Since our hiatus began almost a year ago, our company has talked a lot about walking our walk. Cripple Creek’s mission is to produce work that “provokes the general public into social action.” How are we actually accomplishing this goal? Our core audience consistently has a great time at our shows because of our love of history, our hard, yet relevant questions, and our high artistic quality. Yet, are we actually provoking our audience to make the world a better place?
I love theatre because it can change a person’s habit of thought, which will then influence her actions. A transformation that begins with the individual can ripple out to our communities to hopefully make the world we live in a better place. I also love doing theatre because of the indescribable feeling of community generated between collaborators. These values—positive societal transformation and relationship-centric collaboration—are at the core of where Cripple Creek is moving as we prepare for The Cradle Will Rock Project and try to fulfill our mission.
We are developing our partnerships with collective organizing communities in the city and finding ways to support their work. We are learning their stories and how their efforts relate to the history of unions in the south. We hope to continue these relationships well after the curtain closes on the project. We plan to have a fun fundraiser, make all our events free, wear beaver costumes, and have a lot of fun doing it.
We are committed to being an inclusive community of theatre makers. We welcome all people to join our production regardless of professional experience, educational background, race, gender, class, or physical ability. We wish to present work that reflects the city that we love so much and have grown deep roots in. We never ask the people who audition for our shows to come with prepared monologues; for these auditions you can sing a cappella. We encourage any and all to be a part of our work.
One of my muses, director and Louisiana native Lear deBessonet, said of her production of The Tempest at the Public, “…if all we were doing was literally coming together with all the people involved and dancing to a polka song, it would be a political act. I think people from incredibly disparate class backgrounds – not to mention race and religion and culture – but just different class backgrounds, sharing a space equally and having a good time… that, in itself, is a radical political act.”
We couldn’t agree more. We want the ones who live fully and aren’t afraid to show it. Are you a shower-singer, karaoke star, non-actor, or energetic charades-player? Then tell your friends and y’all come out: we want to play with you.
More details on auditions are below or you can visit our Facebook event:
The Cripple Creek Theatre Co. will present Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock in fall 2015. Auditions will be held January 10 with callbacks on the 11th at Akili Academy of New Orleans, 3811 N Galvez St from 12-6pm.
Interested parties should email Andrew Vaught at email@example.com to reserve an audition time.
Sides will be available for reading. In addition, please, prepare to sing two pieces of music of your own choosing, each 1-2 minutes long. A cappella singing is fine; an accompanist can be provided, but please bring sheet music.
Roles will be available for people of all races, ethnicities, orientations and identities.
Listen to the full score on Spotify here:
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More information on Cripple Creek’s mission and body of work can be found on our website at www.cripplecreekplayers.org.
The Cradle Will Rock Project is supported by generous assistance from the Keller Family Foundation and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.