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Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

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Production Details

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Production: Riverside Christmas Spectacular (ADULTS ONLY)

Producing Company:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Rehearsal Dates: To begin in early October 2019

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Monday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Performance Dates: Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday, December 29, 2019

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

TBD, Director

Stephanie Wood, Choreographer

TBD, Music Director

*Children wish to be seen for the Riverside Christmas Spectacular will be seen at a later date*


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Production: Grease

Producing Company:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Rehearsal Dates: To begin in late November/early December 2019

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Monday, December 30 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Performance Dates: Wednesday, January 8 - Sunday, March 15, 2020

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Patti D’Beck, Director & Choreographer

TBD, Music Director

*Individuals under the age of 18 will not be considered for this production*


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Production: Bright Star

Producing Company:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Rehearsal Dates: To begin in early January 2020

Technical Rehearsal Dates: Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Performance Dates: Wednesday, March 25 - Sunday, May 17, 2020

Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Patrick A’Hearn, Director

Stephanie Wood, Choreographer

TBD, Music Director


Audition Detail

Date: Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: 3pm-10pm

Location:

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

95 Riverside Parkway

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed.

Please prepare 32 bars from or in the style of the show you are auditioning for. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to read from the script if asked. Please bring a headshot and a résumé. AEA Guest Artist contracts for some roles. All appointments will be scheduled via e-mail. Please contact the Company Manager via e-mail for appointments. If you are unable to attend auditions, video submissions are encouraged (with a headshot, résumé, and video link/s) to companymanager@riversidedt.com.

 

To schedule an audition appointment, please e-mail the Company Manager via e-mail at companymanager@riversidedt.com with the subject line “RC Audition Appointment Request”. Please include your headshot, resume, and a link to your website in your request e-mail.

 

To submit a video audition, please e-mail the Company Manager via e-mail at companymanager@riversidedt.com with the subject line “RC Video Submission [YOUR GENDER] – [YOUR NAME]”. Please include your headshot, resume, a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video submission, and the name(s) of the productions you are submitting for in your submission e-mail.

 

Any questions or concerns, please contact Company Manager, James Davis via e-mail at companymanager@riversidedt.com


Riverside Christmas Spectacular Description

 

Riverside Christmas Spectacular - Back by popular demand and updated for 2019! Experience the excitement, memories, and joy of Christmas as our spectacular cast of singers and dancers present the heart and essence of the holiday season in this pageant of your favorite songs and music. Escape the hustle and stress and rekindle your Christmas spirit at Riverside Center with this glittering celebration of everything that makes this “the most wonderful time of the year”!


Grease Description

 

Grease - Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high school romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.


Character Descriptions - Grease

 

Danny Zuko

The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Tenor (D4-B5)

 

Sandy Dumbrowski

New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Soprano (A3-F#5)

 

Betty Rizzo

Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable.  

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (A3-C5)

 

Frenchy

A dreamer; good-natured but not too smart, she is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can't wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (A3-D5)

 

Marty

Views herself as glamorous; pretty and looks older than the other girls but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (C4-C5)

 

Jan

Funny, loud, compulsive eater, and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (A3-C5)

 

Doody

The youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Tenor (D4-A5)


Kenickie

The second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough-looking, surly, and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humor.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Tenor (C4-F5)

 

Sonny Latierri

A member of the Burger Palace Boys; funny Italian-American, he is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Baritone (G3-A5)

 

Roger

The anything-for-a-laugh type of boy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Tenor (D4-A5)

 

Vince Fontaine

A typical 'teen audience' disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran 'Greaser.'

Gender: Male

Age Range: 25-35

Vocal Range: Flexible

 

Cha-Cha a.k.a – Charlene DiGregorio

The best dancer at St. Bernadette's; a loudmouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (C4-C5)

 

Eugene Florczyk

The class valedictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He's a typical 'apple-polisher' both smug and pompous, but gullible.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Tenor (A3-E5)

 

Miss Lynch

A no-nonsense, serious, loud, English teacher

Gender: Female

Age Range: ----

Vocal Range: Flexible

 

Patty Simcox

A typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, but can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. She's a bit of a pain and unpopular with the Pink Ladies and can twirl a baton.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Alto (D4-A4)

 

Teen Angel

Frenchy's suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school.

Gender: Female, Male

Age Range: ----

Vocal Range: Tenor (E4-F5)

 

The Pink Ladies (Ensemble)

The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls' gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.

Gender: Female

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Flexible

 

The Burger Palace Boys (Ensemble)

A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers... or so they think.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 18-25

Vocal Range: Flexible


Bright Star Description

 

Bright Star - Inspired by a real event and featuring the bluegrass-tinged Grammy-nominated Steven Martin and Edie Brickell score, Broadway’s Bright Star is a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.


Character Descriptions - Bright Star

Alice Murphy

Plays both 16-17 and 36-37. Alice at age 36-37 is an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional – but with an air of melancholy. Young Alice at age 16-17 is rebellious, high-spirited, adventurous – looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. She must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles.

 

Billy Cane

A young soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.

 

Daddy Cane

Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kindhearted, if a bit lonely.

 

Margo Crawford

a small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.

 

Max

a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.

 

Florence

an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.

 

Edna

An employee at Margo’s bookstore.

 

Daryl Ames

An assistant at a literary magazine. Funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor. Insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likeable.

 

Lucy Grant

A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940’s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.

 

Mama Murphy

Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.

 

Daddy Murphy

Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.

 

Mayor Josiah Dobbs

The Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial powerbroker – distinguished, an imposing and controlling presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.

 

Jimmy Ray Dobbs

Plays both age 18-20 and 38-40. Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks is Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well-built and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business; an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 38-40.

 

Stanford

Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs

 

Dr. Norquist

The local family doctor in Zebulon

 

Government Clerk

A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh

              

Well-Dressed Woman

A woman (38-40) living in Raleigh.