Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Auditions

Written by Alan Janes

Director Debbie Keyt | Musical Director Rhonda Vaughan | Choreographer Camilla Klesman

AUDITION DATES

Saturday 17th August 9am- 3pm & Sunday 18th August 10am – 5pm

Before the Beatles, before the Stones, Rock & Roll was born.

60 years ago, a young man from Lubbock, Texas, changed the face of popular music, only to die tragically in a plane crash aged just 22. Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show featuring such timeless hits as “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be the Day” and “Oh Boy”.

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Buddy tells the story in words and music of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life. We see how he and his childhood high-school friends, the Crickets, turn country music upside down and create a unique style of sound which some called “the devils music”. We share Buddy’s frustrations at Decca Records, his skill as a songwriter and composer when recording and experimenting with Norman Petty, the excitement he and America felt when “That’ll Be the Day” went to #1, and his naïve determination to be the first white act to play the Apollo Theatre, Harlem. And that’s just the first act.

Later we meet Maria Elena, his future wife, and witness his whirlwind romance and marriage, see how he and the Crickets part ways and are taken on his ill-fated ‘Winter Dance Party’ Tour of 1959. Finally the audience experience being present at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy’s final performance with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the ‘Big Boppa’ J.P. Richardson (“Chantilly Lace”) is recreated and what in theatre must be one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time!

Buddy has been seen by over 22 million people around the world, where the magical talents of Charles Hardin ‘Buddy’ Holly have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to. The young man with the glasses whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period has enjoyed via the show, and longevity that was denied him in 1959.

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the untimely death of Buddy Holly and the 30th anniversary of Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story and we are very excited to be staging the electrifying party that is Buddy -The Buddy Holly Story.

AUDITION DETAILS

Auditions by appointment only. The minimum age of audition hopefuls is 18 years

Audition Venue: Beaumaris Theatre Inc., 82 Wells Road Beaumaris

  1. Once you’ve booked your audition please email your theatrical CV and current headshot to Director Debbie Keyt- debbiek_27@hotmail.com

  2. All auditionees are asked to sing a rock & roll song, either by Buddy Holly or another artist and a 1950’s ballad and accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard or provide sheet music or backing-track.
    If you can play a musical instrument, bring it along with you to the audition and perform a 50’s hit song for the panel. We’ll have a keyboard at the auditions. Potential drummers are not required to bring their entire kit.

  3. Please prepare and deliver the lyrics of your favourite Buddy Holly song as a spoken monologue in the style of the character you would like to audition for. Let your personality shine through and impress us with your charisma, charm, presence and individuality and show us what you are capable of.

  4. You will be asked to follow some choreographed movement.

If you have any inquiries about the auditions please contact Debbie- debbiek_27@hotmail.com or 0401 450 979

CHARACTERS

Buddy is a ‘play with music’ rather than a traditional musical. A few roles are quite specific in requirements but the majority of roles can be modified according to the talents of our cast. We require energetic, charismatic performers who are able to sing or dance and/or have the ability to play a number of acting roles and/or musical instruments. While it is desirable that cast members possess some combination of these talents, it is not prohibitive in any sense if they don’t. The show can be built around the abilities and talents of those involved.

Buddy Holly Singer-songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas. Buddy is intelligent, charismatic, 6ft or over, preferably under 25. Must play guitar, sing and act and have a real feel for rock & roll. Must possess some serious star potential and have the desire to live as a rock & roll superstar every night.

Joe B Mauldin Double Bass player from Lubbock, Texas. Preferably under 25. Serious, square young man with musical ability. Must be able to sing and act.

Jerry Allison Drummer, preferably under 25 from Lubbock, Texas. Good looking, irrepressible cheeky humour with musical ability. Must be able to act and sing.

Maria Elena Holly Attractive, under 25 of Hispanic-American extraction. Classy and well-educated. Must be able to sing and act. Musical ability an advantage but not prohibitive.

J.P Richardson- The Big Bopper A former DJ, he is a Texan with an irrepressible larger-than-life character. 6ft and above, with the ability to command the stage on his own as a single performer. His key song is “Chantilly Lace”. Must be able to act and should possess comedic flair.

Richie Valens Good looking, under 25 and of Hispanic-American extraction. Richie is an attractive, handsome boy with serious charisma, a dedicated eye for the ladies and the ability to hold the stage in his own right. His key song is “La Bamba”. Must be able to act.

Hipockets Duncan Approximately 40, an exuberant hometown radio DJ from Lubbock, Texas, with an air of authority and a keen sense of humour. Must be a strong actor. The ability to sing and/or play a musical instrument is an advantage but not prohibitive.

Norman Petty Approximately 40, a record producer from Clovis, New Mexico, with a businesslike manner and a love of making records. Must be a strong actor. The ability to sing and/or play a musical instrument an advantage but not prohibitive.

Vi Petty Under 40, the wife of Norman with a heart of gold. Vi must be able to sing and play keyboard and she has a good sense of humour.

Apollo Performer Male of African-American extraction with the ability to hold the stage on his own. Key song is ‘Shout’. Must have good comic timing and be able to act.

Apollo Performer Female of African-American extraction with the ability to hold the stage on her own. Key song is ‘Shout’. Must have good comic timing and the ability to act.

The Company Must be able to sing and act and have ability to play a multitude of roles such as Radio Engineers, Producers, MC, DJ’s, Backing Singers, Jingle Singers and Musicians etc. The ability to play a musical instrument is an advantage but not prohibitive.

IMPORTANT DATES

Rehearsal Dates: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7.30pm -10.30 pm and Sunday afternoons

Performance Dates

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd November at 8 pm

Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th November at 5 pm


We are looking for a talented, dedicated, energetic and passionate cast who are full of life, joy and boundless enthusiasm!

“OH BOY”