Auditions for rappers and singers will be held in NYC this week.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, is set in the inner-city and is about the lives of John and Vertus, two friends since childhood. The musical will feature music and lyrics by Tupac Shakur.
Casting director’s note: “ALL ACTORS MUST BE TERRIFIC RAPPERS. STRONG SINGERS ALSO NEEDED.
My Block Chorus (M/F):
These characters are African American, 18-32, all shapes, sizes and types. The more individual the better. Seeking strong singer/rappers who move well/dance.
Brian (“Griffy”) Griffin:
Caucasian man, early 20s. Mechanic running his father’s auto body shop in a predominantly black neighborhood. The kind of neighborhood white kid who might get accused of thinking he’s “a brother” because of the way he talks and acts. Basically a good kid with good intentions, though not always the most sensitive or aware. Strong singing voice and guitar skills necessary; strong rapping skills a plus.
African American man, mid – late 20s. Neighborhood guy fresh out of jail, two strikes against him, and looking to make a clean start. Keeps his thoughts and feelings close to the vest. Loyal, trustworthy, determined; out to prove everyone wrong and make a life for himself as a car mechanic. As neighborhood violence escalates, he is torn between what might be “right” and what he feels is his duty to his “boys”.
African American man, mid – late 20s. Childhood friend of John’s. Hard-edged from living amidst violence for so long. The guy you want on your side, not the guy you want to cross. Fiercely protective and loyal, not afraid to engage when he or one of his own feels wronged or threatened.
African American woman, mid – late 40s. Mother of John’s closest childhood friend, Vertus. Mothers with tough but compassionate love. Knows the threats and challenges her son faces, and does her best to equip him with what she can to help him get by and thrive. Still, she worries … and longs for peace and quiet in their lives.
African American woman, mid – late 20s. Vertus’s girlfriend. Beautiful, sexy and confident; she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. Knows how to stand her ground and stand up for what she wants. Her feelings for John resurface when he is released from jail; she loves the man, but not the actions.
Equity chorus call will be held March 14 at 10 a.m. (male singer-rappers who move well) & 2 p.m. (female singer-rappers who move well)
Auditions will be held at:
AEA Audition Center, 165 W. 46th St.
2nd fl., NYC.
Please bring resume and headshot / photos
What to prepare:
Prepare 16 bars of a rap song and 16 bars of a song to sing (with piano accompaniment). Those who rap but do not sing may perform 32 bars of a rap in lieu of an accompanied song. “Boom box” provided. If singing, bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose. If auditioning for the role of Griffy, you may accompany yourself on guitar (in addition to performing a rap selection).
This is a paid contract job. Minimum pay of 1000 per week contract