AUDITIONS for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (running April 20-May 11 at the BCA Calderwood Pavilion)
Auditions will be held Sunday, September 23 6p-11p; and Monday, Sept 24 6p-11p at the Kendall Art Space at 650 E. Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA. / Callbacks will be held Tuesday September 25 from 6p-11p at the same location.
The Red Line Kendall stop is a few blocks away from the audition venue. For drivers, there is street parking in the neighborhood and a parking garage on Athaneum St. around the corner from the venue.
Show synopsis: Caroline knows who she is: a devoted mother, a good Christian, and a competent housekeeper to the Gellman family. But when Noah Gellman's mother dies, he clings to Caroline despite barriers of race, culture and religion. Meanwhile, outside, the rising tide of the civil rights movement threatens to alter her world forever. Caroline is torn between her home and her work, her faith and her instinct, her future and her past. What can she do if the only way to remain true to herself is to change?
With music by Jeanine Tesori and a book by Tony Kushner, Caroline interweaves text and music ranging from prose to fantasy, from Gospel to Zydeco, and from Motown to Klezmer to tell a story as complex and rich as its heroine.
Male Roles (4-5):
- The Dryer: Black Male-Identifying. Vocal Range: E3 - C6. Narrator and Caroline's subconscious foe. May double as The Bus.
- The Bus: Black Male-Identifying. Vocal Range: G3 - B5. Narrator and part of Caroline's subconscious journey. May double as the Dryer.
- Stuart Gellman: Non-Black Male-Identifying. Vocal Range: B3 - G5. A Jewish professional clarinetist. Noah’s father, Rose's husband, and Caroline's employer; still grieving the loss of his first wife.
- Grandpa Gellman: Non-Black Male-Identifying. Vocal Range: G3 - E5. Jewish; Stuart’s father and Noah's grandfather.
- Mr. Stopnick: Non-Black Male-Identifying. Vocal Range: F3 - E5. Jewish; Rose's father, visiting from New York. Politically progressive, outspoken, and a little outrageous.
Female Roles (10):
- Caroline Thibodeaux: Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: E3 - E5. Single mother of four and professional maid.
- Rose Stopnick Gellman: Non-Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: G3 - E5 Jewish; Gellman family friend. Stuart's new wife/ Noah's new stepmother; just moved in from New York.
- Dotty Moffett: Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: F3 - D5. Caroline's high-spirited friend; a maid enrolled in college and looking to better herself.
- Emmie Thibodeaux: Black Female-Identifying. ocal Range: F3 - F5. Caroline's only daughter and the second of four children. Observant, rebellious, outspoken.
- Washing Machine: Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: G3 - E5. Narrator and Caroline's subconscious friend.
- The Radio: 3 Female-Identifying; Actors of Color Strongly Encouraged. Vocal Range: G3 - F5. Trio of Narrators of world events and of Caroline's subconscious mind.
- Grandma Gellman: Non-Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: G3 - E5 Stuart’s mother and Noah's grandmother.
- The Moon: Black Female-Identifying. Vocal Range: B3 - A5. Narrator and part of Caroline's subconscious. A voice of calm and reason.
Child Roles (3):
- Noah Gellman: Non-Black Male-Identifying. Age 7-11. Vocal Range: G3 - E5 (Unchanged voice.) Jewish; son of Caroline's employer, Stuart Gellman. Adores Caroline.
- Jackie Thibodeaux: Black Male- or Female-Identifying Age: 9-12. Vocal Range: A3 - D5 (Unchanged voice). Caroline's son. Though he is older than Joe, he is more sweet and naïve. Could be played as a girl or boy.
- Joe Thibodeaux: Black Male- or Female-Identifying Age: 7-10. Vocal Range: B3 - D5 (Unchanged voice). Caroline's son. Though he is the baby of the family, he is outspoken and skeptical. Could be played as a girl or boy.
Kendall Square Art Space - 650 E. Kendall St, Cambridge, MA
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