Auditions

To schedule your audition or for more information, email CFRT Company Manager Tori Gowland at auditions@cfrt.org

Cape Fear Regional Theatre employs both Equity (Guest Artist Tier 3) and Non Equity Performers.  All positions are paid, the Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What if I can’t make it to the audition?

If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-mail auditions@cfrt.org for more information.

Can I send you my headshot/resume?

Yes please! E-Mail it to auditions@cfrt.org with Audition Submission in the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Cape Fear Regional Theatre. 1209 Hay Street. Fayetteville, NC 28305.

What if I do not have a headshot/resume?

We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number 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.

Jelly’s Last Jam Auditions 

Auditions- NYC | Ripley-Grier Studios (520 8th Ave Studio, 16I)
Fri. Feb 28 | 12:00-6:00 (by appointment only)

Callbacks- NYC | Ripley-Grier Studios (520 8th Ave Studio)
Sat. Feb. 29 | 12:00-2:00 Dance Call (17B), 2:00-6:00 callbacks (16I) (by invitation only)

About this show: Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn Nightclub with your host, Jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton, for a night of music that might change his life. When The Chimney Man comes to ferry Jelly’s soul away, he gets one last chance to make amends for his mistakes. From the back alleys of New Orleans to the stages of New York – this sizzling memoir has seductive harmony, phenomenal tap dancing, and a score you won’t forget!

Directed and Choreographed by: Brian Harlan Brooks (Broadway’s Motown)

Important Dates:

  • Rehearsal Begins: April 21, 2020
  • Previews: May 14-15, 2020
  • Opening: May 16, 2020
  • Closing: May 31, 2020

Pay ranges: $150-200 depending on the size of the role.

**Note: Student and Public matinees may be added after casting. We rehearse up to 42 hours a week. Your schedule and hours will vary pending the size of the role. To request an appointment, please email: auditions@cfrt.org with your headshot, resume, audition form and role you would like to be seen for. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment with your headshot, resume, and filled out AUDITION FORM and JELLY’S LAST JAM Conflict Calendar.

What to prepare: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please also prepare the sides listed below for the character(s) you are auditioning for. Sides will be posted by Sunday, February 2. Come prepared to move- a dance combination will be taught during a portion of the audition.

Roles:

JELLY ROLL MORTON: (African American Male, mid 20s-40s) The son of racially mixed Creole parents, this pioneer jazz composer, pianist and bandleader exudes charm. Must be able to sing, dance (extremely strong tap), and/or strong jazz piano skills. Jelly Sides
Jack-Jelly-Chimney Musical Side
Jelly’s Musical Side

CHIMNEY MAN: (African American Male, 35-60) Our lean chief jurist: a mysterious, raffish agent of the supernatural. Very physical and a strong actor/singer. Chimney Man Sides
Jack-Jelly-Chimney Musical Side

YOUNG JELLY: (African American Male, early teens) Exudes as much charm as his older self. Creole. Strong dance/tap skills a must. Young Jelly Sides
Ens Musical Side

ANITA: (African American Female, 25-35) Jelly’s strong willed and capricious girlfriend. The daughter of racially mixed Creole parents. Strong movement, singing and acting capabilities. Anita Sides
Anita Musical Side

GRAN MIMI: (Female, 50-70) A religious Creole woman and matriarch to Jelly; very strong singer. Gran Mimi Sides
Gran Mimi Musical Side

HUNNIES 1, 2, & 3: (20s-40s) Spirits that summon Jelly’s soul. Must be good dancers and possess strong harmonies. See Female Ens Sides below.
Hunies Musical Side

JACK THE BEAR: (African American Male, 25-35) Jelly’s best friend. Full of dignified and warm hearted southern charm, he is an easy going man and a strong acting singer. Jack Sides
Jack-Jelly-Chimney Musical Side

MISS MAMIE: (African American Female, 30-50) The Blues Queen of Rampart Street. Club owner who loves good music and the musicians who make it. Wherever she goes, the party follows. Must have big, bluesy belt. Miss Mamie Sides
Mamie Musical Side

BUDDY BOLDEN: (African American Male, 25-35) An impassioned man known as “the Father of Jazz” who feeds into his/others addictions. Must play cornet and be a strong acting singer. Buddy Sides
Ens Musical Side

MELROSE BROTHERS: (White Males, mid 20’s-30’s) Agents and Gangsters. Strong singers and good comedic timing. Gus Nick Melrose Bros Sides 
Melrose Bros Musical Side

FOOT-IN-YO-ASS SAM/ENSEMBLE: (African American Male, any age) Character actor. Lives a club scene life and loves a good party. Bouncer at a club in Chicago. Foot in yo ass Sam Sides
Ens Musical Side

TOO TIGHT NORA/ENSEMBLE: (African American Female, any age) Character actress. Lives a club scene life and loves a good party. Strong dancer. See Female Ens Side below. See Ens Musical Side below.

