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Dio Theater announces auditions December 28, 2013

Posted by ronannarbor in Detroit, Entertainment, musical theater, Musicals.

The Dio – Dining and Entertainment, Livingston County’s professional dinner theatre, announces auditions for their upcoming production of the original musical, “Country Roads, A Musical Journey” by Leslie Jo Hood directed by Steve DeBruyne, music direction by Brian E Buckner, and choreography by Cara Manor.

Auditions will take place on Sunday, January 12 from 3pm to 6pm at The Dio. The theatre will open at 2:30pm. Anyone wishing to audition must be signed in by 5:30pm. Callbacks will take place the same day at 6pm and will consist of a short movement combination and cold reading from the script. Note that not all actors will be required to attend all portions of the callback.

Please prepare to sing one of the songs listed in the character descriptions. If you play guitar, please bring it with you and prepare to play a short country style tune. No need to bring sheet music for the accompanist if you are singing one of the songs listed below, but please bring a headshot and resume STAPLED TOGETHER as well as a list of any rehearsal/performance conflicts you may have.



Jimmy’s record shop, Country Roads, “Where stars are made”, is the Nashville hot spot for aspiring artists. Not only does Jimmy sell some of the best albums, he features new singers in live performances at the shop! But when a new shop opens, and copies his model, will Jimmy be able to stay afloat, and finally realize his dream of signing a record contract of his own? Along with his pal, up and coming country star Patsy, Jimmy faces some tough questions, while singing some of the best country music ever written! Featuring over 40 of your favorite country tunes, “Country Roads” is sure to keep your toes tapping!


JIMMY (Singer/Actor, 40s – 60s)
The owner of Country Roads Record Shop, and Patsy’s best friend. Plays the song “Country Roads” on guitar. To audition for this role, please sing “Country Roads” by John Denver.

PATSY (Singer/Actor, 30s – 40s)
Loosely based on Patsy Cline, she’s Jimmy’s best friend and confidante. To audition for this role, please prepare to sing “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and “My Give a Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee Messina

ELIZABETH TAYLOR (Actor/Singer, 30s)
A young, up and coming country star named after the movie star…her parents had a different path in mind for her. Experience with the guitar is a plus for this role. To audition for this role, please prepare to sing “American Heart by Faith Hill.

COUNTRY ROADS MEN (Singer/Actors, 20s – 50s)
Sing many songs and play lots of characters including country legends Ernest Tubbs and Hank Williams as well as a quirky tourist visiting the shop, among many others. Please prepare to sing one of the following songs: One More Last Chance (Vince Gill), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks), Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams) or Walking The Floor Over You (Ernest Tubb).

COUNTRY ROADS WOMEN (Singer/Actors, 20s – 50s)
Sing many songs and play lots of characters including Loretta Lynn and Minnie Pearl, among many others. Please prepare to sing one of the following songs: You Ain’t Woman Enough (Loretta Lynn), Sleeping Single in a Double Bed (Barbra Mandrell) or Redneck Woman (Gretchen Wilson).

Rehearsals will begin on March 3, Mondays through Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, and Saturdays noon to 6pm. Tech will take place 10am to 10pm on Saturday, March 29.

Performances take place April 3 through May 11, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. There will be one Thursday matinee on May 8. No performance on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Performers unable to attend this audition may email their headshots and resumes to steve@diotheatre.com. Include links to video of previous performances if possible.

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