Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Little Rock, AR
$667 weekly minimum - (LOA ref LORT D) effective February 14, 2022
Viewing auditions :
Will Trice, Executive Artistic Director, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Harry Thomason, Director, DESIGNING WOMEN
Amy Herzberg, Associate Director, DESIGNING WOMEN
Shá Cage, Director, SCHOOLS GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
Addie Gorlin-Han, Director, INTO THE WOODS
Felicia Dinwiddie, Company Manager, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
First Digital Rehearsal – Dec 28, 2021 First In-person Rehearsal - Jan 4, 2022 First Preview – Jan 18
Opening – Jan. 21
Closing – Feb. 6
SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY:
First Digital Rehearsal – Feb 8, 2022
First In-person Rehearsal - Feb 15
First Preview – March 1 Opening – March 4 Closing – March 20
INTO THE WOODS:
First Digital Rehearsal – March 22, 2022 First In-person Rehearsal - March 29 First Preview – April 19
Opening – April 22
Initial Closing – May 15
Please note – everyone working on this show will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination status prior to rehearsals.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Equity actors for roles in Arkansas Repertory Theatre's 2022 Season (see breakdown).
Together with Equity and LORT, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre recognizes the need for expanding the participation of actors of color, women, and actors with disabilities in the artistic process. Toward that end, the Arkansas Rep reaffirms its commitment to non-discrimination and a flexible imaginative casting policy, which includes casting actors with disabilities, actors of color, actors over 60 and women in roles where race, ethnicity, gender, sex, age, or the presence or absence of a disability is not relevant.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre 2022 Season
There will be understudies cast*
By Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Designing Women, the Play, will provide a fresh, topical update on the original characters of Sugarbaker’s Design Firm. After thirty years in business together, we find the women negotiating not only their ever-evolving relationship, but also their conflicting opinions on all that is going on in America right now. Deeply divided on a plethora of cultural and political issues (and despite humor- fueled discussions about all of them), the women eventually reach a previously unfathomable decision to sell Sugarbaker’s and go their separate ways. How they make their way back to each other and manage to cobble a fragile rapprochement (without compromising themselves or their personal beliefs) serves as the unifying theme of the play.
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS :
Please prepare a contemporary monologue.
JULIA SUGARBAKER - Well past middle age and still stunning, Sugarbaker’s chief designer and resident sage now has her own, liberal podcast. Devoted to her only son, Julia has never re-married and is just as formidable as ever – an ultra-southern, elegant, charming, seductive, elocutionist and verbal assassin who still knows how to, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”
SUZANNE SUGARBAKER - Late forties-early fifties, the former “Miss Georgia” is exactly the same as the old Suzanne – unevolved, zaftig, flirty, gorgeous, cavalier, self-obsessed and over-dressed, renowned beauty expert and Atlanta socialite. Suzanne still treats herself to a new Cadillac every year (even though she does not care for Siri’s “snotty, know-it-all tone”). She also rides herd on the many businesses collected from five ex-husbands, including a string of tanning parlors and a funeral home, prompting her to brag that she’s “the only person in the entire state of Georgia who knows how to make a dead person look pleased!”
MARY JO SHIVELY- Fifties, single mom-turned-empty-nester. Progressive, up-to-date on all trends and current events -- funny, sardonic quipster. Mary Jo has evolved from being a modest, self-effacing young wife (who put her ex through medical school) to an unapologetic, full-fledged feminist and confident mover and shaker in Atlanta’s design world.
CHARLENE FRAZIER - Missouri born, the oldest of 11 children -- tall, big-hearted, effortlessly sexy and still madly in love with her military husband. Her only daughter, Olivia, is now having a baby girl of her own. Charlene is super organized, uber-responsible -- a DIY whiz who loves playing the lottery and going to psychics. She also still has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. (Example: Can’t eat slaw without wondering who Cole was.)
CLEO BOUVIER - African American. Anthony’s cousin. Fortyish, lesbian, ex-schoolteacher, master gardener. Married to a Jamaican poetry professor and mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter, Cleo is especially offended by the current under-read, over-exposed, Kardashian, selfie culture. She does not suffer fools gladly.
