Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning at Limelight Theatre!

For more than 25 years, we’ve had the extreme pleasure of welcoming actors and actresses from the Northeast Florida area and beyond to our stage. They’ve brought with them a wealth of knowledge, insight, and passion — making a performance at the Limelight something audiences will not soon forget! 

We want you to be part of our story. Whether you are a seasoned performer or just starting out, there’s a place for YOU at Limelight Theatre. Give it a try!

Part of our role as a nonprofit performing arts organization and as theatremakers is to recognize and celebrate the differences in humanity that make us one. Theatre is a platform for building connection, empathy, and understanding — it gives a voice to those historically without one — it fosters a community. We are committed to creating a safe artistic atmosphere where the entirety of our community is represented and has a voice. Unless strictly and specifically mandated from the playwright, all roles are open and available to anyone regardless of race, color, or body type.

Upcoming Auditions

Please note: Part of our role as a nonprofit performing arts organization and as theatremakers is to recognize and celebrate the differences in humanity that make us one. Theatre is a platform for building connection, empathy, and understanding — it gives a voice to those historically without one — it fosters a community. We are committed to creating a safe artistic atmosphere where the entirety of our community is represented and has a voice. Unless strictly and specifically mandated from the playwright, all roles are open and available to anyone regardless of race, color, or body type.

PARADE
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-Conceived and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank

Directed by Bradley Akers
Music Direction by Anthony Felton

Matuza Mainstage Theatre
August 5 – September 4, 2022
Preview Night: August 4, 2022
Terrific Tuesdays: August 9, 2022

ABOUT THE SHOW:
In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS:
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from one of Jason Robert Brown’s musicals. An accompanist will be provided. No tracks and no acapella. Please do not sing a song from Parade.
  • You may be asked to participate in cold readings from the script.
  • Please bring a theatrical resume and headshot (if available.)

A NOTE ON CASTING:

  • This show is capable of being performed with 15-20 people. The creative team will determine whether doubling/tripling in casting will be necessary. The character breakdowns below include an overview of what roles may be doubled.
  • Parade has a complex score and requires a great deal of singing by many of the roles.
  • Teens that want to audition must be at least 13 years old as this musical deals with mature content.

AVAILABLE ROLES:

  • LUCILLE FRANK (female, reads 23-30, mezzo soprano with strong medium belt): A young woman, religiously Jewish but culturally Southern, who has married Leo Frank but doesn’t really know him.  As the play begins she has never been asked her opinion on anything, and never been given the chance to do anything more challenging than make watermelon pickles.  But she is a careful observer and a skilled judge of people, and underneath the innocuous hostess she plays in her daily life is a layer of steel.

  • LEO FRANK (male, reads 25-35, high baritone): A young man, religiously and culturally Jewish, born in Brooklyn and wishes he never left.  Leo is not an easy man to like.  He is prickly, fussy, anxious, and filled with a sense of righteous superiority over… well, nearly everyone.  He is also decent, kind, pathologically hard-working, and – most importantly – capable of change.

  • MARY PHAGAN (female, reads 14-16, mezzo soprano): A teenager, friendly, outgoing, and popular.  Not perfect, not especially troubled – just an ordinary young woman living an ordinary life.  Her death (not depicted on stage) touches off the plot of the play.

  • FRANKIE EPPS (male, reads 15-20, tenor):  An acquaintance of Mary, Frankie is good-natured, impulsive, and a bit of a dope.  He’s carrying around a lot of mixed up ideas of what it means to be brave, and what it means to be a man, but under normal circumstances he’d probably grow up just fine.  Mary’s death changes Frankie in a fundamental way.

  • IOLA STOVER (female, reads 14-16, mezzo soprano): A friend of Mary’s, probably a bit of a troublemaker.  A bit of a leader in her peer group.

  • ESSIE, MONTEEN (female, read 14-16, mezzo soprano): Two other young women who work at the pencil factory with Mary and Iola.  Both essentially well-meaning, if easily led.

