Non-Union Auditions for The Buddy Holly Story

Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota, FL 34236


James Ashford

Job Details


Florida Studio Theatre (Richard Hopkins, Producing Artistic Director) is seeking video pre-screens from skilled, seasoned Non-Union actors for the following roles in the Summer 2020 Mainstage Season:


Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

By Alan Janes

Directed by Jason Cannon


“Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “the day the music died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, “Oh boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Rave On” and “Raining in my Heart”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Boppers “Chantilly Lace”.


Rehearsals begin: 5/12/2020

Show opens: 6/6/2020

Show closes:  6/21/20 (extension is likely)


BUDDY HOLLY – Appears early to mid-20s; white male. Must play the guitar, sing and act exceptionally. Buddy is a Singer-songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas. Intelligent and charismatic, he has a flair for rock n’ roll. Preferably over 6ft.


JERRY ALLISON – Appears early to mid-20s; male. Expert drummer who can also sing and act. One of Buddy’s bandmates in The Crickets. Good looking and cheeky. Will play Ensemble characters as needed.

JOE B MAULDIN – Appears early to mid-20s; male. Plays the Double Bass in The Crickets. A serious, square young man with musical ability. Must be able to sing and act; ability to do tricks with the stand-up bass a HUGE plus. Will play Ensemble characters as needed.


BIG BOPPER – Appears 30s-40s; white male. Preferably 5’10 or taller. Must play the guitar exceptionally well. A former DJ, he is a Texan with an irrepressible, larger-than-life character and ability to command the stage on his own as a single performer. His key song is “Chantilly Lace”. Also plays Niki Sullivan (the 4th Cricket) and other Ensemble characters as needed.


VI PETTY – Appears late 20s-40s; white female. The wife of Norman with a heart of gold and a good sense of humor. Must be able to sing and act and have exceptional rock ‘n’ roll keyboards ability. Also plays Jingle Singer, Shirley, Mary Lou Sokolov and Snowbird.


MARIA ELENA – Appears early to mid-20s; Latinx female. Attractive, classy, and well-educated. Must be able to sing and act exceptionally well. Ability to play a musical instrument is a huge plus. Also plays Jingle Singer, Marlena and Snowbird.


RICHIE VALENS – Appears early to mid-20s; Latinx male. Good-looking with charisma. A dedicated eye for the ladies and the ability to hold the stage in his own right. His key song is “La Bamba.” Must be able to act and move well. Must play the guitar VERY well. Also plays Tyrone, Engineer and other Ensemble characters as needed.


HIPOCKETS DUNCAN – Appears 30s-40s; white male. An exuberant hometown radio DJ from Lubbock, Texas, with an air of authority and a keen sense of humor. Must be able to sing. Also plays: Norman Petty – late 20s-40s. A record producer from Clovis, New Mexico. A Business man with a love of music. Must be able to sing. Also plays Decca Producer, DJ at the Apollo, Murray Deutch, MC Bob Hale, and others as needed. Preferably plays a horn instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, etc).


If you would like to be considered for a video pre-screen invitation, please email picture and resume to:


Casting & Hiring Team

Florida Studio Theatre




Please indicate in the email subject the role(s) you are interested in.

Those selected for a video pre-screen will then be considered for upcoming NYC appointments for the production. Please note the turnaround time for these tapes will be FAST and we will not be able to accept extensions.


Florida Studio Theatre is an established LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL. Great artistic environment.  Florida Studio Theatre recognizes and appreciates the benefits of diversity in the work place.  People who share this belief or reflect a diverse background are encouraged to audition.






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