Auditions

All auditions are open to anyone interested and no experience is required. Auditions typically take place 6-8 weeks before a production opens. Allprospective cast members will read various selections from the script and audition scenes need not be prepared in advance.
Being cast in a production will generally require a 6-8 week commitment for rehearsals plus performances. Rehearsals are held in the evenings, and occasionally on weekends. Cast & crew members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the production including but not limited to set construction and publicity.
Anyone interested in volunteering in any other capacity for a production such as box-office ticket sales, ushering, concession servers, backstage crew, costuming, set construction, props, sound or lighting are also invited to attend auditions and fill out a form denoting his or her interests, talents or skills. See our volunteer page for more detailed information.
Cast and crew members receive four complimentary tickets for friends or family to attend the production.

AudItion Information

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Auditions June 5 & 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Aug. 14 & 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Sept 25 & 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Oct 23 & 24. 2017 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Dec 4 & 5 2017 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Jan 8 & 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Auditions Mar 19 & 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Blonza Layfield and Caty Rose Walding in Dearly Beloved - 2017

 

FIRST DATE

A Hunnie Barley Production
Directed by: Harley Benner and Bunnie Hbbard

Performances: August 11 - 27, 2017
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special?

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Aaron
late 20s-30s Male. Tenor. New Yorker. Jewish investment banker. He has never been on a blind date before. Out of his element, nervous, and trying way too hard. Must have great comic timing.

Casey
late 20s-30s, female. Great belt/mix voice. Daring, bold, and delightfully controversial. All as a defense mechanism. Must have great comic timing.

Gabe/Edgy Rocker
25-35; Male, any ethnicity. GABE is the mega dude/womanizer. Has every answer to every question about women that has ever been asked. And probably has a catch phrase to go with that answer. Aaron's best friend since childhood.

EDGY ROCKER/BRITISH GUY are bad boys from Casey's past. Cocky and neglectful, they are overcompensating. Baritenor range.

Lauren/Grandma Ida
25-35, Female, belt/mix with soprano. Must have great comic chops, shoud have soprano and a great belt. Casey's sister. LAUREN is happily (somewhat) married to her highly successful husband, Kevin, and wonders out loud why Casey can't break her bad habits and learn how to catch a winner. Constantly trying to fix Casey, Lauren is more concerned with listening to her own advice than actually helping her sister.

GRANDMA IDA is Aaron's dead grandmother, who feels strongly that her son should marry a Jewish woman.

Reggie/British Guy
late 20s-30s. Male, any ethnicity with great comic chops, tenor. REGGIE is Casey's fabulously fierce gay and over-imaginative best friend. Easily sent into a tailspin of jealousy, paranoia, and drama.

EDGY ROCKER/BRITISH GUY are bad boys from Casey's past. Cocky and neglectful, they are overcompensating.

Waiter/Casey's Christian Father
35-45. Male with great comic chops, bari/tenor. A career waiter, who dabbles with songwriting and performing on the side. A romantic. He wants nothing more than for love to blossom in his restaurant. A closet poet as well.

CASEY's CHRISTIAN FATHER is a sterotype super-Christian, praising the Easter Bunny and denouncing Judaism.

Allison
25-35, female, must have great comic chops. Aaron's ex-fiance. Gorgeous, sexy, uptight, conservative, controlling, manipulative. Must have great belt and some soprano.

For those that are interested in auditioning the songs we'll be using for Auditions are as follows
Girls: Safer (All female roles)
Guys: So In love With You (Aaron)
I'd Order Love (Waiter)
Bailout (Reggie)

There will be a short check on your ability to learn harmonies.

There are a few backing tracks available on YouTube, there is also a few more available for purchase on the Web. All of the above songs are available in their Broadway version to listen to on YouTube (as is the show).
Please let us know if you have any questions, or need any further help!
Can't WAIT to see and hear everyone at auditions!! Harley and I are super excited about this show!! MUAH!!

