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September 27, 2012

Open Auditions for BIG RIVER – Newington Mainstage

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Big RiverNewington Mainstage will hold open auditions for their spring production of BIG RIVER on Tuesday, October 9th and Monday, October 15th, from 7:00-9:30pm, both evenings.

BIG RIVER is the musical adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with music by Roger Miller. All ages & ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of BIG RIVER or you are welcome and encouraged to sing from the show. Also, you may be asked to read from the script. A full chracter breakdown is below.

BIG RIVER will play April 26-28, 2013 at theNewingtonTown Hall. Rehearsals will begin the first week of March 2013.

You are encouraged to schedule an audition appointment, but walk-ins will be seen as time permits. For an appointment, please email  NewingtonMainstage@gmail.com or call 860-595-2350.

For more information, please visit www.NewingtonMainstage.com.

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BIG RIVER Character Breakdown:

HUCKLEBERRY FINN-Late teens to early 20’s. Bari-tenor with strong acting and comedic skills. All-American country boy with the wonder, naiveté and adventurous spirit of a 14 year old combined with the Mark Twain wisdom of a 50-something. Searching for freedom from conventional societal structure in the 1840’s.

JIM–Mid 30’s to early 40’s. Rich, soulful baritone with strong acting skills. African-American male with a childlike simplicity combined with a true strength of character and courage. Searching for freedom from slavery in the 1840’s.

TOM SAWYER-Late teens to early 20’s. Bari-tenor with strong acting and comedic skills. All-American country boy with a matter-of-fact self assuredness who convinces all the other local boys that he is the chosen leader of their “gang.” Searching for wild adventures in the midst of his ordinary, simple life.

THE KING–Late 40’s to 60. Character man who sings, with strong acting and comedic skills. 1840’s carpetbagger con artist passing himself off as aristocracy, claims to be a preacher and doctor, along with various scamming “jobs” along his journey searching for a quick buck and the easy life.

THE DUKE–Early 30’s to 40. Character man who sings, with strong acting and comedic skills. 1840’s carpetbagger con artist passing himself off as a Duke, claims to be an actor specializing in tragedy, along with various scamming “jobs” along his journey searching for a quick buck and the easy life.

MARY JANE WILKES-Late teens to early 20’s. Huck’s love interest. Folk/Country style voice with an easy belt or mix. Strong actress with a heart of gold and endless compassion.

PAP FINN–Late 40’s to mid 50’s. Character man who sings, with strong acting and comedic skills. Huck’s conniving, sly, drunken father who’s always looking for the easy way out and a strong bottle of whiskey. (May also play SHERIFF BELL)

THE BOYS–Late teen boys and 1 girl needed for the female tomboy. A group of boys that are part of Tom Sawyer’s gang.  All are strong singers and dancers.

JUDGE THATCHER/HARVEY WILKES/SILAS PHELPS–Late 40’s to early 50’s. Character man who sings, with strong acting skills. Also plays ENSEMBLE roles.

BEN ROGERS/HANK/YOUNG FOOL–Early 20’s. Bari-tenor with strong acting and comedic skills. SingsARKANSAS.

WIDOW DOUGLAS–Late 30’s to mid 50’s. Character woman who sings. Robust, appointed caretaker of Huck, determined to “civilize” him with a combination of old-fashioned Bible toting, strictness and compassion.

MISS WATSON–Late 30’s to mid 50’s. Character woman who sings. Skinny old-maid spinster, sister to WIDOW DOUGLAS. Obsessed with religion, determined to keep Huck on the straight and narrow.

ALICE–Early 30’s to early 50’s. Singer with strong acting skills. African-American slave sold and separated from her daughter. Searching for consolation and justice.

ALICE’S DAUGHTER- Teens to mid 20’s. Rich, soulful Gospel-style singer with strong acting skills. African-American slave sold and separated from her mother, searching for consolation.

JOANNA & SUSAN WILKES–Early 20’s to 30. Eldest to youngest. Country-style singers with strong acting skills. Sisters who lose their father, searching for consolation and closure. Also play TARTS and ENSEMBLE roles.

ENSEMBLE–Teens to early 50’s. Singer/actor/basic stage movers used throughout the show in various roles which include – MARK TWAIN /DOCTOR, GANG BOYS, LAFE/COUNSELOR ROBINSON, DICK/ANDY, SLAVES and TOWNSPEOPLE.

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