Red Mountain Theatre – Auditions for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess>
Red Mountain Theatre Company is holding auditions for The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on September 17th (with callbacks on September 18th ), 5:00-10:00 PM.
Rehearsals for this production will begin January 14th, 2020 and the show will run from Friday, February 7th-Sunday, February 23rd. Performances will be Thurs-Sat evenings at 7:30, and on Sat-Sun at 2:00.
Auditions will be held at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre, 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume, & arrive at 4:30 to sign in. We also ask that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
If you have performed with RMTC in the past and you are interested in this show, you must RSVP to email@example.com and you will be assigned a time to attend the call back on September 18th.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for your audition. The show also requires some movement/dance from some specific characters, so please bring clothes comfortable to wear if asked to learn a brief dance combination.
You may be asked to read or sing from the show from the following:
About the show
Known worldwide as a masterpiece and “An American Folk Opera,” Porgy and Bess was George Gershwin’s final work for the musical stage. Based on DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s play Porgy, Porgy and Bess combines elements of jazz, classical, and American folk music. Musical numbers include “Summertime,” “A Woman Is a Sometime Thing,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “I’m On My Way.”
- PORGY (bass-baritone) – Disabled from birth, Porgy begs on the streets of Charleston for change and spends it gambling with the men of Catfish Row (usually winning). Thoughtful and liked by all, Porgy’s neighbors are fiercely protective of him.
- BESS (soprano) – The beautiful, hard-living Bess is known around the community at Crown’s lover. Bess is addicted to drugs, drinks openly, and consciously separates herself from the rest of the women of Catfish Row. She is constantly on the run from her personal demons.
- SPORTING LIFE (tenor) – A troublemake r who recently returned to Catfish Row after living in New York City, Sporting Life is the neighborhood’s supplier of drugs (or, “happy dust”), alcohol, and other vices.
- CROWN (baritone) – Bess’s dangerous lover has a violent temper and an appetite for liquor and drugs. He works as a stevedore on the docks; is incredibly strong, and often spoiling for a fight
- MARIAH (contralto) – As the matriarch figure of Catfish Row, Mariah cares for her neighbors like a family.
- SERENA (soprano) – Deeply religious, and often judgmentally pious, Serena is the moral compass of the community.
- ROBBINS (tenor) – Serena’s loving husband likes to enjoy himself on a Friday night, gambling and drinking.
- JAKE (baritone) – Jake is a fisherman and captain of the Sea Gull. He is willing to brave any danger to provide for his wife Clara and their newborn child.
- CLARA (soprano) – Jake’s young wife, prizes her husband and new baby above all else.
- MINGO (tenor) – Mingo is the undertaker of Catfish Row who must balance his need to make a living with his sympathy for the families of the departed.
- THE STRAWBERRY WOMAN (mezzo-soprano), THE HONEY MAN (tenor), & THE CRAB MAN (tenor) – The cries from these street vendors fill the air as they try to sell their goods to the people of Catfish Row.
- THE WOMEN AND MEN OF CATFISH ROW – This lively community of workers from the streets, docks, sea, and fields of Charleston is close-knit and fiercely loyal to each other, especially in the face of external threats.