Characters

The Character break down below has been taken from an information pack and is meant as guidance only it does not necessarily represent the director's view.

BUDDY HOLLY
Singer-songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas. Buddy is intelligent, charismatic, preferably under 25. Must possess some serious star potential and have a desire to live as a rock 'n' roll superstar every night.

JOE B MAULDIN
Double Bass player from Lubbock, Texas. Preferably under 25. Serious, square young man with musical ability..

JERRY ALLISON
Drummer, preferably under 25 from Lubbock, Texas. Good looking, irrepressible cheeky humor with musical ability. The ability to sing is preferred but not prohibitive.

MARIA ELENA HOLLY
Attractive, under 25. Classy and well-educated. Must be able to sing.

J.P. RICHARDSON - THE BIG BOPPER
A former DJ, he is a Texan with an irrepressible larger-than-life Character, with the ability to command the stage on his own as a single performer. His key song is "Chantilly Lace". Must be able to act and should possess a comedic flair.

RITCHIE VALENS
Good looking, under 25. Ritchie is an attractive, handsome boy with serious charisma, a dedicated eye for the ladies, and the ability to hold the stage in his own right. His key song is "La Bamba". Must be able to act.

HIPOCKETS DUNCAN
An exuberant hometown radio DJ from Lubbock, Texas, with an air of authority and a keen sense of humor. Must be a strong actor. The ability to sing and/or play a musical instrument an advantage but not prohibitive.

NORMAN PETTY
A record producer from Clovis, New Mexico, with a businesslike manner and a love of making records. Must be a strong actor. The ability to sing and/or play a musical instrument an advantage but not prohibitive.

VI PETTY
The wife of Norman with a heart of gold. Vi must be able to sing and act, with a good sense of humor.

APOLLO PERFORMER
Male of African American extraction with the ability to hold the stage on his own. Key song "Party". Must have good comic timing and be able to act. It is preferable to have the ability to play a musical instrument but not prohibitive.

APOLLO PERFORMER
Female of African-American extraction with the ability to hold the stage on her own. Key song "Party". Must have good comic timing and be able to act. The ability to play a musical instrument is an advantage but not a prerequisite.