Marietta’s Strand Theatre is seeking performers both male and female who can play ages 17 to 50 to audition for 2019’s theatre production of the musical Smoke on the Mountain.
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into “the modern world.” Between songs, each family member “witnesses” – telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.
Seeking performers for the following roles:
4 male, 3 female
MERVIN OGLETHORPE – Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, late 20s
BURL SANDERS – father, 40s
VERA SANDERS – mother, 40s
STANLEY SANDERS – uncle, late 40s
DENNIS and DENISE SANDERS – twins, 17
JUNE SANDERS – sister, 23
All parts must be able to sing, act, and play at least one of the following instruments*
– Upright bass
*With the exception of VERA SANDERS, who must be able to play the piano, and JUNE SANDERS who does not need to play an instrument but does need to be able to use American Sign Language.
Ability to play the autoharp for VERA SANDERS
Ability to play the accordion for MERVIN OGLETHORPE
Saturday, March 23 10:00 AM
Tuesday, March 26 6:00 PM
Please prepare the provided monologue for the character you’re auditioning for:
Prepare a 1 minute song in the country/bluegrass/gospel genre, accompanied by the instrument your choice from the following list: guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele. If you play an instrument that doesn’t lend itself to self-accompaniment (fiddle, harmonica, etc.) please prepare a 1 minute instrumental in the country, bluegrass, or gospel genre to perform on your preferred instrument in addition to your vocal audition.
Vocal auditions must be accompanied acoustically by you or performed a cappella. Tracks or other recorded accompaniment will not be permitted.
The following instruments will be provided by The Strand in the event you don’t have your own:
You are welcome to bring your own instrument(s) for your audition. If you’ve listed additional instruments on your audition sheet, you may be asked to demonstrate your ability on one of the instruments provided.
Video auditions will be considered for those who wish to audition, but will not be in town during these dates. This being said, live auditions give the directors the best idea of your talents so please only use taped auditions as a last resort. To submit a video audition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.