Auditions

Friday and Sunday, November 22 – 24, 2019
Vocal Auditions
By Appointment Only
Friday, November 22
6:00 to 9:00pm
Saturday, November 23
10:00am to 12:00pm
1:00 to 2:00pm
  • Songs should be less than two (2) minutes
  • Please bring sheet music in a three ring binder
  • Music in a book is fine, please make sure it stays open on the number
  • No a cappella or recorded music for auditions
  • A pianist will be provided for all auditions
Choreography Audition
Saturday, November 23
3:00 to 5:00pm
  • Dress in clothes you can move in (athletic/dance attire)
  • Wear closed toed shoes
  • No flip-flops or sandals
Callbacks
Sunday, November 24
2:00 to 6:00pm
Audition Dance Choreography

Auditions and all rehearsals will be held at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box, 6320-B Domingo Rd NE (east of San Pedro, between Central & Copper).

Performance Dates

February 7 – 23. Performances will be at the African American Performing Arts Center located at Expo NM. They are scheduled at 7:30pm on Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00pm on Sundays.

Community Service Night performance is Thursday, February 6.

No conflicts are allowed February 2-5, 2020 and for any performance.

Character Breakdown

Actors of all ethnicities and races are welcome to audition, but in the spirit of the show we will be prioritizing casting African American actors for all roles. Thank you.

Female, 20-40ish – powerful belt, large and in charge, lead singer of The Dreamettes. Journeys from snappy confidence to depths of betrayal, but triumphs in the end. Seeking actor with willingness to dig deep emotionally as well as belt.
Female, 18-40ish – mezzo soprano with excellent mix, initially modest backup singer for Dreamettes. Replaces Effie, under pressure. And falls for Curtis, knowing Effie had him. The light and fragile diva, so must move from innocent to "star."
Female, 18-30ish – soprano, the youngest backup singer. Speaks her mind. Eager for success, swept off her feet by married James Thunder Early. High energy and attitude encouraged for this role, with a touch of the romantic.
Female, 18-40ish – soprano, replacement backup for Effie. Wants to stay out of in-fighting. Falls in love with C.C., and helps bring brother and sister together in the end.
Male, 25-45ish – tenor/high baritone, a Cadillac dealer turned the Dreams’ brilliant manager, then music mogul. Charming, smooth, and funny, he’s ruthless in the pursuit of his dreams. Dumps Effie and James in pursuit of glory.
Male, 20-30 – tenor, talented songwriter for the Dreamettes/Dreams and is Effie’s brother. Initially enthralled by Curtis’ business smarts.
Male, 30-50 – tenor/strong falsetto, a James Brown- like flashy star of early R&B that Curtis steals from Marty. A trendsetter, but trends pass him by. Be ready to be a showman, and let loose.
Male, 40’s-60’s – baritone, early manager of James Early, cleans up after many of James’ messes, old-school, honest and loyal.
(10-20 parts) Aged 16+
  • WAYNE – Male, assistant to Curtis
  • FRANK – Male, press agent
  • DWIGHT – Male, TV director
  • M.C. – Male (can be played by any gender), master of ceremonies at The Apollo Theater
  • CHARLENE & JOANN – Females, backup singers for J.T. Early
  • MORGAN – Male, Effie’s lawyer
  • JERRY – Male or Female Nightclub owner
  • TINY JOE DIXON – Male, bari/tenor with strong high G
About the Show

A sweeping and inspirational journey through 20th century American popular music, DREAMGIRLS chronicles one Motown group’s rise from obscurity to superstardom. Through gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco and more, DREAMGIRLS explores themes of ambition, hope and betrayal, all set in the glamorous and competitive world of the entertainment industry.

“DREAMGIRLS is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous sixties — a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. DREAMGIRLS is not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco — though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now — decades later — are we beginning to understand.” — Michael Bennett

Act I
In 1962, at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, The Dreamettes arrive late for a talent contest that they hope will launch their R&B career. The trio, featuring the large and powerful lead singer Effie White backed up by slender Deena and sassy Lorrell, is accompanied by Effie’s brother C.C., who writes all their material. Smooth-talking businessman Curtis Taylor manipulates the contest, and The Dreamettes do not win the trophy. Instead, Curtis becomes the group’s manager, and he negotiates a job for the girls as backup singers for gospel star Jimmy Early. Jimmy and The Dreamettes begin touring, and they soon record their first song, “Cadillac Car,” written by C.C. But the song is also recorded and popularized by a white group in a bland pop style. The girls, C.C., Curtis, and Jimmy’s agent Marty are all outraged. Curtis vows that the group will not be taken advantage of again (“Steppin’ to the Bad Side“). Curtis books Jimmy and The Dreamettes as the first black act to appear in Miami Beach, and everyone is elated. Meanwhile, Curtis begins a relationship with Effie, primarily to manipulate the fortunes of the group, and Jimmy – despite being married – begins a relationship with Lorrell. Seeking a wider audience, Curtis promotes the girls as their own act, The Dreams. But first, Curtis decides to replace lead singer Effie with Deena, whom he believes has the ‘look’ of success. Effie, embittered by this betrayal, resists singing backup, and C.C. and the group try unsuccessfully to comfort her (“Family”). Meanwhile Jimmy, enticed by Curtis’ aggressive management style, leaves his agent, Marty. The Dreams, now led by Deena, find greater success (“Dreamgirls”). Privately, however, relationships within the group continue to deteriorate. Effie’s behavior and appearance further decline, and tempers flare (“It’s All Over”). Curtis is forced to replace Effie with Michelle, and Effie’s pain and frustration finally spill over (“And I’m Tellin’ You I’m Not Going”). The new trio, redubbed Deena Jones and The Dreams, headlines at the Las Vegas Hilton, and their future appears bright.
Act II
Five years later, Deena and The Dreams are at the pinnacle of their career. Effie, on the other hand, struggles to pull herself together. With Marty now acting as her agent, Effie auditions for a job in a Chicago club (“I Am Changing”). Tensions continue to escalate with Deena and The Dreams; C.C. and Curtis have serious artistic differences over C.C.’s new song “One Night Only,” and Deena intends to pursue a movie career, much to Curtis’ dismay (“When I First Saw You”). With Jimmy’s career in a deep decline, Lorrell finally leaves him, bitterly noting that after seven years, Jimmy never did divorce his wife (“Ain’t No Party”). Back in Chicago, C.C. apologizes to his sister for deserting her, and they reconcile (“I Miss You, Old Friend”). He offers her the song “One Night Only,” and Effie’s recording of the song moves toward the top of the charts. Curtis, incensed that Effie would challenge the Dreams’ disco version of “One Night Only,” uses his influence to undercut Effie’s version. But Marty uncovers Curtis’ illegal business practices, and Deena finally leaves Curtis. After years of bitterness, Effie and Deena reunite. The Dreams present a farewell concert (“Hard To Say Goodbye, My Love”) and just before the curtain closes, they invite Effie on stage for one final performance of their signature song, “Dreamgirls.”

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