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: AEA- Guest Artist Tier 3.

**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