On Dec. 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. They were brought together in Memphis, Tennessee at the Sun Records storefront studio by Sam Philips, known as the ‘father of rock and roll’ and the man who had discovered them. This toe-tappin’, high energy musical imagines what that night might have been.
Auditioners are asked to sing 16-32 bars of a song of the style that also that best shows off their voice and range. An accompanist is provided. No recorded accompaniment, please. Please dress to dance. Please see character descriptions for specific audition requirements for each character.
Auditioners should bring:
– Completed audition form (download from sign-up genius page)
– Headshot and resume if available
– List of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts from August 28 to November 7, 2021.
Can be submitted prior to August 21, and may substitute for appearing at the Saturday and Sunday auditions. Video should include a song showing off voice and range. Candidates will be required to appear in person at callbacks. Video auditions should be sent to email@example.com along with a headshot and resume if available, and a completed audition form from the signup page if possible.
FHT prefers and encourages auditioners to be vaccinated
Characters ages are not set in stone. Actors should consider roles if they feel they can represent the age ranges listed.
Elvis (Lead): Male, appears 18-30
Actor/singer/guitar player to portray Elvis in his 20s at the beginning of his career; must be familiar with his music and be able to play basic guitar; should sound and look somewhat like Elvis without being an “impersonator”; songs include “Memories Are Made Of This”, “That’s All Right”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Peace In The Valley”, “Party”, “Hound Dog”; accompany yourself on guitar to That’s Alright Mama and Peace In The Valley or any other Elvis song of your choosing; bring your own acoustic guitar.
Jerry Lee Lewis (Lead): Male, appears 18-30
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. Songs include “Real Wild Child”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”; accompany yourself on piano to Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin, or another song of your choosing; a piano will be provided.
Carl Perkins (Lead): Male, appears 18-30
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. Songs include “Matchbox”, “Who Do You Love?”, “My Babe”, “See You Later, Alligator”; accompany yourself on guitar to Blue Suede Shoes and Matchbox, or a rockabilly tune of your choosing; bring your own electric guitar and amp.
Johnny Cash (Lead): Male, appears 18-30
Actor/singer/guitar player to portray Johnny Cash at the dawn of his epic career; must be familiar with his music and be able to play guitar; tall; should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator”. Songs include “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Sixteen Tons”, “I Walk The Line”, “Riders In The Sky”. please accompany yourself on guitar to Folsom Prison Blues (the show’s version of 16 Tons) or any other Cash song of your choosing; bring your own acoustic guitar.
Sam Phillips (Lead): Male, appears 30-40
Father of Rock’n’Roll and founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis, Johnny, Jerry, Carl, and many others including Roy Orbison and B.B. King; a charismatic figure in American music; must have a strong stage presence and ability to command an audience.
Dyanne (Lead): Female, appears 18-30
She was an aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend; attractive, great singer with a wide range; sings solos and back-ups through the show; sings “Fever” in her alto range and covers the high soprano part (3 “Gs” above middle “C”) of “Riders In The Sky” (Johnny Cash song); also sings “I Hear You Knockin.”
Jay Perkins (bass player/singer) Male, appears 25- 35. Must be able to play the stand up bass very theatrically.
W.S. “Fluke” Holland (drummer) Male, appears 18-40
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