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Adult Auditions

Adult Auditions, 2018-2019 Season

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, Monday and Tuesday, October 22-23, 7:30 p.m.

FENCES, Monday and Tuesday, December 3-4, 7:30 p.m.

AVENUE Q, Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12, 7:30 p.m.

MURDER ON THE NILE, Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, 7:30 p.m.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, 7:30 p.m.



The Chattanooga Theatre seeks 14 actors of all ages (6 African-American, 8 white) for Paula Vogel’s A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, directed by Todd Olson, musical directed by LaFrederick Thirkill, with the design team consisting of Vena Champion, Mike Wood (Tampa), and Tom Hansen (Nashville). Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Auditions dates: October 22 and 23, with callbacks on October 25
Rehearsals begin: Monday, October 29
Tech begins: Thursday, December 6
Opening Night: Friday, December 7
Plays Thursday thru Sundays, including Saturday matinees (2:30)
Closing date: Sunday, December 30

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS is a play with music which takes place on Christmas Eve on the frigid banks of the Potomac River, 1864. It seems like all Americans prepare for the holiday as best they can – Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves and freemen, as well as President Lincoln and Mary Todd. Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Paula Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story is propelled by traditional American songs: marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by live musicians. “A Civil War Christmas” is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.

14 roles are available:

JESSA – African American female child, 10-teens.

HANNAH (also plays Rose and Aggy) – African American female, 20s-30s.

MRS. ELIZABETH KECKLEY (also plays Mrs. Thomas) – African American female, late 30s-40s.

JIMMY WORMLEY (also plays Ely Parker, Soldier 2, Vendor, Mule, Rev. Brown, and a Union soldier) -African American male, teens-20s.

FREDERICK WORMLEY (also plays Willy Mack, Soldier 1, Uniopn soldier, Walker Lewis, and Recruiting officer) – African American male, teens-20s.

MR. JAMES WORMLEY (also plays Decatur Bronson, and Philip Reid) – African American male, 30s-40s.

ANNE SURRATT (also plays Silver the horse) – White female, 20s.

CLARA BARTON (also plays Mary Surratt, Widow Saunders, and a Matron) – White female, late 30s – early 50s.

MARY TODD LINCOLN – White female, late 30s-early 50s

RAZ (also plays Ghost of George Keckley), Louis Weichmann, and Pendel) – White male, late teens.

MOSES LEVY (also plays John Surratt, Chester Saunders, Sec. Stanton, Lieutenant, Hay, Guard, Union soldier, and Sgt. at Arms) – White male, 20s.

JOHN WILKES BOOTH (also plays Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. William T. Sherman, Nicolay, Sentry, Soldier, White Officer, and a Mosby Raider) – White male, 30s-mid 50s.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (also plays Gen. U. S. Grant, a Merchant, W. H. Lamon, Mr. Burwell, Lewis Payne, Union soldier 2, Mosby Raider 1, and Rev. Bingham) – White male, 30s-mid 50s.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (also plays Walt Whitman and 2nd Lieutenant) – White male, late 30s – early 50s.

Click here for sections of the script that will be used at auditions.

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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?