  • JIM CONLEY (male, reads 30+, high baritone):  An African American man who works at the pencil factory managed by Leo.  He presents as cheerful, friendly, and guileless, but he is smarter than almost everyone he meets and he hides an unspeakable malevolence but he hides it very well.

  • HUGH DORSEY (male, reads 40+, baritone): The solicitor general of the Fulton County Superior Court – and future Governor of Georgia – is an ambitious and skilled attorney.  He is a dyed-in-the-wool racist, liar, and cheat, but he wraps it in old-school charm enough to pass for respectable.

  • THOMAS EDWARD (‘TOM’) WATSON (male, reads 50+, baritone): A longtime populist politician and now a widely circulated writer and newspaper publisher.  Watson is a virulent racist and anti-Semite, and grows increasing unhinged and zealous as the trial of Leo Frank proceeds.  Actor can double in the smaller role of J.N. Starnes, the Fulton County Chief of Police.

  • BRITT CRAIG (male, reads 25+, tenor): A newspaper reporter, Britt Craig is motivated chiefly by: (1) boredom with his work and life; and (2) bourbon.  Via his reporting, inflames passions surrounding the Frank trial without really caring about the outcome… but does have enough innate decency to be horrified when the outcomes are horrific.

  • JOHN MARSHALL (‘JACK’) SLATON (male, reads 40+, baritone): Jack Slaton is the 60th governor of the state of Georgia.  He is a consummate Southern politician – charming, handsome, the life of every party and the best speaker at any event.  He is by all appearances a completely empty suit, with no morals or beliefs of his own.  But a decent man with genuine courage is hiding in there, somewhere or other.

  • NEWTON (‘NEWT’) LEE (male, reads 50+, bass-baritone): African American night watchman at the factory, he is gentle but physically imposing.

  • LUTHER ROSSER (male, reads 50+, any): Leo’s defense attorney.  He is not exactly incompetent, but he is profoundly lazy and easily manipulated. Actor can also double as Police Officer Ivey (a veteran patrolman) and Mr. Peavy (an elderly prison guard).

  • JUDGE ROAN (male, reads 50+, bass-baritone): A stern trial judge who served in the Civil War on the losing side and still carries scars – both physical and mental – from that conflict.  He makes every conscious effort to be scrupulously fair in his conduct, but his feelings about the Northerners he still sees as enemies color his decision making. Actor can also double as Old Soldier.

  • MRS. FRANCES PHAGAN (female, reads 30+, mezzo-soprano): Mary’s mother, a working-class Southern woman whose husband has died.  She is poor and life has dealt her every bad hand imaginable; she will grab at any way to hang on to her dignity and pride. Actor can also double as Sally Slaton, the Governor’s perceptive wife.

  • MINOLA (‘MINNIE’) MCKNIGHT (female, reads 30+, mezzo-soprano): An African-American housemaid in the employ of Leo and Lucille Frank, Minnie has been ill-treated most of her life and still lives in fear of dire consequences.  She is essentially decent but not willing to put anyone else’s welfare before her own.  Actor can also play Angela, a sardonic maid in the Governor’s mansion.

  • CONFEDERATE SOLDIER (male, reads 16-40, tenor): A Confederate soldier; sings the opening song (“The Old Red Hills of Home”). Also doubles in a number of smaller roles throughout.

  • ENSEMBLE

Audition Tips


  • Connector.

    Be Yourself.

    We want to see who we are going to be working with for the next several weeks/months! Be your most authentic self.

  • Connector.

    Be Confident.

    Confidence is a winning attribute! We want you to be part of our shows, so be confident that you belong and that you have something to bring!

  • Connector.

    Be Honest.

    Conflicts? Don’t hide them! Be honest about what you’ve got going on so we don’t hit any walls in the future.

  • Connector.

    Do Your Research.

    Read about the show you’re auditioning for and, when available, request a copy of the script!