HALLIE MCFEE - Charlene’s baby sister. (Being the oldest, Charlene, practically raised her.) Mid- thirties, sweet, sheltered, evangelical, former stay-at-home mom – incurably enthusiastic and imbued with Charlene’s love of learning, Hallie is a high school graduate who has already read The Hundred Greatest Books Ever Written (as prescribed by Reader’s Digest). She is thrilled to be Sugarbaker’s new receptionist (her first professional gig) and is in complete awe of her new bosses.
WYNN DOLLARHYDE (Contractor) - The current romantic interest of both Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker. Ruggedly attractive, Atlanta contractor and builder, with a languid Georgia drawl. Sensitive, masculine, Wynn exudes a quiet, bemused calmness – suggesting a man who seems like he has a lot to tell, but is never going to tell it.
CAULDER CLAY (Suzanne’s ex-husband) - Suzanne’s soon to be ex, heir to a gargantuan Atlanta family car-dealership. Late forties, over-grown frat boy, chronic philanderer, big-game hunter and county club aficionado. Or, as Julia is fond of saying, “always seems like he just stepped out of a Dixie Chicks song.”
ALFIE BOUVIER - African American. 13 years old.
SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
By Jocelyn Bioh
Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. However, the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting new comedy, twice extended in its acclaimed New York debut, is sweeping the nation’s stages, and has become a cultural phenomenon.
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS :
Please prepare a contemporary monologue.
PAULINA SARPONG - (pronounced PAUL-LEE-NAH / SAAR-PONG) - 18 years old; most popular girl in school and knows it. She is beautiful, talented, vindictive yet somehow loveable.
ERICKA BOAFO - (pronounced BWAH-FOH ) - 18 years old. She is a transfer student and is new to school. She is seemingly nice but people do not know much about her.
AMA - (pronounced AHH-MAH) - 18 years old; the sensible, smart one of Paulina's pack. Is not afraid to say it like she means it.
NANA - (pronounced NAH-NAH ) - 16 years old; the simple pseudo dumb one of Paulina's pack. She struggles with her love of food and snacks. Very sensitive.
MERCY - 16 years old; the witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina's pack.
GIFTY - 16 years old; the 'Frick' to Mercy's 'Frack'; loves being part of Paulina's pack and will do anything to be considered cool.
HEADMISTRESS FRANCIS - 40's; the Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves the girls but is also constantly exhausted by them.
ELOISE AMPONSAH - (pronounced AMM-PONE-SAAH) - 40's; extremely poised and well-mannered former Miss Ghana 1976. She now is a recruiter for the Miss Ghana Pageant. She speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.
INTO THE WOODS
By James Lapine
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow, would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS :
Please prepare a contemporary monologue and a brief legit music theatre song, or one of the provided music selections from the provided accompaniment.
The music side for Men “Agony” – Tenor/Bass https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzTq_1nKIB0TnSzH4yhxHGIbzE6BkyHT/view?usp=sharing
The accompaniment track for “Agony” – Tenor/Bass https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UBK_pTyxlDW_VM3Jge1mABqzP-mnpAMI/view?usp=sharing
The music side for Women – “Maybe They’re Really Magic” – Soprano/Alto https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nX42StixjGUtzNe_1sUyunInqrteL7-4/view?usp=sharing
The accompaniment track for “Maybe They’re Really Magic” – Soprano/Alto https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IUiKfKJ0IrHXradntxPIydpoN_L7Lrjp/view?usp=sharing
Male or Female, age 18-64, Vocal Range: G2-E4.
A librarian who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses his/her self in the story. Educated, Engaging, Expendable
Female, age 35-55, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
After losing her mother’s magic beans, she is cursed with “ugliness”. She believes that if she can reverse this curse she will be able to secure a lasting life with a child she has kidnapped and kept in a tower. Through her journey, she comes to realize that her wish will not bring her the happiness that she has longed for and decides to take her fate in her own hands. Twisted, Torn, Triadic
Male, age 25-45, Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4.
