The Justice Theater Project will hold auditions for the musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE on Tuesday, March 19 from 6pm – 10pm at Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive in Raleigh. There will be an additional audition on Saturday, March 23 from 11am-1pm reserved for callbacks and those who cannot attend the March 19 audition.

Directed by Terra Hodge. Music Direction by Jackson Cooper.

Rehearsals begin in late April, with performances June 7-23. All performers receive a stipend.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a multicultural cast with a wide variety of ages, from children ages 8 through senior citizens. The musical is nearly 100% “sung through” with no non-singing roles. All interested performers who sing are encouraged to audition.

Please prepare one-minute song in one of the styles of the show (R&B, Broadway, Gospel, 60s Pop, Blues) or sing something from the show (max 1 minute = 32 bars). Please bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided. A capella singing is discouraged.

Auditionees are asked to bring their appointment calendars as you will be asked to fill our a rehearsal conflict sheet.

Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment time, please email Melissa Reilly at mreilly@nc.rr.com or call 919-264-7089. Although we prefer you audition in person, video submissions will be accepted.

Caroline, or Change is a riveting, moving and awe-inspiring musical. Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie) it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creating a breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and personal story.

In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. Noah's stepmother, Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money that Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks and refuses to take money from a child but her own children desperately need food, clothing and shoes. Inside the laundry room, Caroline receives musical advice and inspiration from her Washing Machine, Dryer, and Radio, while also receiving counsel from a Bus and The Moon. Outside of the laundry room, some of the greatest social advancements that the country has seen are being set in motion, and change is knocking on the door.

Character Breakdown

Caroline Thibodeaux
Works as a maid to the Gellman family. She is a divorcee with four children and resistant to change in the world. Bitter, tired, devoted.
Gender: Female Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: E3

Washing Machine
Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story.
Gender: Female Age: 20 to 50
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

The Radio
Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Played by three women.
Gender: Female Age: 20 to 50

Noah Gellman
The son of Caroline's employer, Stuart Gellman. Shy, forgetful, and looks to Caroline for comfort and distraction.
Gender: Male Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

The Dryer
Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Can double as The Bus.
Gender: Male Age: 20 to 50
Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: E3

Grandma Gellman
Stuart's mother and Noah's grandmother. She is concerned for her son's melancholy and an admirer of his new wife.
Gender: Female Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Grandpa Gellman
Stuart's father and Noah's grandfather. He is aloof to the changes occurring in the South.
Gender: Male Age: 60 to 70
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Rose Stopnick Gellman
An old friend of the Gellman's and Stuart's new wife. She has recently moved to the South.
Gender: Female Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Stuart Gellman
Noah's father and Rose's new husband. He is also Caroline's employer. He has trouble connecting to his son and new wife.
Gender: Male Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Dotty Moffett
Caroline's high-spirited friend and fellow maid. A drinker and smoker, she is routinely admonished by Caroline for her behavior.
Gender: Female Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3

The Moon
Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story.
Gender: Female Age: 20 to 50
Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: B3

The Bus
Part narrator, part friend, and part subconscious to Caroline and her story. Can double as The Dryer.
Gender: Male Age: 20 to 50
Vocal range top: B5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Emmie Thibodeaux
Caroline's only daughter and the second of four children. Observant, rebellious, outspoken.
Gender: Female Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Jackie Thibodeaux
Caroline's son. Though he is older than Joe, he is more sweet and naïve.
Gender: Male Age: 9 to 12
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Joe Thibodeaux
Caroline's son. Though he is the baby of the family, he is outspoken and skeptical.
Gender: Male Age: 8 to 11
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Mr. Stopnick
Rose's father from New York City. A politically progressive man with dissenting opinions.
Gender: Male Age: 65 to 75
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: F3

June, 7-23, 2019 JTP's Main Stage season musical finale: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner.

 Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change.

Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617

Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies. In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. A sung-through musical, CAROLINE OR CHANGE offers multiple layers of political, social, and feminist themes. Equally representing the voices.  The big issues of the day play out in the domestic, female-oriented space of the home.  The musical examines the intersection of gender, race, religion, and class, presenting women within the larger context of history and faith.