Sunny Afternoon – The story of the Kinks

  • Equity
  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Pay Rate: AEA minimum $1057.74, non-AEA $700
Contact Person Email: castingoffice@chicagoshakes.com
Contact Person Name: Bob Mason & Alexis Taylor

Sunny Afternoon – The story of the Kinks

Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies

Book by Joe Penhall

Director: Edward Hall

Contract begins: 02/10/2024

First preview: 03/21/2024

Opens:03/28/2024

Closes:04/27/2024

Contract: CAT Tier 6

Seeking all roles and understudies. Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and any gender unless specifically noted.

Material to Prepare:

Please prepare 16-32 bars, song of choice - 60's - 70's pop/pop-rock. If the character/role that you're interested in plays an instrument, please also include 20-40 seconds of instrument playing, self-accompaniment a plus. Please submit your auditions here: https://forms.gle/5z4ufDczFYDua7vG9

Character Type/Restrictions:

Seeking all roles and understudies. Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and any gender unless specifically noted.

Note: The members of the band will be playing live and must be beyond excellent musicians

RAY DAVIES.M. White. 20s to 30s The lead singer of The Kinks. The more intense of the two brothers, Complex. personality. Must play acoustic and electric guitar and have a great singing voice with tenor notes. North London accent.

DAVE DAVIES. M. White. 20s to 30s. Lead guitarist. Ray's younger brother. Flamboyant personality. The "rock star." Likes girls, booze, drugs. Must have very strong tenor voice and be able to play acoustic and electric guitar to a very high standard. North London accent.

MICK AVORY. M White. 20s to 30s. Drummer of The Kinks. Dry sense of humor. Must play to a very high standard. North London accent.

PETE QUAIFE. M. White. 20s to 30sBassist of THE KINKS. Must be able to play electric bass to a very high standard. North London accent.

DAVIES/ALLEN KLEIN. M. 30s to 50s. (Ray and Dave's father, North London accent) and Allen Klein (American record label executive and music manager). Also to play ensemble roles (Priest, Limo Driver, etc.) Requires an actor who sings and can play electric bass to a high standard. Any piano skills are a plus but can be taught the melodica.

LARRY PAGE. M. (30s to 40s) Looking for an actor who sings to play the Manager of The Kinks. A wheeler dealer, North London accent. Also to play smaller roles. No instrument skills required.

EDDIE KASSNER. M.(20s to 30s) Austrian born with Austrian accent. Music Publisher for The Kinks. Will also play smaller cameo roles. Requires excellent actor with a good singing voice. Must be able to play drums to a high standard and have good natural skill on basic percussion (tambourine, congas, etc.) Also the ability to play acoustic guitar to a reasonable standard.

ROBERT WACE. M. (20s to 30s). One of The Kinks Managers. Middle class. A stockbroker. First a singer of The Ravens who then becomes The Kinks Manager. Also to play other smaller roles. Must be an excellent actor and be able to play trombone/clarinet/trumpet (or any other similar instrument if possible) and have a great singing voice.

GRENVILLE COLLINS. M. The second of The Kinks Managers. Middle class. Also to play other smaller roles. Must be an excellent actor and be able to play trombone/clarinet/trumpet (or any other similar instrument if possible) and have a great singing voice.

RASA. F. (20S TO 30S) Ray Davies wife, plus other smaller characters. Must have great singing voice and be able to play the acoustic guitar and banjo to a good standard. Movement skills needed

GREGORY PIVEN/ TAILOR (Black/mixed race) PIVEN: The American Musicians Union Rep. TAILOR: The London tailor The Kinks go to for their new suits. Flamboyant personality. Also plays smaller cameo roles. Looking for an excellent actor with a good gospel/rock voice. Ability to play percussion useful but this will be taught.

Mrs. Davies/Marsha F. White. (30s to 50s) Ray & Dave’s Mother, North London accent. & MARSHA (Allen Klein’s secretary, New York accent) and other smaller roles. Must have a great singing voice and be able to play percussion a bonus.

GWEN/ PEGGY/ JOYCE (20s TO 30s Looking for strong dancers for the roles of one of the three named Davies sisters above, also the TOTP dancers, fans, air stewardesses plus other smaller characters. Must have great singing voices. Dance must be extremely strong. Any guitar skill is useful.

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