPSIS:
“All Shook Up” takes place in 1955 in a Midwestern town, which is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing stranger. Repressed by their conservative mayor, the town begins to come alive once more under Chad’s influence, as he helps them discover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

WE ARE LOOKING TO CAST A MULTI-ETHNIC COMPANY OF STRONG ACTOR/SINGERS, WHO CAN MOVE WELL. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AGES LISTED ARE THE PLAYING AGES, AND THAT THEY ARE APPROXIMATE.

• Natalie: A young woman and excellent mechanic, who dreams of being on the open road. She is more at home in greasy overalls than in a dress. To get close to Chad, she is sometimes disguised as “Ed.” [Early 20’s to early 30’s]

• Chad: A motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout. He sizes up the dreariness of the town and infects everyone with the rebellious spirit of his music. [Late 20’s to 30’s]

• Jim: Natalie’s widowed father. Middle aged and messy, he still longs for his wife. He becomes smitten with Miss Sandra. [40’s to 50’s]

• Sylvia: The no-nonsense owner of Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk, where folks gather to have a good time with good music. She is Lorraine’s mother. [30’s to early 40’s]

• Lorraine: Sylvia’s teenage daughter. Pretty, smart, and a total romantic. She has strong feelings for Dean, the mayor’s son. [Late teens]

• Dennis: An awkward young man, who aspires to be a dentist. He is the best friend and secret admirer of Natalie. He is awestruck by Chad, and becomes his “sidekick.” [Late 20’s to early 30’s]

• Miss Sandra: The beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum. Both Chad and Jim are attracted to her. She wants a man of substance and culture. [Late 20’s to early 40’s]

• Mayor Matilda: The town’s very conservative mayor. She is very strict with her son Dean, and plans to ship him off to military school, to keep him away from Lorraine. [40’s to 50’s]

• Dean: Matilda’s teenage son. He has spent his youth at a military boarding school and he has never—yet—disobeyed his mother. He has reciprocal strong romantic feelings for Lorraine. [Late teens]

• Sheriff Earl: The law in town and a man of not many words. He loyally follows the mayor wherever she goes. [40’s to 50’s]

• ENSEMBLE: Will play numerous singing and/or dancing roles, and will play townspeople, bar patrons, guys, gals, inmates, and more. Ensemble members will have a substantial amount of stage time.

Come play a part!