BONNIE & CLYDE, Aeon Life Theater, 08/01/2018

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Start date of auditions: 08/01/2018

Aeon Life Theatre will hold auditions for the musical BONNIE & CLYDE on August 1st at 7pm and August 4th at 12pm at the Italian Club, 1731 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605. Facebook event:

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. Pay is profit share of ticket sales.

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.

Directed by Tammy Modica
Musical Direction by Joey Canessa

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.

Characters Descriptions:

Clyde Barrow (M; ages 18 to 25) 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.
Vocal range: C5 to A2

Bonnie Parker (F; ages 18 to 25) 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.
Vocal range: F5 to G3

Marvin “Buck” Barrow (M; ages 25 to 35) 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.
Vocal range: G4 to B2

Blanche Barrow (F; ages 25 to 35) 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.
Vocal range: Eb5 to G3

Deputy Ted Hinton (M; ages 18 to 35) 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 who does whatever he thinks is right to try and save Bonnie; must be able to evolve from sweet and gentle to unhinged and slightly terrifying.
Vocal range: A4 to C3

Young Clyde (M; ages 8 to 12) 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.
Vocal range: A5 to B3

Young Bonnie (F; ages 8 to 12) 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.
Vocal range: C5 to C#4

Preacher (M; ages 45 to 65) 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.
Vocal range: C5 to A2
Additional roles: Second Judge / Ensemble

Emma Parker (F; ages 40 to 55) 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.
Additional roles: Customer / Ensemble

Henry Barrow (M; ages 45 to 55) 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.
Additional roles: Customer / Ensemble

Cumie Barrow (F; ages 40 to 55) 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.
Additional roles: Governor Miriam Ferguson / Ensemble

Governor Miriam Ferguson (F; ages 40 to 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 (M; ages 45 to 65) 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.
Additional roles: First Judge / Reporter / Bank Teller / Ensemble

Detective Bob Alcorn (M; ages 30 to 45) The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde; sings in ensemble numbers.
Additional roles: McLennan County Jail Guard #2 / Customer / Ensemble

Eleanore (F; ages 18 to 30) 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.
Additional roles: Customer / Ensemble

Trish (F; ages 25 to 35) 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.
Additional roles: Reporter / Customer #1 / Ensemble

Stella (F; ages 35 to 45) 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.
Additional roles: Reporter / Customer #2 / Ensemble

Sheriff Smoot Schmid (M; ages 45 to 65) The town’s sheriff who has known the Barrow family for awhile, but must uphold the law; sings in ensemble numbers.
Additional roles: Cop (arrests young Clyde) / Ensemble

Deputy Bud Russell (M; ages 18 to 35) Sheriff Schmid’s deputy; a naive “Barney Fife” type; is killed by Clyde during a robbery; sings in ensemble numbers.
Additional roles: Courtroom Cop / Joe (Trish’s husband) / Customer (Archie) / Ensemble

Deputy Johnson (M; ages 18 to 45) A police officer; part of the group that brings down Bonnie & Clyde; sings in ensemble numbers.
Additional roles: John / McLennan County Jail Guard / Shopkeeper / Ensemble

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster, who founded STAGE Magazine as a small theatrical newsletter in the 1970s. Recently transplanted to St Pete Beach, Florida, Ms. Bradford looks forward to bringing the digital version of STAGE Magazine to new levels of success and expanding regionally.

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