AUDITIONS

CANDLELIGHT IS CASTING THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTION

MEMPHIS 

WHAT TO KNOW

About Candlelight: The Candlelight Theatre is a professional dinner theatre located in Ardentown, Delaware, approximately 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia. We hire paid, non-union performers for productions with three to five performances per week.

Requirements: Anyone interested in submitting a headshot and resume for The Candlelight Theatre’s upcoming production of Memphis may do so through Friday May 20. Please note there will NOT be an open audition for this production. Those needed for callbacks will be notified via email. Anyone interested please email your headshot/resume to bob@candlelightde.org.  Additional requirements noted in descriptions below. Please, no phone calls to the theatre.

Auditions: Typically held The Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd. Wilmington, DE 19810, or at other venues as specified below.

Safety: Performers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of rehearsal. 

Candlelight is casting Memphis

FINAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!  Anyone interested in submitting a headshot and resume for The Candlelight Theatre’s upcoming production of Memphis may do so through Friday May 20. Please note there will NOT be an open audition for this production. Those needed for callbacks will be notified via email. Anyone interested please email your headshot/resume to bob@candlelightde.org. Memphis will be directed by Devon Sinclair. Rehearsals will begin late July with performances September 17th-October 30th, 2022. Performers must be fully vaccinated by the first day of rehearsal. All roles are open and paid. Additional restaurant opportunities, if desired, are available to supplement performance income. No phone calls to the theatre please.

Below please find the character breakdown for Memphis.

Seeking dynamic, non-union, singers, actors, and dancers, of all types, size, and ethnicity for the following roles:

Beale Street Dancer/Singers (Female & Male), 16+ ETHNICITY: African American Bold imaginative actors with strong character-building skills to play teenagers and adults; EXCELLENT dancers with great voices; comic abilities, partnering, and tumbling a plus! This show is a MARATHON, and needs a kickass ensemble with high endurance. If you’ve ever been told “If you weren’t black, you’d make a great nicest kid in town!”, this is the ensemble for you! “Corny Collins Council meets In Living Color”

Huey Calhoun (Male, 20-35, Tenor with a great feel for pop/rock, R&B C3-B4) ETHNICITY: Caucasian Charismatic, frenzied, bombastic, and outright unprecedented! Huey is our motor-mouthed hero who talks his way into becoming a DJ at a local “white” radio station. With a sincere heart and disregard for race barriers, Huey falls in love with black songstress, Felicia. These things drive Huey to bridge the cultural divide in Memphis and prove that music and love can transcend race. “Justin Timberlake meets Forrest Gump”

Felicia Farrell (Female, 20-35, R&B, Belt voice G3-A5) ETHNICITY: African American Beautiful, wide-eyed, and a fiercely gifted singer! Like all black women, Felicia is the glue holding the community together. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, yet still dares to follow her heart, and make the sacrifices needed to succeed in a world that refuses to see her. Walking with grace and spirit, Felicia’s prowess speaks for itself! “Princess Tiana meets Michelle Obama”

Delray Farrell (Male, 35-45, Commanding baritenor with a pop/rock/R&B, Bb2- Bb4) ETHNICITY: African American Felicia’s older brother who owns the club on Beale Street where she sings. Realistic, cautious, and protective of his sister. Forced to grow up sooner than he should, Delray is fiercely aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond. His voice should command “Teddy Pendergrass meets Dre Johnson”

Bobby Dupree (Male, 20-35, Baritenor, G3-C5) ETHNICITY: African American Between work and his time at Delray’s, Bobby quickly becomes one of Huey’s best friends. Requires a comedic actor full of personality, heart, showmanship, and must dance well. “Winston Bishop meets the Genie”

Gladys Calhoun (Female, 45-65, Strong singer, Alto-Belt mix B3-A5) ETHNICITY: Caucasian Excellent comedic actor; Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar, southern mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her rabble-rousing son, whom she loves, but about whom she constantly worries. “Helen ‘Mama’ Boucher meets Sophia Petrillo with a dash of Alba Villanueva”

Gator (Male, 35-45, Baritenor, F#3-A4) ETHNICITY: African American Sweet, patient, and gentle. Bartender at Delray’s, hasn’t spoken since age five, when he saw his father killed, a man of silent but deadly expressions. As the story progresses, he finds his voice again. Must be an excellent actor, singer, and move well, comic timing a plus. Strong harmonization skills needed. Actor will most likely double in the “Be Black” trio. “Black Panther’s Zuri meets Stanley Hudson on Pretzel Day”

Mr. Simmons (Male, 40-60, role will double other characters) ETHNICITY: Caucasian Conservative owner of the radio station where Huey gets his start; a strong, southern, commanding businessman. The more money Huey makes him, the more liberal he becomes. Great actor who is comfortable singing. “Mr. Krabs meets Doug Dimmadome owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome”

Wailin’ Joe (Male, 20-40; Excellent tenor Eb3 – Gb5) ETHNICITY: African American Wailin’ Joe sings “Scratch My Itch” and is featured in both Act One and Act Two; must also dance very well. Strong stage presence and harmonization skills needed. Actor will most likely double in the “Be Black” trio. “Bobby Proud meets Bruno Mars”

Buck Wiley (Male, 30-55; Light singing) ETHNICITY: Caucasian Buck Wiley is the DJ and host of Boppin’ with the Blues on WHDZ before Huey takes his place. As the show progresses, we see his disdain for Huey grow. He even goes as far to organize the attack on Huey & Felicia. “Rush Limbaugh meets Don Imus”

Main Street Dancers/Singers – (Female & Male, 20-30’s) ETHNICITY: Open to all Athletic dancers with great pop/rock voices; comic ability and tumbling a plus. These actors should be excellent storytellers! “Nicest Kids in Town meets Revolting Children”

The Candlelight Theatre is a professional Dinner Theatre located in Ardentown, Delaware, approximately 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Paid performances with between 3-5 performances per week. Additional restaurant opportunities, if desired, are available to supplement performance income. Please, no phone calls to the theatre.