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Adult Auditions

2019-2020 Season

AMEN CORNER, Monday and Tuesday, October 21-22, 7:30 p.m.

GEM OF THE OCEAN, Wednesday and Thursday, November 6-7, 7:30 p.m. (Note: These dates have been changed from our original schedule.)

THE HOLLOW, Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21, 7:30 p.m.

LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4-5, 7:30 p.m.

DREAMGIRLS, Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, 7:30 p.m.

MAMMA MIA, Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12, 7:30 p.m.

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Audition Information for THE AMEN CORNER

Directed by Ricardo “Ric” Morris

Auditions are October 21st and 22nd at 7:30

You do not have to come to both days of auditions.

You may have to come back on Thursday for call backs.

You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is free to park there IF you pick up a parking pass inside and place it in your car before you audition.

Try to arrive 15-30 minutes early.

Rehearsals for most productions are usually Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. The final rehearsal schedule will be based on the conflicts given by the actors at the time of the audition. There is some flexibility depending on the role you are given.

The production will open on December 6 and run through December 22.

After giving a fiery Sunday morning sermon, Margaret is confronted by the unexpected arrival of her long-estranged husband who collapses from illness shortly thereafter. Their son, along with elders of the congregation, struggle with the moral questions of the moment, and what follows on that Christmas is an unforgettable journey of atonement and self-discovery.

While this is not a musical there will be lots of singing.  You do not have to be a great singer to audition.

Characters:

David AlexanderDavid is the eighteen-year-old son of Margaret and Luke. David plays the piano in the church during Margaret’s sermons, and his mother wants him to pursue a life of devotion to religion, utilizing his musical talents for that purpose only. (I would like David to be able to play piano well)

Luke AlexanderLuke (35 – 50 yo) is the estranged husband of Margaret, and the father of David. Luke arrives unexpectedly at Margaret’s house and collapses from illness. He confronts Margaret with the fact that she had left him after blaming him for the death of their infant child years earlier. (I would like Luke to play an instrument)

Margaret Alexander Margaret Alexander (35– 45 yo) is the pastor of a church. In the first scene of the play, she gives a sermon. Several members of Margaret’s congregation learn that while she had lead everyone to believe that Luke had abandoned her with their son, David, in fact it was Margaret who left Luke. (Margaret needs to have a strong singing voice)

Brother Boxer Brother Boxer is an elder (50 – Plus yo) of Margaret’s church who resents her for insisting that it is sinful of him to take a job driving a liquor delivery truck.

Sister Boxer Sister Boxer is an elder (50 – Plus yo) of Margaret’s church who criticizes Margaret for insisting that it is sinful for her husband, Brother Boxer, to take a job driving a liquor delivery truck.

Ida Jackson Ida Jackson is a young (19 – 25 yo?) woman who steps up to the pulpit during Margaret’s sermon with a plea for help for her sick baby. Margaret advises her to leave her husband, but Mrs. Jackson protests that she doesn’t want to leave her husband.

Sister Moore – Sister Moore is an elder (60 – Plus Years Old) of Margaret’s church who is instrumental in having Margaret ousted from her position as pastor.

Odessa – Odessa (35 – 50 years old) is Margaret’s sister, who lives with Margaret and David. Odessa is supportive of Margaret, and defends her against the criticism of the members of her congregation.

THEMES

  • Religion is a central theme in Baldwin’s play. The first seventeen pages of the play are taken up with a Sunday morning church sermon, led by the pastor, Sister Margaret Anderson. Baldwin has noted that this material was in part based on his own experiences as a young minister.
  • Poverty Although not one of the play’s most prominent themes, the impact of poverty permeates the play as an underlying condition of the lives of the characters.
  • Love Many critics have noted that one of the recurring themes throughout Baldwin’s fiction is that of love. Margaret throughout most of the play has made the mistake of substituting religion for the love of her own husband.
  • RaceBaldwin’s play addresses issues of race and poverty in terms of the significance of the black church to an African-American family.

