Monday, August 24, 2015

VAGABOND PLAYERS ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “OUR TOWN” BY THORNTON WILDER

AUDITION NOTICE:

OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Eric Stein

WHEN: Saturday, September 12th at 2pm and Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7 pm. Callbacks: TBA (if needed)
WHERE: Vagabond Players 806 S. Broadway Fells Point, MD

Performance Dates: January 8th - February 7th, 2016. Fridays and Saturdays are at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and Thursday February 4th at 8pm.

Rehearsals will begin on October 26, 2015 and will run four nights a week in some combination of Sunday through Thursday.

All roles are non-equity, non-paid.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script. For more information about auditions please contact director Eric Stein at theatrestein@gmail.com

Synopsis

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the residents of the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.”

Character Descriptions

  • The roles of Emily Webb & Editor Webb have already been cast.
  • Stage Manager – (40-65) The narrator, who also plays the roles of master of ceremonies, Mrs. Forrest, Mr. Morgan, and a minister.
  • Dr. Frank Gibbs – (40-65) The town’s doctor. He is the father of George and Rebecca Gibbs.
  • Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs – (40-60) Dr. Gibbs’ wife, who represents a typical housewife in the first two acts; in the final act, she is seen as a spirit.
  • George Gibbs – (18-25) Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’ sixteen-year-old son, who discovers his love for Emily, marries her in the second act, and grieves for her loss in the third act.
  • Rebecca Gibbs – (13-18) Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’ daughter, who is younger than George.
  • Mrs. Myrtle Webb – (40-55) Charles Webb’s wife, she represents the typical mother and housewife.
  • Wallace “Wally” Webb – (9-15) Emily’s younger brother and one of the spirits in the last act.
  • Simon Stimson – (30-50) The organist of the Congregational Church who is the subject of town gossip because of his alcoholism
  • Mrs. Louella Soames – (35-65) A local busybody who clucks over Simon’s alcoholism and idealizes George and Emily’s marriage.
  • Howie Newsome – (30-45) The milkman who guides a seventeen-year-old horse named Bessie.
  • Joe Crowell, Jr. – (8-13) Joe is the paper boy in the first act and also during the flashback, when Emily returns to life.
  • Si Crowell – (8-13) Joe’s younger brother, who takes Joe’s job as paper boy in Act II to indicate the passage of time.
  • Samuel “Sam” Craig – (23-35) The son of Julia Gibbs’ sister Carey, he comes back from Buffalo after twelve years’ absence. He provides exposition in the last act.
  • Joe Stoddard– (30-50) The town undertaker, who provides background information in the third act.
  • Constable Bill Warren – (30-50) The town law enforcement officer, whose duties require him to be sure that doors are locked and that drain pipes are adequate.
  • Professor Willard – (35-65) A faculty member of State University who recites facts about Grover’s Corners.

Ages included above are for the look of the character, not necessarily the age of the actor.