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Theatrical Play "Crowns" In Need of Performers

Bowie, MD, United StatesID: 196628Exp: 10/13/2022

The play "Crowns" searching talent. See the details below. About the project: A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use hats to tell stories concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds with the more traditional and older Southern blacks, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity. Additional info: - Callbacks Date & Time: TBD whether there will be callbacks. - Performances: February 10 - February 25, 2023, Fridays through Sundays. *Closing Saturday performance is a matinee. - Rehearsals: Rehearsals will primarily be held on Tuesday nights (7-10 pm), Thursday nights (7-10 pm), and Saturday mornings (11-3 pm) beginning in early November. Not all actors will be required for all rehearsals, and conflicts can be honored. Load-in is Saturday, February 4, and technical rehearsals will run every day from February 5-9. - COVID-19 Policies: 2nd Star is requiring that all participants in our productions are fully-vaccinated and boosted (as eligible). Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions. Auditioners must mask when in the Playhouse, but may unmask for the audition itself if comfortable. Performances will be unmasked (audiences will be masked and required to provide proof of vaccination). - Audition Preparation Auditioners should prepare sixteen bars of a gospel or blue-type song. A cappella auditions are not allowed. Auditioners may be asked to add movement to their song at the discretion of the director. Auditioners may also be asked to do some readings, posted below. Readings do not have to be memorized. See the attachment for more info. If interested, please apply.

7 roles

MOTHER SHAW/ObatalaFemale50-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying Orisha of wisdom – creativity- the oldest of the Orishas Very much matriarch of the southern church, not 1st lady but high elder (teacher/ pastoral), Yolanda’s grandmother

MABEL/ShangoBoth genders40-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying Orisha of fire - red and white- deals with the wrath in hopes of vindication Church lady - elder type ( leader) she is the first lady married to the Preacher (Man/Elegba)

VELMA/OyaBoth genders20-49 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying Orisha of storms – purple—symbolic of life and also one who informs others of events Church lady deacon type- usher

WANDA/OshunBoth genders30-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying Orisha of rivers and water - gold and water-helps. Yolanda finds her love and purity of soul Church lady Deacon type - administrative with elder activities of counseling

JEANETTE/YemayaBoth genders45-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying Orisha of seas - blue - is considered to be the mother of the group but is very flirtatious and sensual Church lady Deacon type - head usher/ top deacon/ next to be an elder

YOLANDA/OgunBoth genders18-22 y.o.All ethnicities

Female Identifying, ability to freestyle rap Ogun - green and red - warrior and powerful spirit Brooklyn youth who is very street savvy and very much into hip hop modern culture, only female in an all-male gang, may be the reason for her brother’s death. Forced to go to SC to stay with grandmother to save her from a similar fate.

MAN/ELEGBAMale40-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Male Identifying Orisha of crossroads - red and black - divine messenger and essence of fate Pastor vibes/ orator/ a listener and an organizer married to Mabel