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LIL & LOUIS
Contact Person: Jo Morello
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Pay Info: paid
NEED 6 AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTORS WHO CAN SING. Roles: LOUIS ARMSTRONG, LIL HARDIN ARMSTRONG, and their COLLEAGUES
: Saturday, Aug. 17, 12-5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, FL
Rehearsals: from Dec. 16 through performances Jan. 21-25, 2020
Roles: 6 African-American actors. See tab for "Casting Calls" at LILandLOUIS.com.
LIL HARDIN ARMSTRONG… (Feb. 3, 1898–Aug. 27, 1971). Age range 18-73. Preferred actor age about 30-55. Second wife of Louis Armstrong. Slender, tiny (actually 5’ tall, 85-90 pounds). Feisty, vivacious, exuberant. Laughs easily and often. A highly educated, respected jazz musician who plays piano, composes, arranges, sings. Often the only woman in all-male bands; bandleader. Strong business sense, capable and self-sufficient. Memphis native with light Southern accent, always drops the final “g,” resulting in a lilting speech pattern. Strong singer, pop style. Helpful links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvu0bYVLkX8;http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/program/behind-every-great-man-lil-hardin-and-louis-armstrong;
LOUIS ARMSTRONG… (Aug. 4, 1901–July 6, 1971.) Age range 18 -70. Preferred actor age about 30-55. Second husband of Lil Hardin. Short, stocky (actually 5’6”; weight fluctuated from 170-230). Looking for an actor on the lighter end of the weight scale. Dark-skinned. Brilliant musician with no business sense, an outwardly humble manner, and a deeply inferior sense of self-worth that leads him to take advice from others—except when it comes to music. New Orleans accent (similar to Brooklyn). No need to play trumpet. Must sing and otherwise convincingly portray Louis. Ability to scat a plus. Helpful links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TGSYmYVYdghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksmGt2U-xTE (start at 1:22) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSp0Ms1TpdM SWING/ENSEMBLE: 3 M, 2 F. (UPDATE: 1 F.) Each will portray at least one character plus multiple ensemble roles.
- F, mature to play Lil’s mother.--Role filled.
F, 20s-30s, Attractive. Able to do a cartwheel.
- M, mature. 45+.
- M, light-skinned to play Creole roles. 25-40.
- M, 30s-50s.