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TCR Announces Auditions for Carrie: The Musical

Madi Knaack

TCR announces auditions for TCR’s 2024 Fall production of Carrie: The Musical, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King.

Auditions will be held at Theatre Cedar Rapids Monday, July 15th and Tuesday, July 16th from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Callbacks (acting/singing) and a group dance/movement call will be held Wednesday, July 17th between 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin around July 27th. Rehearsals will typically be held five days a week, including potential weekend days. Not all cast will be called to all rehearsals.

 

ABOUT AUDITIONS

Contact Madi Knaack (madi.knaack@theatrecr.org) with questions about auditions. If you cannot attend auditions on these dates we will accept a video audition. 

    • Audition Dates/Times: Monday, July 15th from 7:30-10:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 16th from 7:30-10:00 p.m. Callbacks (acting/singing) and a group dance/movement call will be held Wednesday, July 17th from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    • VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: Video submissions will be accepted until 5:00 on Sunday July 14th. Email your song submission to madi.knaack@theatrecr.org.
    • Fill out an AUDITION FORM HERE (REQUIRED)
    • Sign up for an AUDITION SLOT HERE (REQUIRED) 
    • On audition day: Arrive at the TCR lobby at least 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time and you will be directed to the audition space. You can leave after you are finished with your audition slot.
  • WHAT TO PREPARE:
    • Prepare part of a song: Prepare 1 minute of a song from the style of the show (Broadway Pop). Sing something that showcases you and your talent and range. It is permitted to sing a song from the show.
    • Bring sheet music or track accompaniment: Bring marked sheet music for our accompanist to play or an accompaniment track on your phone to connect to our bluetooth speaker. No acapella auditions, please.  
    • Sides will be provided for cold reads.  
  • Casting timeline After callbacks have been completed, we will be in contact with all auditioners about a timeline for the final cast announcements.

ABOUT TCR’S PRODUCTION OF CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

Carrie: The Musical will be directed by Chris Okiishi, choreographed by Megan Helmers, with music direction by Janelle Lauer, scenic and lighting design by S. Benjamin Farrar.

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who struggle to feel accepted. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Carrie: The Musical will be presented in the TCR Auditorium, September 20th – October 13th, 2024. Performances take place Thu – Sat at 7:30 p.m., and Sun at 2:30 p.m. with potential added dates between September 22nd and October 20th. 

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL ROLES AVAILABLE

The creative team seeks a diverse company of actors ages 16+. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles.

CARRIE WHITE: (vocal range: mezzo soprano, E5-A3) A painfully shy outsider who, in spite of her best efforts to belong, has been the victim of her classmates’ cruel jokes since childhood, as well as her mother’s strict, biblically-ordained control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful – and then vengeful – swan. Vocally she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power. Preference to someone female identifying. Fuller bodies are highly encouraged.

MARGARET WHITE: (vocal range: soprano, E5-C4) A woman of visceral extremes, she balances her fervent religious convictions with equally sincere true-believer spirituality and tender, maternal love for Carrie. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening. Preference to someone female identifying.

SUE SNELL: (vocal range: mezzo soprano, E5-A3) A straight-A student who’s been popular her entire life, she’s remarkably level headed for her age. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a journey to try to right things. Vocally, she has a pop ballad voice that delivers sweet sincerity and strength. 

TOMMY ROSS: (vocal range: tenor, C5-B2) Popular star athlete, valedictorian, and all around stand-out, he’s the boy that all the girls want to be with, and all the boys want to be. Yet he also has unexpected, quirky sensitivity and is just starting to mine his personal life and feelings – a budding poet. His voice should have an effortless pop quality. 

CHRIS HARGENSEN: (vocal range: mezzo-soprano, E5-A3) Rich, spoiled-rotten, and wickedly funny. Chris is a popular beauty whose arrogant self-assurance makes her believe that the rules don’t apply to her. Loaded with sexual dynamite, she has serious daddy and anger-management issues. Her voice is pop-rock percussive and powerful. 

BILLY NOLAN: (vocal range: tenor/baritone, C5-B2) Now in his sixth year in high school, Billy’s a sexy, stupid-like-a-fox bad boy whose wise mouth troublemaking has led him to spend more time in detention than in class. All these qualities make it easy for his girlfriend Chris to manipulate him to do her bidding. His voice is that of a wailing rocker. 

MISS GARDNER: (vocal range: alto, B4-A3) Mid-30s, this girls’ P.E. teacher can be a strict disciplinarian if necessary, but when Carrie arouses her maternal instinct, she surprises herself by also revealing a protective “fairy godmother” side. Her voice is warm and strong, just like her.

MR. STEPHENS: (vocal range: tenor/baritone, B4-A3) Late-30s, this well-intentioned English teacher and guidance counselor struggles to help his students realize their potential. A dedicated educator, he’s stretched thin in his duties, woefully underpaid, and a bit overwhelmed as to how to handle the Billy Nolans of the classroom combat zone. Opportunity to also portray Reverend Bliss who sings “Open Your Heart.” 

NORMA: Bitchy, gossipy and a shameless suck-up to authority, Norma is second-in-command to Chris’ queen bee.

FRIEDA: Sue’s brainy pal, she’s an easy-going, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular committee volunteer.

HELEN: Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality.

GEORGE: Tommy’s jock wingman since childhood. George idolizes him. Perhaps a little too much… 

STOKES: A bit of a nerd, he’s happy to be included as one of Tommy’s posse.

FREDDY: The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day.

ENSEMBLE: (all voice parts) 8-10 Students.