-Bunnie Hibbard, Director
Special Note:
Must be 18 years or older to audition. Dancing is not required but dance experience is a plus.


ACCOMPLICE

Directed by: Charlie Wilson

Performances:
October 13-29, 2017


Accomplice is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted “Edgar” award (the “Oscar” of crime and suspense) and written by Tony® award winner Rupert Holmes. The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who the hunted…and precisely who is the title character of Accomplice? "Part murder mystery, part sex farce and completely entertaining...Suspenseful, charming and funny." - USA Today.

CASTING
Roles

Derek: Male, 30-40
the "man of the house," married to Janet Taylor, must speak in British RP (standard British accent), Cockney, and Standard American English. Comic timing.

Janet: Female, 29-41
strong and manipulative, married to Derek Taylor, must speak in British RP, Cockney, and Standard American English. Comic timing.

Jon: Male, 30-42
suavely handsome, must speak in British RP, Cockney, and Standard American English. Comic timing.

Melinda: Female, 18-29
very attractive, must speak in British RP, Cockney, and Standard American English. Comic timing.


CRIMES OF THE HEARTS

Directed by Doug Gilliland
Performances:
December 1-17. 2017

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick.
Roles

Lenny Magrath (Lead): Female, 25-32
at the age of 30, she is the oldest of the three sisters; her sisters have forgotten her birthday, only adding to her feeling of rejection; is frustrated after years of carrying heavy burdens of responsibility; most recently, she has been caring for Old Granddaddy, sleeping on a cot in the kitchen to be near him; loves her sisters, but is also jealous of them, especially Meg, whom she feels received preferential treatment during their upbringing (Meg has also been surrounded by men all her life, while Lenny has feared rejection from the opposite sex and become withdrawn as a result).

Chick Boyle (Supporting): Female, 24-32
29 years old, the sisters' first cousin, a very demanding relative, extremely concerned about the community's opinion of her; when news is published of Babe's shooting of Zackery, her utmost concern is how she's "gonna continue holding my head up high in this community"; critical of all aspects of the Magrath's family and always bringing up past tragedies, such as the mother's suicide; is especially hard on Meg, whom she finds undisciplined and calls a "low-class tramp," and on Babe, who "doesn't understand how serious the situation is" after shooting Zackery.

Doc Porter (Supporting): Male, 25-33
30 years old Meg's old boyfriend, is still known affectionately as "Doc," although his plans for a medical career stalled and eventually died after he was severely injured in Hurricane Camille; his love for Meg (and her promise to marry him) prompted him to stay behind with her while the rest of the town evacuated the storm's path; many people now have the perception (as Meg and Lenny discuss) that Meg "baited Doc into staying there with her"; he now has his own wife and children, but nevertheless remains close to the Magrath family; although Meg abandoned him when she left for California, he remains fond of her, and Meg is extremely happy to have his friendship upon her return to Mississippi.

Meg Magrath (Lead): Female, 24-28
27 years old, the middle sister; as an 11-year-old child, she discovered the body of their mother (and that of the family cat) following her suicide; this traumatic experience provoked her to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims and staring at March of Dimes posters of crippled children; at the beginning of the play, she returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.

Babe Botrelle (Lead): Female, 19-24
24 years old, the youngest Magrath sister; at the start of the play, she has shot her husband, Zackery, a powerful and wealthy lawyer; at first, the only explanation she gives for the act is the defiant statement, "I didn't like his looks! I just didn't like his stinking looks!"; eventually, she reveals that the shooting was the result of her anger at Zackery's cruel treatment both of her and of Willie Jay, a 15-year-old African American boy with whom Babe had been carrying on an affair.


