Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for
BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
A musical by Alan Janes
Directed by Bill Brooks
Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz
Choreography by Amy Jones
Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
AUDITION DATES: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7–10pm and Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7–10pm.
CALLBACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9am–1pm on Artisan’s Main Stage. Cast will be announced on Friday, March 10.
LOCATION: Auditions will be at Artisan’s Second Stage Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, March 14, 2017 and will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7–10pm and Saturdays from 10am–3pm. Additional rehearsals on Wednesdays and Fridays as the show gets closer to opening.
PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs April 28–June 3, 2017. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning May 6. Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling. Performances may be added.
AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: Auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link onto browser and then make an appointment: http://www.meetme.so/ArtisanCenterTheater. Come prepared to sing 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and read from the script. An accompanist will be provided. If you are auditioning for a role that plays an instrument, please make your appointment for either day between 7pm and 8:30pm. If you are auditioning for a non-singing role, you will not be required to sing. Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info found at http://artisanct.com/auditions. If asked to return for a callback expect to read from the script and learn/sing a song from the show.
Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and digital access to professional photographs from the production.
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Man…The Legend…The Music…On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash, aged 22. BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”,”Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, “Raining In My Heart”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”, and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”. The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, continues to live on in BUDDY. It is the “ULTIMATE FEEL GOOD MUSICAL.”
Buddy Holly: (Lead – 20’s–30’s) tall, must play guitar, sing, and act with a rock and roll feel; singer songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas, intelligent and charismatic, must possess serious star potential and have the desire to live as a rock ‘n’ roll superstar every night; must sing either “That’ll Be The Day”, “Everyday”, or “Oh, Boy” and accompany yourself on a guitar; need to be familiar with all three songs.
Tommy Alsopp: (Lead – 20’s–30’s) tall, rhythm electric guitarist with pop/rock experience who sometimes worked with Buddy as the ‘fourth Cricket’; at audition sing either “That’ll Be The Day”, “ Everyday”, or “Oh, Boy” and accompany yourself on a guitar; need to be familiar with all three songs.
Joe B. Mauldin: (Lead – 20’s–30’s) serious character with musical ability from Lubbock, Texas; must be able to sing, act, and play the Double Bass; at audition sing either “That’ll Be The Day’, Everyday” or “Oh, Boy”, or a similar rock ‘n’ roll number.
Jerry Allison: (Lead – 20–30’s) good looking, must be able to play the drums and bring own sticks, must have cheek humor and ability to act and sing; from Lubbock, Texas; at audition sing either “That’ll Be The Day’, Everyday” or “Oh, Boy”, or a similar rock ‘n’ roll number.
J.P. Richardson ‘The Big Bopper’ (30ish) songwriter/singer, best known for “Chantilly Lace”; an exuberant performer with excellent pop singing ability and comedic timing to re-create this famous song; may also play additional minor characters.
Ritchie Valens (Hispanic ethnicity, 20ish) a guitarist/singer most well-known for the hit song “La Bamba”; energetic and charismatic, he was an exciting performer; ability to play the guitar a plus; may also play additional minor characters.
Hi Pockets Duncan (50ish) disc jockey in Lubbock, Texas who advises Buddy; serves as a narrator between some segments of the story; must play an instrument or sing harmony well.
Vi Petty (Caucasian - 30’s-40’s) possess a boogie woogie, jazz, or pop music singing style; is the wife of record producer, Norm Petty. Keyboard ability a plus.
Maria Elena Santiago-Holly (Puerto Rican – 20’s–30’s) Attractive and strong-willed; must have an excellent ear for the Puerto Rican dialect and sing harmonies well; met and married Buddy following a whirlwind one-day romance.
Senora Provi Garcia (Puerto Rican – 40’s–50’s) speaks in Spanish-English with a pronounced Puerto Rican dialect; is Maria Elena’s aunt.
Murray Deutsch (Caucasian – 40’–50’s) a producer in New York, at the studio where the Crickets record; preference is for a musician to also play in the Hayriders and/or Clear Lake bands.
Apollo Theatre musicians and singers, The Hayriders and Clear Lake Musicians.
ABOUT THE THEATER:
Artisan Center Theater produces nine big Broadway style musicals in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event productions, two plays and one musical revue, on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage. Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children's Theater produces seven children's shows each year where children perform for children. As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday.