Auditions For Original Musical

Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade
February 19, 2016

A Classic Theatre (ACT) will hold auditions for the St. Augustine premiere of Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade, a new musical play written and directed by Deborah B. Dickey.

Auditions by appointment only. Call (904) 315-1122 to schedule appointment with the director, Deborah B. Dickey.
You will be asked to read cold from the script, as well as sing.
Prepare 16-32 bars of a classic or contemporary jazz or blues piece. 
Provide a current photo and resume or list of previous experience.

Available Roles:   2 females + 1 whistler (male or female)
                              Debbie McDade (African American), age range 25-45
                              Amanda (African American), age 16-25
                              Whistler (flexible)
Rehearsals begin mid-March. Performance dates are May 8 at 3 pm and May 9-12 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center located at 102 Martin Luther King Blvd. in St. Augustine. All performers will receive a paid honorarium.
Sweet Emmaline recounts the remarkable life story of St. Augustine vocalist, Debbie McDade, who made her way to a career on the New York stage in the 1950s as a soloist with Count Basie’s band. She sang with Earl "Fatha” Hines and received her stage name, Debby Moore, from the great Louis Armstrong, who became her mentor and friend. With a mixed repertoire of pop and jazz standards, she went on to record some of her own compositions. Debbie’s recordings reveal the light and lovely style of a singer who could whistle as well as she sang!
A Classic Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to presenting new, historic and classic plays for St. Johns County.  For further information contact ACT at or