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Attention, actors: Sign up now to audition for Big River

Big RiverSouth Bay Musical Theatre announces auditions for BIG RIVER on Saturday June 2 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday June 3 from 6-9 p.m.

Callbacks will be held (by invitation) on Saturday, June 16, from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 17, from 6-10 p.m.

Auditions and callbacks will be at the SBMT Rehearsal Studio, 761 Mabury Road, San Jose 95133.

Please sign up for a 30-minute time slot. SIGN UP HERE 

What to bring: Headshot and resume, conflict calendar, sheet music in correct key (1-2 minutes in length.) Accompanist provided; no recordings please.

Cold readings from the show will be provided.

South Bay Musical Theatre strives for inclusivity in our casting process. Actors of all races, ethnicities, body types, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. All roles open.

If you have questions, please contact kimkay@southbaymt.com

TENTATIVE DATES
First Rehearsal: Mid-November 2018 (A break in rehearsals is expected between Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Load-in: January 5, 2019
Opening Performance: January 26, 2019
Closing Performance & Strike: February 16, 2019

ABOUT THE SHOW
Music by Roger Miller | Lyrics by Roger Miller | Book by William Hauptman | Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Winner of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel – the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

PRINCIPAL AND FEATURED ROLES:

Jim (Baritone) is Miss Watson’s runaway slave who is desperate to be free so that he can work to buy back his wife and children. Jim is brave and kind-hearted.

Huckleberry Finn (Tenor) is a rebellious youth with a love of adventure. Huck is the narrator and main character of the show; we experience the events of the story from his point of view.

The King (Baritone) is an escaped convict and con artist pretending to be the son of the last King of France. He and his comrade, (calling himself “The Duke”) concoct various schemes to swindle the Wilkes family fortune, as well as selling Jim back into slavery.

The Duke (Tenor) is an escaped convict and con artist pretending to be the Duke of Bridgewater. He and his comrade, (calling himself “The King”) concoct various schemes to swindle the Wilkes family fortune, as well as selling Jim back into slavery.

Tom Sawyer (Tenor) is Huck’s best friend, who also loves adventure. Tom Sawyer is a rather dramatic sort of person; he can easily get lost in his sense of romance and adventure.

Pap Finn (Baritone) is Huck’s drunkard, government-hating and money-grubbing father. Actor may double in ensemble.

Widow Douglas is a sister to Miss Watson. She’s a strict and traditional woman who helps to raise Huck. Actress may double in ensemble.

Miss Watson (Soprano) is a sister to Widow Douglas. She is a strict and traditional woman who helps her sister raise Huck. Actress may double in ensemble.

Mary Jane Wilkes (Mezzo-Soprano) is the grieving and pretty eldest girl of the wealthy Peter Wilkes, who recently passed away. Actress will double in ensemble.

Alice is an African-American slave sold and separated from her daughter. Searching for consolation and peace. Actress will double in ensemble.

Alice’s Daughter is an African-American slave sold and separated from her mother. Gospel style singer with strong acting skills. Actress will double in ensemble.

Ensemble: features many versatile roles, including:
Young Fool (Tenor soloist); Judge Thatcher; Mark Twain/Doctor; Ben Rogers; Jo Harper; Strange Woman; Simon; Dick; Hank; Andy; Lafe; Sheriff Bell; Counselor Robinson; Harvey Wilkes; Susan Wilkes; Joanna Wilkes; Sally Phelps; and Silas Phelps.

PRODUCTION STAFF
Director: Doug Brook
Producer: Jay Steele
Production Manager: Sara Dean
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Esther Selk
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke