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Auditions for Bonnie and Clyde the Musical
Auditions for “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”

Weds, August 1st @ 7:00 pm

Sat, August 4th @ 12:00 pm

The Italian Club

1731 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

“It’s a hell of a ride!”

Directed by Tammy Modica
Music Directed by Joseph Canessa

“Some day they’ll go down together.
They’ll bury them side by side.
To few it’ll be grief,
To the law a relief,
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.”

~ Bonnie Parker

Rehearsal Dates:

August 27 – Nov 7, 2018 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Rehearsals are Monday – Thursday evenings.

A schedule will be given out on the first day of rehearsals. Not all actors will be needed on every rehearsal with avg 2-4 times per week.

Cast is required to learn their lines and songs PRIOR to the first rehearsal on August 27th.

Performance Dates: 

Thursday, Nov 8th @ 8:00pm
Friday, Nov 9th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov 10th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, Nov 11th @ 2:00pm (Italian Club Benefit Performance)

No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening.

Strike is on Sunday, Nov 11th @ 5:00pm following the closing performance – All cast is required to attend and assist.

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Audition Requirements 

Prepare a dramatic monologue of approximately one minute and one brief pop, rock, country, or contemporary musical theatre song in the correct style of the role you are seeking. Vocal auditions must have an accompaniment track (CD, mp3, etc. or may be a cappella, if need be), as there will not be an accompanist present. Your song should show your vocal range as well as your ability to create and embody character and tell a story through music. Truthful, honest connection to the material is paramount for both singing and acting.

Seeking seven (7) adult women, ten (10) adult men, one young boy and one young girl. All roles are open for this production.

All characters have a Texas drawl but must not become stereotypical caricatures of Texans. A hint of the accent is preferable to a put-on characterization of it.

There will be no dance audition, although movement will be employed throughout the production.

Call-Backs will be individually scheduled for Saturday, August 4th, or as needed.

All those auditioning are encouraged to provide a resume of their onstage experience. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Director before casting can be confirmed. “Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. Pay is cast profit-share of ticket sales.

Plot Summary

West Dallas, Texas. 1930. Clyde Barrow was a brazen 22-year-old who wanted a better life than his hard-working parents, barely able to survive the Depression. 19-year-old Bonnie Parker was a pretty, straight-A student with a flair for poetry, dreams of Hollywood and desperate to escape her small town life. Together, it was love at first sight and one wild ride that took them from poverty to infamy on a two-year crime spree that tantalized the dark side of America’s imagination.

Bonnie & Clyde tells the story of real-life fugitives, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. In the midst of the country-wide depression the couple find notoriety and love in this thrilling, fast-paced musical. Frustrated with their poor, ordinary lives, Bonnie and Clyde both dream of the exciting lives they have seen in the movies. After escaping from jail, Clyde meets Bonnie and recognizes a fellow dreamer. Their craving for fame and thrills leads them into a life of crime and a life on the run. Despite the pleas of their families, the couple embark on a series of robberies at gunpoint, continuously evading the police and becoming the celebrities they desperately wanted to be. They are soon joined by Clyde’s brother, Buck, and the “Barrow Gang” plans increasingly ambitious heists. As their fame and ambition grows, their inevitable fate draws closer. When Buck is killed by the police during an escape, Bonnie and Clyde decide to go and see their families once more. This decision leads them straight into the police firing line and they are both shot dead in the car. Sexy, exciting, and daring, Bonnie & Clyde combines gospel, rockabilly, and blues music to produce an innovative score that complements the action-filled plot.

Character Breakdown

Clyde Barrow
Male
Age Range: 18 – 25
Voice Range: C5 to A2

A charming small-town boy who craves notoriety. Bonnie’s reckless, bold, daring lover. He’s the leader of the Barrow Gang; hard, street-smart, and smooth with swagger, but incredibly charming, dangerously sexy, and imminently appealing; a dreamer; has a quick temper and a disarmingly soft and vulnerable side when he lets his guard down; must be able to switch from a school boy flirt to a hard-edged rattlesnake; we must be drawn to and repulsed by him all at the same time; high rock tenor.

 

Bonnie Parker
Female
Age Range: 18 – 25
Voice Range: F5 to G3

A beautiful girl torn between love and fame. Clyde’s ambitious, stubborn lover. She is in love with Clyde, but a strong, independent woman; his equal in every way, though her softer side is more easily revealed; raised to believe that she could and should be a lady, she is torn between what is right and what is real; has a real depth of emotional vulnerability and steely conviction; strong high belt.

Marvin “Buck” Barrow
Male
Age Range: 25 – 35
Vocal Range: G4 to B2

Clyde’s brother and an outlaw troubled by his wife’s distaste for his lifestyle. Adventurous and loyal; a little naive; Buck and his brother have an unbreakable bond; he trusts his brother and always wants to see the good in him and protect him.

