What: DREAMGIRLS, Book & Lyrics by Tom Eyen, Music by Henry Kieger

Performance Dates: June 15-17, 2023 @7:30PM; June 18, 2023 @ 2:30PM; June 22-24, 2023 @ 7:30PM; June 25, 2023 @2:30PM

Where: Hood Street Art Center, 136 Hood Street, McDonough, GA 30253

Directed by Brad Bowden
Musical Direction by Jessica Milner
Choreographed by Autumn Stephens
Stage Managed by Kendra Cowart

Audition Dates:
Video Submissions - Due March 1, 2023
Video Submission Callbacks - March 3, 2023
Final Callbacks - March 4 @ 1:00PM - 3:30PM

Rehearsal Dates:
Rehearsals in March to mid April will be held at the Alliance Theatre in Midtown, Atlanta.
We will begin with a readthrough on March 13th @ 7:30PM with rehearsals beginning on March 17th @7:00-9:30PM.
We will meet Mondays and Fridays in March and April @ 7:00PM - 9:30PM. Full Rehearsal Calendar will be provided at auditions. Possible Saturday rehearsals for Tech

Audition Requirements:
Must by 18 or older to audition

Video Submissions -

  1. Introduction of yourself with:
    • Personal information: First and Last name, age
    • Role your auditioning for
    • Song you will be singing and monologue you will be performing
  2. Perform One (1) monologue.
    • The monologue should be from a play if possible, between 1 to 2 minutes and age appropriate.
    • For your performance:
      • Have the camera on your eyeline, including your upper body
      • Look slightly above or off to the left or right of the camera.
      • "You have nothing to prove, only to share."
  3. Perform One (1) Song, either a cappella, or with accompaniment - live or digital.
    • Prepare a 'Motown inspired' pop or rock and roll song of the 60's, 70's, 80's.
    • Make sure you are louder than your accompaniment.
    • Your chosen song should be age appropriate.
    • Choose 32 bars that shows your vocal range and style
    • Musical Theatre selections are preferable, but not mandatory

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION APPLICATION

  • Please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Send Headshot, Resume, and Video link to: thpvideosubmissions@gmail.com
  • If you use YouTube, please upload the video as Unlisted to protect your privacy.
  • If you use Vimeo, please secure it with a password: thpvideosubmissions

Story Synopsis:

Inspired by Motown and R&B legends of the 1960s-70s, Dreamgirls follows the rising stardom of the Dreametts, an all-girl singing trio from Chicago. The three best friends--the phenomenally talented, but demanding Effie White, the beautiful and appealing Deena Jones, and the eager, romantic Lorrell Robinson--team up with driven, demanding manager Curtis Taylor, who is determined to see their--and his--star rise. As their careers begin to take off, changes are made to sensure their mass appeal to the pop market. Egos are bruised, tempers flare, and hearts are broken in pursuit of stardom. Inspired by the stories of groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles and featuring many iconic classic songs, Dreamgirls is a love letter to American R&B music and the artists that make such music great.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

EFFIE WHITE - African American Female - 18-late 20's. Lead singer of 'The Dreamettes.' Later she gets fired from the group when Deena gets given the lead. Headstrong, sassy, temperamental, a diva. Powerful gospel singer required with brilliant belt. Principal role.

DEENA JONES - African American Female - 18-late 20's. Becomes the lead singer of "The Dreams." Marries Curtis but leaves him when she finds out about his illegal activities. Wants to become an actress. Beautiful. More of a commercial pop vocal. Principal role.

LORRELL ROBINSON - African American Female - 18-late 20's. The softer of the three "Dreams." Tries to keep the peace. Starts a relationship with Jimmy. Principal role.

CURTIS TAYLOR JR - African American Male - early 30's. A used car salesman who talks himself into becoming 'The Dreamettes' Manager. Later becomes Jimmy's Manager too. Resorts to payola, bribing DJ's to play his clients music. Dates Effie but eventually marries Deena. Con man, forceful, a cheat, determined. Principal role.

JIMMY 'THUNDER' EARLY - African American Male - late 30s. A popular R&B star who, over time, loses his fame. Married but has an affair with Lorrell. An outrageous 'star' performer. High energy, chaotic. Principal role.

C.C. WHITE - African American Male - 18-late 20's. Effie's brother. A songwriter. Principal role.

MARTY - African American Male - late 40's-50's. Jimmy's Manager. Quits as Jimmy's Manager when Curtis starts to take over. Later becomes Effie's Manager and teaches her to rebuild her confidence. Principal role.

NON-SINGING ACTORS - African American Men - Various ages, appear in the ensemble.

ENSEMBLE - Various ages and genders, for singers and singing dancers of all ethnicities.