THREE FINGER JAKE/ENSEMBLE: (African American Male, any age) Character actor. Lives a club scene life and loves a good party. Piano player. See Male Ens Side below. See Ens Musical Side below.

ENSEMBLE: All ensemble characters are African-American. An ensemble of 5 comprised of strong male and female singers and dancers, playing a variety of characters. Male Ens Sides Female Ens Sides
Ens Musical Side

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Auditions | Capitol Encore Academy (126 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28301) Saturday, January 11 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (by appointment only)

Callbacks | Capitol Encore Academy (126 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28301) Sunday, January 12 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (by invitation only)

About this show: It is 7 minutes after midnight and Mrs. Shears’ dog is dead in the front yard. Christopher, a brilliant and unique fifteen-year-old sets out to investigate the crime. See the world through his eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey after his crime-solving uncovers his own family’s secrets. Join us for the life-changing show that teaches us to celebrate our differences. Directed by: Mary Kate Burke Choreographed by: KC Castellano This show is a co-production with Rhinoleap Productions and will be in Fayetteville from March 17-April 26, 2020, and in Asheboro from April 28-May 17, 2020. In total, this is a 9 week contract. Three of the actors will be teaching Artists at RhinoLeap, which has a dual mission to produce shows and simultaneously work with public high school students to give them exposure to experienced, working artists. These actors/teaching artists guide the creation of original, student-generated projects that are given public performances in which our actors perform alongside the students. The actors will teach two hours per day Monday through Friday, so the total teaching commitment is 10 hours per week beginning the final week of the Fayetteville leg of the run. There is an additional fee of $300/week for the teaching artists. Important Dates: – Rehearsal Begins: March 17, 2020 – Previews: April 9-10, 2020 – Opening: April 11, 2020 – Closing at CFRT: April 26, 2020 – Rehearsal in Asheboro: April 28, 2020 – Tech in Asheboro: May 5-6, 2020 – Opening in Asheboro: May 8, 2020 – Closing in Asheboro: May 17, 2020. **Note: Student and Public matinees may be added after casting. We rehearse up to 42 hours a week. Your schedule and hours will vary pending the size of the role. Rehearsals are from 2:00-10:00 PM Tuesday – Friday and 12:00-8:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. To request an appointment, please email: auditions@cfrt.org with your headshot, resume, audition form and role you would like to be seen for. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment with your headshot, resume, and filled out Audition Form and CURIOUS INCIDENT CONFLICT CALENDAR. What to prepare: Please prepare the sides listed below for the track you are auditioning for. You must be able to perform an English accent. Roles: Christopher Boone: Male, 20s, should be able to convincingly to play a teenager. An English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and has difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Actor must be physically very fit and agile. Curious Christopher Side Ed Boone/Others: Cast: Robert Newman. Judy Boone: Female, 30-50. Christopher’s mother, is estranged from her husband, Ed after having an affair with her neighbor Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working-class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her. English accent appropriate to working middle class. Actor should be physically trim. Curious Judy Side Siobhan: Female, 25-49. Christopher’s teacher and mentor, she is the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings. English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent. Curious Siobhan Side Mrs. Alexander/Posh Woman/Voices: Female, 60-79. One of Christopher’s neighbors who has probably lived in Swindon her entire life. May be middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind, and so hungry for a connection with Christopher that she tries to help him and ultimately reveals information to him about his mother that he did not know. English accents appropriate to class. Curious Mrs Alexander Side Mrs. Shears/Mrs. Gascoyne/Woman on Train/Information/Voices: Female, 30-50. Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor, rough around the edges. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. It is her dog, Wellington that was found killed in the night. Mrs. Gascoyne is the headmistress of the school for “special needs” children that Christopher attends. Condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination. Information is a busy information clerk in a London Railroad Station who Christopher asks for directions. English accents appropriate to class. Curious Mrs. Shears Side Roger/Duty Sergeant/Mr. Thompson/Man Behind Counter/Voices/Drunk: Male, 30-50. Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears ex-husband. A middle-class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy, which not built on sturdy ground. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. The Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accents appropriate to class. Actor must be strong, fit and agile. Curious Roger Side Reverend Peters/Uncle Terry/Station Policeman/Mr. Wise/Policeman/Voices/Drunk: Male, 40-59. Reverend Peters is a vicar, pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. The Station Policeman gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train. Easily outsmarted by Christopher. English accents appropriate to class. Actor must be strong, fit and agile. Curious Rev Peters Side London Policewoman/Voices/Siobhan Understudy/Judy Understudy: Female, 20-35. London Policewoman is level headed when called to investigate domestic situations. She is as empathetic as you can be while being a police officer. For Understudy roles, please see notes above. English accents appropriate to class. Actor must be strong, fit and agile. Curious Female Ens Side