Rock of Ages Auditions
By Chris D'Arienzo
Director: Jenny Ballard & Caty Steward
Assistant Director: Victoria Clement
Music Director: Jamie Leonard-Brubaker
Choreographer: Kristi-Anne Lyons
Stage Manager: Isabelle Louis
Vocal Auditions (by appointment):
Sunday, November 27th , beginning at 1 pm
Dance Call: Monday, November 28th , from 7 – 10 pm
Callbacks (if requested): Tuesday, November 29th , from 6 – 10 pm
Rehearsals will run from January 22 – March 16, 2023
Performances will run from March 17 - 26, 2023
Vocal Auditions will be held LIVE on Sunday, November 27th, beginning at 1 pm. To schedule an audition, please fill out an audition form. The link is below.
*Once you have filled out an audition form, you will receive an audition time via email. Please let us know if this audition time does not work for you.*
Performers auditioning should prepare a 32-bar cut of a song in the style of Rock of Ages/80s Rock & power ballads. An accompanist will be provided. Please come with your music hole-punched and in a 3-ring binder. Acapella/tracked auditions will not be allowed.
**You must be FULLY VACCINATED to audition for Rock of Ages.**
ABOUT THE SHOW
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock n' roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves –before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake
and more hold the answer.
*Theatre Baton Rouge encourages performers of all ethnicities and gender identities to attend auditions.*
DREW- (male 20’s) a strong rock tenor that can belt up to at least a high C, preferably high D, with comedic timing and charm. He’s a rocker who dreams of making it big on the Sunset Strip and beyond. A devoted good guy who’s currently working as a bar back at the famous Bourbon Bar as he strives to “break into" writing and singing his own music. He has instant attraction and chemistry with Sherrie.
SHERRIE- (female 20’s) a strong rock belter up to D# with strong low notes, great comedic timing and good movement ability. She is straight off the bus from Kansas and new to the Sunset Strip to pursue her passion and dreams of becoming an actress. Unsuspecting and trusting in others even as she finds herself taking a stripper job to get by.
LONNY- (male late 20’s early 30’s) a dynamic comic tenor with improv skills and strong rock vocals that can belt up to a high B. The sound guy at the Bourbon Bar and self proclaimed “sound god”, he’s the narrator/conjurer of the show who has instant stage presence and
charisma to spare. Funny, unabashed, and cheeky.
DENNIS- (male mid 30s-50) a rock baritone that can rock belt up to a G with excellent comedic timing. He runs the Bourbon Room and is an easy going stoner type whose heart is in the right place but is feeling the changing of the times arriving as everyone looks to him to help save the Bourbon bar, and the Strip, from being sold off to foreign developers. A dry wit.
STACEE JAXX- (male 30s) a Rock Tenor that belts up to a high C - rock star that decided to leave his successful hair/metal -rock band to try it solo. Has Charm when he wants to but then immediately drops it. Full of himself and truly the ultimate bad boy.
JUSTICE- (female 30s-40s) sings rock and soul with a belt up to a C# with strong low notes. Once a performer herself, she now operates a strip club where she is a maternal figure for the girls that work for her. Her presence is strong with an easy sensuality.
HERTZ- (male 40’s) a rock Baritone that belts up to at least a G# preferably an A. He’s a German businessman trying to buy the Bourbon Bar and most of the Strip to develop it. He is intimidating and uptight. Very demanding of his son.
FRANZ- (male 20s) Hertz’s son with a rock belt up to A. He is pressured and intimidated by his father to work for him. He’d much rather be back home starting his own confectionery store. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Has dance ability.
REGINA- (female 20s) a conscientious, earthy, hippie type who leads the protest against Hertz’s attempted take-over of the Strip. Rock Belt up to a C#. Has dance ability.
MALE ENSEMBLE: 3 men to play numerous roles. Strong comedic timing needed. Strong rock tenor roles, with dance/movement ability. Possible understudy roles.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Three females to play numerous roles. Strong dancers proficient in jazz and modern, comedic ability and strong rock vocals. Possible understudy roles.
We hope to see you at auditions! Please contact Matt Miyagi at email@example.com with questions.