Announcing auditions for the next production in

Benson Theatre- Season 1, Coming Home . . .

Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Auditions will be held at Benson Theatre, 6054 Maple St, Omaha, NE

January 24, 2021: 6pm-8pm

January 25, 2021: 6pm-8pm

Due to the rising COVID statistics, we will be scheduling audition times to limit the number of people in the theatre. Please contact Michal Simpson to schedule your audition time. (michal@bensontheatre.org)

Auditions will consist of prepared sides, and cold readings from the script. Please bring a prepared gospel musical selection, accompaniment will be provided. For more information, to submit an audition tape, and to schedule an audition time, please contact Michal Simpson at: michal@bensontheatre.org

  • Rehearsals: Beginning March 1
  • Tech Dates: April 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Production Dates: April 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16
  • Compensation: $925
  • Seven actors needed. Adult actors will be considered for teen roles.

Character Facts

  • Headmaster Marrow- late 30’s/early 40’s, a man of color, the youngest and latest Head Master for the Charles. R. Drew Prep School for boys.
  • Pharus Jonathan Young- late teens, an effeminate young man of color. A junior at the Charles R. Drew school, ad the lead of the schools famous choir.
  • Pendleton- late 60’s/70’s. Professor at the Charles Drew Prep School
  • Bobby Marrow- mid to late teens, a young man of color. A junior at the school, and a member of the choir. He is also nephew to Headmaster Marrow.
  • Junior Davis- a teen young man of color. Junior at Charles Drew and a member of the choir.
  • Anthony Justin “AJ” James- late teens, an athletic young man of color. A senior at Charles Drew, he is a member of the choir, and the schools baseball team. He is roommates with Pharus Young.
  • David Heard- late teens, a young man of color. Senior at the school. He is a member of the choir

About Choir Boy-  

Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

What they’re saying-

“The sweet harmonies of classic spirituals unite the sometimes fractious voices of the young men in CHOIR BOY…but when they raise their voices in unison, they offer a glimpse of a world in which the cruelty that can divide and destroy is dissolved in a graceful, embracing order. [An] affecting and honest portrait…of a gay youth tentatively beginning to find the courage to let the truth about himself become known.” —NYTimes.

 

“Believe the buzz. CHOIR BOY, the small but mighty coming-of-age play by Tarell Alvin McCraney deserves its kudos. [The play] captures the bristling tensions at a prestigious prep school for African American boys when a flamboyantly gay youth is named leader of their celebrated gospel choir.” —Variety.

 

“In his stirring and stylishly told drama, Tarell Alvin McCraney cannily explores race and sexuality and the graces and gravity of history.” —NY Daily News.