The Chosen Ones
The Chosen Ones is a new musical about a group of young LGBTQ+ people in a conversion therapy camp.
We are currently casting six singers of all ages/types for a concept cast album. You’ll find full audition information below.
Calling actors/singers of all ages and types for a paid, non-equity call for musical theatre singers to record in a Concept Cast album of a new musical, The Chosen Ones. The chosen ones is about a group of LGBTQ+ teens in a conversion therapy camp. There are 8 characters, but only 6 of them (the six teens) are singing roles. The recordings will take place in Cypress, Texas (NW area of greater Houston), but out-of-area performers are also encouraged to audition, as a travel stipend may be possible.
For the audition, please submit audio recordings or videos of 1-2 songs in contemporary musical theatre or contemporary commercial (rock, pop, funk, country, etc.) styles. You may submit full songs or excerpts. Upload your audio file(s) or video(s) to YouTube, Google Drive, or Dropbox, and set them to be viewable by anyone with the link. Then, click the button below to submit the URLs. Auditions are due Nov. 20, 2023.
ALEX: A butch lesbian with a keen intellect, 17
BILLIE: A non-binary (assigned female at birth), white pansexual teen who grew up in a small town in the South, 16-17
CALEB: A devoutly Christian gay teenage boy, 16-17
DANIEL: A quick-witted gay teenage boy, 17
IRIS: A femme lesbian who recently came out, 17
JO: A pre-transition transwoman (assigned male at birth) forced to dress as a boy, 16-17
Actors and singers of all ages and types are invited to audition. The six characters are all in their teens, so voices need to sound like they’re of that age.
There are three high (soprano/mezzo/alto) voices – Alex, Billie, and Iris – and three low (tenor/baritone) voices – Caleb, Daniel, and Jo.
The following synopsis contains spoilers. Song titles are indicated parenthetically.
Content Warnings: Conversion Therapy, Homophobia, Suicide, Transphobia
The show opens on Way in the Wilderness, a conversion therapy Christian summer camp for LGBTQ+ teens. Six campers arrive and nervously reflect on how they or their parents hope that somehow this place will miraculously make them straight and cisgender. (WAITING FOR A MIRACLE) These six campers were all picked to be part of the same small group, led by “ex-gay” Pastor Noah. In an early small group meeting, Iris, a 17-year-old femme lesbian shares her coming out story. (THIS IS ME) At the next small group meeting, they learn that unlike the rest of them, Caleb is there by his own choice; he feels broken and wants God to heal him. (SAVE ME) Noah is prayer partners this summer with Matt, a straight staffer who works on the grounds crew. Noah struggles with feeling attracted to Matt. At another small group, Daniel tells the story about how he tricked his parents into letting him go to gay clubs and hook up with his boyfriend by telling them he was going to church events instead. (I’M GOING TO CHURCH) In their next small group, a nonbinary, pansexual teen named Billie shares their story of growing up in a small town in the south, but learning that the world and its pleasures are far richer than anything they were taught growing up. (THIS WORLD) Back in his quarters, Noah is racked with self-loathing and guilt after he gave in to masturbating to gay porn. At another small group, Jo, a transgender teen, tells her story about being born “Joseph,” struggling with her gender identity and attempting suicide, as her family would prefer her dead than queer. (JOSEPH/JO) Meanwhile, tensions rise between Caleb and Daniel. Daniel leads the others in an anthem to assert the validity of their existences and to ignore those who would annihilate their truth and uniquenesses. (WE ARE THE MUSIC) Pastor Noah preaches to the full camp about the story of Job, suggesting that the youths’ queerness is a burden that God chose them for and that by overcoming it, they could become a greater part of His plan. In another small group, Alex, a butch lesbian, reflects on the disappearance of lesbian, and especially butch, culture, and how lonely the future seems as a result. (WHERE DID ALL THE BUTCHES GO?) Matt and Noah again meet in Noah’s quarters to talk and pray together, and Noah continues to struggle with his attraction to Matt. In the boys’ dorms, Iris has smuggled some makeup to Daniel, who surprises Jo by doing her makeup, saying that when done right, makeup reveals the hidden beauty within. (THE SECRET OF MAKEUP) Daniel and Jo sneak over to the small group room to share how incredible Jo looks. Caleb runs off and gets Pastor Noah before Jo can remove her makeup. Noah frog marches Jo back to the boys’ dorm and Daniel and Caleb have it out. When Daniel tells Caleb that he’s gay and nothing and no one can change that, Caleb lunges at Daniel, who drops Caleb with a single punch. Caleb runs off. Noah disciplines Daniel, who pleads to not be sent home, fearful that he’ll be thrown out on the streets. Noah receives a call and urgently sends Daniel back to small group. The small group discovers that Caleb attempted to hang himself; Jo found him and pocketed his suicide note, which they read together. (SAVE ME – REPRISE) The teens join Noah and the rest of the camp on the field, where they hold a vigil to pray for Caleb to come out of his coma. (WAITING FOR A MIRACLE – REPRISE) Feeling guilty for having his attention divided and missing the signs of Caleb’s suicidality, Noah separates himself from Matt, arranging for him to have a different prayer partner; Matt is hurt and confused by his sudden rejection. At their final small group, the teens try to cope with the news that Caleb’s parents are weighing taking him off life support and their fears of leaving each other to head home and back into the closet. Since they have to prepare their end-of-summer testimonials to give in front of the whole camp and their families, Alex suggests that give their testimonies together, sharing how they found hope and truth, something to believe in, and their place in the world. Their parents can think they found it in Christ, while they can secretly know that they found those things in the family of choice they’ve formed together. The show closes with them singing their group testimony. (THE ANSWER WAS YOU)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Where will this be recorded?
Recordings will take place in Cypress, Texas 77429 in a home studio. That’s just outside of NW Houston.
When will this be recorded?
Recordings will take place in 2024. While the goal is to finish them by mid-2024, the schedule is highly flexible.
Will performers be paid?
Yes, all performers on the recording will be paid.
Will age, race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, etc. be a factor in casting?
While we’re aiming for diverse casting, ultimately, the main deciding factor will be how you sound. As the roles are all teenagers, those who can’t sound believable as teens will likely not be good fits for this project. Perfomers under 18 will need to get a parent/guardian signature on their contracts to participate.
What if I'm not local to Houston?
While local actors will be favored, the priority is to find the best performers for each role. Actors not local to Houston may be flown in to record.
What are the expectations of performers cast in this recording?
Performers will be recorded individually. Well-prepared singers should expect 3-4 sessions to record their parts in the full score. You may also be filmed lip-syncing to your edited recording to create promotional videos. (There may be opportunities for live performances too, but those would be paid and contracted separately.)