Barnette Lloyd (Supporting): Male, 25-30
26 years old, Babe's lawyer, an ambitious, talented attorney, views Babe's case as a chance to exact his personal revenge on Zackery; "The major thing he did," he says, "was to ruin my father's life"; also seems to have a strong attraction to Babe, whom he remembers distinctly from a chance meeting at a Christmas bazaar; is prevented from taking on Zackery in open court by his desire to protect Babe's affair with Willie Jay from public exposure; is willing to make this sacrifice for Babe, and the play ends with some hope that his efforts will be rewarded.


 

KITCHEN WITCHES

A Hunnie Barley Production
(Directed by Harley Benner and Bunnie Hibbard)
Performances:
January 5-21, 2018

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

CASTING

One non-speaking role can be played by either male or female.

DOLLY BIDDLE - 50s; a little cherub of a woman, prone to overweight but always going at top speed. She indulges herself with anything life has to offer whenever possible – even if it’s not good for her!? – and her creative imagination knows no bounds. She is intensely proud of her son Stephen, loves to dispense advice along with recipes for cabbage rolls and borscht and hates Isobel Lomax with an intensity usually reserved for detonating nuclear devices.

STEPHEN BIDDLE - 30s; a nervous, prematurely balding but decent young man who actually enjoys producing low-budget cable TV shows, even when his Mom is the star. Bright and capable, if somewhat shy, but always reluctant to confront Dolly on her many shortcomings. He’s not a fighter - he’d rather be a lover, but nobody’s asked him yet.

ISOBEL LOMAX - Thinks Martha Stewart could learn something about homemaking from her. She trained at the Cordon Bleu and enjoyed a successful career, including her own show “Busy Izzy”. Isobel likes people to think she has a much classier background than reality supports; she would never go out without being properly accessorized. At heart, she is a bright funny and articulate woman who has come to terms with the choices she made early in life.

ROB THE CAMERA GUY (or ROBERTA THE CAMERA CHICK) - Non-speaking role (except for one line!). Rob is a young “Goth” inspired person; Stephen is a little afraid of him/her. He/she cleans up the sets, resets props, carries the portable camera around during the “live broadcasts” and despite his/her appearance, is generally extremely efficient and precise. (Can be played by an actual ASM or production assistant.)


 

THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD of the 2ND TRINITY VICTORY CHURCH

Directed by Sandy Wilson

Performances: February 9-25, 2018

The roads are flooded, the bridges are washed out, and less generous souls are staying safely indoors, but it takes more than a little rain to keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission. Bea Littleton is the pastor's wife; Lorraine Jensen is the tireless mother of nine; Tina Yates is the transplanted Yankee; and Janet Murchison is the newest arrival. When these ladies meet to organize a relief effort for homeless Guatamalans, they are greeted with a small mountain of community donations—but one woman's junk is another woman's treasure.

Cast:
5w
Roles for 5 women:
Tina Yates--30s-40s Orginally from Walbrook, just outside Baltimore. She enjoys her role as the local Yankee.
Lorraine Jensen--30s-40s She's lived here all her life. She has nine children, at last count.
Bea Littleton--60s+ The wife of Pastor Hiram Littleton and happy to let you know it.
Janet Murchison--30s-50s Attractive, cultured, newly arrived from Georgia and still settling in.
Riley Reynolds--late 20s We'll get her story in a bit...and there IS a story!!


 

DEATH AND TAXES

Directed by Hillary Hutchins
Performances:
March 15-April l, 2018

Ever wonder what goes on at a small-town city council meeting? In Hendricks, they're looking for a murderer. Mayor Kathleen Lyles boldly announces that the meeting will be more like a coroner's jury than the usual round of arguments. Not only was a man murdered, but he was an employee of the IRS. "Somehow I don't feel that bad!" Carl Johansen says, as the sheriff clamps the cuffs on him, making him the prime suspect. Slowly it becomes apparent the entire city council had seen the man, and each of them seems to be hiding something. Who murdered the stranger? Find out during this hilarious whodunnit.

