Oak Ridge Playhouse auditions are open to everyone. No experience is required, although it is helpful. Please carefully check audition requirements, as they may differ from production to production.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Mainstage Play
|DATES AND TIMES||
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
MONDAY, JANUARY 7 - 6:30PM
NOTE: Ages listed are CHARACTER ages that actors need to be able to play. NOT necessarily the age of the actor.
SCOUT - Approximately 10-12 years. Tomboyish. She is curious, courageous, forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it. Sees her father as a hero. Age is approximately 10-12.
JEM - Approximately 11-14. He is older than his sister Scout. He’s struggles to understand unconventionally-admirable father with a strong desire to communicate with his him. Although approaching adolescence, he is still very much a boy.
ATTICUS - 40s - Understatedly impressive, reserved, and civilized. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics and he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him – “we trust him to do right.”
CALPURNIA: - 30s-50s. African-American, proud and capable. She is the Finch’s housekeeper and has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She’s a self-educated woman and she’s made quite a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline strong.
DILL - 10-12. Small, blond and wise beyond his years. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but with a child’s bursts of happiness. There is a lack in Dill’s own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship.
MAUDIE ATKINSON: - late 30s-40s. Younger than Atticus, but of his generation. A a lovely sensitive woman. She has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South of that period.
WALTER CUNNINGHAM: 40s+. 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 he takes the others with him.
REVEREND SYKES: 40s+. Preferably older. African-American minister. Imposing man with a commanding voice and presence.
HECK TATE: 40s+. Town sheriff. Complex. Does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor.
STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: late 30s+. Neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it with an enthusiasm that makes it almost humorous. Simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.
BOO RADLEY 40s. Pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years and is therefore a mystery to the children. Uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary. Age is approximately 40-45.*
MRS. DUBOSE: 70s+. An ill old woman. Suffers from physical pain that makes it difficult to walk and causes her to be biting, bitter, and angry. She’s also fighting a secret battle within herself.
TOM ROBINSON: 25-35. African-Amercian. Handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity and consideration as he faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity.
JUDGE TAYLOR: 60s-70. A man of the South, who does what he can to see justice done in his court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
MR. GILMER: 40s-50s. He is a public prosecutor who’s manner is sometimes cruel and hurtful. And yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt. Although his heart isn’t really in this conviction, he feels it’s his job to go after it.
BOB EWELL: 40s+. A poor alcoholic little bantam-cock of a man who is the patriarch of a welfare family. He thinks this trial will make him an important man. Filled with rage and frustration bordering on paranoia.
MAYELLA: 18-22. Bob’s oldest daughter. Desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for any companionship has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for survival.
A faithful adaptation of Harper Lee’s story about a young girl whose father, a respected attorney, chooses to defend a black man accused of a vicious crime against a white woman in the Depression-era south. When friends and neighbors in her small Alabama town turn against her father, she is forced to face the eye-opening reality of racism. As tensions come to a boil, she ultimately learns “that the one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
|PRODUCTION RUN||February 15 - 24|
|REHEARSALS BEGIN||January 16|
Cold reading from script. Please bring a recent headshot or photo and be prepared to provide conflicts during the rehearsal period. A parent or guardian must be present to sign paperwork for any minors.
*PLEASE USE GREEN ROOM ENTRANCE AT REAR OF BUILDING AT 27 E. TENNESSEE AVE.
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