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Casting for Two Plays   - Project ID # 1630566
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Houston, TX Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   12-15-21
Audition Date   12-20-21 Submission Deadline   12-19-21
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Austin, TX>Houston, TX

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** Songs for a New World the Musical
It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

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Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.

** A Soldier's Play
In a segregated Louisiana army camp in 1944, Vernon C. Waters, the sergeant of a Black company, has been murdered. Captain Taylor, the white C.O., worries the murderer may be a white officer or the local Klan. Richard Davenport, a Black captain, is assigned to investigate. Taylor, fearing the assignment of a Black investigator means the case is to be swept under the rug, attempts to discourage Davenport. But Davenport perseveres, discovering deep-seated hatred and corruption among the the men in the company. Despite each soldier's motive for the killing, Davenport eventually solves the case, revealing a truth more shocking than the murder itself.

Role # 1 - Man 1 Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) Man 1 is an optimistic and vibrant character throughout the show. His primary songs, "On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492," "The Steam Train," "King of the World," and "Flying Home" all portray characters in uncertain and oppressive circumstances, but who have the ability to lift up himself and those around him through faith and determination.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: African - African American -

Role # 2 - Man 2 Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) Vocal range: F4-Ab4 . Man 2 is a reserved and mature character, whose main songs include "She cries," "The River Won't Flow," "The World was Dancing" and "I'd Give it All for You." Throughout the show, Man 2 portrays characters whose life experiences have made them second guess their choices and whose fears have held them back from a more fulfilled life.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Man 3/Dance Ensemble Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) ** Added male who will also cover some of the songs above. Vocal range: F4-Ab4 . Added male dancer and will support group numbers in varying dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, and swing. Dancer will represent the main characters' desires, fears, and decisions throughout the show and will help create the world and its stories through movement.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Woman 1 Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) Vocal range: G3-F5 . Woman 1 is a headstrong and hopeful character. Her primary songs are "I'm Not Afraid of Anything," "Christmas Lullaby" and "I'd Give It All for You." Through the course of the show, she portrays a young woman of innocence who uses her strength to persevere through her hardships, whether it is being left at the altar or an unplanned pregnancy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Woman 2 Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) Vocal range: F3-F5. Woman 2 is a strong and often comedic character whose main songs are "Just One Step," "Stars and the Moon," "Surabaya Santa" and "The Flagmaker, 1775." All of her characters portray women who feel like their lives did not end up they way they wanted. Many of her roles use melodrama and ridiculousness to show her dissatisfaction and longing for a different life.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 6 - Woman 3 Submit yourself for this role
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(Songs for a New World) Vocal range: G3-F5. Added Female dancer and will support group numbers in varying dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, and swing. Dancer will represent the main characters' desires, fears, and decisions throughout the show and will help create the world and its stories through movement.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Captain Richard Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Captain Richard Davenport Male Black/African Descent Captain Richard Davenport, a black lawyer and military officer attached to the 343d Military Police Corps Unit. Davenport investigates the murder of Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters. Ignoring the prejudiced statements and threats of Captain Charles Taylor, Davenport dispassionately fulfills his job and discovers that Private First Class Melvin Peterson murdered Waters while Private Tony Smalls watched. After the discovery, Davenport returns to his unit while the other men prepare to go to the front.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 8 - Captain Charles Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Captain Charles Taylor Male White/European Descent Captain Charles Taylor, a white man in his mid-to late thirties who resents Davenport's assignment and rank. Taylor wants Davenport taken off the murder investigation because he does not believe that a black man can accuse white men or solve the case. After interrogating white soldiers Byrd and Wilcox, Taylor orders that they be arrested; however, Davenport proves that they are not guilty. When Davenport discovers the truth, Taylor admits that he was wrong about African Americans being able to be in charge.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 34 to 39
