Blood Brothers – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 05.18.20)
Book, lyrics, and music by Willy Russell
Directed by Brad Foster Reinking
Musical Direction by Gina Naggar
First Rehearsal- September 2020, Date TBD
Show rehearses in Acton and Sudbury before loading into The Plaza Theatre in Boston for tech/performances.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the health and safety of our creative team and actors, Theater UnCorked is now accepting Video Submissions from Equity actor/singers for our 3rd Season opening production of Willy Russell’s “BLOOD BROTHERS”
—A video taped 32 bar selection of your choice. Songs from the show are acceptable.
Blood Brothers is epic in scope, and calls for full throttle, high intensity singing. Please be prepared to showcase vocal and emotional range.
—A reading from the character sides with the required accent. You may submit up to 2 sides. Sides can be found on our website at https://www.theateruncorked.com/auditions-1
—Please make note of the Self Tape Guidelines from Julie Averdon and our friends at Slate Casting. Guidelines can be found on our website at https://www.theateruncorked.com/auditions-1
—Deadline for submissions are 5/18/20
Please note that all characters require an upper or lower Liverpool accent depending on class. SEEKING
The Narrator, Male Identified, (Age Open), who throughout the play breaks the ‘fourth wall’ to help the story progress and act as a moral compass. The Narrator observes and comments on the action of the play, and at times steps into the story as various characters. An extraordinary, versatile actor with an explosive singing voice. Although he remains outside of the action, he is not without empathy and warmth for the characters. Strong pop rock tenor to A.
Mrs Johnstone, Female Identified (Age 30-50), A single mother of seven who finds herself pregnant
with twins. She used to be quite a looker, which we still get a sense of even underneath her grief (people used to compare her to Marilyn Monroe). Compassionate and determined. Strong belter with an expressive and lyrical voice. F3 – D ***(This Role Has Been Cast)***
Mrs Jennifer Lyons, Female identified, (Age 30 – 50), Upper class wife, from a world of privilege, she is desperate to have a baby and convinces Mrs. Johnstone to give her one of her unborn twins. Her devotion to Edward develops into an unhealthy obsession to protect him from the truth of his past, with tragic results. Alto. Strong mix belt with warm lower register.
Edward ‘Eddie’ Lyons, Male Identified, (Ages 7-25), Fraternal twin brother to Mickey, Edward is given away by his mother to the well-to-do Lyons family. He attends the best boarding schools, eventually becoming a respected politician. An earnest and sheltered kid, he is delighted to befriended Mickey and learn how to let loose and get in trouble. Must be an incredible physical actor who can convincingly portray Edward over the course of 20 years. Monster tenor with a solidly belted A.
Michael ‘Mickey’ Johnstone, Male Identified, (Ages 7-25), Fraternal twin brother to Edward, Mickey is raised by his real mother in relative poverty. A good-natured and well-meaning kid, he turns to a life of crime when he has trouble providing for his family as an adult. This leads to a period of dark depression, from which Mickey never fully recovers. Must be an amazing physical actor and convincingly play Mickey over the course of 20 years. Huge and beautiful pop baritenor to G.
Sammy Johnstone, Male identified, (ages 13-31), Mickey’s older brother, a troublemaker his entire life. He is ultimately responsible for luring his brother into the criminal acts that undo him. Strong physical actor with a looming and dangerous presence. Baritone to F.
Linda, Female identified, (ages 7-25), Grows up in the same lower class neighborhood as the Johnstone family, and befriends Mickey and Eddie. She is in love with Mickey, and they eventually marry when she gets pregnant. She is doomed to pay a price for her role in the central love triangle. Alto with a strong pop belt.
Mr Richard Lyons, Male identified, (ages 30 – 50), Upper class husband and successful (though ruthless) businessman. Doesn’t approve of adoption, despite the fact that he and his wife are unable to conceive. He is concerned with keeping things proper and “as they should be”. Baritone to F
Ensemble Woman, Female Identified, (Age Open, Plays character ages 7 and over) One Ensemble woman who will appear in many featured bit parts as a young child as well as mid to older woman. Strong soprano.
Youth Ensemble, Male and Female Identified, (Ages 10-15), Seeking 3-4 youth performers to play Mrs. Johnstone’s other children in the first act, and various bit parts throughout the show. All must be strong singers and actors.
CHARACTER SIDES CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE AT
(If you are reading for Mickey, Eddie or Linda please submit both the young and old character sides)