General Information

We are often asked about the way we run auditions here at Playhouse on the Square. The following is a general summary, but please keep in mind that:

  • We post all of our open auditions in the Playbook, which can be found in Friday’s Commercial Appeal.
  • At the auditions, you may be asked to read from the script. Sometimes, scripts are available for checkout prior to the auditions. Many times, you will be able to find it at the public library.
  • You may be required to prepare a monologue.
  • You may be asked to sing if auditioning for a musical. In this case, you should have 16 bars of a song prepared. You will also need to bring sheet music. Sheet music can be found at almost any music store or at the public library.
  • There may be minor choreography involved. Please dress comfortably so that you are able to move freely.
  • It is a good idea to bring a headshot and resume if you have one. If not, a recent photo will help us remember your face.
  • You will fill out an audition sheet upon your arrival. We will need basic information about you such as what type of experience or training you have had, and your contact information in case you are called back or chosen for a role.
  • Most of our auditions are open to everyone regardless of their experience.

For more information, contact Courtney Oliver at (901) 725-0776 or


When: Sunday March 17, 6pm (Callbacks Monday March 18, 6pm)

Where: Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper St, 38104

Casting: Actor/Singer/Dancers, Ages 18 and up, All ethnicities welcomed and encouraged to attend. *For a complete character breakdown, please see below.  **PLEASE NOTE – Some roles may be filled by members of the Resident and Associate Company, though currently all roles are open.

Please Prepare: 16-32 bars of a pop/rock style song.  Singing from the show is welcome though not mandatory. 

To ensure the very best use of your time, we will be assigning specific time slots on Sunday March 17.  To sign up for a time to audition, please email Courtney Oliver at  Slots will occur in 5 minute increments starting at 6pm.

Kinky Boots is directed by Playhouse Associate Director Dave Landis; Music Directed by Resident Music Director Nathan McHenry; and Choreographed by Resident Company Member Daniel Stuart Nelson.

Kinky Boots opens the 19-20 Season, running August 9 – September 1, 2019.  Rehearsals begin July 2nd.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN                                                              

CHARLIE PRICE (Male) Late 20’s – early 30’s. Sings C3–B4. A leading man, just out of university. He is privileged, but likeable — his father owns the shoe factory. He is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under the skin. Must have a rock voice, ability to move, and be a strong actor.

LOLA (Male) 30’s–40’s. Sings C3–B4 (with one top C). 5’8” and above is preferable. Must have star presence and feel comfortable wearing everything from full glamour as a scene-stealing drag performer to nothing but boxing trunks. Must have a rock voice with power blues and gospel chops. Strong comedic actor.

LAUREN (Female) 20’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5. Beautiful, but quirky (not glamourous like Nicola) working class girl who works in the shoe factory. Funny and smart but has had bad luck with men. Terrific comedic actress.

NICOLA (Female) 20’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5, Pop voice. Charlie’s girlfriend since school. Sophisticated looks. She is a social climber, driven and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it. 

DON (Male) 30’s–40’s. Sings C3–F4 (must have a strong falsetto to D5 for the Finale). Lola’s nemesis. Burly hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Least likely to be seen on a runway in kinky boots. Strong actor required.

GEORGE (Male) 40’s–50’s. Sings C3–F4. Factory Manager, keeping up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound. 

THE ANGELS (Male) 20’s–30’s. Four drag performers from The Blue Angel Nightclub who perform with Lola. Actors with star quality and personality. Must be versatile and strong singers (with a contemporary pop/rock/R & B belt) and dancers (required to dance in heels).

TRISH (Female) 40’s–50’s. Sings B♭3–D5,  strong rock/pop belt. Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility–this shows in her face. Comedy chops.

PAT (Female) 30’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5, strong pop/rock soprano. Office manager who will let loose her wild side when allowed.

MR. PRICE / ENSEMBLE (Male) 40’s–50’s. Sings B♭2–G4. Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory. Appears in the opening and closing sequence as well as playing ensemble tracks.

HARRY / ENSEMBLE (Male) 20’s–30’s. Sings E3–C4, Rock voice. A contemporary of Charlie’s, but his opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident and carefree. Also plays a Factory Worker etc.

ENSEMBLE (up to 5 Males and 5 Females) 20’s–50’s. The men and women of the ensemble must be strong pop/rock singers. Factory workers should look like real, everyday people and be able to move well.