Auditions for BUD, NOT BUDDY - Phantom Projects Theatre Group

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AUDITIONS

WHEN
All Auditions by Appointment

Monday December 11: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Tuesday December 12: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Call backs (By Invitation):
Thursday December 14: 7:00pm

WHAT/WHO
Phantom Projects Theatre Group is casting for the 2nd show of their 17/18 Season at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE INFO
First Rehearsal/Read Through: Monday, December 18, 2017, evening.
Rehearsals will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday nights 6:30pm-10:00pm and Saturday
afternoons 3:00pm-7:00pm.

Load in Day: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

There are only 3 performances, all in one day, on February 22, 2018
at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 7:00pm.

There is no pay.

AUDITION LOCATION
Phantom Projects' Rehearsal Hall
15517 Phoebe Ave, La Mirada 90638

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Set in Michigan during the 1930s, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes, and his quest to find his father. Bud's journey sets him on the trail of a jazz band known as Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. A flier for one of Calloway's shows leads Bud to Grand Rapids and Calloway, the man he believes is his father. Bud gets into all sorts of trouble along the way in this story, filled with uncanny wisdom, which offers a set of hilarious "Rules and Things" designed to help our resilient young hero navigate a world of confusing expectations. Rich with adventure and humor, Bud, Not Buddy is a coming-of-age tale for young and old alike. The novel also won the Coretta Scott King Award.

Audition Notes:
*The audition sides are listed next to the character below.
*Please note, some characters require music for their auditions. There is no accompanisth so please bring a CD or playback method (phone, ipod, etc) to hook up to our system with an aux cord.

CHARACTERS
BUD (Not Buddy) – Male, 10 years old, African American
Bud is the absolute soul of the story and is on stage for the entire show. He is not formally educated but is a very wise ten-year old orphan boy, who has seen and suffered through a great deal in his short ten years. Bud is definitely a survivor. An alarmingly honest boy at times, Bud recognizes the underlying truths of certain situations and how to deal with adults which has allowed him to develop survival tactics to make it in this world alone. He begins an epic journey with just a suitcase of belongings and determination to find his family.
BUD SIDES CLICK HERE

BUGS – Male, 10 years old, African American
He is one of the Bud’s good friends at the Orphan Home. He was nicknamed Bugs because he got a cockroach stuck in his ear. He finds Bud and after swearing to be brothers, the two decide to ride the rails to Chicago. In contrast to Bud, Bugs is high energy and fast talking.
BUGS SIDES CLICK HERE

HERMAN E. CALLOWAY – Male, 40-60 years old, African American
The band leader of a Depression Era band whom Bud believes is his father. He turns out to be a rather cranky old man who doesn’t trust Bud and is mean to nearly everyone. He is actually a very sad man who yearns for the daughter he drove away with his need for her to be what he wanted her to be.
HERMAN SIDES CLICK HERE

MOMMA– Female, 25-30 years old, African American
Although she has died before the story begins, her character is a very real presence for Bud and appears throughout the play. The lessons she taught him, his memories of her, and the clues she left behind, drive Bud’s journey. She is kind and warm but tough and has very strong beliefs about personal pride and truthfulness and instills this in Bud.
MOMMA SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #1– Male, 12-13 years old, African American
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS
Todd Amos - Todd is a spoiled bully, perhaps a little over weight or big for his age. He abuses the orphan boys that come to stay and then lies to his parents about it. Bud’s fight with Todd is the catalyst that sets him on his journey.
Billy - An orphan who bullies others out of fear never seeing his parents again.
ENSEMBLE #1 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #2 – Female, 11 years old, African American
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS
Deza Malone - She is a young girl who lives in a shanty town known as a Hooverville. She teaches Bud how to do dishes and gives him very wise advice about how to remember his mother and even gives him his first kiss. She might be considered a bit bossy or pushy by some, but is mostly just very talkative.
Young Momma – She is very unhappy as she recounts, with the help of her older self, a story about her father forcing her to wear a big, dirty hat on a pony.
Orphan - In the opening scene.
ENSEMBLE #2 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #3 – Male, 35-55 years old, African American,
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - Musical Ability a plus but not necessary.
Lefty Lewis
– A very kind man who picks Bud up along the road to Grand Rapids on his work travels to courier blood needed at hospitals while also sneaking union flyers to illegal organizations. He shows Bud basic kindness and compassion; two emotions he has felt little of in his life.
Mr. Amos – Part of the Foster Family that Bud runs away from. A man of few words because his wife has the rest.
Doo Doo Bug – Musician in Herman Calloway’s band.
ENSEMBLE #3 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #4 – Female, 30-50 years old, African American, Singer
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - A 30-45 second accapella song in the style of the 30’s is required for the audition.
Miss Grace Thomas – The singer in Herman Calloway’s band, beautiful and classy but warm and loving with an underlying strength and a sense of humor. Miss Thomas showers Bud with motherly love and comfort. She believes that Bud is a godsend who may change all their lives.
Case Worker – Works on Bud’s case for Child Services.
ENSEMBLE #4 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #5 –Male, 30-40 years old, African American,
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - Musical Ability a plus but not necessary.
Steady Eddie – A kind man, warm and fatherly, Eddie stands up for Bud against his teasing band mates. He is Bud’s favorite band member. The saxophone player.
Young Calloway - A 30-something Herman Calloway playing a bass.
ENSEMBLE #5 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #6 – Male, 30-40 years old, African American,
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - Drumming Ability a plus but not necessary.
Doug the Thug – Basically a good person, The Thug can act a bit tough or brash. He likes to tease a little too much. The drummer in the band.
Barker - He passes out flyers and drums up business on a street corner.
ENSEMBLE #6 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #7 – Male, 30-50 years old, African American,
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - Musical Ability a plus but not
necessary.

Mr. Jimmy – A member of the band.
Vampire – A part of Bud’s imagination.
Police Officer – Hired by the Pinkertons, he decides he can’t be a part of stopping
people from riding the rails to look for a better life.
ENSEMBLE #7 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #8 – Male, 30-40 years old, Caucasian,
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - Musical Ability a plus but not
necessary.

Dirty Deed– The only white member of the band.
Announcer – Appears throughout to announce “Bud Caldwell’s Rules for Having a
Funnier Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself #...” Old-timey sound.
Also plays a Lifeguard, Jake, a Cop and Librarian.
ENSEMBLE #8 SIDES CLICK HERE

ENSEMBLE #9 – Female, 30-40 years old, African American
WILL PLAY MULTIPLE CHARACTERS - A 30-45 second accapella song in the
style of the 30’s is required for the audition.

Mrs. Amos – Parents of Todd Amos who thinks he can do no wrong. Mrs. Amos is
the driving force of the family with a superior attitude toward others of her race that
have not reached her position in life, though she’s only reached her position by taking
money from the state to house orphaned boys that the family tends to treat poorly
because they look down on them.
Deza’s Mom – Mother of a family living in a Hooverville.
Tyla – A waitress at The Seetpea.
ENSEMBLE #9 SIDES CLICK HERE

 
 
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