Indigo Blue: A re-imagining of the Pied Piper
Audition Date: September 17, 2021
WCT, 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham NC 27705
All characters should be able to act, sing and dance in order to participate in company songs and dances. Please register to audition on our website. Early registrations would be greatly appreciated! WCT will inform you of your audition time 1-2 days prior to the audition. Please contact us immediately if you have any questions or concerns.
Present a 1-2 minute monologue and 32 bars of a song. Dancers and young children should prepare a short routine (no longer than one minute).
Rehearsals begin in October with production dates December 5th & 10-12, 2021
*actors may play multiple roles. Gender of Yes Men can be changed as needed to meet casting realities. Resources and creative vision of the director and choreographer will determine the number of rats, Towns people and children.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
MARVIN THE MAGNIFICIENT aka MERWIN THE MALCONTENT- magician and entertainer. Male. A showman, he can moonwalk and do the James Brown slide while rapping his way into deals where he is the only winner. Ego driven, he is only interested in how he can use others to get what he wants: fame. Can be played by teen to young adult who can rap and dance.
SPEAKHER- Dancing MP3 speaker. Female. Loves what she does and has ambitions of amplifying music in large venues which is how she got hooked up with Marvin. She has a big heart and does not enjoy hurting innocent people. She regrets her role in Marvin's scheming but tries to make the best of it since she doesn't feel she has much of a choice. Can be played by a teen to young adult who can dance.
SPEAKHIM- Dancing MP3 speaker. Male. Also has ambitions of making a name for himself. He feels double-crossed by Marvin but doesn't think he has a way out without doing what Marvin says. Can be played by a teen to young adult who can dance.
MARIPOSA- 12 years old, mayor’s daughter. Female. Intelligent, determined, and unafraid. She challenges her father and disobeys him to do what she feels is right. Her strong will and desire to save her brother allow her to discover her own true power within herself. Must look the part of a 12-year-old, sing, and dance.
OWEN THEODORE CRUMB aka O.T.C. - Ex-champion professional wrestler and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Male. He uses a cane and lives on memories of what he used to be in the ring until Mariposa gives him a new cause. By helping her save her brother and the other children, he helps himself remember that true strength lies within. Can be played by young to older adult who sings.
BUGSBY BRAMBLETHORN- Mayor of Milele Baada Ya. An arrogant, self-serving politician whose deceitful practices backfire on him when the town loses its children. He still clings to his power by belittling everyone else around him. Can be played by young to older adult who sings and dances.
YES MAN #1- city councilman or woman. Energetic and eager to please the mayor in order to stay employed and climb the political ladder. Will forcefully go whatever way the mayor wants whether it is right or wrong. Can be played by teen to young adult.
YES MAN # 2 – city councilman or woman. Same description as #1. Can be played by teen to young adult.
YES MAN # 3 – city councilman or woman. Same description as #1. Can be played by teen to young adult.
O’ FEEL YA CLAWS- Pussycat and Martial Arts expert. Serious, disciplined, and graceful with a piercing stare. Must convincingly perform karate moves and dance. Can be played by young adult.
BIG CHIEF LIKE THE CHEESE A LOT- Rat, leader of the Do Dirty Gang. Male. Physically imposing, appears to be a callous bully. Is in cahoots with Marvin to terrorize the town but changes sides when double-crossed. Has a change of heart shows a softer side and a willingness to work for the cause of good. Can be played by teen to young adult who can sing, dance, and rap.
THE DO DIRTY GANG- rats. Followers of Big Chief. Can be played by any age who sing and dance.
LAVERN- Talking Lamp post. Female. Keeps up with all of the latest gossip. Opinionated and does not hold her tongue. Unafraid to state opinions and shrinks to no one. Can be played by teen, young or older adult.
J. P. SNOOPER- Puppy Dog, and news reporter for the Tweakberry Times. Male or Female. He, she or they are very conscientious about doing excellent reporting work. Ambitiously seeks the great story that will catapult him/her to a Pulitzer prize for journalism. Can be played by teen to young adult.
TOWNS PEOPLE Can be played by teen to adult who sing and dance.
CHILDREN Can be played by young children who sing and dance.
