Theater auditions: ‘South Pacific’ in Kissimmee

Here’s an audition notice from the Osceola Center for the Arts, with a few more details at the end from director Donald Rupe:

The Osceola Center for the Arts is holding auditions for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific on Sunday, August 29 from 5pm until 10pm.  Auditions will be held at the Center and are open to the public.  Actors should prepare 16 bars of a song and be ready to read from the script. All roles are available and include the following characters:

  • Nellie Forbush
  • Emile De Becque
  • Ngana (Emile’s daughter)
  • Jerome (Emile’s son)
  • Henry – Emile’s native servant
  • Bloody Mary
  • Liat (Bloody Mary’s daughter)
  • Luther Billis
  • Abner
  • Stewpot
  • Professor
  • Lt. Joseph Cable
  • Capt. George Brackett
  • Cmdr. William Harbison
  • Lt. Buzz Adams
  • Yeoman Herbert Quale
  • Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey
  • Ensemble: Seabees, Sailors, Marines, Nurses, Islanders

South Pacific runs October 22 thru November 7 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm and will be directed by Central Florida resident Donald Rupe. Rupe recently directed A Chorus Line at the Center.  Tickets for South Pacific are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and can be purchased by calling 407.846.6257 x 0.  The Center is located at 2411 E. Hwy 192 between Kissimmee and St. Cloud.  For more information, please call 407.846.6257 or visit

And a little bit more info from Donald:

All roles are available, and we are particularly searching for these role(s) which may be more difficult to cast:

  • Emile deBecque (ages 35-50)-strong baritone/bass, must have a French accent
  • Joseph Cable (24-30)-strong tenor
  • Luther Billis-Baritone, strong comedic performer
  • Bloody Mary-Strong singing/comedic Asian Actress (or ability to play Asian)
  • Liat (15-20)-Asian non-singing actress
  • Ngana/Jerome (Children ages 6-12)-Asian (or ability to play Asian) who will need to speak French for the production

For auditions, please prepare 16 measures of a song (preferably not from the show), and be prepared to do some short cold readings. Audition time slots on Aug. 29 will be in 5-minute increments, and the Call-Backs are scheduled for Monday, August 30 at 6 pm. We are particularly looking for a strong male chorus-so if you know of any guys, please pass this along.

For any and all information, and to sign up for a time slot, please contact Arin at the Osceola Center for the Arts-(407) 846-6257, ext. 7.  You can also e-mail the director, Donald Rupe, at

Performances are October 22-November 7, Friday and Saturday Evenings and Sundays at 2.

Rehearsals will primarily be Tuesday evenings and Saturdays from 1-9, though the schedule is still tentative and is, as always, completely subject to change.

Roles are not paid, but the experience will be very rewarding.

3 responses to “Theater auditions: ‘South Pacific’ in Kissimmee

  1. I always wanted to sing Stewpot, but when I was young enough I was a 2d tenor (not the glorious bass that is Stewpot), and now that I am a legitimate bass, I’m too old. There is only one other thing that has always stood in the way – I can’t act, at all, no how. That’s why we have theater – for me! To go see! Like everyone should…

  2. Margaret Nolan

    ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ will present the television premiere of Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony® Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC tonight, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. on PBS, live from the Vivian Beaumont Theater

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