2021/22 Season Auditions

AUDITIONS for the 2021-2022 Mainstage & Tour Ed Season are right around the corner!

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Respect: A Musical
Journey of Women

Musical • Written by Dorothy Marcic

**THIS SHOW IS FULLY CAST**

Respect, a resonating anthem of solidarity and empowerment in times of struggle and evolution was burned into the hearts of women by Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul. A story told through top-40 music, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women combines excerpts of 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more. From "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Will Survive," "I Will Follow Him," "These Boots are Made for Walking," and "What's Love Got to Do with it" all told stories and gave insight to the thoughts, emotions, and actions of women around the world.

Previews:
Saturday, September 18; Sunday, September 19; Wednesday, September 22

Opening:
Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Motown Christmas

Musical Revue • Written by Nate Jones

Needed:
All actors must be strong singers and dancers/movers.

  • 5 African American Women (20-45 yrs)
  • 5 African American (20-45yrs)
  • 2 African American Youth (13-18 yrs)

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this festive holiday revue. It’s the perfect blend of traditional Christmas carols paired with the soulful sounds from such Motown celebrities as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5. WBTT’s dazzling signature style makes this the most memorable and fun Christmas treat of the season for the entire family!

Previews:
Saturday, November 13; Sunday, November 14; Wednesday, November 17

Opening:
Thursday, November 18 – Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Lawsons

Play with Music • Written by Meda Beaty

COMMISSIONED WORLD PREMIERE

Needed:

  • 4 African American Women (19-50 yrs)
  • 6 African American Men (20-50 yrs)
  • 2 Caucasian Men (30-50 yrs)

Two people come together over distance through letters they shared daily. We explore their journey through story and song, engaging events of their lives including starting Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and The Civil Rights Movement. This is based on the actual love letters shared between Reverend and Mrs. Lawson.

Previews:
Saturday, January 22; Sunday, January 23; Wednesday, January 23

Opening:
Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, February 27, 2022

Single Black Female

Comedy • Written by Lisa B. Thompson

Needed:

  • 2 African American Women (30-50 yrs)

The play’s setup sees two single black female characters, one a teacher, the other a lawyer, talking about the lives of single, middle-class, African-American women. The two friends talk about their lives, which sets up them acting out several vignettes that are funny but also speak to certain truths. More humor comes through the two actresses taking on the parts of other characters, such as their relatives and friends.

Previews:
Saturday, March 19; Sunday, March 20, Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Opening:
Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, April 17, 2022

Brother Toad

Drama • Written by Nathan Harris Jackson

Needed:

  • 2 African American Women (20-35 yrs)
  • 2 African American Men (25-40 yrs)
  • 1 African American Male (30-45 yrs)

In this work, 18-year-old black high school student Marques has “narrowly survived” being shot by a white man while sitting in a car with a friend, who was killed. As the show begins, Marques recuperates at home, listening to a sports-talk radio program hosted by his uncle, Randall, who announces an upcoming local march for safety from gun violence. Randall’s wife, Shayna, is an organizer of this rally, though she can’t persuade Marques or his mother, Janelle, to join in. Marques and his mother are afraid. The man who attacked Marques was caught but claims a “stand your ground” defense. Their reluctance to attend seems to stem from other, unclear concerns, but it’s that fear, in its many forms, that is a thread throughout this work. Do we need guns to keep ourselves safe? Jackson aims to pose questions, not answer them.

Previews:
Saturday, May 7; Sunday, May 8; Wednesday, May 11

Opening:
Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, June 5, 2022

Sarah Sings A Love Song*

Musical • Written by Stephanie Berry

*Rights pending

Needed:

  • 2 African American Women (30-60 yrs)
  • 1 African American Male (30-60 yrs)

This musical weaves the life and music of Jersey jazz great Sarah Vaughan, incorporating the music and muse in the lives of a devoted couple, accompanying their three-decade romance through courtship and marriage. (Tamar Davis, a former YP’er, originated the role)

Previews:
Saturday, June 25; Sunday, June 26; Wednesday, June 29

Opening:
Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 31, 2022

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