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"Roll On", $750/wk   - Project ID # 1636763
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Washington, DC Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   $750.00 per week Release Date   06-19-22
Audition Date   06-26-22 Submission Deadline   06-25-22
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Washington, DC>Baltimore, MD

Roll On is a musical about family and faith, and what happens when trust is lost or broken.
It tells the story of a teenage boy who wants to become pastor of his family's church, but life's cares and family secrets choke his goal. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with the woman of his childhood dreams, recalls that true love forgives, and learns that forgiveness empowers, enabling him to move on and fulfill his destiny.
While there are many references to the Gospel, Roll On is not didactic but a play that triumphantly reveals many heartfelt, universal themes. With no 'DIVASacirc;euro; written into the script, it is an ensemble piece in which each character's arc yields importance to the story. The play spans a total of 25 years. Actors must convincingly play a broad range of ages.

Role # 1 - Pearl Johnson Submit yourself for this role
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Pearl is a simple character yet complex. Simple in the fact that she appears to be and is a good wife and mother, as well as, a working-class, Christian woman. Her faith overshadows her fears, gives her confidence that won't allow her to back down when she confronts injustice, and shields her inadequacies, personal desires, and secrets. She is complex because she is hurting and has only God to whom she is willing to share the depths of her secrets that she is committed to take with her to the grave. Required skills: Experienced strong actor. Superior singer with a broad vocal range Soprano (G3- to C6 optional E6 and F6 lyrical belt).


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 42 to 47
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 2 - Earl Johnson Submit yourself for this role
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A physically strong and mentally strong-willed working-class man, husband and father blinded by the lack of ability or desire to multi-task or to think outside of his own, self-made box. At times he appears to be far more religious than spiritual. His single-minded nature makes him unfit and sadly incapable of analyzing his own self-proclaimed, prophetic dreams. His strong-willed nature cripples him from achieving the sincere, good intentions of his heart. Required skills: Experienced, strong actor; Capable of singing Baritone (G2-G4)

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 45
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 3 - Teenage Joshua Submit yourself for this role
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NOTE: Talent under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's permission to apply and must have a parent or legal guardian on set/studio or event at all times. An athletic, bright, scholarly young man - practically birthed and raised up in the church, becoming a minister at 17 years of age. He is quite wet behind the ears and couldn't find trouble if he wanted to, but trouble always has a way of finding him. He is comical, honest to a fault, and troubled. Required skills: Superior singer with a broad vocal range; Tenor (F3-D5 lyrical belt) strong actor.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 17 to 25
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 4 - Adult Joshua Submit yourself for this role
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A Ph.D., progressive-minded, youthful-hearted minister that is in search of a church to pastor. He sees himself as a change-maker, an activist, and a man called by God to serve. His greatest fear is his past and the anger in his heart that is caused by it. His greatest love is God and his wife, Cheri, who at times plays the role of not only a lover but counselor, friend, advisor, and a savior of sorts. There are very few things that he cannot do well when he puts his mind to it, except easily forgiving someone who has deceived, betrayed him, or angered him to no end; Tenor (F3-D5 lyrical belt) strong actor.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 22 to 42
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 5 - Cheri Johnson Submit yourself for this role
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A pregnant, clinical psychologist in her third trimester. She is a witty, intelligent, southern woman, and a force to be reckoned with. She will stand by her husband's side at all costs. As her husband is devoted to her, she is indebted and devoted to him. Once a waitress, she worked and helped her husband, J.E., go to and finish college, who then entered work and helped her go and finish her undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. Like her husband, she has a low tolerance for dishonesty or deception. Her greatest fear is to hold back her husband from being the man that she knows he is destined to be. Her greatest love is preparing and serving unique, intimate meals for any and everyone who will sit at her table and enjoys just sitting, eating, and chatting. Required: Experienced actor. Superior singing voice; Soprano (G3- to C6 optional E6 and F6 lyrical belt).

