CAPE FEAR REGIONAL THEATRE
Caroline, or Change
Book and Lyrics By: Tony Kushner
Music By: Jeanine Tesori
Directed By: Bryan Conger
Music Director: Joanna Li
Audition Date: Monday January 9, 2017 5:00PM- 9:00PM
Audition Location: Cape Fear Regional Theatre, 1209 Hay Street. Fayetteville, NC, Glass Block Room
Rehearsals: April 18, 2017 through May 12, 2017 (Tuesdays – Sundays) Locations Vary
Runs: May 13, 2017 through May 28, 2017 (Wednesday – Sundays) on CFRT Mainstage
Audition Requirement: Ages 10+. Songs from the show will be made available to actors.
About the Show: Louisiana, 1963. Set in one of the most dramatic times in U.S. history, this Tony nominated musical is spellbinding and breathtaking. Caroline, a single mother, is working as the Gellman family maid. When her employers tell her that she can keep the money Caroline finds in the pockets of their son’s pants, they set in motion a series of events that will change both of their families’ lives forever.
*A perusal script is available in the CFRT Business Office, 1209 Hay St. Fayetteville, NC (Highland Ave. entrance) Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Seeking the Following:
Caroline Thibodeaux- Female, Mezzo-Soprano; 35-40 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. The Gellman’s maid. Divorced mother of 4 children. She is deeply aware of her missed opportunities and lost dreams. Caroline- Bars 96-126
Dotty Moffett- Female, Mezzo-Soprano; 23-25 years old, African American, Southern dialect. Caroline’s high-spirited friend and a fellow maid. She is regularly admonished by Caroline for her behavior. Dotty- Pickup to Bar 28-end
Stuart Gellman– Male, Baritone; 30-40 years old, Jewish. A grieving widower, Stuart is newly married to Rose Stopnik. Caroline’s employer and father to Noah, he is having trouble connecting to his new wife. Stuart- Pickup to Bar 8-30
Noah Gellman– Male, Countertenor; 9-12 years old, Jewish. Stuart Gellman’s son. He is nervous, forgetful, and looks to Caroline for comfort. Noah- Bars 19-45
Mr. Stopnik– Male, Baritone; 60-70 years old, Jewish. Father of Rose Stopnik Gellman. A politically progressive man from New York with dissenting opinions.
Emmie Thibodeaux– Female, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano; 16-18 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. Caroline’s only daughter and second oldest child. Observant, rebellious, and blunt. Emmie- Bar 23-end
Rose Stopnik Gellman– Female, Mezzo-Soprano; 35-45 years old, Caucasian. An old friend of Stuart’s first wife, Betty. She recently moved to the South after marrying Stuart. Rose- Pickup to Bar 42-end
Jackie Thibodeaux– Male, Tenor; 9-12 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. Caroline’s son. Kind and naïve. Jackie and Joe- Bar 69-80
Joe Thibodeaux– Male, Tenor; 8-11 years old, African American, Southern dialect. Caroline’s son. Outspoken and skeptical. Jackie and Joe- Bar 69-80
Washing Machine– Female, Mezzo-Soprano; 20-50 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. The washing machine in the Gellman’s basement. She is brand new and pushes Caroline to move forward with her life. Narrator, friend, and ultimately Caroline’s subconscious. Washing Machine- Bar 116-end
Moon– Female, Soprano; 20-50 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. The moon is a calming and healing presence. Narrator, friend, and ultimately Caroline’s subconscious. Moon- Whole Song
Radio (played by 3 different women)– Female, Soprano; 20-50 years old, African American. Motown vibes. Narrator, friend, and ultimately Caroline’s subconscious.
(Radio 2 can choose between the 2 following song cuts) Radio 1 and 2- Start- Bar 13, Radio 2 and-3- Start- Bar 17
Dryer/Bus – Male, Baritone; 20-50 years old, African American, Southern (Louisiana) dialect. Dryer in the basement of the Gellman home. Torments Caroline throughout the play. Narrator, friend, and ultimately Caroline’s subconscious. The Bus is the primary source of transportation for the African American characters in the story. Narrator, friend, and ultimately Caroline’s subconscious. Bus- Start- Bar 18
Grandma Gellman– Female, Mezzo-Soprano; 55-65 years old, Jewish. Stuart Gellman’s mother. She is concerned for her son’s melancholy attitude and she is a fan of his new wife. She is omnipresent in the Gellman house. Grandma and Grandpa Gellman- Bars 60-76
Grandpa Gellman– Male, Baritone; 60-70 years old, Jewish. Stuart Gellman’s father. He is aloof to the changes occurring in the South during this period. He is a constant presence in the Gellman house. Grandma and Grandpa Gellman- Bars 60-76
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if I have little stage experience?
A: No matter. Come audition!
Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
A: If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
A: Yes please! E-Mail it to Ashley at email@example.com with Caroline, or Change in the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Cape Fear Regional Theatre. 1209 Hay Street. Fayetteville, NC 28305.
Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
A: We will be taking a photo of you with your audition umber at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.
Stay tuned for further audition notices!
Still have a question after reading through all of the above information? Feel free to e-mail Ashley Owen, CFRT Company Manager, with any additional questions that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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