AUDITIONS

THE ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE EMPLOYS GUEST AND LOCAL ARTISTS TO PRODUCE WORKS – CREATEDREHEARSED, AND BUILT IN DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK.

The Rep is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce of artists, technicians, and administrators; particularly one that reflects its community in Central Arkansas.

SPRING 2022 SEASON LOCAL UNION AND NON-UNION AUDITIONS

REF. TO LORT D (Minimum salary for AEA contracts is $667.00/week, effective February 14, 2022)

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will hold the Spring 2022 Season local union and non-union auditions on Saturday, November 13, and callbacks on Sunday, November 14, at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre located at 601 Main St., Little Rock, AR 72201. The holding room is located in the rehearsal hall on the 3rd Floor.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

To schedule an appointment, email [email protected] and use “2022 Season Local Auditions” in the subject line. Appointments will be scheduled between 10 A.M. and 6 P.M., with a break from 1 to 2 P.M.

Stage Managers should submit resumes to [email protected]
See production details below for preparation materials.

Designing Women

By Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Directed by Harry Thomason

Production Dates

First Digital Rehearsal: 12/28/2021
First In-person Rehearsal: 01/04/2022
First Preview: 01/18/2022
Closing: 02/6/2022

The Play

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.

What to Prepare

One very brief contemporary monologue. Actors must bring a headshot and resume.

The Roles

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!”

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!”

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.

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.)

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.

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.

(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.

(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.”

African American. 13 years old.

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bloh
Directed by Shá Cage

Production Dates

First Digital Rehearsal: 02/08/2022
First In-person Rehearsal: 02/15/2022
First Preview: 03/01/2022
Closing: 03/20/2022

The Play

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.

What to Prepare

One very brief contemporary monologue. Actors must bring a headshot and resume.

The Roles

(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.

(pronounced BWAH-FOH ) 18 years old. She is a transfer student and is new to the school. She is seemingly nice but people do not know much about her.

(pronounced AHH-MAH) 18 years old; the sensible, smart one of Paulina’s pack. Is not afraid to say it like she means it.

(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.

16 years old; the witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina’s pack.

16 years old; the ‘Frick’ to Mercy’s ‘Frack’; loves being part of Paulina’s pack and will do anything to be considered cool.

40’s; the Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves the girls but is also constantly exhausted by them.

(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

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Addie Gorlin-Han

Production Dates

First Digital Rehearsal: 03/22/2022
First In-person Rehearsal: 03/29/2022
First Preview: 04/19/2022
Closing: 05/15/2022
Potential Extension Closing: 05/22/2022

The Play

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.

What to Prepare

One very brief monologue and a brief selection of a legit musical theatre song. Actors must bring a headshot, resume, and sheet music in the correct key. A piano accompanist will be provided.

The Roles

Any Gender, age 18-64, Vocal Range: G2-E4.
A librarian who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses themself 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.

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 used to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next.
Self-centered, Shallow, Shame-less.

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 searching for the ways of being a man.
Bullied, Boyish, Beginner

Any Gender, 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 wandering 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.

CINDERELLA’S STEP-MOTHER
Female or Male, age 40-60, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.

LUCINDA and FLORINDA
Females, age 16-40, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5.

These three women are always pursuing a glamorous lifestyle to save themselves 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.

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.

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 manservant 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 outshined by the love in her heart for her granddaughter.
Feisty, Fearless, Fierce.

Any Gender, 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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AUDITIONS

The Arkansas Rep regularly holds auditions in Little Rock throughout the year. Auditions are announced here on our website as well as in local newspapers, and on our Facebook page.

Season EPAs are scheduled once a year and take place in Chicago or New York City, with Chorus calls scheduled for each chorus musical. These EPAs and Chorus Calls are announced on www.actorequity.org and in Backstage Magazine, www.backstage.com.

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