COCA seeks Actors for New Musical – The Butterfly Room

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Adult professionals (Ages 19+) are invited to audition for The Butterfly Room, a musical presented as a part of the COCAwrites Festival.

Audition dates
SAT, DEC 4 | 10:00AM–6:00PM

Callbacks by invitation only
SUN, DEC 5 | 11:00AM–3:00PM

WHO: AEA and NON-AEA adult actors (ages 19+). This is a Guest Artist II Contract (housing is not provided with this contract), pending Equity Approval.

We are interested in casting adult actors who have worked as teaching artists and are committed to supporting the artistic growth of young people throughout the rehearsal and performance process.

WHEN: Auditions will be held in individual, 15-minute appointments on Saturday, December 4 between the hours of 10:00AM and 6:00PM.

WHERE: COCA – Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130

NOTE: Prepare sides for the characters you wish to read for and 32 bars of a song. Sides will be sent two weeks prior to your audition.

Bring two copies of your headshot and resume.

Current Health & Safety Procedures:
• Performers who show proof of vaccination and follow COCA’s testing policy may be unmasked only while on stage. All other performers will remain masked.
• COCA requires performers to test weekly with support from Nomi Health, our health and safety partner.
• Performers will maintain at least 10 feet of physical distance from the audience.
• Directors, Choreographers, Designers, Music Directors, and Stage Managers will be masked at all times when engaging with performers in rehearsal studios and on stage.

Questions about registering to audition? Contact COCA’s Registration Office at 314.561.4898 or

Questions about the productions or the audition? Contact Delaney Piggins, Artistic Producer,

Show Information:
COCAwrites Festival: The Butterfly Room
A New Musical by Colin Healy
Director: Nancy Bell
Music Director: Jermaine Manor
Dramaturg: Delaney Piggins
Assistant Director: Michael Tran

THU, APR 14 | 7:00PM
FRI, APR 15 | 7:00PM – Audio Description provided by MindsEye Radio & ASL Interpretation provided by Deaf Inc.
SAT, APR 16 | 7:00PM
AGES 12+

At a General Motors automobile factory in 1924, a worker has big dreams of going to college and breaking free of the factory town. In an effort to escape the overwhelming frustrations of the factory, the worker discovers an off-limits storage room to find respite, calling it the butterfly room. The past becomes parallel with the present. The Butterfly Room is written by St. Louisan and Music Director of COCA’s Vocal Company, Colin Healy.

The Butterfly Room Time Commitment
The Butterfly Room rehearses Mondays 5:00–9:00PM and Saturdays 1:00–5:00PM through March 19, with a break the week of March 21. The show continues to rehearse MON–FRI 5:00–9:00PM and some weekends starting March 28.
The Butterfly Room first rehearsal: FEB 28
The Butterfly Room opening: APR 14
The Butterfly Room closing: APR 16

Casting the Following Roles:
The floor manager. Doesn’t have much authority other than their age and a clipboard.
Gender: Any Gender

Thomas Midgely
Chaotic evil. Youthful and smarmy engineer from General Motors tasked with solving a problem at all costs. Historical figure.
Late Twenties.
Gender: Any Gender

Charles Kettering
Chaotic good. An idealist inventor who genuinely wants to do good for the world.
Gender: Any Gender


Mother who due to circumstances struggles to take care of her children.

Thirties to Fifties

Gender: Female-Identifying or Non- Binary


Father who due to circumstances struggles to take care of his children

Thirties to Fifties

Gender: Male-Identifying or Non-Binary

Various Ensemble: Factory Workers and Higher-ups, All ages and Genders.

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