Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Show Boat, Feb 23 & 24, 2014 - by appointment


Auditions for the Jerome Kern/ Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat are by appointment on Sunday, Feb. 23 & Monday, Feb 24, 2014.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

Show Boat, is directed by Ron Daum and musical director is John Quesenberry.

The director is seeking 12 men (ages 20-60s) and 12 women (ages 20-50s). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. 


  • Please bring a current headshot & resume.
  • No prepared monologue is required. Please prepare a Broadway song in the correct key for your voice (no contemporary, pop, rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber or Sondheim). An accompanist will be provided. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


  • Show Boat opens May 2, 2014 and continues through June 8, 2014. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (May 4, 11, 18), Sunday matinees (May 11, 25, June 1, 8)) and one Wednesday evening performance at 7:30 (May 21). Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.


Music for Show Boat is by Jerome Kern and Book and Lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. The story is based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Noted musical numbers include such classic songs as "Ol' Man River," "Make Believe," and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man.”

Since its premiere in 1927, Show Boat has never stopped moving. For over seven decades this seminal musical has continued to evolve on a journey that has reflected the ongoing development of the lyric theater, confirming its status as the pivotal work bridging operetta and contemporary musical theatre. It has been featured in three film versions, numerous Broadway and London revivals, countless tours and recordings.

Awards for Broadway shows did not exist in 1927 when the original production of the show premiered, nor in 1932, when its first revival was staged, but recent revivals of Show Boat have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).

The story: Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, this lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi, in Chicago and on Broadway (and their life-long friends). The primary plot follows Magnolia, the naive daughter of a show boat captain, as she marries a gambler and moves with him to Chicago. His gambling continues as his debts compound, and soon he deserts her and their young daughter. A subplot concerns the potential arrest of Magnolia's selfless best friend on charges of miscegenation when it's discovered that she is mulatto, and her subsequent downward spiral into despair. The passing of time reunites Magnolia and her now-grown daughter with her family on the show boat as well as with her husband, who eventually returns offering a hopeful second chance at familial fulfillment.


Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All characters age over a 40-year period. The ages listed for characters are playable ages, not actual ages. All roles are open and all receive remuneration. 

  • Queenie: Female, 30+, African American, warm with great humanity. She has a big powerful mezzo voice.
  • Joe: Male, 30+ African American, husband to Queenie, sings “Old Man River,” He is earthy with a quiet strength. Strong Bass Baritone singing voice.
  • Parthy: Female, 40s, Caucasian matriarch of the “Cotton Blossom.” A working class woman, New Englander and classy.  She is a force to be reckoned with. Non-singing role.
  • Magnolia: Female, Caucasian, late 20s (her character ages from 18 to 48 within the show). Strikingly beautiful, falls for Ravenal. Glorious lyric soprano singing voice.
  • Julie Lavern: Female (Late 20s – 30) Exotic ethnic look, mixed race passing as white. Worldly and glamorous, the leading lady of the “Cotton Blossom.” Legit Mezzo Soprano voice.
  • Ellie May Chipley: Female, 25+ Caucasian,  Soubrette, wants to be serious actress. Strong dancer, part of the vaudeville team. Mezzo voice range.
  • Frank Schultz: Male, 25+ Caucasian, strong dancer, plays villain  on the show boat, but “meek as a lamb. ”,He is part of the vaudeville team. Baritone.
  • Gaylord Ravenal: This role has been cast.
  • Captain Andy: Male, Caucasian, 50+. He is captain of the “Cotton Blossom.” True old time showman. Warm, fatherly character. Character Baritone, but not a legit singing voice needed.
  • Ensemble: (9 men, 7 women), Caucasian and African American, ages 18-50s. Many roles are doubled.

 Note: No children are being seen at this audition.

Auditions for Show Boat are by appointment on Sunday, Feb. 23 & Monday, Feb 24, 2014. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

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