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Open Stage and Sankofa African American Theatre Company announce auditions and hiring for their co-production, Crowns, a gospel musical by Regina Taylor, which will play May 28 to June 26 at Open Stage in Harrisburg, PA. Auditions will be by appointment Saturday, February 19 in the afternoon.  Actor-singers interested in auditioning can select an appointment slot at this link:

Actor-singers unable to attend these auditions should submit their headshot and resume to

Crowns is the story of a Chicago teenager who, sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina, finds connection among a community of resilient African American women in their church hats. Weaving together faith, fashion and family, Crowns is an inspirational, joyous musical celebration of love and redemption that will make your spirit sing!

Written by Regina Taylor and adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, this production will be directed by Sankofa President & Executive Artistic Director Sharia Benn. Questions and submissions can be directed to


Production Schedule

Rehearsals for Crowns begin April 19, 2022. Tech rehearsals begin May 14th. Performances will run May 28 to June 26. Rehearsals and performances will take place at Open Stage, 25 North Court Street in downtown Harrisburg, PA. Compensation will be paid.

The current draft rehearsal schedule can be view on Google Calendar:


Musical Director Applicants

The producers are seeking a musical director/vocal director/pianist for the production. Interested applicants can email Could double as Preacher character track.


Audition Preparation

The play features gospel music and dance, rap, hip hop, rhythm and blues, jazz and spoken word. Auditioners are asked to please prepare 32 bars of a gospel song and one contemporary monologue. The monologue should be no more than two minutes. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. Bring headshot/photo and resume. Actor-singers interested in auditioning can select an appointment at this link:


Seeking singer-actors for the following roles: 

Mother Shaw, 50s-60s: A Nurturer. Present. No nonsense Grandmother. Rooted. Strong gospel voice.

Velma, 30s-40s: Great sense of humor. Strong, sassy and fabulous. Marches to her own beat. Strong Bluesy/Jazz vocalist.

Yolanda, Late teens-Early 20s: Brooklyn girl with an edge. Has an attitude and sensitive side. Strong vocally and moves very well.

Mabel, 30s - 50s: Fiery percussive presence. Always front and center and will tell it like it is. A force to be reckoned with. Vocally malleable and moves well.

Jeanette, Early 20s - late 30s: Feminine and flirtatious. Lovely. Centered. A very strong dancer/mover.

Wanda, 40s-50s: By the book. Refined. Always plays by the rules. A judge/ teacher. Pulled up tightly but can let go on a Sunday if the spirit moves her. Moves well.

Preacher, 30s-50s: Strong presence and stature. Extremely malleable character man. Strong vocally and moves well. Could double as musical director.