This exciting musical story about the life of a rock ‘n’ roll legend, covers the three short but prolific years from the beginning, arrival, and tragic departure of Buddy Holly on the world’s music scene. It contains some 20 classic songs from that era, and requires a cast of varying ages, talents, and gender. The production of around 90 mins (with an interval) will appeal to all ages.
DCS is looking to present a concert-style production with a strong emphasis on the songs and music of Buddy and the era. The production has a minimum of narrative beyond outlining Buddy’s life and those who closely influenced it.
Also, whilst males tend to dominate the key roles, there are some very strong singing/character roles for females, as well as playing/singing roles as some well-known singing groups of the era, and as studio back-up singers featured on numerous songs.
There is something like 11 key character roles. The total company of approximately 15 – males and females – will be required to play multiple parts.
Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at the Forth Primary School 23-25 October. To book an audition, call Maree on 0408 079 805.
We intend to perform BUDDY at the paranaple arts centre (Town Hall Theatre) from May 14-29, 2021.
##. NB: It is important to note that regulations
surrounding COVID-19 at the time of production will ultimately determine
whether our show goes on and the extent of audience size. We believe it is
better to prepare, enjoy, and try than to do nothing. One way or another, our
BUDDY will be performed!
THE BUDDY TEAM:
We are very fortunate to have a very experienced production team to work with our cast and musicians to stage this exciting musical.
Director ~ Sid Sidebottom; Producer ~ Maree Brodzinski; Band Leader ~ David Turner; Vocal Director ~ Bronwyn Darvell and 2nd keyboards; Guitar Tutor and Lead Guitarist ~ Simon McNeair; Assistant Director ~ Elizabeth Viney; Répétiteur ~ Michele Taylor; Costume Designer and Maker ~ Wendy McCrae; Set Designers~ Jenny Slater and Belinda Gunson; Set Construction ~ Max Darvell and Team; Properties Maker ~ David Dunn; Assistant Producer ~ Kimbra Westcott
ROSE OF TEXAS
FLOWER OF MY HEART
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
ROCK AROUND WITH OLLIE VEE
NOT FADE AWAY
WORDS OF LOVE
TRUE LOVE WAYS
STAR SPANGLED BANNER
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
RAINING IN MY HEART
ITS SO EASY
JOHNNY B. GOODE
OH BOY (encore)
The music contains a variety of styles from Country,
through Folk, lots of Rock and Roll, and Big Band numbers. It will require
various ensemble singing to back up the character songs across several genres.
A number of these roles can/will be played by the same player(s).
* Denotes mainly acting role; ## Denotes major character role & generally, singing; *** Denotes some singing.
##JOE B. MAULDIN
##4TH CRICKET (TOMMY)
##BIG BOPPER (2nd half)
##RITCHIE VALENS. (2nd half)
##NORMAN PETTY (2nd half)
##VI PETTY (2nd half)
##1 MALE AND 1 FEMALE PERFORMERS AT APOLLO (1st half) OR
*MURRAY DEUTCH (2nd half)
*M.C. AT CLEARLAKE (2nd half)
*SHIRLEY the Secretary
***JACK DAW AND THESNOWBIRDS (Singing Group 2nd half)
***HAYRIDERS Singing Group (1st half)*ENGLISH BBC DJ (2nd half)
***MUSICIANS and SINGERS AT CLEAR LAKE (the Band and Company in the final scene)
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
BUDDY is a high energy show requiring enthusiasm, energy, zest, and a real desire and determination to recreate the era and its music.
Whilst the lead role of Buddy will be played by the one player throughout the performances, every other player can play a variety of different character roles. Thus, most players need to be capable character actors and singers, both solo and parts singing.
Irrespective of what roles people are lucky enough to play in BUDDY, it is a requirement that everyone will attend every rehearsal as required, and learn their lines, music, moves etc as quickly and thoroughly as possible, thus allowing for productive rehearsals and workshops. Time is precious!
Experience dictates that players should only commit to one production at a time.
In musical theatre, it is ‘characters’ who sing, dance, and act!