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 37 to 42
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 6 - Ruth Submit yourself for this role
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RUTH - DOUBLE CASTED AS MOTHER PROCTOR

Ruth is a private, no-nonsense yet liberated woman who knows the pleasures of sexual freedom, intimidating to the average man or woman, exuding a level of confidence that suggests that her heart cannot be penetrated or pierced. She is calculative. Her behaviors are intentional and seemingly mechanical, robotic yet clear and conscious. Friends and friendships for her are expendable. Only two things can hurt her and cause her to fall to her knees: not achieving one of her calculated goals or watching her mother sacrifice or be compromised. She is the only daughter of Earl and Pearl, and she serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Missionary Church's Pulpit Search Committee. Mother Proctor is a sweet church mother, an African-American female, 80 to 85 "years-young." Required: Experienced, strong actor; Capable of singing on pitch both in a lead or choral capacity. Alto (Bb3-Db5)


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 22 to 47
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Mrs. Katy Green Submit yourself for this role
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Pearl's next-door neighbor, a member of the pulpit search committee. She is "Mrs. Katy Green" because she prides herself in being the widow of the late Henry Green, (African American), and she has always loved and liked being Katy. If she were a glass of red wine, her attack would bite, her body would be full, delicious, and sweet, and her finish would leave an odd, vintage, unique, oaky, and impactful punch to one's soul. If Pearl had a friend to confide in, her next-door neighbor, Katy, is it. Katy is shrewd, discrete, tactful, graceful, trustworthy, and a great cook. She has peace because she has known love. She is militant when her love or peace is threatened. Required: Experienced actor. Must be able to sing Gospel music soulfully. Mezzo-Soprano (D4- F5)

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 50 to 75
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Shirlie Mae Submit yourself for this role
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Chorus. Deacon Willie's wife, pulpit search committee secretary. She is a life-long friend of Ruth and the Johnson family. She is sweet as pie, adorable, and loveable. She is an oddity in the world of this play filled with strong, domineering personalities. Her genuineness and kindness are the secrets to her resilience and strength and the sense of purpose in which she lives her life. Required: Experienced, strong actor; Capable of singing on pitch both in a lead or choral capacity. Alto, Bb3-Db5

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 22 to 47
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Mabel Submit yourself for this role
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Chorus. Church agitator, choir director, pulpit search committee member. She is cantankerous for no apparent reason at all except that she was born Black, her momma was Black, her daddy was Black, and she has no intentions of changing the fact that she is Black, and she is Mabel – "take it or leave it!" She is raw and honest. She is probably the one character that could cause Ruth to crack a smile, bow her head, and shake it once or twice. She will speak her mind, will not hold her tongue, and will not turn a cheek or be crossed easily. She is one of the last people you might expect to see in heaven but will be one of the first people standing there, looking at you when you arrive. Required: Rich singing voice; strong actor. Alto (Bb3-Db5)

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 49 to 74
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 10 - Trustee Willie Submit yourself for this role
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TRUSTEE WILLIE BARNES - DOUBLE CASTED AS JUNIOR

Willie: The Chorus serves as a Greek Chorus of sorts, and members of the Pulpit Search Committee. Willie is one of those Deacons who was once a church member who was known for smelling like a liquor bottle on a Sunday morning. Now reformed, he is instrumental in getting church folk to look at the world through a different pair of lenses. He is an empathetic character and one who can be trusted with handling his business and the business and secrets of others. Junior is the eldest and estranged son of Earl and Pearl Johnson. Joshua looks up to, worships, and adores him, even though in the eyes of many others he is a disappointment because of his recreational use of substances and inability to keep a job. He serves as Joshua's big brother, mentor, and protector. Required: Experienced, strong actor; Capable of singing on pitch both in a lead or choral capacity. Tenor (F3-D5 lyrical belt)


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 55
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 11 - Rev Charles Submit yourself for this role
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He is the pastor and founder of the church in which the play centers. He uses a cane as a result of a stroke – a stroke he experienced prior to the passing of his wife and one that he deems as a merciful reminder of God's judgment and a consequence for the sins of his youth. As a widower, he strives to laugh more, reveres life, and make peace with his cane, his parishioners, and beloved friends. A simple wink from his eye tells many stories and reveals his true, kindhearted nature. He is a man who has learned the difference between sympathy and empathy. He can be touched by the infirmities of others; but he governs himself and the church that he oversees by its Holy Bible, bi-laws, and constitution. Required: Experienced actor. Superior singing voice; Baritone (G2-G4).

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 55 to 80
Ethnicity: Any -