A Musical About the Economy
Music by Vatrena King, Book and Lyrics by Catherine Hurd
Play reading and concert 1 night only September 28th at 7:30
August 9th 11 am at the Woodland Opera House Studio at 415 4th Street
Zuccotti Park, a musical about economics in America, is set at its namesake location, Zuccotti Park, in New York City during the Occupy protests of late 2011. It was here that a broad cross section of Americans, whose lives were changed by the economic collapse, met to make their voices heard. In the play, two soldiers, Cooper and Washington, stumble upon the protest while on leave from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Cooper, a farm boy from Iowa, gets caught up in a scuffle between the protesters and the police when he tries to help a young woman, Kate, who has been pepper sprayed. Cooper ends up in jail with the protesters. While there, Cooper finds he is attracted to Kate, despite the fact that they disagree on almost everything. After Cooper, Kate and the protesters are bailed out; Cooper accepts Kate’s invitation to help him find his way back to Zuccotti Park to meet up with his friend, Washington. Throughout the play, we learn the back-stories of the protesters as well as the points of view of people who profit from the system. Each story and point of view contributes to our understanding of the complex web that is the economic system in America. The main story of Cooper and the protesters comes to a head when the police raid the Occupy camp at Zuccotti Park and dismantle it.
WILLIAM COOPER Male lead. A handsome young soldier, in good physical condition, just back from Afghanistan. He’s an Iowa farm boy, patriotic, good-natured, and optimistic. Must be a strong singer. Tenor - Age range 20 -30.
KATE Female lead. An attractive recent graduate of psychology at NYU, Kate has racked up $60,000 in student debt and can’t find a job. She’s used to being a top student and is angry about her situation and the condition of the country. She considers Michael a bit of a guru. Must be a strong singer. Soprano - Age range: 18 -24.
MICHAEL Large part. Michael is the most radical of the protesters, an organizer. He’s Ivy League educated, perhaps long hair, or facial hair. He’s committed to the Occupy Movement, and holds views outside of the mainstream. Some solo singing parts, and part of chorus. Age range 30-35.
MARIA Latina, married to Joe, with a young son, Juan. Her family purchased a house, which they lost through foreclosure, and they are protesting the system that they blame for their misfortune. A plus if actor is a Spanish speaker, but not necessary. Solo parts in one song, and chorus parts in others. Soprano - Age range 30 – 40.
JOE Maria’s husband. Was fearful of home purchase and debt, but went along with his wife’s wishes. A plus if actor is a Spanish speaker, but not necessary. Solo parts in one song, chorus in others. Age range 30 – 45
JUAN Joe and Maria’s son. Speaking part, solo parts in one song, chorus in others. Age range 6 -10.
TOM A homeless vet, alcoholic. He joined the Occupy crowd for the free food, and later he believed in their cause. He has Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and flashbacks from battle. Lost his family due to drug and alcohol abuse. Strong singer. Solo song. Tenor - Age range 45 – 55
FRANK A blue-collar worker who lost his factory job of 20 years. He looks back on his life, and wonders where all the years went, and asks why he has nothing to show for it. The type of guy who believed in the American dream, that the average guy has a chance for a better life. Has solo song. Bass - Age range 50 – 60.
SARAH African American widow, cancer survivor, lost everything when her insurance company denied her claim after she learned she had cancer. Must be a strong singer. Should be able to belt out gospel or blues song. Alto/2nd Soprano – Age range 40 – 50
MARGUERITE Spry older lady who can’t get by on Social Security, and so works as a Walmart greeter to make ends meet. She’s quite outspoken, a “pistol” who doesn't mind speaking her mind. Solo song, 20s style. Age range 70 – 80
ALEX Shadowy character who pretends to be part of the Occupy Protest, but is really working for the police, giving police a reason to arrest protesters. Only chorus singing. Age range 28 - 35
WASHINGTON Cooper’s soldier buddy, Washington is African American, on leave with Cooper from Afghanistan. He’s patriotic, like Cooper, but not naïve like Cooper. Washington is street wise, as he came from a tough neighborhood. Has solo song. Age range 25-35
JAYLEE HARRIS On the scene reporter from local TV station. She has some solo singing. Age range 25 – 35
LARRY THE BANKER Wall Street mover and shaker. It would be a real plus if the actor knew some magic tricks, as he sings a song about the history of banking while performing a magic act. Not necessary for the reading, though. Danny Kaye type song, upbeat. Age range 45-60. Actor who plays banker can also play other roles such as CEO, Mortgage broker, Transvestite, Dirk Malone the TV anchor, and Ben, a friend of Frank’s.
