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Auditions for Big River

Atlanta Lyric Theatre


Monday, October 28th,
11:00 AM- 7:00 PM
Break from 2:30 – 3:30 PM

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Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Bring your sheet music in your key. Accompanist provided but if you play a musical instrument and wish to accompany yourself that is great! You may be asked to dance.

**No Video Submissions**

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
548 South Marietta Pkwy SE,
Marietta, GA 30060

Music and Lyrics by: Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Present at Audition: Director- David Koté Choreographer- Meredith Moore Music Director- Christian Magby Artistic Director- Mary Nye Bennett

Callbacks TBA
First Rehearsal: March 16th, 2020
Opening: Friday April 10, 2020
Morning Student Matinée: Friday April 17, 2020
Closing: Sunday April 26, 2020

Character Breakdown

Huckleberry Finn: (LEAD; 18 – 28; Male; Tenor) Bright, hopeful, mischievous. Playful and spontaneous, yet has integrity and a good heart. In the end though, he prefers freedom to “domestic” life.

Jim: (LEAD; 20 – 45; Male; Baritone/Tenor) Strong willed, compassionate. Powerful presence. Has great integrity. He is a great man. African American.

Widow Douglas: (30−65; Female; Alto/Mezzo) A strict but loving woman who takes Huck in and raises him. Character actress.

Miss Watson: (30−60; Female; Mezzo-Soprano) Widow Douglas’ sister. A strict and traditional woman that helps to raise Huck.

Tom Sawyer: (16−24; Male; Baritone) Huck’s friend. Adventurer, clever, great storyteller, energetic, enjoyable, but often overly dramatic and prefers the complicated path.

The Duke: (30−55; Male; Tenor) A Comedic Role. A broken down actor turned con artist – conniving. Requires an excellent actor. Strong singer and character actor, true entertainer.

The King: (35−55; Male; Baritone) An escaped convict and con artist, partners with The Duke. Strong character actor. He is larger than life.

Judge Thatcher: (35−65; Male; Bass) A man with high respect for the letter of the law. Authority figure, proper.

Pap Finn: (30−45; Male; Bass/Baritone) Huck’s no-good alcoholic father who abandoned him some time ago. Rough, crass character. Returns to collect on Huck’s trust fund. Strong character actor with a good comedic sense.

Aunt Sally: (30−60; Female; Must Sing) Tom Sawyer’s aunt Sally. Strict, yet has a heart.

Uncle Silas: (35−60; Male; Must Sing) Tom Sawyer’s uncle Silas. A strong man who strives to do what he thinks is right.

Ben, Hank, & Jo Harper: (16−20; Male; Must sing and dance) Huck and Tom’s Schoolmates and friends. Mischievous. Pugnacious. Comedic.

Mary Jane Wilkes: (18−30; Female; Mezzo-Soprano) The grieving, kindhearted, sweet and pretty daughter of the wealthy Peter Wilkes, who recently passed away. Falls for Huck.

Susan Wilkes: (18−30; Female; Strong harmonies) Sweet, kind, must be able to hold strong harmonies. One of the Wilkes sisters who lost their father, searching for consolation and closure.

Joanna Wilkes: (18−30; Female; Strong harmonies) One of the Wilkes Sisters who lost their father, searching for consolation and closure.

Young Fool: (18−30; Male; High Baritone/Tenor) A young man who just loves to talk and gossip. Strong character and energy a plus.

Alice: (30−40; Female; Must sing) Strong singer with strong acting skills. Must handle and sing well powerful and soulful gospel songs. Great presence. African-American slave sold and separated from her daughter.

Alice’s Daughter: (18−25; Female; Gospel/Belter) Slave sold and separated from her mother. Must hold harmonies well.

Ensemble: (20−35; Male & Female) Hank, Lafe, Doctor, Andy, Sheriff Bell, Harvey Wilkes, Counselor Robinson, Strange Woman, Servants, Townspeople. Multiple Roles may be played by the same actor.

Full audition information available here.