The Crescent Theatre

The Crescent Theatre is holding auditions for the following production(s).

Non-members are welcome but please read the note at the bottom of this page.

Want to be involved but don't want to act?  There's always plenty to do backstage - see our membership page for details.

Parade

The Crescent Theatre is excited to be producing Jason Robert Brown's musical Parade from Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th May 2015.

Parade tells the tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, a man wrongly accused of murder in 1914 Georgia. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance.

The main auditions for Parade will take place in mid-January 2015. However we wish to cast the three roles that require black actors as soon as possible.

These are:

Jim Conley: A cleaning supervisor at National Pencil Factory. Secretly, he is a convict on the run. Pompous showman with a strong build. Black Georgian. (Baritone/Tenor)

Newt Lee/Riley: He is the night watchman at National Pencil Factory. A bit too old to possess the job. Physically intimidating, but a gentle giant. Black Georgian. (Bass-Baritone)

Minnie McKnight/Angela: Minnie is a maid in the Frank's House who originally testifies against him and then recants. Angela is a member of the local community who is just on the cusp of fighting for black rights. Black Georgian. (Alto)

All three roles require strong actors and singers.

Anyone interested in auditioning for these roles should contact Daniele Harford on danieleharford@yahoo.com by Wednesday the 29th of October.

Please Note

While auditions are intended for members, non-members are welcome to attend on the understanding that, if successful in reading for a part, you would be expected to become a member of the theatre.  This entitles you to take part in all theatre activities and to concessionary ticket prices.  In return you will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances and to undertake your required allocation of front of house duties.  Your membership subscription must be paid by the end of the second rehearsal.  Membership fees for a year are £60 (£30 if unwaged).  More details on Crescent Membership can be found in the membership pages.

The Familiarisation Reading is not an audition but an opportunity to find out more about the play, the characters and the director's ideas for the production.  If you are unfamiliar with the play, try to come to this to see if you would be interested in reading for a part at the audition.

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