# Ages are indicative, not prescriptive.
BUDDY – the leading player. The show’s anchor. Singer-songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas. Buddy is intelligent, charismatic, 6 ft or over, preferably under 25. Must ‘play’ guitar, sing and act and have a real feel for rock ‘n’ roll. Must possess some serious ‘star potential’ and have the desire to live as a rock & roll superstar every performance! The role will require the player to comprehensively research and observe the life and music of Buddy Holly.
JOE B MAULDIN – A Cricket. Double Bass/Bass player from Lubbock, Texas. Preferably ‘mid-20s’. Serious, square young man with musical ability. Must be able to sing, ‘play’ bass, and act. This character is predominantly in the first third of the show and can/could play another role at the Clear Lake Concert at the end of the show.
JERRY ALLISON – A Cricket. Drummer, preferably ‘mid-20s’ from Lubbock, Texas. Good looking, irrepressible cheeky humour with musical ability. Must be able to act and sing. This character is predominantly in the first third of the show and can/could play another role at the Clear Lake Concert at the end of the show.
*NIKI SULLIVAN – the 4th Cricket. Guitarist, preferably ‘mid-20s’ look from Lubbock, Texas. Niki commenced with The Crickets and was originally part of the 4-part group. *It would be preferable that this person is a competent lead guitarist to ‘lead’ the on-stage musicians. This character is predominantly in the first third of the show and will play another role at the Clear Lake Concert at the end of the show if predominately a musician, possibly as Tommy Allsup.
MARIA ELENA HOLLY. Wife of Buddy. A significant character role. Attractive, ‘mid-20s’ of ‘Hispanic-American’ extraction. Classy and well-educated. Must be a good actress with plenty of character, and zest. Musical ability an advantage but not prohibitive. This player comes to prominence towards the middle of the show and is therefore available for early scene work as a backing singer if musical.
HIPOCKETS DUNCAN. A very significant character role as the show’s key narrator. Approximately 30-40+, an exuberant stereotypical 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 is 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. 6 ft 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 along with a voice to sell Chantilly Lace – musically and comedically. This player’s key role occurs at the end of the show; hence he is available to play other roles throughout the show.
RITCHIE VALENS. Good looking, ‘under 25’ and of ‘Hispanic-American extraction’. Richie is an attractive, handsome lad 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 a good singer and actor. This player’s key role occurs at the end of the show; hence he is available to play other roles throughout the show.
NORMAN PETTY – Record Producer. A significant character role. Approximately 30-40, 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 is an advantage but not prohibitive.
VI PETTY. Approximately 30-40, the wife of Norman with a heart of gold, and a good sense of humour. A significant character role. Vi must be able to sing and be a strong character actress who preferably, but not necessarily, can play keyboards as she participates in the song Every Day with Buddy and The Crickets.
APOLLO CLUB PERFORMER 1 – Male/Female, ‘Harlem singer’, 25-60yrs.
Ability to hold the stage on his/her own. Must have good comic timing, be a good actor, and a charismatic singer. An ability to play a woodwind or brass instrument would be very useful but not essential. This player is eligible to play other supporting roles outside the Apollo Club scene which ends Act I.
APOLLO CLUB PERFORMER 2 – Female/Male, ‘Harlem singer’, 25-60yrs.
Ability to hold the stage on his/her own. Must have good comic timing, be a good actor, and a charismatic singer. This player is eligible to play other supporting roles outside the Apollo Club scene which ends Act I.
THE ENSEMBLE – All genders, all ages.
Must be able to sing, particularly part-singing, and have ability to act out a multitude of roles. (For example, Jingle singers, The Hayriders’ Country Singers, Shirley and Murray Deutch, backing singers, Jack Daws and the Snowbirds, several DJ roles, and Clear Lake Concert MC and singers. See many of these above in ROLES)
Each player needs to be zestful and flexible. A smallish but strong Ensemble is important to the success of our production of BUDDY.
The extent and number of non-principal role allocations will be determined by the quality and number of people auditioning for the show.
To book your audition, call Maree on 0408 079 805.