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ZACH Theatre hires over 100 AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) and Non-Equity actors each season, and 98% of these actors reside right here in Austin and Central Texas. Our casting philosophy is to hire from Austin and our region first and foremost. ZACH Theatre also casts some principal and chorus dancer featured roles in New York City, after the announcement of our upcoming season. Annual AEA season auditions are held in NYC once each spring, and also for some specific shows throughout the year.
Auditions typically occur three to four months before that show’s first rehearsal. We also accept video auditions and Agent submissions, and well as headshot/resumes via email to auditions@zachtheatre.org.


AUDITION NOTICE

ZACH Theatre and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma announces Austin auditions by appointment for Million Dollar Quartet on Sunday, February 26 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in ZACH’s JLA Studio in the Whisenhunt building at 1510 Toomey Road.

Callbacks will be scheduled on Monday, February 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the same location.

 

PERSONNEL:

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins
Directed by Dave Steakley
Musical Direction by Allen Robertson


SHOW SYNOPSIS:

They came together to make music.  And together they made history.  Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins join forces for one night only on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever.  Relive this legendary night as you rock along to such classics as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Great Balls of Fire.”  There will surely be a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in the Topfer Theatre for this epic night of music from rock n’ roll’s greatest icons.

 

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals in Oklahoma City begin June 12th with performances beginning June 27. The production will close at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma on July 1, and then transfer to Austin, Texas, with rehearsals beginning July 11.  Performances begin July 26, and closes on September 4, with shows Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

NOTE:  Actors cast in this production will be separately contracted at both the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and ZACH Theatre.

 

AUDITION APPOINTMENT INSTRUCTIONS (PLEASE READ THESE CAREFULLY):

Actors will be seen BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to auditions@zachtheatre.org with the subject line that reads:

“(YOUR FIRST NAME, YOUR LAST NAME) MDQ Austin Auditions”

Please include in the email a resume and headshot attached in PDF or Word Document format, and please indicate your preferred audition time.  All actors should bring a hard copy headshot and resume to the audition.

All AEA members will be seen, and all non-union members will be seen while appointments slots are available.  If you are not able to be seen at this audition, ZACH will make all best efforts to schedule you for a later audition date.

 

AUDITION INSTRUCTION:

We are seeking equity and non-equity, actor/singer/musicians for various roles.

Actors should prepare a song of choice from the show for the role they are auditioning for.  Jerry Lee must be able to accompany himself on piano.  Elvis, Johnny, and Carl must accompany themselves on guitar.  A piano accompanist will be provided for Dyanne.  Those auditioning for Sam should prepare the side provided upon securing an appointment.

 

NOTE:  All the characters in this play are based on real, iconic people, so actors auditioning for the four male leads should bear a strong physical resemblance to the artist in order to be considered.  If you are asked to attend the callbacks, you will receive separate instruction on what to prepare.

 

ROLES TO BE CAST:

Elvis Presley:  20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Elvis in his 20s at the beginning of his career.  Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar; should sound and look somewhat like Elvis without being an “impersonator”.

Jerry Lee Lewis:  20s; male; actor/singer/pianist; he was rock & roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated “Last Man Standing.”  Must be a superb piano player, able to play like Jerry Lee Lewis; fun, energetic; comic skills a plus.

Carl Perkins:  mid 20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player (lead guitar); he was the American pioneer of rockabilly music and best known for his song “Blue Suede Shoes”; Must be an excellent lead guitarist.

Johnny Cash:  mid 20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Johnny Cash at the dawn of his epic career.  Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar; tall; should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator”.

Sam Phillips:  mid 30s; male; “Father of Rock’n’Roll” and founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many others including Roy Orbison and B.B. King; a towering and charismatic figure in American music.

Dyanne:  mid 20s; female; she was an aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend; attractive; great singer with a wide range; sings solos and back-up throughout the show – sings “Fever” in her alto range and covers the high soprano part of “Riders In The Sky”.

Brother Jay:  mid 20s; male; Carl Perkins’ brother; plays slap style on an upright bass.

NOTE:  the role of “Fluke”, the drummer of the band, has been cast.

 

 

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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