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African American Males and Females 20-50's

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NRACT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE COLOR PURPLE
AUDITIONS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR THE COLOR PURPLE. FINAL SHOW OF NRACT’S SEASON OF HOPE
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
Director: Timothy E. Locklear
Music Director: Ronzel Bell
Stage Manager: Barbette Hunter
Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 7:00PM
Monday, April 4, 2022, at 7:00PM
Callbacks are Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 12:00PM
To continue promoting the safest work environment for our artists, educators, and students, NRACT is requiring all cast and production team members to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 Virus.
ACTORS ARE ASKED TO PREPARE 16-32 bars of music appropriate in the style of the show. Also, come prepared with a 1–2-minute monologue. Actors may choose from the monologue file or prepare a monologue of their own choosing.
Monologue File Link:
https://docs.google.com/…/1dzJkmi8…/edit…
PERFORMANCE DATES:
JUNE 3-19, 2022
FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
POSSIBLE EXTENSION: June 24-26, 2022
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre
7713-51 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
About the Show
This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
CELIE (African American, 20s-early 30s): Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous, seemingly passive but really not, has a deep, hard soul, believes that she is ugly, has a sense of humor which is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul.
SHUG (African American, 30s-40s): A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.
MISTER (African American, 30s-40s. Also known as ALBERT): Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.
SOFIA (African American, 30s): Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her. Needs comic chops. Needs a great belt singing voice.
HARPO (African American, 20s): Mister’s vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a jukejoint in his first house and becomes Squeak’s lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.
NETTIE (African American, 20s): Celie’s younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated, and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.
SQUEAK (African American, 20s): Harpo’s lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt and soprano capability.
ADULT SINGERS: Males and females, 20s – 50s, African American. All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities. To play various roles in the ensemble The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show.
ENSEMBLE ROLES: MISTER’S DAUGHTER, HENRIETTA – CHURCH SOLOIST/CHURCH LADY, DORIS – CHURCH LADY, DARLENE – CHURCH LADY, JARENE, DAISY, PREACHER, PRISON GUARD, PA, SQUEAK, OL’ MISTER, BUSTER, CHIEF, GRADY, BOBBY, OLIVIA, ADAM
The story necessitates some characters displaying physical violence, same sex intimacy, alcohol consumption, and profanity.
A perusal script is available for check out at the theatre. Auditionees are strongly encouraged to be familiar with the story before auditioning.
NORTH RALEIGH ARTS & CREATIVE THEATRE’S
NON DISCRIMINATION AUDITION POLICY
NRACT IS COMMITTED TO AN ARTISTIC ENVIRONMENT THAT IS WELCOMING TO ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF ETHNICITY, GENDER, GENDER IDENTIFICATION, CULTURAL AFFILIATION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BODY TYPE, ECONOMIC CLASS, DISABILITY, OR RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. NRACT IS COMMITTED TO HAVING REPRESENTATION FROM A DIVERSE GROUP THAT EXPRESS OUR CORE VALUES OF INCLUSION, EQUITY, AND DIVERSITY.

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