The Buddy Holly Story - Auditions!

Directed by Erik Furuheim

Auditions June 29 at 6:30 pm - Newport PAC

Come play a part of rock and roll history! This November, we're producing the popular musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Directed by Erik Furuheim, with Musical Direction by Howard Lackey, this show will need talented, energetic actors and musicians of many ages. The role of Buddy will be played by professional Matt McClure from New York, who has been performing this role for several years across the country. We are extremely pleased that Matt is available for this show and are very excited that he will be spending six weeks with us in Newport.

This show also needs many other talented actors and singers to play the important characters that shaped his life and so we hope you will join us on June 29th at 6:30 for auditions. If you have questions or schedule conflicts, contact the director at efuruheim @

Please bring a head shot and resume and prepare a short song to perform (16 to 32 bars). Sides will be provided at the audition. Please spread the word about these auditions with any and all music lovers, musicians, performers, or just great people that would want to be part of this once in a life time experience. Rehearsals begin mid October. We are doing only TWO WEEKS of Rehearsal followed by a short tech week. The show opens November 16th and closes December 2nd.

Please see the list below for available roles. The show will be defined around the talent which is available and cast. Experience and training are not necessary but since this is the most popular rock and roll musical of all time, musical ability is of course a plus.

Buddy Holly We have contracted with Matt McClure from New York to play Buddy Holly. Matt has performed this role for several years across the country. Look at the other roles available for your opportunity to perform on stage with this energetic professional!
Ritchie Valens Male, appears 18-25. Handsome, charismatic, with a dedicated eye for the ladies. His key song is “La Bamba.” Must be able to act and move well. Ethnicity: Latino/Hispanic
Maria Elena Holly Female, appears 18-25. Buddy Holly's wife—attractive, classy and well-educated. Must be able to sing and act. Ethnicity: Latino/Hispanic.
Hipockets Duncan Male, appears 30s-40s. An exuberant hometown radio DJ from Lubbock, Texas, with an air of authority and a keen sense of humor. Singing and/or musician a plus. Ethnicity: Caucasian
Norman Petty Male, appears 30s-40s. A record producer from Clovis, New Mexico, with a businesslike manner and a love of making records. Singer and/or musician a plus. Ethnicity: Caucasian.
Vi Petty Female, late 20s-40s. The wife of Norman with a heart of gold. Must have exceptional rock ‘n’ roll keyboards ability and a good sense of humor. Ethnicity: Caucasian.
Apollo Performers Two or three males and/or females, any age. Ability to hold the stage on his/her own. Special chorus part with key song “Shout.” Must have good comic timing and be able to act. Ethnicity: African American.
The Company Males and female singers/musicians of any age. Must be able to sing and have ability to play multiple roles. Musicians a plus. Ethnicity: Any.

Let's Rock and Roll!

Preparing for Auditions

Please bring a head shot and resume if you have them, and since this is a musical with fantastic songs be prepared to sing! Prepare a short song to perform (16 to 32 bars). Sides will be provided at the audition.

Below is a list of some of the songs from the musical which link to audio files. You probabaly already know these, but they're provided here as reference for the style of music featured in the show—to help you with selecting the song you prepare, or to just get in the right mood for auditions!

"Oh Boy!"

"La Bamba"

"That'll Be The Day"


"Chantilly Lace"

"Johnny B. Goode"

"Why Do Fools Fall In Love"

"It's So Easy"