AUDITIONS

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Book by Douglas McGrath
Words and Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

Directed by Jessica Franz-Martin
Musical Direction by Barbara Jurgensmeier
Choreography by Valerie Martin

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS:

Sunday, June 23rd from 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, June 24th from 7:00 – 10:00pm
at Prairie Baptist Church, 7416 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, KS

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:

Please download the audition form HERE. Bring a completed copy of the audition form, a headshot and resume (if available). Extra printed forms will be available the day of auditions, if needed. If you do not have a headshot, your photo will be taken at the audition.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

When you arrive at the church, please park in the north parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the proper building entrance.

EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:

Auditions will be an open call and will consist of singing a prepared 32-bar selection in the style of the show. Actors will be seen in order of their sign-in. Please Provide: Sheet Music...no CDs & NO A CAPPELLA auditions. An accompanist will be provided. List any known rehearsal conflicts from July 28th – September 15th.

VIDEO AUDITIONS:

You may submit a video audition to sabrynef@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your audition form, a headshot and resume (if available).

CALLBACKS:

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday, June 29th, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at Prairie Baptist Church. You will be notified via email by June 27th, if you are invited to callbacks.

REHEARALS:

Rehearsals will begin around July 28th at Prairie Baptist Church. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday - Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 10pm. Tech rehearsals on Monday, Sept 2nd & Tuesday, Sept 3rd will be 6:00pm to 11:00pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week without prior approval from the director. The show will move into the Black Box @The Arts & Heritage Center on Sunday, September 1st for five rehearsals (Load-In, Tech and Dress).

PRODUCTION DATES:

September 6 – 15, 2024
Performances:
WEEK ONE: Friday, Saturday & Monday (Industry Night) @7:30pm and Sunday @2pm
WEEK TWO: Thursday, Friday & Saturday @7:30pm and Sunday @2p
(Eight performances)
All performances will take place in The Black Box Theatre @The Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park, Kansas

SYNOPSIS:

Before she was hit-maker Carole King — she was Carole Klein, a spunky, young songwriter from Brooklyn with a unique voice. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trailblazing success with Tapestry, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical takes you back to where it all began — and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Beautiful is the inspiring tale about a girl who became King with a stirring book by the late Oscar and Tony-nominated Douglas McGrath and the music and lyrics of icons Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Featuring such unforgettable classics as "You've Got a Friend", "One Fine Day", "So Far Away", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "Up on the Roof", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and "Natural Woman", this Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember and a story you'll never forget.

CAST BREAKDOWN:

We strongly encourage auditions for Principal Roles from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Indigenous, Latino or Multi-Ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.

Age ranges are not meant to eliminate any performer from consideration for a role, but merely to provide a general guideline for each character.

ROLES

Carole King
Female-presenting - 18-30/ Range:Eb3-Eb5. An aspiring singer/songwriter. A unique, appealing, funny and vulnerable girl from a Jewish family in Brooklyn. Talented, good natured, unassuming and often the peace maker in difficult situations. A reluctant star with no pretense and a passion for music. Piano skills are useful, but not required.
Gerry Goffin
Male-presenting - 18-30/Range: D3-A4. Carole’s boyfriend, songwriting partner and eventual husband. Innately sympathetic, wounded and tortured. An ambitious artist always striving for more.
Barry Mann
Male-presenting - 18-30/Range: C3-A4. A songwriter who becomes romantically involved with Cynthia. He is good natured, appealing & neurotic. Ambitious, but likeable.
Cynthia Weil
Female-presenting - 18-30/Range: G3-E5. A songwriter who becomes romantically involved with Barry. Carole’s best friend. She is sophisticated, smart & chic with a quick wit. Although self-confident and sarcastic, she is also extremely likeable.
Don Kirschner
Male-presenting - 40-60/Range: A2-C#4 (mostly non-singing, except for larger ensemble numbers). An influential music publisher and producer. He is a fast talking, energetic force of nature. Powerful, direct & sometimes intimidating, but he has a real affinity for his writers and artists. A hit maker.
Genie Klein
Female-presenting - 40-50/(mostly non-singing, except for larger ensemble numbers). Carole’s Jewish mother. Once an aspiring playwright, she has been broken down by life & her husband’s infidelity. Protective of Carole and unforgiving of her husband’s mistakes.
Janelle Woods/Shirelle/Ensemble
Female-presenting - 20-40, BIPOC/Range: B3-D5. Charismatic singer, notably performing the hit “One Fine Day.” An artist whom Carole and Gerry write music for; part of the girl-group, The Shirelles. Strong movement and vocal ability. Will double in ensemble roles throughout the show.
Little Eva/Shirelle/Ensemble
female-presenting - 18-30, BIPOC/Range: Bb3-E5. Charismatic singer who begins working as a babysitter/nanny for Carole and Gerry’s daughter Strong movement and vocal ability. Will double in ensemble roles throughout the show.
Lucille/Shirelle/Ensemble:
female-presenting - 20-40s, BIPOC/Range: A3-Db5. Charismatic singer to double Donny’s assistant and part of the girl-group, The Shirelles. Excellent at holding harmony.
Shirelle/Ensemble
female-presenting - 20-40, BIPOC/Range: G3-D5. Will double in ensemble roles throughout the show and will include dancing in ensemble numbers.
“Uptown” Soloist/Shirelle/Ensemble
female-presenting - 20-40, BIPOC/Range: B3-Db5. Active member of the ensemble but has a featured moment singing the song “Uptown.” Non speaking role. Movement will be required.
Marilyn Wald/Connie Francis/Ensemble
female-presenting - 20-40/Range: G3-C5. Doubles a variety of characters. Marilyn Wald is a singer based on Marilyn Powell; Gerry’s girlfriend; and recording artist Connie Francis as well as other ensemble tracks.
Betty/Ensemble
female-presenting - 20-40. Doubles a variety of characters. Carole’s childhood friend and other ensemble roles. Will double in ensemble roles throughout the show and will include movement in ensemble numbers.
Neil Sedaka/Lou Adler/High Righteous Brother/Ensemble
male-presenting - 20-50/Range: B3-G#4. Strong high rock tenor to play young singer/songwriter and half of the world-famous duo. Influential record producer and executive in the sixties. Non-dancing role but will require singing and some movement in ensemble numbers.
Nick/Righteous Brother/Ensemble
male-presenting - 20-40/Range:F2-G4. New York based session musician. Responsible for getting Carole to come out of her “woman behind the curtain” shell and perform her music as herself. Non-dancing role but will require singing and some movement in ensemble numbers.
Bobby Vee/Ensemble
male-presenting - 20-40/Range: C3-C4. American singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s and also appeared in films.
4 of THE DRIFTERS / ENSEMBLE
male-presenting - 20-40, BIPOC. All ranges will be considered to make up this group of artists. Looking specifically for 1-2 strong tenors. The Drifters are a 4-piece all male pop/R&B group of the time (i.e. The Temptations/Commodores). Strong ability to blend/harmonize tightly and strong movement required. Will double in ensemble roles throughout the show.

For more information, please contact Jessica Franz-Martin at sabrynef@yahoo.com or Artistic Director Eric Magnus at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players welcomes and values all forms of diversity as we strive to better represent the performing arts community in Kansas City. Non-traditional, inclusive and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.