The Paramount Acting Company

PO BOX 1358

Burlington, NC 27216



The Paramount Acting Company (PAC), the City of Burlington/Department of Recreation and Parks’ community theater, announces auditions for its Black History Month production, Smokey Joe’s Café: The Music of Leiber and Stoller, Nov. 18 & 19 at The Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St. in downtown Burlington. Sign-in both nights at 6:00PM. Auditions begin promptly at 7:00. Call backs, if necessary, will be held at The Paramount on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00PM.

Rehearsals will be held at the Homebuilder’s Shelter at the Burlington City Park Nov. 26-29; Dec. 2-6, 10-14; Jan, 2-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31; Feb. 4-7, 11-14. Rehearsals Feb.  17-19 will be held at The Paramount.

The schedule includes a preview night performance a 7:30 on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and regular performances at 8PM on February 21-23 and a 3:00PM matinee on Sunday, Feb. 24.

SEEKING: nine singer/actors (four, African-American males; one, Caucasian male; three, African-American females; one, Caucasian female), all with outstanding dance/movement ability, capable of filling the following roles, as described by the authors:

FRED—AA Male; 35+; Bass; solid character; father figure; part of the Quartet, modeled after The Drifters; sultry voice. (Little Egypt, Charlie Brown)

KEN—AA Male; 20-30; Baritone; “smoothie”; part of the Quartet. (Spanish Harlem, Poison Ivy)

MICHAEL—Caucasian Male: 20-30; Tenor; suave and impressive; “evokes Elvis Presley” (Kansas City)

ADRIAN—AA Male; 18-25; Tenor; the “slow one” of the Quartet (Young Blood, Stand By Me)

VICTOR—AA Male: 20-30; Tenor; the “preening bad boy” of the Quartet; gets most of the comedy; must be a good mover and have great vocal range (I Who Have Nothing)

BRENDA—AA Female: 20-49; Mezzo; “savy, witty, brainy, pretty”; “needs to be sexy and move well” (Don Juan)

BJ—AA Female; 20-49; Alto; “inspired by the titanic rhythm and blues ‘shouter’ Big Mama Thornton’”; “lots of energy and a huge voice” (Hound Dog, Fools Fall in Love)

PATTY—AA Female; 20-49; Alto; “the throaty ‘voice of experience’” (I Keep Forgetting)

DE LEE—Caucasian Female; 20-30; Soprano; “suggests the innocent teenage girl, but with a wild side” (Falling)


This is a straight-up musical revue. No dialogue, no “blocking”, no storyline. Just singing and dancing to the some of the greatest rhythm and blues/pop/50s rock music of all time. Hence, no Broadway.

Candidates will be asked to perform a pop, standard, or appropriate rhythm-and-blues song of no more than two minutes in length, in an open audition setting. Songs from the show are acceptable. Please have sheet music for accompanist, if possible. Recorded accompaniment is acceptable. No a cappella. Be prepared to run scales with Music Director. Candidates will be asked to participate in movement exercises. Please wear appropriate attire and footwear.

NOTE: Video auditions are acceptable, with prior approval. However, you must be present for callbacks. Send videos to

Candidates must bring ALL KNOWN conflicts between Nov. 26 and Feb. 10. NO CONFLICTS Feb. 11-24.

SPECIAL NOTES: 1) If you are in a show at the start of rehearsals and you are cast in this show, we will make allowances for your previous commitment. If you are cast in another show AFTER our rehearsals start, our show, including rehearsals, preview, work days, load, and strike, comes first. No exceptions.  2) If you are cast in this show and you drop out for reasons other than health or verifiable emergency reasons, you will be prohibited from participating in PAC shows for a period of two years. If you drop out to take a non-professional role in any other production, you will be prohibited from participating in PAC shows for a period of three years. 3) If you are cast in this show, you will be treated with respect and dignity. Your talents and your time will be appreciated, valued, and protected.

Smokey Joe’s Café: The Music of Lieber and Stoller will be produced and directed by David Anthony Wright; Music Direction by Van Anthoney Hall; Choreography by Shaliah Haith-Ince; Orchestra Conductor is Al Stephens.

For more information, call 336.222.5001 or email at

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