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Civil Rights Legacy Tour: Get on the Bus
Tacoma Arts Live


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  • Civil Rights Legacy Tour: Get on the Bus
  • Tacoma Arts Live
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Project Begins: Dec 9, 2019
  • Project Ends: Feb 7, 2020

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  • Contact Person: Katie Lappier
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    901 Broadway
    Tacoma, WA 98402

    Prefered method of submission: Arrive for audition

    Audition Location:
    Actors should plan to stay for the full audition time.
    Location is:
    Tacoma Arts Live’s Studio 1 (enter at the big blue doors)
    901 Broadway
    Tacoma, WA 98402

Seeking Actors/Performers ages 18 or older for a four-person company to perform Get on the Bus. In this play, Thomas and Julia face a modern question about civil rights as Thomas is about to board a bus to stand up for immigrants facing discrimination. The questions of human dignity and justice are explored further when they meet Ms. Vivian, a veteran of the original Freedom Rides of the 1960s. Through Vivian’s memories, the students consider how the challenges and lessons of the Civil Rights Movement could influence their actions today. The play challenges students to think critically about the Civil Rights Movement, civic engagement, American identity and freedom of expression in relation to the urgent issues of our own times. This production tours to K-12 schools, museums and community centers in the South Sound and potentially state-wide. The primary audience is students, teachers and families. The production is 35 minutes long, with a scripted 10-minute audience reflection led by the actors following each performance.


Other details:
Tour Dates: January 8 – January 31, with likely extension dates through February 7, 2020.
Company members must be available from 5 a.m.– 6 p.m. during the performance window to allow for travel time to and from the performance sites. Most performances will be Monday - Friday. However, there will be a public performance on January 19 at Theatre on the Square, followed by a video shoot that evening, and two performances on January 20 at the Washington State History Museum in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On performance days, Company Members will travel in Tacoma Arts Live vehicle(s) from Tacoma Arts Live to the performance sites and back to Tacoma Arts Live.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Friend 1, teen, Latinx, may speak some Spanish, faced with the choice to participate in civil rights activities in support immigrant rights

Friend 2, teen, any ethnicity, Friend 1’s best friend and confidant, a bit of a know-it-all, caring and brave

Vivian/Victor, any gender, late 70s-early 80s, African American, a veteran of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s and is participating in the civil rights activities of the present for immigration rights, wise, patient, soft but very strong

The Bus Driver, any gender, any ethnicity, 20s-30s, plays multiple roles throughout including Bus Driver, Vivian/Victor’s mother (in flashback sequence), Friend 1’s mother/father, Narrator, Police Officer, and more, speaks some Spanish

Audition/Interview Dates:
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Call backs as needed

Audition Requirements:
Auditionees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to the audition and plan to stay for the full two hours. Auditionees may be released early as necessary.

Please bring a head shot and resume and come prepared with a 1-minute monologue as well as a verse and/or chorus from a song of your choosing to be sung a capella. Actors may also be asked to read from the script during auditions.

Monetary compensation:
Performers will be hired as part time employees of Tacoma Arts Live at a rate of $14/hr, for an estimated 180 hours for rehearsals and the initial touring window of Jan 8-Jan 31. Should the tour extend through Feb 7, there will be additional working hours for the performers. Performers are required to study on their own time and come to rehearsals and performances prepared. You will be paid for the time you are in rehearsal, traveling to performance sites, loading in and setting up at each site,

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