TIFFANY, BANKERS WIFE Attractive with a great body, some dance experience would be helpful. Plays magician’s assistant in banker song. Only sings as part of chorus. Age range 25 – 35. Can also play the parts of June (Tom’s wife), Brenda the CEO receptionist, Anchorwoman Sheila Wagoner, Insurance adjuster.
JUSTIN THE BANKER’S SON Precocious 8 year old boy. Possibly can also play Juan. Some singing.
CEO RAYMOND CARUTHERS A white male with a commanding presence. Strong singer. Baritone - Age range 40-60
MORTGAGE BROKERS Upbeat salesmen types. One is older and more experienced, the other just learning. Both believe their business helps people, while also admitting that they are making a lot of money, without taking any risks. Ages 30-40, and 40-50. Can be one male and one female, or two males. Tenor/Alto vocal range.
NEWS ANCHORS DIRK MALONE AND SHEILA WAGONER – No singing part except part of chorus in finale. Sheila age range 25-35, Dirk age range 35-45.
BEN A factory worker friend of Franks. One scene. Age range 35 – 45.
INSURANCE ADJUSTER Male or female. Cold and businesslike. Age range 30 - 50
JUNE Tom’s wife, worn down by life and by supporting the family on her own. Age range 35 – 45.
MOLLY Tom and June’s daughter. Age range 6 – 10.
CEO RECEPTIONIST BRENDA Busy office secretary, very businesslike, efficient and dedicated, in awe of her boss, a bit comedic. Age range 25 – 35
TRANSVESTITE Volunteers to help serve food at Zuccotti Park. Sings a humorous song about the leaderless movement. Tenor/Alto - Age range 35-50
POLICEMAN 1 and 2 Speaking parts, and sing in finale. P1 is older, and P 2 more of a rookie cop. Age range P1 – 40 – 50, Age range P2 - 25 – 30
SMALL PARTS THAT CAN BE FILLED WITH EXISTING CHARACTERS
CAMERAMAN No lines, but sings in finale.
WELL DRESSED WOMAN In crowd scene and sings in finale
BUSINESSMAN In crowd scene and sings in finale.
Zoccotti Park Character list
"A Christmas Carol" the Musical
Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. at the theatre at 340 2nd Street.
All roles are open.
The show has a large ensemble of singers and dancers.
Please come to auditions with a prepared song and the sheet music. 32 bars is the maximum length.
Dress to dance and bring a water bottle.
BLIND OLD HAG / GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE A beautiful, and terrifying wrath, the Ghost of Christmas Future is strong and silent as she shows Scrooge what will happen to him and those around him if he continue down the path he is currently treading. Female, 50-65 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
EMILY Scrooge’s fiancé from when they were young. She is a beautiful girl, not impressed or in need of money. Female, 16-25 yrs old Range: A3 - B5
FRED Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. He is a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: A3 - F5
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST An ever cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge’s past to show him the events that led to his current state. Actor doubles as Lamplighter. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT A jovial, larger-than-life ghost who comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him celebrate Christmas. Actor doubles as Sandwich board Man. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
MARLEY Scrooge’s former business partner who, before his death, was exactly like Scrooge. Comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge of how his life decisions will bind him in the afterlife. Male, 45-55 yrs old Range: A3 - A5
MR. CRATCHIT A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son. He works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: A3 - E5
MR. FEZZIWIG A portly, jolly man who used to throw a huge Christmas party every year for the community. He was Scrooge’s first boss and after teaching him all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the man Scrooge became. Male, 55-65 yrs old Range: A3 - B5
MRS. CRATCHIT Tiny Tim’s mother and Mr. Cratchit’s wife. She is a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children with what she’s got. Female, 30-40 yrs old Range: A3 - E5
MRS. FEZZIWIG The consummate hostess and Mr. Fezziwig’s wife, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year. She is prideful. Female, 50-60 yrs old Range: A3 - A5
SCROOGE A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding his father’s advice to save his money. Until he realizes how terrible he’s become, he is grumpy, unsympathetic man and has no time for anyone or anything. Male, 45-65 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
TINY TIM Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit’s youngest son. He is crippled and sick, but is the definition of loving Christmas spirit. He constantly reminds his family that as long as they all have each other, they will be happy. Male, 8-12 yrs old Range: A3 - E5
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent) is truly an ensemble show. All actors (men, women, and children), with the exceptions of those playing Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, will play multiple roles. Trust me--you won't be bored sitting backstage in this show! We are looking for actors/singers/dancers/movers ages 8+. All roles are open to all races and ethnic diversities.
Rehearsals will begin in early October and the show performs November 28-December 21 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. There is an additional Saturday matinee performance on December 13 at 2:00 PM. The show is directed by Bob Cooner with music direction by Dan Pool and choreography by Tim Stewart.