Student Auditions for Pippin-COCA Summer Musical

Website URL COCA- Center of Creative Arts

Student Auditions for Pippin: 
WHO: Students (8+) are invited to audition for COCA’s production of Pippin
Character Breakdown attached below
Dance Call
FRI, DEC 09| 5:00PM-6:00PM
Auditions will be held in individual, 10-minute appointments on
SAT, DEC 10| 10:00AM–5:00PM
Callbacks by invitation only:
SUN, DEC 11| 10:00AM–5:00PM

WHERE: COCA – Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 1 side for your audition of a character that you identify with. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume to the audition, you will be asked to add your digital headshot and resume to an audition form you will receive before your appointment time.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin captivates and appeals to the young at heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
Show Information:
JUL 20 | 7:00PM
JUL 21| 7:00PM
JUL 22 | 1:00PM & 7:00PM
JUL 23 | 1:00PM & 7:00PM

Production Information:
This production is a part of COCA’s Professional Theatre Workshop Model. Adult and Apprentice age (early-career, college-age) performers will bel part of mentoring students through an educational process that models professional theatre standards. We are enthusiastically interested in actors that are also teaching artists. Rehearsals begin June 5, 2022 with a staggered start for apprentices and adult professionals, depending on role. Rehearsals are held primarily M-F from 4:30-9:30 PM with some Saturdays and Sundays, especially during tech.
Some adult cast members may be asked to perform moments of choreographed intimacy. Students may be present as moments are rehearsed and performed. We have included the shows content transparency below.
Questions about registering to audition? Contact COCA’s Registration Office at 314.561.4898 or
Questions about the productions or the audition? Contact Cameron Tyler, Artistic Producer,
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Character Breakdown
All characters are attending a traveling circus performance. As the show continues, characters get pulled in to play parts. All can be any ethnicity. The breakdown below specifies the genders of the characters as indicated by the script. Please specify what roles you are comfortable playing if they differ from your personal gender or other identities.

LEADING PLAYER: (Any Gender) Very Strong Vocalist, Strong Dancer, Strong Comedic & Narrating Skills. Must command the stage, entertain the audience and have an air of magic and mystery.
LEWIS: (Male.)  Character Actor, Sings with Ensemble. Pippin’s younger brother.  A “star” soldier, a proud, strong egotist, not too bright.
THEO/THEA: (Any Gender; plays 9-16 yrs.) Catherine’s young child, stepson to Pippin.
TEEN TROUPE PLAYERS: (13+) Strong Singers, Strong Dancers/Tumblers. Some ensemble members will also play acrobats & acting roles with speaking lines, including soldiers, monks, newscasters, peasants, nobles and others. Get pulled into the world as the show continues.
Some adult cast members may be asked to perform moments of choreographed intimacy. Students may be present as moments are rehearsed and performed. We have included the shows content transparency below.

Content Transparency 
Mature Content
Discussion of violence including death, murder, genocide, war, torture, and terrorists.
References to Khmer Rouge, Nazis, U.S. border detention centers, and Abu Ghraib.
Sexual references and innuendo.

Mature language
Sexual language

This show is recommended for ages 13+

In following COCA’s mission to deliver thought-provoking programs and train informed young theatre artists who will advocate for change within the theatre and our society, we have decided to include the mature content and language of Pippin. Including the mature content helps fully capture the frustration, hardships, and reality of coming of age and adolescence. As Pippin stands at the crux of youth and adulthood, he is thrust into the raging politics of the outside world which includes, war, violence, love and sacrifice.

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