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Auditions

Sister ActThe PHCC Patriot Players will be holding auditions for SISTER ACT on Saturday, January 25. The production will be directed by Producing Artistic Director, Devin Pendleton.

THE IMPORTANT DATES

Auditions (singing): Saturday, January 25 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of Walker theatre.

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 29 at 8:00pm in Walker theatre.

Rehearsals: First rehearsal is Monday, February 24, with a total of thirty (30) rehearsals. Rehearsals take place on weeknight evenings, Sunday afternoons and a few Saturday mornings. The rehearsal schedule will be based on cast conflicts and will be finalized after casting.

Tech rehearsals: April 13-15. Attendance required. No conflicts are allowed after April 13.

Performances: Opens April 16 and plays for two weekends – ten performances. April 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 at 7:00 p.m. & April 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m.  

THE AUDITION PROCESS

Please prepare 16 bars of an audition song that best showcases your belt voice. An accompanist will not be provided. Actors can choose to sing a cappella or with an mp3 instrumental track. Singing auditions will take place in the order of sign-up. Auditions are closed to family/friends and will last approximately 5-minutes. Actors will be released after we’ve heard you sing. 

If you have performed in a Patriot Player production and unable to attend the audition, actors may submit a video audition to dpendleton@patrickhenry.edu. Submissions must be in by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. 

Callbacks are for speaking roles only. The ensemble will be cast based on singing audition and will not be required at callbacks. Not being called back does NOT mean that you are not considered for a role. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script. You will also be asked to vocalize and sing a portion of the music from the show.  

THE MUSICAL

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Rated: PG

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

THE ROLES

All roles in Sister Act are open. This show is full of amazing roles for women and men of all ages. Must be at least 16 years old to audition. We need strong singers and dancers who enjoy gospel music, harmonizing, outrageous 1970’s disco dancing, and just like to REJOICE! Lead roles will rehearse 3-5 times per week.

WOMEN

Deloris Van Cartier: An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range top: F#5, Vocal range bottom: E3.

Mother Superior: The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. Age: 40 to 70. Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: D3.

Sister Mary Robert: A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life. Age: 16 to 25. Vocal range top: A5, Vocal range bottom: F#3.

Sister Mary Patrick: A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable. Age: 30 to 50

Sister Mary Lazarus: A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music. Age: 40 to 65. Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: F3

Sister Mary Theresa: A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Mary Theresa seems decrepit at first glance, but secretly packs a punch. Participates in most of the dancing. Age: 60 to 70 (or younger actor with make-up).

Sister Mary Martin-of-tours: A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity. Comedic role. Age: 30 to 60

Michelle (doubles as nun and other characters): One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Age: 20 to 30. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Tina (doubles as nun and other characters): One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naive. Age: 20 to 30. Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: Ab3.

MEN

Monsignor O’Hara: One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. Age: 45 to 60. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: E3.

Curtis: A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. Age: 30 to 50. Vocal range top: Ab4, Vocal range bottom: A2.

Eddie Souther: The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: Ab2.

T.J.: Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Age: 18 to 25. Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: Db3

Joey: One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Age: 25 to 40. Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

Pablo: One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. Age: 25 to 40. Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: C4.

Ernie: One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant. Does not have to be a singing role. Age: 25 to 55

THE ENSEMBLE

Nuns; Bar Denizens; Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers. The Ensemble will rehearse 3-4 times per week.

We will also be auditioning SISTER-SISTERS that will perform as Nuns (only) in at least three (3) musical numbers. These Nuns will rehearse 1-2 times per week.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Devin Pendleton
Music Director: Brett Roden
Choreographer: Jane Leizer
Resident Designer: Emma Weatherley
Technical Director: Shauna Hines
Stage Manager: TBD

THE FORM

Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions plus some helpful documents:

  • Patriot Player Audition Form.pdf — please fill out
  • Please list every weeknight or weekend day that you have a conflict effective Feb. 24 thru Apr. 12. No conflicts are allowed after April 13.

 
Questions about auditions? Contact Devin Pendleton at dpendleton@patrickhenry.edu  

“This epic large-scale production is a wonderful opportunity that will bring our entire community together for family theatre at its best!” – Artistic Director, Devin Pendleton