Shakespeare & Friends announces auditions for upcoming musical

Published 11:58 am Friday, February 23, 2024

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TRYON—Singers and actors from across the Carolinas are invited to audition for a powerful, award-winning musical to be performed this summer. Shakespeare & Friends will present the musical Floyd Collins from June 26 through June 30 in Tryon.

This unique 1996 masterpiece, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and book by Tina Landau, is based on the true story of a Kentucky cave explorer who went in search of fame and fortune in a true hero’s journey. Lauded as “the most daring musical of our time” by NY Magazine, this production will be directed by Catherine Gillet with music direction by Holt McCarley.

Auditions will be held at the Tryon Depot Room, located at 22 Depot Street in Tryon on Sunday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Monday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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The roles of Floyd and Homer are cast, but performers are welcome to audition for either role to show their range. All other roles are open.
Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script and 16 bars of music from the score. Music tracks will be provided once you submit your audition form. 

To read more about the play, production and characters, and to fill out the audition form and reserve your slot, visit

Shakespeare & Friends’ mission is to make Shakespeare and other contemporary classics more accessible to our audiences by infusing these beloved works with fresh vitality, captivating and engaging both avid enthusiasts and first-time encounters through its collective of talented writers, directors, and seasoned actors.

Contact director Catherine Gillet at 917-678-9994 or email with any questions. 


Submitted by Darlene Cah