Auditions Announced for DREAMGIRLS at The Carnegie

Directed by Torie Wiggins
Music Direction by Mike Flohr
Choreography by Darnell Pierre Benjamin

August 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Friday & Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Rehearsals evenings and weekends July 8th – August 10th

Based on the stories of real life music icons, The Supremes, James Brown, and others, DREAMGIRLS offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry of the 60s as it tells the story of R&B group, The Dreams. Starting out as a trio or singers and friends, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell are determined to make it big in the vibrant music landscape of the 1960s. But as the band’s success grows, their relationships deteriorate.

Featuring such songs as “Dreamgirls,” “And I’m Telling You,” and “One Night Only,” this Tony Award-winning musical was adapted into the 2006 motion picture starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Edie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Anika Noni Rose.

Auditions by Appointment Only on the Following Dates:

  • March 17 1pm-5pm
  • March 18 5pm-8pm

Callbacks March 18 8:30-10pm
Auditioners on the 17th will be notified by email on the evening of the 17th if invited to callbacks the next day. Auditioners on the 18th will be notified directly following their group audition if they will be asked to stay for the callback later that night.
Please make every attempt to attend the callback if invited.

To schedule a time slot, please contact Maggie Perrino,

Please Prepare:

  • 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
  • Wear dance attire and be prepared to learn a dance combination
  • Bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. A cappella auditions will not be accepted

Also note:

  • Resume listing theatrical experience and headshot/picture are required to audition.
  • Please bring with you to the audition, do not send in advance.
  • Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly.
  • All roles are paid. Not AEA eligible.

Auditions will take place at The Carnegie Theatre
1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
Please use Box Office entrance on Robbins St.

Available Roles:

EFFIE MELODY WHITE: Female, 20-40ish, African American – powerful belt, large and in charge, lead singer of The Dreamettes. Journeys from snappy confidence to depths of betrayal, but triumphs in the end. Seeking actor with willingness to dig deep emotionally as well as belt.

DEENA JONES: Female, 18-40ish, African American – mezzo soprano, initially modest backup singer for Dreamettes. Replaces Effie, under pressure. And falls for Curtis, knowing Effie had him. The Diana Ross-esque character, so must move from innocent to “star.”

LORRELL ROBINSON: Female, 18-30ish, African American – soprano, the youngest backup singer. Speaks her mind. Eager for success, swept off her feet by married James Thunder Early. High energy and attitude encouraged for this role, with a touch of the romantic.

MICHELLE MORRIS: Female, 18-40ish, African American – soprano, replacement backup for Effie. Wants to stay out of in-fighting. Falls in love with C.C., and helps bring brother and sister together in the end.

CURTIS TAYLOR: Male, 25-45ish, African American – tenor/high baritone, a Cadillac dealer turned Dreams’ brilliant manager, then music mogul. Charming, smooth, and funny, he’s ruthless in the pursuit of his dreams. Dumps Effie and James in pursuit of glory.

C.C. WHITE: Male, 20-30, African American – tenor, talented song writer for the Dreamettes/Dreams and is Effie’s brother. Initially enthralled by Curtis’ business smarts.

JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY: Male, 30-50, African American – tenor/strong falsetto, a James Brown-like flashy star of early R&B that Curtis steals from Marty. A trendsetter, but trends pass him by. Be ready to be a showman, and let loose.

MARTY MADISON: Male, 40’s-60’s, African American – baritone, early manager of James Early, cleans up after many of James’ messes, old-school, honest and loyal.

Male Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 20-50
to play various characters, all vocal types, some require African American actors, some open to other ethnicities.

Female Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Female, 20-40
to play various characters, all vocal types, some require African American actors, some open to other ethnicities.


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