This man is scared by past abandonment and is just trying to get by in life. Because of the lack of a male’s influence, he can’t grasp the reality of being a man, a husband, or a father. As we progress through the show, he learns life is messy and no one is truly alone. Innocent, Idealist, Ignorant
The Baker’s Wife
Female, age 25-45, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
A mid-western housewife type desperately seeking for her life to be different. I’m not sure if she knows what she wants. Her wishes vary between children to a more glamorous life of royalty. Desperate, Determined, Dreamer
Female, age 16-30, Vocal Range: G3-G5.
She too wishes her life were different. However, upon getting her wish, she realizes it’s not what she thought it would be. How can she find middle ground in an ever-changing world? Hopeful, Honorable, Hesitant
Male, age 20-40, Vocal Range: B2-F4.
Men and Women all want to either be or be with him and he knows it. This playboy is use to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next. Self- centered, Shallow, Shame-less
Red Riding Hood
Female, age 15-20, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
Coming from a life of privilege, this little one must learn to be more cautious. Her carefree lifestyle encounters dangers beyond her imagination. How she deals with these situations will force her to take a good look at herself and everything she thinks she knows. Careless, Caught, Challenged
Male, age 15-25, Vocal Range: B2-G4.
Feeling he has no friends in the world, he finds solace in the family’s cow. Unable to read his surroundings, he lives his life in dream land. It’s not until he trades the cow for magic beans that his gigantic adventures begin. His quest up a beanstalk teaches him lessons he never thought he would learn. However, with all his experiences he is still search for the ways of being a man. Bullied, Boyish, Beginner
Female or Male, age 35-60, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A single mother left by a deadbeat husband to raise a clueless son whose imaginary friend is a cow. This is a woman who loves her son but wishes he would grow up. She has been beaten down by a life of poverty until her son finds a golden hen. How will she handle this newfound way of life? Jaded, Jilted, Justified
Female, age 15-30, Vocal Range: B3-A5.
How would you feel if your whole life you’d been trapped in a tower with only a crazy witch to talk to? Here we find a girl who wishes to see the outside world. However, her lack of human contact or knowledge of the world proves to be a challenge for her. Upon being banished to a remote desert with her twins by a wondering stranger, she cracks. Utopian, Used, Unglued
Male, age 17-40, Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4.
After having to live in his brother’s shadow for so long, this handsome young lad sets out to seek his own adventures. Upon falling in love with a dreamlike maiden, he is pierced with the realities of life. Will he pursue a family life or try to find happiness elsewhere? Attractive, Adoring, Annoyed
Female or Male, age 40-60, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.
Lucinda, Florinda (Step-Sisters)
Females, age 16-40, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5.
These three women are always pursuing a glamorous lifestyle to save them from their current situation. They wear the best that they have in order to mask their poverty. They are like vultures in that they find joy feeding off others. Fake, Frustrated, Flighty
Mysterious Old Man
Male, age 50-65, Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4.
Is he a beggar or a hermit or father to half of our characters? We know at least that he is the father of the Baker and Rapunzel. This man either is on the run from responsibilities or can’t stand to face the guilt he has to live with from all the pain he has caused. You decide. Wacky, Weathered, Withdrawn
Cinderella’s Mother (Off Stage)
Female, age 40-55, Vocal Range: G3-A Flat 5.
Her projection of reality is heavenly. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes. Heavenly, Helpful, Holographic.
Male, age 18-35, Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4.
This creature is always on the lookout for his next meal. He entices his victims with flowers and fun until they willingly succumb to his desires. Resourceful, Ruthless, Rocker.
Male, age 30-50, Ensemble Singer.
A man servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room. Conniving, Callous, Coward.
Female, age 40-65, Ensemble Singer.
This is a woman who has been calloused by life. The fire in her eyes is only out shined by the love in her heart for her granddaughter. Feisty, Fearless, Fierce
Female or Male, age 15-60, Ensemble Singer.
A cow that’s seen better days but is best friends with Jack. Fast, Funny, Fatigued
Female, age 18-35, Ensemble Singer.
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LOA $667 weekly minimum - (LOA ref LORT D) effective February 14, 2022