Theatre in the Park

Walking Across Egypt Auditions Sign-Up

Show Dates:  August 23-25 & 29-31, 2019

Adapted by Catherine Bush                                             Rehearsals begin week of July 8th

from the novel by Clyde Edgerton


The story:

Upon discovering a stray dog on her back porch, Mattie Rigsbee decides she’s too old to keep a pet and calls the dogcatcher.  Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world that includes car theft, prison breaks, and his nephew, a juvenile delinquent named Wesley, who is as desperate for a family as she is. Add in to the mix, her over-protective next-door-neighbors and her 50-year-old never-married son, all joining the drama.  Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding faith, Mattie is determined to bring Wesley to the side of God and good Southern manners.  And there will be hymn-singing!



Mattie Rigsbee  (60s-70s)       strong-minded; loves singing hymns

Robert Rigsbee  (40s-)            her son; manager of local Convenient Store

Lamar Benfield  (20s-30s)      local dogcatcher; good-hearted

Wesley Benfield  (16)             Lamar’s nephew; currently at a youth farm for stealing

Alora Swanson  (40s-60s)      Mattie’s neighbor, a fan of soap operas

Finner Swanson  (40s-60s)     Alora’s husband; loves adventure

Reverend Bass  (30s-50s)       Minister of Listre Baptist Church   (could be played by a female)

Sheriff Tillman  (30s-40s)       Town Sheriff   (could be played by a female)

Choir Members  (all ages)


For the roles of Maddie & Choir Members: please prepare a hymn to sing acapella.


Please list any specific roles desired in the comments section.

Date: 03/23/2019 (Sat.)

Location: Sherman United Methodist Church

Created by:   Jacob Pahde
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (CDT)

Morning Slots

03/23/2019 (Sat)
9:00am - 10:00am (8)  
7 of 8 slots filled
Bob Te Ronde
Joyce Te Ronde
Will Acton
Lamar Benfield
Mary Disseler
Mattie or Alora
Bob Morgan
Patty Noonan
Alora, choir member
Terry Schoppenhorst
Finner, Robert, Reverend, or Sheriff
10:00am - 11:00am (8)  
All slots filled
Pat Pennington
Bruce Davidson
Robert Rigsbee
Keith Wilson
Finner Swanson
Pam Brown
I’d love to read for Alora. Thank you.
Alisha Worley
Any role
Sydney Weber
Mattie, Alora, choir
Avery Biggs
Lauren Acton
Alora, Rev. Bass or Choir
11:00am - 12:00pm (8)  
5 of 8 slots filled
Shirley McConnaughhay
Maddie or Alora
Michelle Tebrugge
Choir member
Sarah Reisch
July 21-27 conflict.
Heather Southwell
Alora, Rev. Bass, or Choir Member
Quincy Stuhmer

Afternoon Slots

03/23/2019 (Sat)
1:00pm - 2:00pm (8)  
4 of 8 slots filled
dennis Darling
will accept any part
Mary Wheeler (2)
Mattie and Alora
Lisa Hellman
2:00pm - 3:00pm (8)  
6 of 8 slots filled
Bill Zorn
Charles Eastvold
Sherri Mitchell
Maddie or Alora
Julia Harney
Any part/ choir member
Mike And Joanna Harney (2)
Choir members

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