 

Blanche Barrow 
Female
Age Range: 25 – 35
Vocal Range: Eb5 to G3

A religious woman who disapproves of the criminal lifestyle. Honorable and righteous; married to Buck Barrow; she is opinionated and deeply loves her husband; she wants to live a “proper” life on the right side of the law and has a strong dislike of her brother-in-law and an even strong distaste for the women he brings around, but tolerates Clyde because it’s the Christian thing to do.

 

Deputy Ted Hinton
Male
Age Range: 18 – 35
Vocal Range: A4 to C3

A police officer struggling to separate his feelings from his duties; kind and honest; madly in love with Bonnie since they were younger. He is a straight-arrow with a gentle, caring soul that can’t stand to see anything bad happen to Bonnie.

 

Young Clyde 
Male
Age Range: 8 – 12
Vocal Range: A5 to B3

Trouble with a capital “T”; idolizes Jessie James and Al Capone; loves to shoot milk bottles and the occasional chicken with his guns; smart mouthed; longs to escape the poverty of Texas and is constantly having run-ins with the law; also doubles in ensemble.

 

Young Bonnie 
Female
Age Range: 8 – 12
V
ocal Range: C5 to C#4

A dreamer who wants to be the next “it” girl and star in the movies; very naive; just wants to escape her life; also doubles in ensemble.

 

Preacher 
Male
Age Range: 45 – 65
V
ocal Range: C5 to A2
Additional Roles: Second Judge / Ensemble

The town’s evangelist. Loud, passionate, boisterous. He is the forerunner of the modern televangelist; he’d be a complete buffoon if he didn’t believe what he’s saying so profoundly; a pivotal role in the show, because he provides the foils of conviction and folly… how faith sustains us as well as makes us blind; must be a strong actor and high bari-tenor singer.

 

Emma Parker
Female
Age Range: 40 – 55
Additional Roles: Customer / Ensemble

Bonnie’s widowed mother; a strong, stern woman with a sensitive heart that she keeps locked up tight; it’s only when we see the cracks in her veneer that we realize the depth of her pain and her love for Bonnie; must be a strong, present, emotionally available actress; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Henry Barrow
Male
Age Range: 45 – 55
Additional Roles: Customer / Ensemble

Father of Clyde and Buck; a quiet, simple, hard-worn man, struggling to survive, who worked hard and ended up with nothing; can’t condone his boys’ behavior but can’t deny that they have a point; downtrodden and tired but hasn’t thrown in the towel yet; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Cumie Barrow 
Female
Age Range: 40 – 55
Additional roles: Governor Miriam Ferguson / Ensemble

Mother to Clyde and Buck; a kind woman among those suffering in the Depression; loyal and selfless; a quiet, simple woman dismayed by her children’s path but at a loss as to what to do; as caring as she is ineffectual, she provides the mirror of how bad things can come out of good regardless of our best hope or intentions; sings in ensemble numbers.

Governor Miriam Ferguson 
Female
Age Range: 40 – 60

Governor of Texas and “the first woman tough enough to do a man’s job”; no-nonsense, smart, driven, and laser-sharp in her approach; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Captain Frank Hamer 
Male
Age Range: 45 – 65
Additional roles: First Judge / Reporter / Bank Teller / Ensemble

Retired Texas Ranger hired to end Bonnie & Clyde’s reign of terror; “beyond confident with lots of swagger”; a large, imposing, hard-edged man with no fear and no regret; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Detective Bob Alcorn 
Male
Age Range: 30 – 45
Additional roles: McLennan County Jail Guard #2 / Customer / Ensemble

The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Eleanore
Female
Age Range: 18 – 30
Additional roles: Customer / Ensemble

A patron at the Cinderella Beauty Parlor where Blanche works; a romantic and a good Christian woman; probably has a husband in jail, but writes to him everyday; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Trish
Female
Age Range: 25 – 35
Additional roles: Reporter / Customer #1 / Ensemble

A patron at the Cinderella Beauty Parlor where Blanche works; sassy and sarcastic, but a good Christian woman; her husband is in jail, but she has since turned her attention to a handsome new man who likes to spend money on her; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Stella
Female
Age Range: 35 – 45 
Additional roles:  Reporter / Customer #2 / Ensemble

A patron at the Cinderella Beauty Parlor where Blanche works; bright-eyed  and a good Christian woman; her husband is in jail, just where she likes to keep him so that she can have peace and quiet; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Sheriff Smoot Schmid
Male
Age Range: 45 – 65 
Additional roles: Cop (arrests young Clyde) / Ensemble

The town’s sheriff who has known the Barrow family for awhile, but must uphold the law; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Deputy Bud Russell
Male
Age Range: 18 – 35
Additional roles: Courtroom Cop / Joe (Trish’s husband) / Customer (Archie) / Ensemble

Sheriff Schmid’s deputy; a naive “Barney Fife” type; is killed by Clyde during a robbery; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

Deputy Johnson
Male
Age Range: 18 – 45
Additional roles: John / McLennan County Jail Guard / Shopkeeper / Ensemble

A police officer; part of the group that brings down Bonnie & Clyde; sings in ensemble numbers.

 

For more information:
Email tammy@aeonlifetheater.com