"Our Town" Audition Announcement
Auditions for The Belfry Theatre’s “Our Town” will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, IN 46060.
Please prepare a short (one-minute) monologue. There will be readings from the script. You may also be asked to pantomime a simple action. Bring a head shot to include with audition form. Please note: The director is seeking a diverse cast.
Join us as we open The Belfry Theatre’s 54th season in celebration of the 80th year of the American classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder. “Our Town” tells the story of a fictional small town in America during the early 1900s, through the everyday lives of its citizens. On a bare stage, with the use of heavy pantomime, the story of life, love and death unfolds before us with delicacy and tenderness. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, “Our Town” offers us universal truths about what it means to be human — in any town, at any time.
There will be a total eight shows over three weekends, including Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30. Call will be at least 90 minutes prior to show time.
Rehearsals will be 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, with increased rehearsal time closer to production. There will be an additional tech rehearsal on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. for crew and at 1 p.m. for cast. Full makeup and costumes will be required Sept. 10-12, with rehearsals beginning at 6:30 p.m. During the three-week run of the show, there will be brush-up rehearsals on Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26. Any expected absences for rehearsals should be noted on the audition form. No absences are allowed during the run of the show.
The play, in three acts, is being directed by Nancy Lafferty.
Character breakdown: 14 actors
The cast is a company of actors, who are staging the play. Smaller parts require good, versatile actors to play multiple characters. Looking for actors with strong focus and ability to mime actions and use of props. Excellent parts for young actors/ actresses!
- Stage Manager – age and gender open. Must be a good story teller, able to command the stage and engage the audience. Loves people, easy going and grounded with a clear wisdom.
- Emily Webb – female. Stage age: 16 to 20. The love story with her and George is the spine of the action of the play. She has the strongest love of life and enthusiasm.
- Mr. Charles Webb – male age between 30 and 55 or so. He is highly educated and is the editor and owner of the only local newspaper. Has a strong connection with his daughter.
- Mrs. Myrtle Webb – female age between 30 and 55 or so. Mother of Emily and Wally.
- Wally Webb – young boy age 11 to 13.
- George Gibbs – male. Stage age 16 to 20. He is an idealist and a romantic. The love story with him and Emily is the spine of the action of the play. He strongly and sincerely desires to be the best person he can be for the love of his life.
- Dr. Frank Gibbs – male age between 30 and 55 or so. He is a doctor and family man. Romantic and in love with his wife.
- Mrs. Julia Gibbs – female age between 30 and 55 or so. Mother of George & Rebecca. Strong love for her family. A romantic who dreams of visiting Paris. Strong connection with her son.
- Rebecca Gibbs – young girl age 11 to 13. Has a strong sense of energy and wonder about the world.
- Joe Crowell – male (or female) age 14 or so. Delivers the newspapers and sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles.
- Howie Newsome – male (or female) age 14 or so. Delivers the milk, leading the horse and wagon. Sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town. Actor will also play one or two ensemble roles.