Many of the original members of the 2020 “Akeelah and the Bee” cast are returning to fill their roles. Specific roles remain open for individuals of all experience levels to audition.
The Racine Theatre Guild will be holding open auditions for Akeelah and the Bee on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. and Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Akeelah lives and breathes words and has a gift for spelling. This passion is overshadowed by the daily realities of her life in a tough Chicago neighborhood. Despite her mother’s objections, she studies and prepares for the National Spelling Bee with a determined spirit. As the underdog, Akeelah’s spunk and tenacity teach us all a little something about triumphing over any obstacle. With less than two weeks until its opening before the COVID-19 shutdown, the show returns to finally bring Akeelah to life on the Racine Theatre Guild’s stage.
ROLES AVAILABLE FOR
- Dylan Chiu: Boy or Girl, Asian descent (age 13 – 16)
- Reggie: Boy, African American (age 16 – 18)
- High Schooler: Girl, African American (age 13 – 16)
- Principal Welch: Man or Woman, African American (age 30 – 70)
- Gail: Woman, African American (age 30 – 50)
- Batty Ruth: Woman, African American (age 35 – 50)
- Mrs. Chiu: Woman, Asian descent (age 30 – 50)
- District Pronouncer/State Judge: Man or Woman, Caucasian (age 30 – 70+)
Both actors and crew members will be required to be fully vaccinated to volunteer on productions. Actors will be asked to show proof of vaccination at auditions. Masks will be required to be worn when attending auditions and may only be removed while actively auditioning. Rehearsal protocols will be discussed at auditions.
Director Kara Ernst-Schalk will hold auditions at the Racine Theatre Guild. No appointments necessary and you need to only attend one of the days of auditions. Auditions consist of a cold reading from the script. Individuals of all levels of experience are invited to audition.
Scripts may be checked out in advance from the box office with a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when the script is returned. The show will go into rehearsal in March and will be performed the weekend of April 22 – 24, along with daytime school outreach performances on April 26 and 27.
For further information, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 or email email@example.com.
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