Sunflower
by Scottish Rite Theater

May. 20 - May. 21

Amalie doesn’t fit in with her peers, who often exclude and bully her. Desperate to find a friend, she finds a kindred spirit in Van Gogh, who is living in 19th century Arles, France. As Amalie faces social pressure and bullying at school, she finds escape in the world of the painting. Van Gogh, who calls Amalie “Sunflower”,  inspires her to believe in herself and understands her loneliness and pain. At the same time, Van Gogh suffers challenges of his own that eventually lead to his despair and suicide. After Amalie is betrayed by her peers, and also finds out about Vincent’s fate, she faces her own darkness.

Book and Lyrics by Laura Guli
Music and Orchestration by Premila Mistry
Directed by Deanna Belardinelli


Auditions for Sunflower: A New Musical by Scottish Rite Theater

Sunflower is an original musical that tells the story of Amalie, a shy and sensitive 6th grader, who magically travels through the painting Cafe Terrace at Night and meets the 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) at the cafe.

Book and music are formally copyrighted. The cast is composed of both kids ages 11-13 as well as adults. Scenes alternate between the real world at Amalie’s school and home, and the magical world of 19th-century Arles.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be made available to all actors after they make an audition appointment. Auditions will be held at Austin Scottish Rite Theater at 207 West 18th Street, Austin Texas, 78701. There is limited parking behind the theater, and coin-metered street parking nearby. As well as underground parking at the Bob Bullock Museum.

AUDITION DATES: Friday, May 20 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 21st 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, (possible) Sunday, May 22nd 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Digital auditions are also possible, if these dates don't work.

Rehearsals will begin in early June and continue through opening night, July 22, 2022. The production runs at 7 pm Fridays & Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through August 14, 2022.

CONTACT: Deanna Belardinelli, Artistic Director, email: deanna@scottishritetheater.org Phone 512-472-5436.
 
SHOW DATES: July 22 – August 14, 2022: Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm! Rehearsals will start in June, and run through July. Tech dates: July 16 - July 21, 2022

AUDITION LOCATION: Austin Scottish Rite Theater at 207 West 18th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701. 
 
AUDITION SIGN-UP: Please go here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9iIcCdU-8EIx6FcmqZbh29-z_TomuR7PfvZIds5QfKtQEcg/viewform 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: 

·      Actors will be sent sides from the script to prepare when they make an audition appointment.
·      Actors, prepare 32 bars of a song from a musical and bring the sheet music with you.
·      Please bring 1 copy each of your headshot and resume if you have them.

 **Digital Audition Info**
- Unlisted YouTube video links containing: 1 minute monologue and 1 minute vocal selection.
*Video should show performers from at least the waist up and be well lit with the angle of the camera directly at eye level. Please do not sing to the camera, but just to the right or left. Please keep in mind that this is a stage audition, and not a film audition.

CASTING:  10-12 persons. One role is precast. A stipend will be paid to all actors.
 
CHARACTERS:
4 girls / 3 boys
3 men/ 2 women

Girl 1
…AMALIE, a shy, socially awkward 11-year-old girl (preferably cast person of color)
Girl 2
…MADISON, popular girl, born leader, but bullies others 
Girl 3
…LILY, 11-year-old girl, a follower, popular, always twirling hair, love-sick
Girl 4
…JANIE, 11-year-old girl, intellectual, tries to be kind but wants to fit in
Boy 1
…NORI, quirky, 11-year-old gender neutral, confident in self
Boy 2
…ZACH, 11-year-old boy, athletic popular jock
Boy 3
…RUDY, 11-year-old boy, hip-hop and gamer fan

Man 1 (Already Cast)
…VINCENT VAN GOGH, at age 37
…GATEKEEPER (also museum docent/busdriver)
Man 2
…WAITER
…ARLES TOWNSMAN
…AMALIE’S FATHER VOICE
…ADDITIONAL FATHER VOICES 
Man 3
…ARLES TOWNSMAN
…ADDITIONAL FATHER VOICES 
Woman 1
…6th GRADE TEACHER 
…  ARLES TOWNSWOMAN 
……AMALIE’s MOTHER VOICE
…  ADDITIONAL MOTHER VOICES 
Woman 2
…ARLES TOWNSWOMAN
…ADDITIONAL MOTHER VOICES