To schedule your audition or for more information, email

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 for more information.

Can I send you my headshot/resume?

Yes please! E-Mail it to 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.

The Color Purple Auditions

Auditions | Studio @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre (by appointment only)
Friday, February 18, 2022 | 4:00pm-10:00pm

Callbacks | Studio @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre (by invitation only)
Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 2:00pm-10:00pm
Dance Call: Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 11:00am-1:00pm

About this show: Join us for this landmark musical about a remarkable woman named Celie. All she knows is heartbreak and despair, until her friend Shug helps her realize her own self-worth. Celie uses her flair for fashion to build a better future. With a joyous score featuring jazz, gospel, blues, and African music, The Color Purple is a story of resilience and a testament to the healing power of love.

Based upon the novel written by: Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by: Marsha Norman
Music & Lyrics by: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, & Stephen Bray

Directed/Choreographed by: Brian Harlan Brooks
Associate Director/Choreographer: Jamal Story

Important Dates:

  • Rehearsal Begins: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Previews: Thursday, May 5, 2022
  • Opening: Saturday, May 8, 2022
  • Closing: Sunday, May 29, 2022 (with possible extension closing Sunday, June 5, 2022)

**Note: Student and Public matinees may be added after casting.

Rehearsals are from 2:00-10:00 PM Tuesday – Friday and various times on weekends. We rehearse up to 42 hours a week. Your schedule and hours will vary pending the size of the role. Pay ranges from 200+ per week for non-union. AEA Guest Artist Tier 3 Contract: $621/week plus per diem ($28/day), $25 media bump, health/pension/dues. Housing available for out-of-town artists.

To request an appointment, please email: with your headshot, resume, audition form and role you would like to be seen for.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment with your headshot, resume, along with a filled out Audition Form 21-22 and THE COLOR PURPLE CONFLICT CALENDAR (coming soon)

What to prepare: Please prepare a 32-bar song cut of a song from your book or gospel song of your choosing. An accompanist will be provided (or you may sing acapella). Also prepare the sides provided for the role(s) of your choice (sides are listed below with casting breakdown)

We are only casting for the following roles:

Celie: Female, 20-37, Black/African Descent. Drives the story; vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous. She has a strong bond with her sister Nettie. Celie Side A, Celie-Mister Side J, Celie-Shug Side K, Celie-Shug Side L, Nettie-Celie Side H

Mister: Male, 30-49, Black/African Descent. Masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Ol’ Mister-Mister Side G, Celie-Mister Side J, Sofia-Mister Side C

Shug: Female, 30-59, Black/African Descent. A popular singer who is comfortable in her sexuality. Dynamic and powerful. Celie-Shug Side K, Shug Side D, Celie-Shug Side L

Sofia: Female, 30-44, Black/African Descent. A powerful warrior woman. She is physically bigger but beautiful and comfortable being large. Sofia-Mister Side C

Harpo: Male, 20-39, Black/African Descent. He represents the new generation. Vulnerable and confused. Harpo Side E

Nettie: Female, 20-39, Black/African Descent. Has a powerful bond with Celie. She is feisty, educated, and adventuresome. Nettie-Celie Side H, Nettie Side B

Squeak: Female, 20s. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, and has a caring heart. Squeak Side F

Ensemble: Males and Females, 16-50s, any ethnicity, to play various roles: Pa, Grady, Old Mister, Jarene, Doris, Darlene, Preacher, Fieldhands Male, Church Soloist. Male Ensemble Side Female Ensemble Side

Dancers: Males and Females, 15+. We are looking for strong trained dancers with background in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary & tap.

Gospel Choir Singers: Males and Females, any ethnicity, body size & type. Male Ensemble Side Female Ensemble Side

Callback sides: 

Celie 1

Celie 2

Church Ladies 1

Church Ladies 2

Female or Male Part

Male Harmony

Mister-Men Part