Howard L. Craft (Playwright)
Craft is a poet, playwright and arts educator. His poetry appears in Home is Where: An Anthology of African-American poets from the Carolinas, edited by Kwame Dawes. He is a recipient of the NC Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship and is the author of several plays including: Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders, and Feelin Free: An Evening With Nina Simone. Craft is the creator of the first African-American Super Hero.
Dilsey Davis (Director)
Dilsey is a writer, producer, director and actor who enjoys using the magic of storytelling and the moving image to shape and influence culture. She has been working in the film and television industry for over 18 years. Mrs. Davis has studied acting at UNC-Chapel Hill, HB Studio in New York, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Lesly Khan Studios in Los Angeles. She is the founder and president of Café con Leche Media (CCL Media). CCL Media is an independent media production company in Atlanta, GA and Durham, NC dedicated to creating high quality projects. Mrs. Davis has created television programs and short films that combine both entertainment and messaging to effectively reach underserved audiences. Her work includes the award winning short film The Other Side, adapted from a children’s book of the same name. She also created, produced and directed the African short Wedding Day starring the popular South African actor Kenneth Nkosi (District 9, Tsotsi, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency). Most notably, she was the creator, producer and director of the award-winning “Nuestro Barrio” (Our Neighborhood), the first Spanish language series to air on English language television in the United States. In addition, she has produced a children’s short animation series entitled Adventures with Fit and Newt, as well as a multiple commercials, public service announcements, and industrial videos. She is currently writing and developing two new film projects under her company’s banner, while working as a story consultant for a Los Angeles based production company.
Cara Williams (Vocal Instruction)
Cara has been touring for over 15 years both domestically and abroad as a co-director and soloist/lead vocalist for the One Human Family Choir. A respected choir clinician, facilitator, organizer, and mentor, Cara has presented choir clinics and music workshops across the United States and in Canada. Cara specializes in bringing singers and musicians of diverse backgrounds/populations together to present musical models of unity to the wider community. Although Cara is best known for her work with groups that include both children and adults, Cara has conducted children’s choir workshops in Kelowna, British Columbia, Columbus OH, Conway/Myrtle Beach SC, and Durham NC. In addition, Cara annually travels to Louhelen Bahai School in Flint, MI to serve as Musician in Residence where she conducts age specific music workshops daily, culminating in a music concert presenting each class separately and the entire group as a whole. Participants aged 4 to 80 travel from across the US and Canada to participate in her workshops at the School. Cara always explains to audiences that music has a way of touching hearts before the mind has a chance to alter the message – which is why she continues to use her musical abilities as a vehicle to bring diverse peoples together
Lenora Zenzalai Helm (Composer)
Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a vocalist, composer, and educator. Her latest of 6 solo CDs, I Love Myself When I’m Laughing was listed on Independent Ear’s 30 Recommended 2012 Record Releases amongst an esteemed list of jazz artists, and elected for placement on the GRAMMY ballot in several categories. Composer credits include compositions on the ESPN network; music for the film, After Life, previewed and awarded at the Arizona Black Film Festival and the Village D Cinema festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She received composer awards from Chamber Music America, Meet The Composer and is a MacDowell Composer Fellow. She has been a composer for the youth and young adult program, Def Dance Jam Workshop in NYC and is delighted to return to working with youth to write music for Indigo Blue. She directs the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble as Assistant Professor, Department of Music. www.LenoraHelm.com
Mariana Gomez (Choreographer)
Mariana was born and bred in Durham, NC. She began coming to Walltown Children’s Theatre at the age of 8 beginning with Hip Hop. Not soon after, she began taking other styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. She joined the Walltown Dance Company at age eleven and began her pre-professional training. She has traveled with WDC and performed in Lynchburg, VA, Myrtle Beach, and in various statewide festivals. Mariana has worn many hats at Walltown Children’s Theatre including stage manager for Indigo Blue, rehearsal director and choreographer for the Walltown Dance Company, instructor, as well as production coordinator for the holiday production of the Durham Nutcracker. She has received classes from Kristin Taylor, Geo Huebla, Twitch, Fikshun, Comfort, Angel Roberts, Gev Manoukian, and Dena Rizzo where she served as Ms. Rizzo’s assistant in the WCT 2019 Dance UNIversTY.