CenterStage Theatre Company announces open auditions for Thornton Wilder's Our Town which will be presented as an immersive, traveling theatre experience in historic Louisville. Our Town is directed by Jeanie Balch and Hannah Richards. Auditions will be Sunday, June 2 from 4pm to 6pm or 630pm to 830pm, with possible call backs on Monday, June 3 at 6pm. Auditions will be held in the CenterStage black box theatre, 901 Front St. (lower level) Louisville CO. Rehearsals will generally be Monday-Thursday in the late afternoon to evening, and Sunday afternoons. Please note: that this show is called traveling as it will be performed both indoors and outside in Louisville. Auditions are open to all experience levels!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
A classic in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town dramatizes the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager,” Our Town revolves around the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes – from average life in Act I, the everyday details of life and romance in Act II, true love and marriage evolve to devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young love, seen in Emily and George’s story, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder shows the truths that all people experience in life.
Thursday, August 1, 8 at 5:30pm
Saturday, August 3, 10 at 4:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 11 at 4:00pm
What to Prepare:
Please arrive early to auditions to fill out the audition form (be sure to bring a list of all conflicts). Please make sure to note earliest availability at night as well as weekend conflicts you may have. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. Actors should plan to stay for the full two hour audition if possible. Please bring a headshot (does not have to be a professional photo) and a resume if available. If you prefer you may email your headshot and resume to Hannah Richards at [email protected] instead of bringing hard copies. Rehearsals will begin shortly after the cast is selected and will generally be Monday-Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. Actors will only be called for the specific rehearsals for their character. All roles are non-equity.
Roles are available for around 17 men and 7 women, with some flexible casting by gender. Please note that the ages listed just serve as a guide. All roles are available and casting is open. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to audition.
STAGE MANAGER (35-70): A narrator, commentator, and guide through Grover’s Corners. He/She joins in the action of the play periodically, as the reverend at the wedding, the soda shop owner, a local townsperson, etc., and speaks directly to Emily after her death.
EMILY WEBB (16-26): We follow her from a precocious young girl through her wedding to George Gibbs and her early death.
GEORGE GIBBS (16-26): The boy next door, a kind but irresponsible teenager who matures over time and becomes a responsible husband, father and farmer.
FRANK GIBBS (35-55): George’s father, the town doctor.
JULIA (HERSEY) GIBBS (35-55): George’s mother. She dreams of going to Paris, but doesn’t get there. She saved $350 for the trip from the sale of an antique furniture piece, but ultimately willed it to George and Emily. Dies while visiting her daughter in Ohio.
CHARLES WEBB (40’s-50’s): Emily’s father, editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel.
MYRTLE WEBB (36-55): Emily’s mother. Serious, crisp.
JOE and SI CROWELL (10-14): Local paperboys. Joe’s intelligence earns him a full scholarship to MIT where he graduates at the top of his class. His promise will be cut short on the fields of France during World War I, according to the Stage Manager. Both he and his brother Si hold marriage in high disdain.
SIMON STIMSON (30s-40s): The choir director and church organist. We never learn the root cause of his alcoholism and later suicide. He is still bitter and cynical beyond the grave.
HOWIE NEWSOME (30s-40s): The milkman, a fixture of Grover’s Corners.
REBECCA GIBBS (10-14): George’s younger sister. Later elopes with a traveling salesman and settles in Ohio.
WALLY WEBB (10-14): Emily’s younger brother. Dies of a burst appendix on a Boy Scout camping trip.
PROFESSOR WILLARD (40s-70): A rather long-winded lecturer.
MRS. LOUELLA SOAMES (30s-40s): A gossipy townswoman and member of the choir.
CONSTABLE BILL WARREN (40s-60s): The policeman.
JOE STODDARD (50s-60s): The undertaker.
SAM CRAIG (late 20s-30s): A nephew of Mrs. Gibbs who left town to seek his fortune. He came back after 12 years in Buffalo for Emily’s funeral.
ENSEMBLE (any age, any experience level): People of the town, and smaller featured roles.
This will be a unique production covering multiple venues in downtown Louisville. If you are interested in getting involved with the show in another capacity or if you have questions about auditions, please email Hannah Richards, [email protected] or Jeanie Balch at [email protected].
We look forward to meeting you at auditions!