AUDITION CALL


Show: Sister Act

Who: Non-Union Performers 16+ (must look 16+)

When: Sunday - February 24th, 2019

Time: 2pm - Until

Where: Slidell Little Theatre - 2024 Nellie Dr.

 


Show Synopsis:

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

 


 

What to prepare:

You MUST sing, the designated audition cut for the character you are auditioning for. The sheet music and the backing tracks are available at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-QytYgRCzzurOgj47rE_zm6mE3eDsO0K Please read over the list on what to sing as some characters will be grouped into one audition cut. You will not be permitted to audition if you do not prepare one of the cuts. In the interest of saving time, you will only be allowed to sing for one character; however, you may be asked to sing another cut as the staff sees fit.

 

What to expect:

After you sign in with the Monitors in the Lobby, you will fill out your Audition Forms. You will be called into the Main Stage for your vocal audition when the Staff is ready to see you. After the last vocal audition, there will be an opportunity for you to change into your dance attire for the dance audition. We will be having callbacks after the dance audition, so please be prepared for a long day/night. If you are released, that doesn’t mean you have not been cast. If you have a callback, that does not mean you are cast. There is a possibility some may be released after the vocal audition.

 

What we want:

The Production Staff encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, religious backgrounds, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend. Specifically seeking performers of all ethnic and religious backgrounds for this production. This production requires a fiercely talented, top-notch troupe of female identifying talent. This troupe must dance well and sing even better. Each featured female vocalist MUST belt or mix/belt; however, Mother Superior and Sister Mary Robert could be played by a Mezzo/Soprano. The male identifying talent must be able to hold harmonies and move well. It is possible that looks and vocal type may allow you to audition in a different gender category than what you identify as. As always, you must LOOK the age(s) specified below. Please read the character breakdown very carefully.

 


 Character Breakdown:

 

Deloris Van Cartier

20s/30s; Female Identifying; Vocal Range: E3-F#5; Must be/look African-American
An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring.

 

Michelle

20s/30s; Female Identifying; Vocal Range: Bb3-F5
One of Deloris' back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort.

*This role will double as Nun/Ensemble.

 

Tina

20s/30s; Female Identifying; Vocal Range: Ab3-F5
One of Deloris' back-up singers. A little thick and naive.

*This role will double as Nun/Ensemble.

 

Curtis

20s/30s; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: A2-Ab4
A club owner, a notorious gangster, and Deloris' boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.

 

TJ
16-20s; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: Db3-Eb5

Curtis' nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.

 

Joey

20s/30s; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: Bb2-Eb5
One of Curtis' thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies' man.


 

Pablo

20s/30s; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: C4-F5; Must be/look Latin
One of Curtis's thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish.

 

Ernie

20s/30s; Male Identifying
One of Curtis' thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.

*This role will double in the Ensemble.

 

Officer Eddie Souther

20s/30s; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: Ab2-B4
The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years and dreams of being her hero.

 

Mother Superior

40's and Up; Female Identifying; Vocal Range: D3-E5
The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.

 

Monsignor O'Hara

40's and Up; Male Identifying; Vocal Range E3-G4
One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood.

 

Sister Mary Robert

16-20s; Female Identifying; Vocal Range F#3-A5
A postulant abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life.

Sister Mary Patrick

20s/30s; Female Identifying
A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.


 

Sister Mary Lazarus

40's and Up; Female Identifying; Vocal Range F3-B4
A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris' soul music. Rapping skills a plus.


 

Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours

30's and Up; Female Identifying
A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.


 

Sister Mary Theresa

40's and Up; Female Identifying
A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.


 

Nuns/Female Ensemble

20's and Up; Female Identifying; Vocal Range: Various

Looking for 3-5 more Nuns to fill the Convent. These Nuns are in all the scenes/songs involving the Nuns. Could also double as Bar Denizens/Homeless People/Fantasy Dancers depending on auditions.


 

Male Ensemble

20's and Up; Male Identifying; Vocal Range: Various

Looking for 3-5 performers for Bar Denizens/Altar Boys/Homeless People/Fantasy Dancers.

 

 

AUDITION TIPS


Here is Director, Josh Brewer's audition tips for "Sister Act":

RESEARCH.

Familiarity with the musical is mandatory. The stage version is very different from the movie. Study the stage version and make sure you understand what show you’re actually auditioning for. A good place to start is the Sister Act page on Music Theatre International’s website (they are the company that licenses the show). You should also read the ENTIRE audition call for this specific production.

 

REHEARSE.

The music is available beforehand. Rehearse before you show up, even if it's just in the bathroom mirror. Come warmed up and ready to create.

 

ARRIVE EARLY.

Auditions start at 2 o'clock...... please be arrive at least 20 minutes prior to fill out your audition forms. We will begin promptly at 2 o'clock. It also gives you time to get the jitters out before seeing us.

 

DRESS TO IMPRESS.

During your vocal audition, dress like it's a job interview. When it's time to dance, please wear attire comfortable enough to move in; however, keep in mind that we are looking at how you move so please don't wear anything over-sized. Ladies need to bring jazz shoes AND character shoes, men just need jazz shoes or sneakers. Your attire is the first thing we see before you even speak your name - make that first impression count!

 

BE HONEST.

If you are only willing to play certain roles, please note it on the audition form. If you have conflicts, please note them on the audition form. Should you want to edit your audition form during auditions, you will be allowed to during the transition from singing to dancing. Performers that add several conflicts or drop after not being honest on their audition form are no fun. Be fun.

 

FOCUS.

It's all about you. Focus on presenting yourself and your gift rather than worry about what the production staff is thinking. Also, don't worry about the other performers at the audition - they are just as nervous as you are. Relax and set yourself up for a good audition. We are watching you be you on a bare stage - go for it!

 

FLEX YOUR MUSCLES.

Play to your OWN strengths and gifts. Google different productions of performers making the roles their own for inspiration. Don't be afraid to sing alternate notes or rhythms here and there as long as you make us believe in it. This is your 30-second solo-concert and we are all ears.

 

KEEP GOING.

If your eyelash falls off, if your heels break, if you crack on a note or if you mess up a lyric...... just keep going. We have been in your shoes and know what auditioning feels like, but you can't start over during a real show. Let your gift shine through no matter what.

 

HAVE FUN.

This is the grooviest and biggest show this season - SMILE and have fun with us! And if you aren't having fun, act. ;)

 

BE POLITE.

Your audition starts the minute you enter the parking lot: smile, say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ always. Please also watch what you say/post on social media before/during/after the audition.  Be authentic, be fun, be fabulous.