Raleigh Little Theatre is seeking performers for its upcoming production of Curtains, which features a book by Rupert Holmes, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and original book and concept by Peter Stone. This show will be presented in the Sutton Theatre.
About the Show
It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew become suspects. It is up to a local fast-talking detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan, to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love, all without getting killed. Packed with glorious tunes from the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, Curtains is a witty and hilarious musical whodunit that you won’t want to miss!
Audition Information Session: June 7 from 7-8pm on Zoom
This information session will include an overview of the audition process, forms, and guidance on how to prepare. This is a great session to attend if you have never auditioned for a show before, never volunteered at RLT, or if you would like to hear more from the director about the process and show.
Auditions: June 11 (Sunday) and 13 (Tuesday) at 7-10pm
Callbacks: June 14 (Wednesday) at 7-10pm
Cast List: June 16 by 5pm
Rehearsals: Mondays – Friday 7-10pm, Sundays 1-5pm
June 19, 2023 – August 4, 2023
Tech rehearsals: August 5 – 10, 2023
Performances: August 11 –27, 2023
Questions about auditions? Contact Heather Strickland: Heather@nullRaleighLittleTheatre.org
About the Roles
Raleigh Little Theatre encourages actors of any ethnicity, identity, ability, etc. to audition for any role. If the script requires strict adherence to any characteristic(s), those will be listed in the character description. For this production, performers must be 15+.
If you need any specific accommodations to audition, please contact Executive/Interim Artistic Director, Heather Strickland, to make your request. Examples of accommodations made in the past are: wheelchair accessible audition space, large print materials, prompters in the audition room, volunteers to help fill out forms, and auditions by appointment. If you cannot attend the audition, you may submit a video audition to Heather by June 11.
LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (40s) male presenting, any ethnicity. Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki.
NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) female presenting, any ethnicity. Pretty, naïve ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre. Actress must have legit Soprano and good comic timing.
GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30s) female presenting, any ethnicity. Female half of our songwriting team. She ends up taking on the leading lady role. She must sing and dance well.
CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) female presenting, any ethnicity. Brassy Broadway producer. She is a terrific comedic actress who sings well.
AARON FOX (40s) male presenting, any ethnicity. The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he’s separated. He’s a sexy, charming ladies man.
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-Mid 60s) male presenting, any ethnicity. The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. Actor should have good comic timing.
CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) male presenting, any ethnicity. English director. Very camp. Very funny. Requires a good comic lead actor.
BAMBI BERNÉT (Early 20s-early 30s) female presenting, any ethnicity. Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer, many think she was only hired because of her mother. Bambi is a good dancer/comedienne who sings well.
DARYL GRADY (30s) male presenting, any ethnicity. A Theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts.
JOHNNY HARMON (40s-50s) male presenting, any ethnicity. The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is a character man who is gruff but lovable. He keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process.
OSCAR SHAPIRO (45-65) male presenting, any ethnicity. The general manager. He is an agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. Requires a good comic actor who sings.
BOBBY PEPPER (20s to early 30s) male presenting, any ethnicity. The choreographer and lead dancer. He is a strong singer who dances well.
JESSICA CRANSHAW (30s-40s) female presenting, any ethnicity. Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the show-within-the-show and gets murdered on its opening night.
SASHA ILJINSKY Any age, any gender presentation, any ethnicity. The show’s pit conductor. This character sings the opening song in Act II and leads the orchestra.
VARIOUS ENSEMBLE ROLES
About the Production Team
Directors/Choreographers: Jess Barbour and Amy Pridgen
Music Director: Lauren Tompkins
Stage Manager: David Wilk
Scenic Designer: Joel Soren
Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
About the Auditions
All auditionees should arrive at 7:00 p.m. on the day they sign up for and be prepared for a dance audition from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Auditionees will then be called in for vocal auditions in groups of 10 or less. Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of or from the show. All those auditioning should bring sheet music in the correct key – an accompanist will be provided.
Please fill out the following paperwork to bring with you to the auditions:
A callback list will be posted by noon on June 14. All auditionees that are called back will be asked to read from provided sections of the script as well as sing songs from the show.
Volunteer Access Fund
If you face financial barriers related to transportation to the theatre, please check out our Volunteer Access Fund pilot program!