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Augusta JR Players Announces Auditions for CHILDREN OF EDEN JR.

Book by: John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

Directed and Choreographed by: Christina DeCarlo
Music Director: Lori Van Lenten
Stage Manager: Caroline Smith
Assistant Choreographer: Ava Robinson 
Assistant Stage Manager: Genesis Gabriel 

Auditions: Tuesday, July 23rd 5:00 pm -8:45 pm
Callbacks, if needed: Wednesday,  July 24th  5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Please use the following link to sign up for an audition slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44AEA929A2FECE9-50128610-children

Please note that each auditionee will need to sign up for a solo audition slot and a group dance slot. There are 3 different dance slots available (6:00, 7:00, and 8:30) and dance auditions will be held in groups. If all audition slots are filled on the sign up genius please still come to auditions. We will accept walk-in auditions. 

Please bring in a filled out audition form to your audition.  (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). 

From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! An expansive musical, Children of Eden JR. has plenty of roles and life lessons for everyone.

Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. As generations pass, faith and loyalty are tested, but the bonds of family and love remain strong. This moving, foot-stomping musical is perfect for a large cast.

Performance Dates: September 27th at 7:00 pm | September 28th at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at The Kroc Center

After reading this entire notice, if you have questions please call The Augusta Players at 706-826-4707.

Looking for performers of all types, ethnicities, shapes, sizes. Ages 8-17

Auditions will take place at VOCE Studios

118 N Belair Rd suite 3, Evans, GA 30809

Please do not call VOCE Studios with any questions. 

If you cannot make in person auditions, video submissions will be accepted up until Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm. Please send video auditions to: C.DeCarlo@augustaplayers.org. Video auditions will need to include a vocal audition and dance audition. 

There is a lot of information listed. Please read VERY carefully:

CoE is a show that is predominantly sung through. This ensemble cast requires strong soloists who can balance and blend while also serving as INCREDIBLE storytellers. We would like for anyone wishing to be considered for a specific role to learn the song for that character, but anyone if you aren’t sure what role you are interested in, feel free to sing any of the songs provided.

Please DO NOT feel compelled to imitate the vocalists on the recordings. We want to hear YOU tell us the story in YOUR authentic voice. Each audition cut includes sheet music marked at the start, a recording with a vocal guide, and an accompaniment recording that will be used at auditions.

Please use the following link to access the audition material:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10F1MV4PByED0hHHcfD8FaIj2xa6-22PQ?usp=sharing

Father – “Let there Be” m.83 – 117 (sing as marked)
Adam – “A World without You” m.6 – end (sing as marked)
Eve – “The Spark of Creation” m.8 – end (sing as marked)
Young Cain, Young Abel, Young Ensemble members – “Perfect” (sing the melody in your octave including all “solo” lines. Follow marks for instructions.)
Cain & Abel -” Lost in the Wilderness” m.8 – end (sing as marked in the music for either character audition)
Noah – “The Hardest Part of Love” m.4 – end (sing as marked including Father solo)
Mama – “Ain’t It Good” m. 4 – 43 (sing as marked)
Japeth – “In Whatever Time We Have” m.1 – 41 (sing the Japeth and Yonah solo lines)
Yonah – “Sailor of the Skies” m. 4 – end
Ensemble/Storytellers – “Wasteland Wilderness Family” m 10 – 52 (sing as marked in your octave

DANCE AUDITION:

You can choose to learn the “Advance” choreography or “Intermediate” choreography.  The dances will be reviewed the day of the audition. We are looking for performers of all skill levels who are willing to try their best and learn new skillsets. 
ADVANCED Children of Eden Jr dance video 
 
ADVANCED Children of Eden Jr backview 
 
ADVANCED Children of Eden dance Jr explained 
 
INTERMEDIATE Children of Eden dance Jr backview 
 
INTERMEDIATE Children of Eden Jr dance  explained 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Father

Father is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe. Father has a larger-than-life persona and embodies an authoritative presence, balanced with a fair amount of humor and a sense of fun. Father truly loves his children but expects obedience, and is not afraid to punish them if they don’t follow his wishes. Cast an excellent, advanced actor and a great singer in this role who can truly command the stage. Ideally, this actor will read as older onstage.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Adam/Noah

Adam/Noah should be a versatile performer. Adam embodies the excitement, wonder, and childlike innocence of mankind before the fall, and also the strength and persistence needed after they are expelled from the Garden. He should pair well and have a great relationship with Eve, since he will eventually choose her over Father. Noah is also the leader of his family but is a bit less serious, although he also must make a big decision that affects the lives of everyone he loves. Cast a performer who is a natural leader and has a charismatic stage presence. This performer should be a great actor and a wonderful singer, and be comfortable taking command of the stage.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Eve/Mama

Eve/Mama must win over the audience’s hearts. Eve is bright, precocious, loving, and has an adventurous streak. Ultimately, her curiosity is what leads to her banishment, though she never stops loving Father. Her life gets harder after leaving the Garden, but Eve’s spark never fully goes out. Mama is more subtle than Eve, but has a deep strength that is evident in her love for her family. She is honest, smart, and is not afraid to offer Noah her advice and opinions. This role calls for an exceptional actress and outstanding singer who can make strong character choices. Eve/ Mama should also pair well with Adam/Noah.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Snake

The Snake (Snake 1, Snake 2, Snake 3, Snake 4, and Snake 5) lures Eve to the tree and ultimately convinces her to take a bite of the apple. This is a great place to put excellent movers or dancers who can make the Snake feel cohesive.
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Cain

