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Auditions at The Weekend Theater


Auditions will be held Saturday, January 14 at 10:00am and Sunday, January 15 at 6:00pm at TWT (1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201. On the corner of 7th and Chester) for two Spring plays, “Bad Seed” and “In the Blood.” You only have to attend one of the times. There will be cold readings from the provided script.

March 31April 1, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 2017

Bad Seed 

Written by Maxwell Anderson and William March

Directed by Tommie Tinker (tomktinker@gmail.com)

 

The play takes place in the 1950’s in a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda.  On the surface Rhoda is sweet, charming, and full of old-fashioned graces. She is loved by her parents and admired by all her elders.  But Rhoda’s mother has an uneasy feeling about her.  When one of Rhoda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Christine is alarmed because the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda coveted and felt she deserved more than him.  This is a psychological thriller based on true stories.  If you like Hitchcock movies, then you will LOVE this play and this production of it.

 

Casting:

7 Men – 6 are Ages mid-20s to early-50s; 1 is late-50s to early-70s

4 Women – Ages mid-20s to early-60s

1 Female Child – To play 8 years old (older children will be considered if they look young enough)

 

Characters:

Rhoda Penmark (Female, 8 yrs. old) – Only child of Col. Kenneth & Christine Penmark

Col. Kenneth Penmark (Male, mid-30s to late-40s) – Rhoda’s father

Christine Penmark (Female, early to late-30s) – Rhoda’s mother

Monica Breedlove (Female, 40 to 50 yrs. old) – Neighbor/Landlady

Emery Wages (Male, 52 yrs. old) – Brother of Monica Breedlove/Neighbor

Leroy (Male, mid-20s to mid-40s) – Hired hand works around apartment building

Miss Fern (Female, mid-20s to mid-50s) – Rhoda’s Teacher

Reginald Tasker (Male, mid-30s to mid-50s) – Writer/Friend of Emery Wages

Mrs. Daigle (Female, early-30s to late-40s) – Mother of Claude Daigle (boy that was killed)

Mr. Daigle (Male, mid-30s to early-50s) – Father of Claude Daigle (boy that was killed)

Richard Bravo (Male, late-50s to early-70s) – Christine’s father/Famous Crime Writer

Messenger (male/female; any age)

 

All are encouraged to audition regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, etc. Traditionally this play has been performed with an all-Caucasian cast; however the director is open to alternative, non-traditional casting.

Please find attached sides to help prepare for roles.

Sides for Bad Seed

 

Production dates: May 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2017

In the Blood

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Jermaine McClure (jboog2k3@hotmail.com)

 

In this modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter, Hester, a homeless mother of five, lives with her kids on the tough street of the inner city.  Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter A is, so far, is the only letter she knows.  While Hester’s kids fill her life with joy – lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty – the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back.

 

Casting:

3 Men

3 Women

All adults, but double as Hester’s five children.

 

WHAT TO BRING:

FORM — Please bring the attached Audition Form with you to the auditions. Please print and fill out the form before you arrive: TWT-Audition-Form-Shows-9-10-2016-17-Season

Sheets will also be available at auditions.

PHOTO — Please bring a recent black & white or color, medium- or head-shot with you. It should be no larger than 4in x 4in. If you have a recent photo on file at TWT, then we will use that.

SHEET MUSIC — (MUSICALS ONLY) Auditioners should prepare 16 to 32 bars of music; bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. If you don’t have a prepared song, feel free to sing “Happy Birthday” since the directors need to hear your voice and range. There will be cold readings from the provided script.

THANK YOU!

We are a theater which features plays of social significance, and we strive to treat each other with kindness, empathy and respect. Auditioning with us is designed to be a sharing and learning experience, not a competitive trauma, so please come join our Weekend Theater family!


Dale Ellis Photography logoNEED A HEADSHOT?

The Weekend Theater will offer professional head shots for only $20.00 to those attending the upcoming auditions. You will receive one full color 8×10 and one digital image for one low price. This service is courtesy of Dale Ellis at d.Ellis photos with proceeds to benefit The Weekend Theater.