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 9 - Tech Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters Male Black/African Descent Tech/Sergeant Vernon C. Waters, a well-built African American who manages the baseball team and is disliked by his men. Waters believes that black men must overcome their ignorant status and harasses his men who match the stereotype of being foolish. Waters belittles C. J. Memphis until Memphis attacks Waters. Feeling guilt after Memphis' death, Waters drinks too much; he is beaten by Byrd and Wilcox after insulting them, but the two men leave him alive. Peterson and Smalls find Waters lying in the road, and after beating him, Peterson murders him.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 10 - Corporal Bernard Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Corporal Bernard Cobb Male Black/African Descent Corporal Bernard Cobb, a black man in his mid-to late twenties who defends Memphis when he hits Waters. Cobb relives the scene between Waters and Memphis. He visits Memphis in the brig, and after Memphis' death, he helps throw the last baseball game. Cobb reports that Peterson and Smalls were on guard duty and the last ones in the barracks the night of Waters' death.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 24 to 29
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 11 - Private Louis Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Private Louis Henson Male Black/African Descent Private Louis Henson, a thin black man in his late twenties or early thirties who does not like to talk to officers and is the pitcher on the baseball team. Henson tells Davenport about the shooting at Williams' Golden Palace and that he saw someone run into the barracks and put something under Memphis' bed.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 33
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 12 - Private James Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Private James Wilkie Male Black/African Descent Private James Wilkie, a black man in his early forties, a career soldier. Wilkie reveals his anger over losing his stripes. Waters removed his stripes after Wilkie drank on guard duty. Wilkie was ordered to place the murder weapon under Memphis' bunk. Davenport places Wilkie under arrest.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 43
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 13 - C. J. Memphis Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) (MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY THE GUITAR) C. J. Memphis, a young, handsome, and superstitious black man from Mississippi who plays an excellent game of baseball. A likable man and the best hitter on the team, Memphis also plays the guitar and works harder and faster than anyone else, but Waters does not approve of him because he thinks that Memphis represents the honky-tonk side of the black man. When Memphis hits Waters and is put in the brig, he decides that he will not be caged like an animal. He commits suicide.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 14 - Private Anthony Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Private Anthony Smalls Male Black/African Descent Private Anthony Smalls, a black career soldier in his late thirties who is afraid of Peterson. Accused and arrested for going absent without leave (AWOL), Smalls claims that he did not go AWOL but got drunk and fell asleep in the bus depot. After Davenport's interrogation begins, Smalls admits that he did go AWOL and that he watched Peterson shoot and kill Waters.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 37 to 39
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 15 - Melvin Peterson Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Private First Class Melvin Peterson Male Black/African Descent Private First Class Melvin Peterson, an angelic looking black man and model soldier in his late twenties who calls Waters "ole Stone-ass." From Hollywood, California, by way of Alabama, Peterson plays shortstop on the baseball team. He joined the Army because he thought he might have the chance to fight. Peterson does not hesitate to talk back to Waters, and after a confrontation, the two men fight. Even though Waters beats Peterson, he later does not badger Peterson as much. Peterson discovers Waters lying on the ground in a drunken stupor. After kicking him, Peterson shoots him twice, once in the chest and once in the head.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 29
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 16 - Corporal Ellis Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Corporal Ellis Male Black/African Descent Ellis is a by-the-book soldier. He is assigned to be Davenport's assistant and his job is to deliver the men to Davenport for questioning.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 17 - Lieutenant Byrd Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Lieutenant Byrd Male White/European Descent Byrd is a white, by-the-book military officer. He has a history of confrontation and conflict with black soldiers. The night he is murdered, Byrd beats Waters savagely after he comes upon the sergeant drunk and sick. When questioned by Davenport, Byrd is almost insolent and has to be threatened by Taylor before he will answer.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 18 - Captain Wilcox Submit yourself for this role
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(A Soldier's Play) Male White/European Descent Wilcox is a medical officer who is accused of participating in a beating of Waters on the night he was murdered. Wilcox is the one officer who treats Davenport with respect and who appears to have no bias against blacks.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Caucasian -