Show: OUR TOWN
Theater: The Drama Group
Theater Website: http://www.thedramagroup.org
Start date of auditions: 12/09/2019
Non-union auditions for The Drama Group’s spring production of OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, directed by Colleen Bracken, will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, December 9 and 10. To schedule an audition log onto dgauditions.info to indicate the date, time, and character(s) for which you will be reading (see character descriptions below) and to download appropriate audition sides.
Auditions will be held in Pilling Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue (between High Street and Walnut Lane). Please use the accessible entrance off of the Germantown Avenue Parking lot.
PLOT: With intelligence, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Thornton Wilder introduces us to the residents of Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire (representing every town, in every state in the nation). We follow the Webb and Gibbs families over the course of a dozen years, as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – part. In what has been described as one of the finest American plays ever written, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.
CHARACTERS: All roles are race/ethnicity neutral and we encourage anyone to audition for any role. Our aim is to have a diverse cast for this production.
Due to the large number of characters in this play, all actors who are cast in lead & supporting roles will also double as featured characters. Auditions will be for Lead and Supporting roles only.
Stage Manager (male, female or nonbinary; 40-70 yrs old) The narrator of the play, this character exists both within the narrative of Grover’s Corners and outside of it, commenting on the action, directing the actors, and even taking on small roles. The Stage Manager is kindly and sincere, with an earnest love for Grover’s Corners, and a genuine appreciation of its ordinariness. This character is the connection between the audience the people of Grover’s Corners.
Emily Webb (female, age 17-23) Emily is a central character to the play, a self-assured and intelligent young person. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to pursue her desires, modest though they are, befitting of the early 1900s. She grows up next door to George, and eventually they marry.
George Gibbs (male, age 17-25) George is a popular teenager and athlete, earnest and energetic. He grows up next door to Emily, his long-time crush who becomes his wife in Act 2.
Mr. Webb (male, age 40-60) The editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel and Emily and Wally’s father. A pillar of the community.
Mrs. Webb (female, age 35-60) Sensible and serious, Mrs. Webb is Emily and Wally’s mother and wife to Mr. Webb. A hardworking, dedicated and caring mother, wife and community member.
Dr. Gibbs (male, age 40-60) The main doctor for Grover’s Corners, a very hard worker, dedicated to his profession and to the people of his community.
Mrs. Gibbs (female, age 35-60) Worrying and affectionate, Mrs. Gibbs dotes on her husband and children. She is imaginative and has a youthful quality of dreaming big dreams.
FEATURED ROLES: (no auditions for these roles)
Wally Webb Emily’s little brother, four years her junior.
Rebecca Gibbs George’s younger sister, four years his junior. She is fanciful and wondering.
Simon Stimson The church organist and choirmaster, a well-known person about town who struggles with alcoholism.
Mrs. Louella Soames A local gossip.
Howie Newsome The milkman who guides a seventeen-year-old horse named Bessie.
Joe Crowell, Jr. The paper boy.
Si Crowell Joe’s younger brother, who takes Joe’s job as paper boy in Act II.
Samuel “Sam” Craig The son of Julia Gibbs’ sister Carey.
Joe Stoddard The town undertaker.
Constable Bill Warren The town law enforcement officer,
Professor Willard A faculty member of State University who recites facts about Grover’s Corners.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, March 20 to April 4, at 8:00 P.M, and Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 P.M.
The Drama Group is an all-volunteer theatre company.