AUDITION UPDATE: APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR OUR TOWN
June 22-24, 2015
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, announces auditions for the inaugural production of its 2015-16 season, OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder. The director seeks to assemble a diverse company of actors that is representative of the immense cultural richness of New Orleans and surrounding areas. Actors of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and physical types are strongly encouraged to audition. Seeking both AEA and non-AEA actors. There is pay.
WHEN: 6:30—9:30pm, June 22-24, 2015
WHERE: Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter Street
Rehearsals: Tues-Sun, August 25—September 30, 2015
Performs: Thurs-Sun, October 1-18, 2015
STAGE MANAGER (F or M, 40s-70s)Appealing, steady, even-handed, benevolent host of the play. Exercises control over the action, and occasionally assumes other roles, such as an old woman, a druggist, and a minister. Interacting with both the world of the audience and the world of the play’s characters, he/she occupies a god-like position of authority. THIS ROLE IS CAST.
EMILY WEBB (F, 20s-30) Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter, George’s neighbor, love interest, fiancée and then wife. Bright, articulate, conscientious and vivacious person who shares some of her mother’s anxious nature. The soul of the play.
GEORGE GIBBS (M, 20s-30)Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. Sincere, agreeable, polite, respectful, decent, and upstanding young man, but not necessarily very good at book learning. A loving person - but not very good at expressing those emotions - and perfectly happy to stay on the farm.
DR. GIBBS (M, 40s-50s) George’s father and the town doctor. Loving father, kind husband, content, server, well liked, knowledgeable, mindful. Civil War expert, knows just about everything about everybody in town.
MRS. GIBBS (F, 40s-50s) Described in thetext as a “plump, pleasant woman”, enduring, calm, appreciative and caring mother to her children and wife to Dr. Gibbs. Although content in Grover’s Corner she dreams of visiting Paris.
MR. WEBB (M, 40s-50s)--Emily’s loving father and a caring husband, the publisher and editor of the local paper, the Grover’s Corners Sentinel. Good sense of humor- a little uncomfortable speaking form the heart. Kindly, demonstrative and sympathetic.
MRS. WEBB (F, 40s-50s) Described in the text a “a thin, serious, crisp woman.” Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. A no nonsense kind of person - caring, somewhat anxious, hardworking and tolerant.
JOE CROWELL/ SI CROWELL (M, Early Teens)--the town paperboy(s), sharp-witted, opinionated, and upbeat.
HOWIE NEWSOME (M, 30s-60s) Local milkman, good-natured, if a little put out by life, chatty, divulges the local gossip.
REBECCA GIBBS (F, teens to 20s) George’s younger sister. Contrary, competitive, daring, immature and a motivated dreamer.
WALLY WEBB (M, 10-15 years old) Emily’s younger brother. Turns up in Act III among the group of dead souls. Stubborn, self-interested, lovable young boy.
PROFESSOR WILLARD (F or M, 40s-70s) Professor at the State University who gives the audience a statistical report on Grover’s Corners. Animated, enthusiastic, jovial and gregarious.
SIMON STIMSON (M, 30s-60s)Choirmaster/ organist of the church whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in Grover’s Corners for quite some time. Unhappy, down trodden, and embittered.
MRS. SOAMES (F, 30s-60s) Gossipy, a chatterbox, perhaps a bit small-minded, but a curious woman who sings in the choir, along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs. Exuberant.
CONSTABLE WARREN (M, 50s-70s) Policeman with little crime to fight or right, parental, protective, watchful, and favored.
SAM CRAIG (M, 20s-50s)Emily Webb’s cousin, left Grover’s Corners to travel west, but returns for her funeral in Act III. An outsider, experienced and worldly.
JOE STODDARD (M, 40s-60s)The town undertaker. A watcher and town chronicler.
ENSEMBLE/ TOWNSPEOPLE (M/F, ALL AGES)—Appears as various additional characters throughout the play including WOMAN IN THE BALCONY, MAN IN THE AUDITORIUM, LADY IN A BOX, THREE BASEBALL PLAYERS, etc.
Auditions will be held by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday June 22-24, 2015 at Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, from 6:30-9:30. Walk-in auditions will be accepted if time permits.
To schedule an audition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a recent picture and résumé, the name of the role you are auditioning for, and your desired audition time. We will email you back with a confirmation and digital copy of the audition sides. If you are unable to email, please call Clayton Shelvin, Associate Producer, at (504) 522-2081 x
LE PETIT THÉÂTRE DU VIEUX CARRÉ Originally organized in 1916 as the New Orleans Chapter of the Drama League of America and one year later as the Drawing Room Players, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest theatres in the country, quickly became known as the place to see live theatre in the South. A 501(c)3 performing arts organization, Le Petit Theatre’s mission is to provide a wide range of quality theatrical productions and programming to entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the city.