TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Steel River Playhouse, 11/13/2017

Show: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Theater: Steel River Playhouse
Theater Website: http://www.steelriver.org
Theater Phone: (610) 970-1199

Start date of auditions: 11/13/2017


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Directed by Rebecca May Flowers

Audition:
Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please contact casting@steelriver.org for an appointment. Please no walk-ins

Prepare:
Monologue 2-3 minutes in length

Callbacks:
Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 pm
Callbacks by invitation only

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Character Descriptions:

SCOUT: (White) A young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life, she should, ideally, seem as young as nine. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it. Age is approximately 10-12.

JEM: (White) He is a few years older than his sister Scout, and like his sister – perhaps even more than his sister – he’s reaching out to understand their unusual and thus not conventionally-admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father. Age is approximately 10-14.

ATTICUS: This role is not available.

CALPURNIA: (Black) Proud and capable, she 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 as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising. Age is approximately 30-60

DILL: (White) Small and wise beyond his years, he is older than Scout and younger than Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. Obviously there is a lack in Dill’s own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship. Age is approximately 10-13.

MAUDIE ATKINSON: (White) Younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a lovely sensitive woman that is not afraid to speak her mind. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South of that period. Age is approximately 30-45.

WALTER CUNNINGHAM: (White) Cunningham is 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 during the confrontations with Atticus, he takes the others with him. Age is approximately 30-50.

REVEREND SYKES: (Black) Rev. Sykes is the minister of the Flint Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by the freed slaves. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice. Age is approximately 40-60.

HECK TATE: (White) Heck is the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor. The key to this man’s actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions. Age is approximately 30-50.

STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: (White) She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up. Age is approximately 50-70.

BOO RADLEY: (White) Arthur Radley is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary. Age is approximately 30-45.

MRS. DUBOSE: (White) She is an old woman – ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry. However, she’s fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware, and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout . Age is approximately 60-80.

TOM ROBINSON: (Black) Robinson is  handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity and consideration. Age is approximately 25-35.

JUDGE TAYLOR: (White) The judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in his court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom. Age is approximately 50-70.

GILMER: (White) He is a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful. And yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction. Still – he goes after it, and it’s a hard thing. Age is approximately 30-50.

BOB EWELL: (White) Ewell is a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. As Harper Lee describes their situation – “The town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money, and the back of their hand.” Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration border on paranoia. Age is approximately 30-50.

MAYELLA: (White) The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival. Age is approximately 18-22.

EXTRAS: Townspeople, Farmers, Rev. Sykes congregation, Mob and Spectators, Town Kids: Various ages and either male or female.

Show Dates March 2 – 18

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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