Possum Point Players announces
Auditions for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
March 8 - 9 - 10, 2015
The Possum Point Players invite actors and actresses of all ages, types, and ethnicities, to audition for Christopher Sergel’s revised stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, directed by John H. Hulse, of Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Auditions on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 5 PM, are for Youth Only who look ages 8 – 13. Youth will be asked to tell a story and may be asked to read from the script.
Auditions on Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 7 PM, are for Adults Only who look ages 19 - 75+. Adults will be asked to present a monologue about one minute in length and may be asked to read from the script.
Callbacks are by invitation only on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7 PM.
Auditions will take place at Possum Hall; 441 Old Laurel Rd; Georgetown, Delaware.
The place is Maycomb, Alabama in the Great Depression year of the 1935. Momentous events unfold through the eyes of 8 year old Scout Finch, growing up in a close knit neighborhood with her older, 12 year old brother, Jem, and their 9 year old summertime visitor, Dill. When their 50 year old father, Atticus Finch, a well-respected lawyer, mounts a vigorous and compelling case for the defense of 25 year old Tom Robinson, a poor black man accused of an attack on a 19 year old white girl, an idyllic world of childhood is changed forever. Through the drama of the trial and its aftermath comes a searching examination of freedom, justice, honesty, and hypocrisy. This is a compelling, deeply moving story told with warmth and humor. (Warning: There are strong and disturbing language and situations. The language is indicative of time and place (racial slurs of the worst kind). The characters in the play are true to their upbringing and of the social norms of Alabama in 1935.)
CASTING REQUIREMENTS: Male and Female Adult and Youth actors, portraying characters ranging in ages from 8 to 75+. African-American actors are especially encouraged to attend. Specific character descriptions can be found online at www.PossumPointPlayers.com . Show dates are June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21, 2015. The cast must be available for all show dates.
Those needing more information or unable to attend the audition, but interested in auditioning
or being part of the production crew, should contact director John H. Hulse at 302-245-4147.
SPECIFIC CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
(Youth 8-9) JEAN LOUISE (SCOUT) FINCH: A young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. She is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.
(Youth 12-13) JEREMY ATTICUS (JEM) FINCH: He is four 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.
(Youth 9-10) CHARLES BAKER (DILL) HARRIS: Small, blond, and wise beyond his years, he is a year older than Scout, but not as tall. 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 his own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that is missing from his own family relationship.
(early 50s) ATTICUS FINCH: He’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized and fifty. He wears glasses and because of the poor sight in his left eye, looks with his right eye when he wants to see something well. It’s typical of Atticus that when he found out he was an extraordinary shot with a rifle, he gave up shooting – because he considered it gave him an unfair advantage over the animals. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. Someone comments about him: "We trust him to do right."
(40s) WALTER CUNNINGHAM, SR.: He is a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership, for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the others with him.
(40-50s) REVEREND SYKES: He is the black minister of the First Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by the freed slaves. He is an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.
(40-50s) HECK TATE: He 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.
(40s) NATHAN RADLEY: He is a thin, leathery man with sharp cheekbones, thin upper lip, full lower lip, and ramrod straight posture.
(Late 30s) ARTHUR (BOO) RADLEY: Arthur Radley is a pale recluse who has not been outside of his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out, he is uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he is eager to return to his sanctuary.
(20s) TOM ROBINSON: He is black, handsome, and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident. He is married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There is an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity, and consideration.
(40-60s) JUDGE TAYLOR: He 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 and Atticus.
(40-60s) MR. HORACE GILMER: 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 is a hard thing.
(40-50s) ROBERT E. LEE (BOB) EWELL: He is a little bantom-cock of 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.
(40s) MISS MAUDE (MAUDIE) ATKINSON: Younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she is a lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of the play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South of that period. She makes the best cakes in the neighborhood and befriends the three youngsters, especially Scout.
(40s) MISS STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: She is a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There is 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 cannot keep herself from stirring things up.
(60-70s) MRS. HENRY LAFAYETTE DUBOSE: She is an old woman: ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry. However, she is 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.
(20s) HELEN ROBINSON: She is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband, Tom. She is a young, black woman caught in a nightmare.
(19-20) MAYELLA VIOLET EWELL: The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she is a desperately lonely and overworked 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.
(30-40s) CALPURNIA: Black, proud, and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She is a self-educated woman and she has made quite a good job out of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising. She is all angles and bones, nearsighted, squints, and her hands are "as wide as a bed slat and twice as hard."
(40-60s) COURT CLERK
(40-60s) LINK DEAS: Tom’s employer who believes in his innocence
(8-9) WALTER CUNNINGHAM, JR.: classmate of Scout
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