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Neil Simon’s LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR needs 9 of Chattanooga’s funniest actors!

Directed by Todd Olson
Audition dates: February 4, 5, and 6
Rehearsals begin: February 10
Tech begins: March 19
Open dress: March 26
Opening Night: March 27
Closing date: April 19

“Old style comedy: fast and furious.” – The Wall Street Journal
“One of [Simon’s] funniest…Comedy, comedy all the way.” – Newsweek
“Enough laughs per minute to assure [it] a long run and many happy audiences.” – USA Today

Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince”. Rated R for adult language

ROLES TO BE CAST (7 men and 2 women):

Max Prince (40-60) (Based off Sid Caesar, the host of, “Your Show of Show’s”) – “Exudes great strength. His strength comes more from his anger than from his physique. He dominates a room with his personality. You must watch him because he’s like a truck you can’t get out of the way of. He is quixotic, changing quickly from warm, infectious laughter to sullen anger. His life is slowing going into a downward spiral when his         network executive tells him his show is too smart for people in the Midwest. In the past played by Nathan Lane and Gene Wilder.

Lucas Brickman – (based off of Neil Simon) 20-20, the youngest and the newest member of the writing staff for “The Max Prince Show” – a live, hour and a half topical comedy show on NBC in 1953. Lucas is shy, yet ambitious, and wants to prove himself to the other writers, whom he greatly admires.

Ira Stone (35-45) (Based off of Mel Brooks) – A hypochondriac, who is chronically late to work. “He is all energy with a touch of brilliant madness.”

Kenny Franks (30s) – (Based off of Larry Gelbart) is neatly dressed…He is surely the most sophisticated of the writers. In the past played by Victor Garber.

Milt Fields (40s) – (Based off of Sheldon Keller) – Considers himself to be “a wholesaler” while the other comedy writers are “Tiffany’s”. Milt is a flashy dresser who is cheating on his wife. Flamboyant “gag” man; a joke a minute wholesaler who deals in fast paced patter.

Val Slotsky (40s) – (based on Based off of Mel Tolkin) – Senior writer of the staff; the most politically aware of all the writers; he emigrated from Russia when he was 12 and should still carry a strong accent. In the past played by Mark Linn-Baker.

Brian Doyle (35-45) (Based off of Tony Webster) – Irish – a heavy smoker, a heavy cougher, and a heavy drinker, but with a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life.” He just sold a screenplay to MGM, and will be leaving the Max Prince Show to go to Hollywood. In the past played by J.K. Simmons.

Carol Wyman (30s) (Based off of Lucille Kallen or Selma Diamond) has “a strong and quick defense system that comes with being the only female staff writer on the staff.”

Helen (20’s) Max’s secretary; attractive in a quirky way; though she aspires to be a comedy writer, she is completely out of her element in this room.

REQUIREMENT FOR THIS AUDITION:

Tell an extended joke or a long, funny story. Of your choice. A minute or two or three; whatever you like. We’re flexible. That’s it. For callbacks we will have readings from the script.


Frequently Asked Questions About Auditions

Where do I park?

You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is free to park there IF you will pick up a parking pass inside and place it in your car before you audition.

There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?

The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role; however, the callbacks for the show will usually be held on Thursday following the audition, so if you have a conflict that day, please let us know at the audition.

Is it okay to arrive at 7:30 pm for the audition?

Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school or work to get here by 7:30 pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 7:30 pm.

Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?

No, when we hold auditions for a musical, we will teach you a short part of a song and a short movement piece or dance combination. For plays and musicals, if there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that, too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting. Any conflicts not shared with the production team at that time will mean that the actor will forfeit their role.

What is the rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsals for most productions begin soon after auditions and our rehearsal schedule is usually Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. The final rehearsal schedule will be based on the conflicts given by the actors at the time of the audition; this is why that information is so critical.

Other questions?