Auditions

 

GUEST PRESENTATION AUDITION:



Audition Notice
For Actors, Musicians, and Dancers
(Hosted at Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA, 01201)

Auditions and Callbacks will be held in March. The premiere of Shoeless Joe will 
be staged at The Colonial Theater on May 20
(Note: This audition notice relates solely to the Shoeless Joe play, 
not other forthcoming programs at The Colonial Theater.)
The play, Shoeless Joe, examines the life of baseball legend, Shoeless Joe Jackson.  The play features six songs, beginning with the classic, Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  Each song will be pre-recorded and accompanied by a theme-based dance routine. Evaluative stage readings have been held in Florida and in Connecticut, resulting in positive reviews.  Set in 1951, several months before Shoeless Joe's passing, the play tracks Joe Jackson's humble beginnings in Brandon Village, South Carolina, his major league career, his banishment by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, his subsequent barnstorming career and his strength in dealing with the lifelong Major League ban from the game he cherished. 

The play addresses such issues as illiteracy, race, child labor, justice and redemption.  

The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield has been selected to host the premiere of Shoeless Joe on Saturday evening, May 20,  due to Pittsfield's historical connection to the national pastime and the historic nature of the Colonial Theater.

Actor roles: 
Equity and non-Equity actors are welcome. There are 21 roles in Shoeless Joe. Some of the smaller roles will be taken on by individual actors playing two or three characters. Ages of the play characters are provided in the descriptions below, but performer ages do not have to match exactly. 

The role of Shoeless Joe: 

Actor roles: 

Equity and non-Equity actors are welcome. There are 21 roles in Shoeless Joe. Some of the smaller roles will be taken on by individual actors playing two or three characters. Ages of the play characters are provided in the descriptions below, but performer ages do not have to match exactly. 

The role of Shoeless Joe: 
Shoeless Joe is age 64 in the play. 

Scoop Latimer: 
Scoop is in his late 60s in the play.  Scoop was a legendary Southern sports writer who discovered Shoeless Joe, gave him his famous nickname, and covered him throughout his career and beyond. 

Susan Kirk:
Susan is in her mid 60s in the play.  Susan was the sole teacher in Brandon Village, South Carolina, where Joe was raised. Susan addresses many key issues including illiteracy and child labor laws. 

Katie Jackson: 
Katie is in her late 50s in the play.  Katie is Shoeless Joe's wife. She addresses a number of key issues, including her love of Joe and her heartbreak at seeing her husband banned from baseball. 

Connie Mack: 
Connie is in his early 70's in the play. He was a legendary baseball manager born in East Brookefield, Mass. He was Joe's first major league baseball manager and lifetime supporter. Connie addresses his mistake in trading Joe to the Cleveland Indians. 

Charlie Ferguson: 
Charlie is in his early 40s in the play.  Charlie, a great tobacco chewing character, made Shoeless Joe's famous bat, Black Betsy, out of hickory wood. 

Joe Casey: 
Joe is in his late teens in the play.  Joe was Shoeless Joe's beloved boyhood friend. 

Martha Jackson: 
Mrs. Jackson is in her early 40s in the play. Mrs. Jackson is Shoeless Joe's mother in the play. In a most humorous way, she represents Shoeless Joe in his first baseball contract negotiation. 

George Jackson: 
Mr. Jackson is in his early 40s in the play. Mr. Jackson, Joe's father,  also has a humorous role in Joe's first contract.  

Hal Chase: 
Hal is in his mid-30s in the play.   Hal was a legendary first baseman who regularly fixed games.  He addresses the gambling culture that pervaded baseball in the early 1900s.  


Ty Cobb:
Ty is in his mid 60s in the play.  Ty makes a surprise visit to Joe, and they engage in a meaningful conversation.  

Billy Kett: 
Billy is in his mid 40s in the play. Billy gives young Joe Jackson an important baseball lesson. 


Captain Chris McKeon: 

Captain McKeon is in his mid 40s in the play.    Captain McKeon presents Joe with his World War I military options. 

Charles Comiskey:
Charles is in his mid 40s in the play.   Charles delivers messages of enmity to Joe that alter Joe's life.

Harry Grabiner:
Harry is in his mid 40s in the play. Harry is Charles Comiskey's obstructionist in the play, and he plays an evil trick on Joe.

Chuck Gandil:
Chuck in his late 20s in the play.  A teammate of Joe's, it is Chuck who invites Joe to participate in the 1919 fix.  

Albert Austrian: 
Albert in his 40s in the play.  Albert is Comiskey's lawyer, whose advice to Joe proves devastating. 


Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis:
Judge Landis is in his 40s in the play.  Judge Landis delivers his decision to ban Joe Jackson from baseball.

Eddie Collins:
Eddie is in his mid sixties in the play. A Hall of Fame second baseman, Eddie played with Joe and then, as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, signed Ted Williams. 


Josh Gibson:
Josh, an African American, is in his 30s in the play.  Josh briefly addresses Joe during the play. 

Next Step

If you would like to audition as an actor, musician, or dancer in March for the Shoeless Joe musical, please e-mail your resume or a brief description of your acting/musical/dance experience to: nebhof@gmail.com.  Also, please make sure to provide your e-mail and phone contact information and we will be back in touch. 

Each audition session will be for approximately 10 minutes and will include your opportunity to ask questions.

Thank you for your interest!