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San Diego REP is currently seeking submissions for the following production:
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Llibretto by Brian Crawley
Based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts.
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Rehearse: July 25, 2015
Preview: August 20, 2015
Open: August 26, 2015
Close: September 13, 2015
San Diego – Feb. 2nd and Feb 3rd, possible Feb 4th
*specifically seeking submissions from San Diego local actors.l
Callbacks: Feb. 16th, March 9th, 16th and 24th .
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit.
With just a ticket, a suitcase, and a heart full of expectation, Violet Karl waits for a Greyhound bus in Spruce Pine, North Carolina in 1964. As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she's now ready to travel across the Deep South to Tulsa, where she aims to find a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. The musical chronicles her journey and the colorful characters she meets on the way. Though she does not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet finds a beauty within herself. Her quest leads her to meet a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections".
VIOLET – Caucasian female, 20 - 35, mezzo. The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful. Dreams of love and believes that miracles are possible. Principal.
Range: G3 - F5
FLICK– African American male, 20 - 30, baritone. A Soldier. He falls in love with Violet and wants to protect her from the cruelty of the world in which they live, but is too shy or reserved to tell her so. A good hearted man who is always willing to stand up for others, but not yet ready to go after what he wants. A gentleman. Principal.
Range: C4 - E6
MONTY – Caucasian male, 20 - 30, tenor. A paratrooper and Flick’s friend from basic training. Good looking, charming but rough around the edges. He too falls for Violet, but in a less ingenuous way than Flick. A playboy who is used to getting what he wants. Doesn’t understand consequences for himself or that his actions may cause others. Principal
Range: A3 - G5
YOUNG VI – Caucasian, to play early teens, mezzo soprano. Plays Violet at a young age, prior to the accident. Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.
Range: A3 - E5
FATHER – Caucasian male, 35 – 45, baritone. Violet’s father. A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet’s face while he is chopping wood.
Range: A3 - F5
OLD LADY ON THE BUS, HOTEL SINGER, Etc. – Caucasian. 40 – 65. To play The Old Lady on the bus was a former beauty in her heyday, now staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Also plays veteran Hotel Singer. Strong singer and character actor. Ensemble.
Range: F3 - E5
PREACHER, RUFUS, BUS DRIVER, Etc. – Caucasian male. 30 – 50, tenor. Preacher is an impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Strong actor and singer. Ensemble.
Range: B3 - G5
MABEL, MUSICAL HALL SINGER, WOMAN WITH FAN Etc. - African American female, 32 - 48. Sultry, soulful singer to play a music hall singer and various characters on the bus. Ensemble.
Range: A3 - G5
GOSPEL SOLOIST, LANDLADY, WOMAN KNITTING,etc. - African American female, 40 - 70. Plays the soulful gospel singer who sings with passion and power in the evangelist’s church, the landlady at the African American motel, as well as other roles. Ensemble.
Range: F3 - G5
BILLY DEAN, VIRGIL, CREEPY GUY, RADIO SINGER, BUS DRIVER, etc. – Caucasian male, 20 - 27, tenor. Play Billy Dean, a young man who tricks Young Vi into having sex with him, and Virgil, the right hand man to the evangelical preacher, as well as others. Ensemble.
Range: B3 - B5
EARL, RADIO SINGER, WAITER, LEROY, MECHANIC, BUS DRIVER, etc. – Caucasian male, 45 - 65. Strong actor/singer to play multiple character roles. Ensemble.
Range: B3 - F5
To submit for VIOLET, please email your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pic/Res should be sent as an attachment and not embedded in the email. Be sure to indicate which role you are interested in being seen for.