This romance/drama which incorporates very real love and life struggles. It is also a great snapshot of the late 60's free spirited experimentation of the 20-somethings.
Linda Granger will be directing "Butterflies are Free" for Starlight Dinner Theatre with show dates March 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2014. "Many young people are not familiar with "Butterflies" and do not realize what meaty roles are in the show." stated Linda
Auditions are Friday at 7 and Saturday at 2 pm November 8 and 9 at Rising Star Studio of Dance Arts, 526 Lentz Court off of W. St. Joe, approximately 1/2 mile east of the Waverly Road.
No roles have been precast.
We will start rehearsals after the holidays, with a possible read-through once the show is cast. We will rehearse 4 nights a week probably with Wed off depending on the cast's commitments.
Don Baker (Lead Role) - 20's - 30's - Don is blind and a singer/songwriter. He plays the guitar in the show, so knowing how to play the guitar is a big plus, but not necessary. He is neat, lean, good-looking and struggling for his independence from his mother.
Jill Tanner (Lead Role) 20's - 30's. Free spirit of the late 60's. Funny, tragic, endearing. Don's neighbor and his love interest. We cannot cast anyone under 18 in this role.
Mrs. Baker (Supporting Role) (50's - 70's) Mrs. Baker is Don's mother - prim, proper, business woman, dressed impeccably. Annoying, callus, loving, wise with great wit. Overly protective of her son and resentful of him moving out on his own. Requires a very versatile actress with a wide range. In the original production in 1969 Eileen Heckart played the mother. She went on to reprise the role in the movie also starring Goldie Hawn. Eileen won an Oscar for her performance.
Ralph Austin - (Minor Role) (20's - 40's) Sleazy, small time director. Over confident and full of himself.
"Butterflies" was inspired by a real life person: Harold Krentz. Krentz wrote a book called "To Race the Wind" which was later made into a feature film for TV. http://www.nytimes.com/1987/01/13/obituaries/harold-krents-lawyer-dies-inspired-butterflies-are-free.html
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the script and with any questions. Linda