Cast:
Kathleen Lyles- Mayor of Hendricks, rather stylish 40's

Eddie King- Editior of the Hendricks Herald, pushy, brash, 30's

Lydia Kleft- Secretary at city hall, mousey, 25

Wesley Thorne- The Sheriff, built like a one-time football player, 30

Carl Johansen- a sarcastic citizen, 40s

Mattie Johansen- Mattie's wife, no-nonsense type- 30s

Cora Sedgewick- The epitome of the nosy neighbor- 50's

Dr. Efrem Bishop- Standard country doctor, quarrelsome man, 50's

Evelyn Martindale- Drama teacher with an eye for what is correct and an ear for what is not, 30

Special Note:
This show contains improv, please be prepared to show off your improv skills.


END DAYS

Directed by Doug Gilliland

Performances:May 16-June 3, 2018

Sixteen year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

Roles

Rachel: Female, 16+
must read 16, a teen who is in a rebellious stage of life, her mom has recently become an evangelical Christian who believes the end days are near, a self-proclaimed atheist and a goth girl whose push back really feels more like a cry for change, a lone wolf who underneath wants a partner in crime, a “mean girl” on the surface, but has a huge heart and most of all a lot of love and patience for others, think edgy with a heart of gold.

Nelson: Male, 16+
must read 16, quirky, fun, goofy kid who dresses in Elvis attire, is picked on at school for his appearance and bookish qualities, has excitement for life, a bit awkward in his expression of his passions, has difficulty communicating his feelings but not his ideas, incredibly intelligent and passionate about math and science, his kindness and compassion for others is almost otherworldly because it is so unbelievably genuine which sometimes comes off even as bold, we have to believe he can inspire change, he is the peace-keeper, selfless, always trying to please and fix, has a major crush on Rachel and should, although awkward, certainly have access to romance or “puppy love” attraction; must be willing to learn a few guitar chords.

Arthur: Male,
to play 40s-50s, a former executive at the World Trade Center, since the years after 9/11 he has been a walking zombie, doesn’t see the changes in himself and seems to choose to ignore the changes in his wife and child, has no real motivation for life anymore and has a hard time caring for himself or his family, zapped of drive and has lost his zest for life, however through this he has a very dry wit, tt isn’t until Nelson helps him out of his state we see a vibrant, loving, caring husband and father, his transition is euphoric as he truly awakened from a deep sadness and found happiness once again, finds his joy and regains his love specifically for his Jewish culture through helping and guiding Nelson’s Hebrew studies; experience with Hebrew is a plus but not required.

Sylvia: Female,
to play 40s-50s, the mother of Rachel and wife of Arthur, recently left the Jewish faith for evangelical Christianity and very much believes the end days are near, passionate about Jesus and her faith, believes so fervently because she needs an escape from the challenges that have been in her life the past few years, not only does she fear life due to her personal experiences she sees then world as an unruly and scary place post 9/11, faith gets her up every day and able to face her fear, wants to save as many people as possible (including her family), her purpose is genuine, honest and motivated by goodness mostly, while she can feel extreme at times, we are seeking actors who play honest first and then let the text find the humor of Sylvia.

Jesus/Stephen Hawking Track: Male, 30-49
this track plays both roles, must have strong physicality, comedic actors with ability to find honesty and then the humor, must have ability to embody to very different energies; Jesus is is a manifestation of Sylvia’s version of Jesus, her ideal image, her creation or mock up is the quintessential evangelistic Jesus, he feels inspirational and has a sense of wonder about him, to Sylvia he is her savior, very much God-like, good, pure, honest, and most of all genuine; Stephen Hawking is a manifestation of Rachel’s imagination of Hawking, like a parallel to Sylvia’s Jesus, he is Rachel’s spiritual guide, actor must should encompass the energy of Stephen and not necessarily an impression of him, should feel like a prophet, incredibly intelligent, science-minded, intellectual, matter of a fact in his views, shares knowledge with Rachel to help her along her path.