Barn Players to Hold Auditions for ‘Grey Gardens’

Auditions for Grey Gardens at the Barn Players

Music by Scott Frankel

Lyrics by Michael Korie

Book by Doug Wright

Based on the 1975 Documentary Film Grey Gardens, directed by Albert and David Maysles.
Directed by Eric Magnus

Musical Direction by Michelle McIntire

Assistant Direction by Shelly Stewart Banks

AUDITION DATES:

Saturday, June 3rd from 1pm – 4pm

Sunday, June 4th from 6pm – 9pm
at St. Pius School, 55th and Woodson, Mission, KS

EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:

  • Auditions will be an open call both days, and will consist of singing a prepared 32 bar selection of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
  • Please Provide:  Sheet Music…no CDs & NO ACAPPELLA auditions
  • Headshot/Resume (if available)
  • If you have worked with this Director or Musical Director before, there is no need to come to the open call.  Please email your interest to the director at emagnitude@me.com by Saturday, June 3rd.

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday, June 10th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  Please be prepared to read scenes and sing songs from the show (sides will be provided). If you are auditioning, please make sure to clear your schedule that afternoon, as callbacks are critical to putting together the strongest ensemble for this ensemble piece. You will be notified by email if you are invited to callbacks.

Rehearsals will begin around June 23rd.  Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm.  Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process.  No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week (9/10 – 9/14)

PRODUCTION DATES:

September 15 – October 1

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2:00pm

Industry Night Performance Monday, September 25th @ 7:30pm

All performances take place at The Barn Players Theatre, 6219 Martway in Mission, KS

SYNOPSIS:

The hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses.

 

Character Descriptions

Edith Bouvier Beale/”Little” Edie Beale 

(female, late 40s – mid 50’s, legit soprano or mezzo-soprano to F-sharp 5, mix/belt to D5.)
One actress plays Edith in Act I and Little Edie in Act II. Edith is the eccentric socialite and amateur opera singer who is living in Grey Gardens with her pet accompanist Gould. In the second act, this actress plays the daughter, Edie, living in squalor with her elderly mother as their former life of privilege crumbles around them. Edie is a complicated figure who is inextricably attached to her mother, but also yearns for the life of a performer.

Edith Bouvier Beale 

(female 70’s, character alto E3-C5)
Big Edie is an eclectic woman who fondly recalls her days of glory entertaining guests at lavish parties in the heyday of Grey Gardens. She should be able to play as late 70s. It is recommended that this actress also be familiar with the documentary film.

Young Little Edie Beale 

(female 20s, mix/belt to D5, soprano to B-flat 6)
Referred to as Body Beautiful Beale and is young, full of life, and can’t decide whether she wants a life of fame or family.  She is to be engaged to Joseph Kennedy, Jr.  Should be a strong mover dancer as well.
George Gould Strong

(male 40s, baritone or tenor, C3-F4)
Edith Bouvier Beale’s accompanist. George is a dapper fellow with pomaded hair and an ascot, a drink and a lit cigarette always nearby. Ability to play the piano a plus.

Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr./ Jerry

(male 20s, tenor, C3-G4)
Joe Kennedy is a fiercely attractive man and Edie’s intended. The role of Jerry in Act Two is a teen slacker in a painter’s cap and an unruly mop or curls. He is friends to both Big Edith and Little Edie and a sort of handy-man/Jack of all trades.

Brooks Sr./Brooks Jr. 

(male 30s – 40s, African American, baritone, C3-E4)
The African-American butler. He is youthful, spry, and discreet. Brooks Jr in Act Two is the dedicated gardener of Grey Gardens, most likely helping and not getting very well paid, but still dedicated to the women that his father worked for and cared about.

J.V. “Major” Bouvier/ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale 

(male 60-70′s, baritone, C3-E4)
Father to Edith Bouvier Beale. He is a lion-like scion of business in his early seventies. Major Bouvier is staunchy disapproving of his daughter’s lifestyle. Peale was a famous Protestant preacher and a believer in the theory of “positive thinking.”

Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier

(female 15, juvenile mix belt, C4-E5)
Edith’s playful and earnest young niece.

Lee Bouvier

(female 10-13, juvenile mix belt, C4-E5)
Edith’s playful youngest niece, a tomboy.

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