Choir Boy

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Director: Jeffrey Page

The design and music teams are currently being assembled and we will post the team members on our website as those positions are filled.

Personnel reviewing auditions:

Jeffrey Page, Director
Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director
Allison Fifield, Artistic Programs Manager
Alani Jackson, Casting Consultant

Rehearses – on or about October 12th
Open – on or about November 17th
Close – on December 5

Synopsis:

Pharus, a talented student, has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. You’ll cheer as Pharus stands up to the traditions that seek to silence his voice in this Tony Award-winning drama by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight). Featuring gorgeous gospel music, this soaring musical drama illuminates the collision of masculinity, tradition and self-discovery.

SEEKING:

Headmaster Marrow— late 30’s, early 40’s man of Color, Is the Youngest and latest Headmaster for the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys. He is Paternal Uncle to BOBBY MARROW

Pharus Jonathan Young— late teens, an effeminate young man of color. Begins the play a junior at the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys and the Lead of the School’s famous choir. He is roommates with AJ JAMES.

Mr. Pendleton— late 60’s, 70’s, white male, professor at the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys. DOES NOT NEED TO SING.

Robert “Bobby” Marrow III—mid to late teens, a young man of color, BOBBY is a junior at the Charles R Drew Prep School, and member of the School’s Choir. He is also nephew to HEADMASTER MARROW

Junior Davis—a teenage young man of color, and a junior at the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the School’s Choir.

Anthony Justin “AJ” James—in his late teens, athletic young man of color, a senior at the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the School’s Choir and the Schools Baseball Team. He is roommates with PHARUS YOUNG

David Heard—in his late teens, a young man of color, a senior at the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys. He is a member of the School’s Choir.

Prepare one (1) short monologue from a play of your choice and one (1) short, a cappella song in the style of the play (gospel). If you are auditioning for Headmaster Marrow or Mr. Pendleton, you need not submit an a cappella song. Total audition should not exceed three (3) minutes. Slate your name, pronouns, and the name of your audition pieces before starting your monologue.
E-mail a link of your audition (Vimeo or unlisted YouTube), along with your headshot and resume (PDF) to [email protected] with the subject line: CHOIR BOY SUBMISSION – Your Name. Deadline: July 23rd, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EDT. If you need any help creating a video submission, you can find some helpful tips on our website: https://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/about/job-opportunities/

Philadelphia Theatre Company is a Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages actors of all backgrounds and abilities to audition. 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.

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For additional questions please contact Allison Fifield ([email protected])

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