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July 2022

Uptown Players announces auditions for the regional premiere of the musical Kinky Boots, which runs July 15-31, 2022 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. 
 
Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots to continue his father’s legacy and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. Renowned singer and songwriter, Cyndi Lauper, and Tony Award winning theatre legend, Harvey Fierstein, team up as composer and playwright to tell an incredible story that Broadway had never seen before.
 
We are seeking a diverse cast of union and non-union individuals. There are four LOA/LORT principal equity contracts available for this production. The production is under the direction of John de Los Santos, with musical direction by Vonda K. Bowling, and choreography by Trevor Wright.
 
Charlie Price (Tenor C3-B4) – a leading man in his 20’s; he is privileged, but likeable his father owns the shoe factory; he is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under his skin; must have a great rock voice, ability to move, and be a strong actor.

Lola/Simon (Tenor C3-B4) – an emotionally and physically challenging role that requires the soul of a Diva, a la Whitney Houston; must-have star presence and feel comfortable wearing everything from full glamour as a scene-stealing drag performer to nothing but boxing trunks; must have a killer voice with power blues and gospel chops; strong comedic actor. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Don (Baritone C3-F4) – Lola's nemesis. Burly hypermasculine bear of a factory worker with a menacing physicality.

Nicola (Mezzo-Soprano Bb3/Gb5) – Charlie's long-term girlfriend; sophisticated looks; she is a social climber, driven and uncompromising; she knows what she wants and goes for it; must have a great pop voice.

Lauren (Mezzo-Soprano Bb3/Gb5) – quirky (not glamorous like Nicola) working-class girl who works in the shoe factory; funny and smart but has had bad luck with men; terrific comedic actress.

The Angels (Tenor C3/A4) – The drag performers who populate The Blue Angel Nightclub. The angels are an integral part of the show with big personalities. Must be willing to sing and dance in full drag with heels.  There will be opportunities to understudy principal roles as well.

Ensemble (All vocal ranges, 20s-40s) – must be excellent pop/rock singers; they will cover featured ensemble roles as well as play factory workers, pub patrons, etc.; factory workers should look like real, everyday people and be able to move very well. There will be opportunities to understudy principal roles as well.

Young Charlie (Tenor G3/D4) - a young Charlie around 7 years old. Lost, quiet, reflective.

Young Simon (Tenor G2/D4) - Lola as a ten year old boy who already knows he's destined to wear high heels. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

To create the safest possible audition environment, vocal auditions will be held by video submission only and are due no later than 1159pm on February 20, 2022. Your video audition selection should showcase the style and vocal range of the character for which you are auditioning. A headshot and resume are required along with your video submission. To submit your audition video, fill out the online form at https://bit.ly/KinkyBootssubmission.

For those selected, there will be in-person callbacks for ensemble/dance and principal roles on February 22 and 23 in the evening. Rehearsals will begin the week of June 20. The production runs July 15 - 31 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.