Step Right Up: Javier Colon To Play P.T. Barnum For Festival Musical

Javier Colon
File photo: Javier Colon, inaugural winner of NBC’s The Voice, when he appeared at Bijou Theater Downtown.

This is no humbug, singer Javier Colon will play P.T. Barnum in a local musical production for the Barnum Festival in June. See info about show and auditions.

An open call audition for performers (singers/actors/dancers) of all ages, types & experience levels will be held for our annual summer musical-in-concert, which will be presented at Fairfield Museum Commons in Fairfield Town Center on June 27, 28, and 29, 2019. Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom; Vocal Director: Brian Crook; Executive Producer: Eli Newsom. Presented in partnership by Fairfield Center Stage, The Barnum Festival, and The Fairfield Museum.

AUDITION INFO: All auditions take place at Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd Fairfield CT 06824 (free parking lot).

Adults: Auditions for adult actors (age 16+) will take place on Sunday April 14 from 1-4pm (sign in begins 12:30pm, sign-in ends 3pm), and Monday April 15, from 6pm-7pm (sign in begins 5:30pm, sign-in ends 7pm). Actors will audition in order of arrival, except those who have reserved a timeslot.

Kids: Auditions for younger actors (ages 7-15) will take place on Sunday April 14 from 11:30am-1pm (sign in begins 11am), and Monday April 15, from 5-6pm (sign in begins 4:30pm).  Actors will audition in order of arrival, except those who have reserved a timeslot.

Seeking younger children (elementary/middle school age) for chorus and for the role of Tom Thumb, and older children (high school-age) for dance and singing ensemble (full breakdown below).

What to prepare: Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) and resume of any stage or performing experience. Please prepare a short selection from a musical in the style of the show, around 1 minute in length or less please. Bring sheet music in the correct key, a capella singing (meaning singing without sheet music) is discouraged.

Callbacks: Callbacks will be held Monday April 15 starting at 7pm immediately following the open call. Auditionees who are asked to attend callbacks may be asked to participate in a movement/dance call.

Seeking singer/actors of all types/ages; full breakdown below. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-Equity, no pay.

APPOINTMENTS: For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.

REHEARSALS: The show will rehearse in approximately 4 weeks, with one weekend of performances. The general rehearsal schedule for “Barnum” is weeknights after 6:30pm and Saturday or Sunday afternoons (time tba), beginning May 26. Performances: June 27 @ 8pm (Barnum Night), June 28 @ 7:30pm, June 29 @ 2pm (matinee) , June 29 @ 7:30pm (closing), as well as a rain make-up date on Sun June 30 @ 5pm. All performances will take place at Fairfield Museum Commons, 370 Beach Rd. Most rehearsals will be held indoors until tech week, where we will move to the outdoor stage for dress rehearsals and performances.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth, the world of Phineas Taylor Barnum, full of spectacle and humbug. Sometimes with her support, and sometimes against her objections, P.T. Barnum works with his wife Chairy to create unbelievable attractions in a variety of ways, from the American Museum in New York City to a national tour featuring Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale. Along the way, Barnum meets Joice Heth (the oldest woman alive) and Tom Thumb (the smallest man in the world). He dabbles in politics and begins a lecture tour, culminating in his founding of the Greatest Show on Earth with partner James Bailey. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards (and winning three), “Barnum” is a joyful ride of humbug and laughter for audiences of all ages.

Fairfield Center Stage is proud to present “Barnum” as a free musical for the community in partnership with the Barnum Festival in association with the Fairfield Museum.


P.T. Barnum: THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST (Javier Colon will play the role of P.T. Barnum).

Charity Barnum: Female, plays 30-60 in the span of the show. P.T. Barnum’s wife; a practical minded, women’s suffragist who is grounded in reality with a strong disposition but with a sweet teasing sense of humor; she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get down to work; should be a great mover and willing to learn some circus tricks; mezzo, G3-D5. All Ethnicities

James A. Bailey/Ringmaster: Male, 30-40. A small circus owner who convinces Barnum to team up with him to create the “Greatest Show on Earth”; should be a great mover; doubles as Ringmaster (think Leading Player from “Pippin”); baritone, D3-F#4. All Ethnicities

Joice Heith: Female, 30-80. Joice Heith is the “Oldest Woman Alive” in one of Barnum’s variety acts. Barnum convinces crowds that she was nursemaid to George Washington. mezzo with belt, E3-C5. All Ethnicities

Jenny Lind: Female, 20-39. The Swedish nightingale who is beautiful and flirtatious; underneath her pretty demeanor is a strong-willed woman who manipulates the people around her to get what she wants; should be a great mover; soprano, Bb3-C6. All Ethnicities

Tom Thumb: Male or Female Child. The “Smallest Man in the World” in one of Barnum’s variety acts; must be an excellent/athletic dancer with a small physical frame; acrobatics are a plus; doubles in ensemble; tenor, D3-G4. All Ethnicities

Blues Singer: mezzo with belt, E3-C5 who sings “Black and White”; doubles in ensemble. All ethnicities.

Ensemble: Males & Females, All ages. Must be excellent singers and/or dancers who are willing to learn basic acrobatic and circus tricks; tumbling, juggling, stilt walking, unicycle riding, and experience working with silks are a plus but not required; the ensemble will also play many featured roles throughout the show. All Ethnicities.



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