Young Cain is reminiscent of Eve in the Garden. He is curious, confident, and wants to know the answers to all his questions. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Cain to create continuity between the character as a child and an adult.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Young Abel

Young Abel is gentle, sweet, and content with their life as a family, even without the Garden. He loves his parents and his brother, and does not have the same need for answers as Young Cain. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Abel to create continuity between the characters at both ages.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Cain/Japheth

Cain/ Japheth must be comfortable making strong choices onstage. Cain is passionate, curious, longs for adventure, and places the blame squarely at his parents’ feet for giving away his portion of the Garden. He is angry at Adam, Eve, Father, and the unfairness of his circumstances. He doesn’t return from beyond the waterfall with the intention to kill Abel – but, he allows rage to overtake him, and must endure the consequences. Japheth is more polished than Cain, though has a similar rebellious streak that almost results in the same tragedy. His love for Yonah is his driving force, and he is willing to risk everything in order for them to be together. Cast a fantastic singer and a wonderful actor as Cain/Japheth. Remember, these roles require some stage combat, so make sure to cast a mature performer who can be trusted to execute fight choreography safely.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Abel/Ham

Abel/Ham should be able to create two completely different characters. Abel is gentle, thoughtful, and obedient. He would never cause trouble on his own, but he is caught between his love for his brother, Cain, and his love for his parents. Though Abel respects his parents and Father, Cain can usually find a way to convince Abel to follow him. Abel reflects Adam’s choice to leave the Garden, and his death is a turning point in the show. Ham is one of Noah’s sons, and Aphra’s husband. He wants to please Father, and is more mild-mannered than his brother Shem. Cast a performer in these roles who is a good singer and solid actor. Keep in mind that these roles must also learn fight choreography, so make sure you cast a responsible actor who will complete the choreography safely every time.
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Seth/Shem

Seth/Shem should focus mostly on Shem. Seth appears onstage at an important time in the story, but does not speak or sing. Shem is the oldest of the brothers and rather hot-headed. Married to Aysha, he is the first to blame Yonah for the family’s problems aboard the ark. Shem does not have a solo, so he does not need to be a strong singer. Cast an expressive actor with a great stage presence who can make strong character choices.
Gender: Male

Yonah

Yonah is a descendant of Cain who works as a servant for Noah’s family. While Yonah finds herself in unfortunate circumstances, she handles adversity with grace and strength. She is kind and selfless, and ultimately wins Father and Noah over with her goodness when Noah finally gives she and Japheth permission to wed. Cast an expressive actress with a wonderful singing voice who pairs well with Cain/Japheth.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Aysha

Aysha is a bit unhappy with their situation aboard the ark. Married to Shem, she also blames Yonah for their troubles, and isn’t afraid to let everyone know exactly what she thinks. Aysha does not need to be a strong singer – instead, look for an animated performer with a good stage presence for this role.
Gender: Female

Aphra

Aphra is a bit of worrywart. Married to Ham, she worries about the flood, and how it will affect their growing family. Like Aysha, Aphra doesn’t need to be a strong singer, but she should be a good actor able to embody Aphra’s sensitive nature.
Gender: Female

Ensemble

Ensemble consists of the Storytellers, Soloist, Soloist (1, 2, 3), Female Soloist, Seth’s Wife, and optional Animals. Feel free to cast as many performers as Storytellers who want to participate in the show. For Soloist, Soloist (1, 2, 3), and Female Soloist, check the vocal range to make sure you cast a performer who can handle the music. Seth’s Wife does not speak and does not need to be a strong singer, so this is a great cameo for a newer performer.
Gender: Any

Female Soloist

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Soloist

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G3
Vocal range bottom: G2

Soloist 1

Gender: Any
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: F#4

Soloist 2

Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Soloist 3

Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G3

To learn more about the show please explore the following link: https://www.mtishows.com/children-of-eden-jr

Rehearsal Schedule:

Please note the rehearsal schedule is subject to change.

Auditions: July 23rd 5:00-8:00
Callbacks, if needed: July 24th 5:00-8:00
Parent meeting: July 26: 6:00 pm
July 29th: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
July 30th: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
July 31st: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
August 1st: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
August 3rd: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
August 6: 6:00-9:00
August 7: 6:00-9:00
August 8: 6:00-9:00
August 12: 6:00-9:00
August 13: 6:00-9:00
August 14: 6:00-9:00
August 15 6:00-9:00
August 19:6:00-9:00
August 20: 6:00-9:00
August 21: 6:00-9:00
August 22: 6:00-9:00
August 26: 6:00-9:00
August 27: 6:00-9:00
August 28: 6:00-9:00
August 29: 6:00-9:00
September 3rd: 6:00-9:00
September 4th: 6:00-9:00
September 5th: 6:00-9:00
September 6th: 6:00-9:00
September 7th: 10:00-2:00
September 9th: 6:00-9:00
September 10th: 6:00-9:00
September 11th: 6:00-9:00
September 12th: 6:00-9:00
September 13th:6:00-9:00
September 14th 6:00-9:00
September 16th: 6:00-9:00
September 17: 6:00-9:00
September 18: 6:00-9:00
September 19: 6:00-9:00
Sept 21- Arts in the Heart- TIME TBA
September 22nd: 2:00-9:00 LOAD IN/TECH
September 23: 5:00-9:00 TECH
September 24: 5:00-9:00 TECH
September 25: 5:00-9:00 TECH
September 26: 5:00-9:00 TECH
September 27th: 5:00 CALL 7:00 GO
September 28: 2:00 CALL 4:00 GO and 7:00 GO

 

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