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Adult Auditions

2019-2020 Season

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.


Cast List for GEM OF THE OCEAN

THANK YOU to all who auditioned! If you were not cast, KEEP AUDITIONING! Please do not be discouraged and please, please, please come back and audition again and again! Check our website at and our Facebook page for more information about upcoming auditions.
If cast, please respond by emailing [email protected] to accept your role.
Cast List:
Aunt Ester Tyler- Kimberly Reynolds
Black Mary Wilks- Eitienne Easley
Citizen Barlow- William Elston
Solly Two Kings- Mateen El
Caesar Wilks- Keath Jackson Jr.
Eli- Shelia Wofford
Rutherford Selig- Tommy White
If you were cast, a reminder: our first cast meeting will be Friday, November 8th at 7pm and we’ll do a read-through. You will also get a script and parking passes, as well as some other materials, at that time.
If cast, please confirm that you accept your role by emailing [email protected]


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.


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?