On Sale to FlexTix – December 12, 2022
On Sale to the Public – December 19, 2022
The Musical About Love!
This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. It premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005, where it was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The London off-West End production moved to Broadway in 2015, winning the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, and the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album .
Opens: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Closes: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College
Music & Lyrics | BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS, STEPHEN BRAY
Book | MARSHA NORMAN
Based upon on the novel written by ALICE WALKER and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones.
The world premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY | JANUARY 5, 6, 7 | 7:30PM
SUNDAY | JANUARY 8 | 2:00PM
Tickets: On Sale to the Public – December 19
$25. Adults | $22. Seniors/Military | $20. Students
Musical Staging & Direction | ZHAILON LEVINGSTON
Musical Direction | TA ROBINSON
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | DANIEL SALAZAR
Costume Design | TBA
Sound Design | BRYAN GRISHAM
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 2:00PM
WHO: We will see anyone, but we are especially looking for males, 20s – 50s, and one little boy, African-American. All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities to play various roles in the principal cast and ensemble. If you want to audition, but cannot attend our open call, please contact us.
WHAT: See below for the overview schedule, a complete character breakdown, and audition requirements.
WHERE: Stage Center Studios at Grace Community, 9400 Ellerbe Rd. (enter through the main lobby doors)
DETAILS: SINGERS Please prepare 16-32 bars (roughly 45 seconds to one minute) of a song in the style of contemporary Broadway or Gospel. You MAY sing from the show. An accompanist will NOT be provided, but those auditioning are encouraged to bring tracks on a playback device. The dancing requirement in The Color Purple is minimal, but actors may be asked to attend a movement call following the singing.
Due to an extremely abbreviated rehearsal schedule, all actors need to be available for the majority of the following days/times. One or two conflicts might be able to be accommodated, provided they are cleared in advance of final casting. Please bring any and all conflicts with the following schedule to put on your audition form…
WEEK ONE – Music
Sunday, December 11 – OFF
Monday, December 12 – 6:30-9:30
Tuesday, December 13 – 6:30-9:30
Wednesday, December 14 – 6:30-9:30
Thursday, December 15 – 6:30-9:30
Friday, December 16 – 6:30-9:30
Saturday, December 17 – 10:00-1:00
WEEK TWO – Staging
Sunday, December 18 – OFF
Monday, December 19 – 6:30-9:30
Tuesday, December 20 – 6:30-9:30
Wednesday, December 21 – 6:30-9:30
Thursday, December 22 – 6:30-9:30
Friday, December 23 – 6:30-9:30
Saturday, December 24 – 10:00-1:00
WEEK THREE – Staging/Work-Through
Sunday, December 25 – OFF (MERRY CHRISTMAS!)
Monday, December 26 – 6:30-9:30
Tuesday, December 27 – 6:30-9:30
Wednesday, December 28 – 6:30-9:30
Thursday, December 29 – 6:30-9:30
Friday, December 30 – 6:30-9:30
Saturday, December 31 – 10:00-1:00
WEEK FOUR – Tech & Dress
Sunday, January 1 – 6:00-10:00 (TECH I)
Monday, January 2 – 6:00-10:00 (TECH II)
Tuesday, January 3 – 6:00 CALL | 7:00 GO (DRESS I)
Wednesday, January 4 – 6:30 CALL | 7:30 GO (DRESS II)
Thursday, January 5 – 6:30 CALL | 7:30 GO (PERFORMANCE #1 – Opening Night!)
Friday, January 6 – 6:30 CALL | 7:30 GO (PERFORMANCE #2)
Saturday, January 7 – 6:30 CALL | 7:30 GO (PERFORMANCE #3 – NOTE: A Saturday matinee will be added if sales dictate)
Sunday, January 8 – 1:00 CALL | 2:00 GO (PERFORMANCE #4 +STRIKE/LOAD-OUT**)
**Strike/Load-Out is mandatory for all cast and crew, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan accordingly that you will be needed until 8:00pm, or until we finish, whichever happens first.
“A miracle… A glory to behold! ” – The New York Times
“One of the greatest revivals ever.” – New York Magazine
“It floors you. A direct hit to the heart, mind and gut.” – The Hollywood Reporter
THE COLOR PURPLE CAST
Final AUDITIONS will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022.
Celie EMILY MWAKITAWA
SHUG A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice. OFFER OUT
MISTER (African-American, 30s-40s. Also known as ALBERT): Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.
SOFIA (African-American, 30s): Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her. Needs comic chops. Needs a great belt singing voice.
HARPO (African-American, 20s): Mister’s vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a jukejoint in his first house and becomes Squeak’s lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.
NETTIE (African-American, 20s): Celie’s younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.
SQUEAK ( African-American, 20s): Harpo’s lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt and soprano capability.
ADULT SINGERS: Males and females, 20s – 50s, African-American. All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities. To play various roles in the ensemble The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show.
SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT