Auditions - To Kill a Mockingbird April 15 and 16 @ Pearland Theatre Guild, Houston [from 15 to 16 April]

Auditions - To Kill a Mockingbird April 15 and 16


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15 - 16
April
18:30 - 22:30

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Pearland Theatre Guild
14803 Park Almeda Dr, Houston, Texas 77047
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AUDITIONS
APRIL 15 and 16
POSSIBLE CALLBACKS APRIL 22

To Kill a Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel
Based upon the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Renee van Nifterik

Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork and one of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird is a gripping and heart- wrenching tale of coming-of-age in the South. Set in a town poisoned by prejudice, the play portrays a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, Scout, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
Preview: June 21, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Performances: June 22-July 8
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Sundays @ 3:00pm
Thursday, June 28 @ 7:30pm
Tuesday, July 3 @ 7:30pm

REHEARSALS:
Generally, rehearsals will be Sundays 3-6pm and Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-9:30pm. Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal. Some conflicts will be accepted.
FIRST READ THROUGH — MAY 3 at 6:30pm

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:
Sunday, April 15: Children from 6:30-8pm; Adults 8-10pm
Monday, April 16: Children from 6:30-8pm; Adults 8-10pm
Possible callbacks by invitation only, April 23 from 7-9:30pm

LOCATION:
Pearl Theater
14803 Park Almeda Dr.
Houston, TX 77047

THE PROCESS:
Please bring a headshot and resume along with a list of conflicts to auditions. Auditions will consist of storytelling, prepared monologues (ATTICUS AND JEAN LOUISE ONLY) and cold readings. Auditioners are strongly encouraged to read the script in advance if possible.

• Children should prepare a short story to tell – less than 3 minutes. They may be asked to participate in some theatre games and/or read from the script as well.
• Adults will be asked to read from the script.
• Those auditioning for ATTICUS and JEAN LOUISE (adult SCOUT) will be asked to present a prepared monologue in addition to cold reading from the script.

Contact the director, Renee van Nifterik, at [email protected] with questions.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

We are seeking a talented ensemble of performers to bring this story to life! All roles are open. Age ranges listed below are based on appearance and not actual ages.

CHILDREN

SCOUT: Strong-willed, curious, and precocious. She is a tomboy at heart and younger sister to Jem. She is a young girl experiencing events that will shape the rest of her life. She should appear as young as nine, but may be cast a little older due to maturity needs and large acting responsibility. Age range 9-13

JEM: Loves football and adventure. He is a few years older than Scout. He’s reaching out to understand their unusual and unconventionally admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate and connect with his father. Age range 12-16

DILL: Creative, engaging, and highly energetic. He is small and wise beyond his years. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him. There is a lack in his own home life, and he senses the strong family bond within the Finch family. Age range 10-14

THE WOMEN

JEAN LOUISE: Warm, storyteller quality to her speaking voice. Reflective. She can draw the audience in to the world of the play. She’s Scout, grown older, looking back on the time she was the young Scout, looking for answers to questions that still exist in her memory of that time. She isn’t connected directly to the people in the play, though on occasion there’s almost a communication between them. Age range 35-45

CALPURNIA: Black, proud and capable. She has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She’s a self-educated woman and she’s made quite a good job of it. She is a hard worker, caring, motherly and takes no guff from anyone. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising. Age range 30-60

MAUDIE ATKINSON: Graceful, refined, and compassionate. She is younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a lovely, sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South of that period. She loves gardening and finding the good in people. Age range 35-50

STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: Loud, brash and petty. She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometime she says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up. Age 35+

MRS. DUBOSE: She is an old, ill woman who walks with difficulty. Her pain has made her mean, bitter and angry. However, she’s fighting a secret battle about which few people are aware and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout. Age 60+

HELEN ROBINSON: Helen is a young, attractive black woman and wife to Tom Robinson. She is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband; she’s someone caught in a nightmare. Age range 25-40

MAYELLA EWELL: Uneducated, lonely, and fearful. The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival. Age range 18-24

THE MEN

ATTICUS FINCH: Reserved, humble, and patient. He is a country lawyer in his hometown of Maycomb, Ala. and father of Scout and Jem. He is a solid and dependable person. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers to be the right thing. As someone comments about him – “We trust him to do right.” Age range 45-55

WALTER CUNNINGHAM: Cunningham is a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership, for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the others with him. Age 35+

REVEREND SYKES: Rev. Sykes is the black minister of the First Purchase Church. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice. Age 40+

HECK TATE: Heck is the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor.

NATHAN RADLEY: He is a thin, leathery, laconic man. Guardian of Boo Radley. Age 30+

ARTHUR (BOO) RADLEY: Arthur Radley is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary. He is the town’s mystery legend who is feared by children and misunderstood by adults. (This is a small role and may be doubled) Age 30+

TOM ROBINSON: Robinson is black, handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity and consideration. Age range 25-40

JUDGE TAYLOR: The judge is a man of the South, who does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in his court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom. Age 40+

MR. GILMER: He is a new public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom sometimes even in a cruel way. And yet, he has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and ultimately his heart isn’t really in this conviction. Still – he goes after it. Age range 30-50

BOB EWELL: Arrogant, uneducated, and crass. Father to Mayella Ewell, he is bitter, angry and prejudiced. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, he seeks revenge. Ultimately, his rage and frustration boil up to paranoia.

Prepare this monologue if auditioning for ATTICUS.

ATTICUS: So a quiet, respectable Negro man who had the unmitigated temerity to feel sorry for a white woman is on trial for his life. He’s had to put his word against his two white accusers. I need not remind you of their conduct here in court – their cynical confidence that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption – the evil assumption – that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber. However, you know the truth – and the truth is, some Negroes lie, and some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black or white. And so with some white men. This is a truth that applies to the entire human race, and to no particular race. (He pauses to clean his glasses with his handkerchief, speaking in a casual lower key as he does.) In this year of grace, 1935 we’re beginning to hear more and more references to Thomas Jefferson’s phrase about all men being created equal. But we know that all men are not created equal – in the sense that some men are smarter than others, some have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money, some ladies make better cakes, some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope – (He puts his glasses back on. Speaking directly to the audience he comes all the way down front. His manner has changed and he’s speaking with controlled passion.) But there’s one way in which all men are created equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein. That institution, gentlemen, is a court of law. In our courts – all men are created equal. (He looks out at the imaginary jury for a moment and then continues, totally committed.) I’m no idealist to believe so firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system – that’s no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. But a court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. (Pauses to take a breath.) I’m confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you’ve heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty!

Prepare this monologue if auditioning for JEAN.

(JEAN is SCOUT grown up. She is narrator for the story, reflecting on and remembering her past.)

JEAN (quietly). I remember – the moon had come out – the storm had passed over – and I was being escorted by Boo Radley. He went inside and I never saw him again. But when I turned around, standing on Boo’s porch – I saw something else. (SCOUT pauses there, looking off.) A young boy and girl shouting, running to meet their father coming home, the boy going after Mrs. Dubose’s camellias, the children excited about surprises found in the knothole – and then a stormy night, and those children need him! (JEAN turns toward her father who is waiting for SCOUT.) Atticus – I was already beginning to stand in other people’s shoes! The thing you wanted, Atticus – (He doesn’t hear. SCOUT is running back to him ruefully.) But – did you ever know? (JEAN watches as SCOUT tells ATTICUS that she understands dragging BOO out would be as sinful as shooting a Mockingbird. ATTICUS is quietly happy to hear this. JEAN, with her lips softly, just forming the words) You did know.
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