Auditions: Grey Gardens

The Northfield Arts Guild is hosting auditions for the third show of its 60th Anniversary Theater season: Grey Gardens, a musical with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie, directed by Mishia Edwards. Auditions will be held January 29 from 6-8pm and February 1 from 12-2pm at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street S, with callbacks by invitation the afternoon of February 2.

Nominated for ten Tony awards with wins for both leading ladies and costumes, Grey Gardens is based on the 1975 documentary of the same name about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, Big and Little Edie, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy. Set at the infamous mansion, the first act shows the lavish aristocratic lifestyle of the Beales’ leading to the tragic decline into memory and nostalgia during the second act. Equal parts tragic and hysterical, Grey Gardens is at its heart a complicated love story between a mother and daughter.

There are three roles for adult women, four adult men, and two roles for preteen girls. Most roles are open to performers of any ethnicity, with the role of Brooks specifically to be played by a Black/African-American man. With the play being set across time, many of the actors play one character in the first act and a different character in the second act.

For auditions, actors are asked to come with a song not from the show and no longer than two minutes that shows them as a performer. Please bring sheet music if you have it, but a cappella is fine as well. No monologue is necessary, the director will have readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin in February, and performances are April 17-19 and April 24-26th, 2020. For more information or to register for an audition, please visit our auditions page at northfieldartsguild.org/arts/theater/auditions. 

 

Edith “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale 
The character is female  
50-80 years
Alto

“Little” Edie Beale/Edith Bouvier Beale
The character is female 
The actor will play mother Edith in Act 1 and daughter Edie in Act 2, the actor needs to be comfortable with movement
30-50 years
Soprano

Young “Little” Edie Beale/Sister Marla
The character is female 
18-30 years
The actor will portray “Little” Edie in Act 1 and Sister Marla in Act 2
Soprano

Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr. /Jerry the handyman and caretaker in Act 2
The characters are male and both roles are played by the same actor
18-30 years
Tenor

Brooks Sr./Brooks Jr.
The characters are male and both roles are played by the same actor
30-40 years
Baritone
Specifically seeking a Black/African-American actor for this role

J.V. “Major” Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale
The characters are male and both are played by the same actor
60-70 years
Baritone

George Gould Strong
The character is male
Ability to play the piano is preferred but not required
30-40s
Baritone

Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier
The character is female
10-14 years
Alto

Lee Bouvier
The character is female
10-14 years
Alto
 

Mishia Edwards is grateful and excited to director for the Northfield Arts Guild again. Previous directing experiences with the Guild include Population 485God Girl, Little Women The Musical, Proof, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Crimes of The Heart, Little Shop of Horrors, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mishia also works with The Chameleon Theatre Circle where she has served as a Board and Committee Member.  Additionally, she directs the St. Olaf Summer Theatre Camp.

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work, including the directing, casting and production of our plays. We aim for our arts programming to reflect our community and the world at large, and therefore strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to audition.  We strive for a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners and established artists.

The Guild’s 60th Anniversary Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group and Engage Print.

Contact information

Northfield Arts Guild
Jared Zeigler
5076458877
Email/contact
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Saturday, February 1
Posted January 10