No Bones About It

No Bones About It
Comedic Musical

Char-crossed lovers, Ronny and Julie, find themselves at the Verona National Ribfest barbecue competition where their families are competing for the top prize. With a cast of seven diverse characters and a story drawing heavily from the source of “Romeo and Juliet”, “No Bones About It” promises to be full of love and music with a bit more of a happy ending than Shakespeare’s play.

Director: Brandyn McGhee
Music Director: Rebecca Newburn
Stage Manager: Jodie Salazar

Auditions will be held in the Arnold Theater at the Varsity Center in Carbondale on Monday August 28th and Tuesday, August 29th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cold readings and singing from the musical score will begin at 8:00 p.m. each night with the potential to last until 10:00 p.m.

Anyone auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a song that best showcases range and ability. A CD player and piano accompanist will be provided for the auditions. If you are using a CD, please make sure that you are using a karaoke track with NO background vocals. If you’re using sheet music, please make sure that your audition cut is clearly marked on the music.

Casting information
– Looking for actors of all ages (ages 18 to 60)
– Four male and three female roles, diverse characters

Character Descriptions

Larry Friar (age 40 – 60) – Owner of Friar’s Spices and sponsor of the Verona Annual International Ribfest. Larry has competed in, judged and hosted many barbecue competitions and really knows his way around barbecue. He’s a quirky character and an “old soul” of the barbecue world. (Vocal Range: C3-A5)

Adam Capp (age 40 – 45) – Adam is the owner of “Cappy’sHappy Pig” barbecue. He’s a bit of a barbecue nerd in both looks and the way he goes about perfecting his secret age-old dry rub recipes. Adam often uses science and ingenuity to “out-pork” the rest of the competition. (Vocal Range: G2-G4)

Julie Capp (age 18 – 25) – Julie is Adam’s daughter. Julie is a bit of a contrast from her father. She’s a “pretty girl” who just happens to be along for the ride helping her dad with his barbecue for yet another competition. She knows the ins and outs of barbecue and the competition, but she definitely has other things on her mind. (Vocal Range: A4-Eb5)

Karen Montague (age 40 – 45) – Karen is the owner of “Monty’s Jurassic Pork”. She is just as experienced with barbecue as anyone else; maybe too much sometimes. Karen’s large and boisterous personality and absolute LOVE for food often intimidates her competition. She’s a “saucy” lady who’s out to take down the other competitors. (Vocal Range: G3-D5)

Ronny Montague (age 18 – 25) – Ronny is Karen’s son. Like Julie is to Adam, Ronny is a bit of a contrast from his mom. Shy, but good looking, Ronny is there for his mom because he knows how much she loves the barbecue world. (Vocal Range: B3-G4)

Ken (age 21 – 40) – Ken is a computer whiz and tech guru who just happens to also enjoy judging food competitions. As an online food blogger, Ken is very familiar with the competitive food world. Whenever Ken is not judging food competitions, there’s a good chance you can find him deep in the interwebs at home on his couch. His food blogging opinions are highly respected in the food industry. (Vocal Range: B3-F4)

Kelly (age 21 – 40) – Just like Ken, Kelly is also a respected food blogger. However, Kelly is a bit of a “hipster” and tends to turn toward social media side of blogging. In addition to her trendy behavior, Kelly also finds herself turning to the stars and the world of the astrological signs with her blogging. Even though Kelly might seem to be a little out of place in the food world because of her strange fascination with the signs and the latest trends, she certainly knows good food when she tastes it. (Vocal Range: F4-D5)

** Please note that the ages suggested in the descriptions above are merely the ideal age suggestions of the director. All ages (18 and older) will be considered for the production as long as the ages of the actors who are cast are appropriate for the story being told.

Performance Dates
October 13-15 and 19-22

A copy of the script and show materials is on reserve at the Carbondale Public Library.

For additional questions regarding auditions or for further information regarding the production, please contact Brandyn McGhee (Director) at