Welcome to The Alpha Players!
Players are pleased to announce
AUDITIONS for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel
Audition Dates: November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm @ Florissant Civic Center Theatre
(Alternate audition date & possible call-backs on Nov 15 at 7pm – if needed)
Performances: March 10, 11, 17, 18 & 19, 2017 @ Florissant Civic Center Theatre
Roles: 11 males and 6 females (including 2-3 boys and one girl)
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of possible schedule conflicts.
For more info: email@example.com or call 314-258-3018
Synopsis: In 1935, Scout and her brother, Jem are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and a strong-willed housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the people of her small southern town, but there’s a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of life. As tensions rise with the community, the bewildered girl turns to her father. Atticus, a lawyer, explains that these tensions stem from his legal defense of a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. This play explores the racial tensions of the early 20th-century South through the eyes of a young girl.
Jean Louise Finch (Scout) – a young girl who seems 8-10 years old. She is fiery, smart, courageous and forthright – and a bit of a tomboy. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind. She would rather solve problems with her fists than her head. This is a critical role in the play. The actress must convey the innocence of childhood and a growing awareness of the world surrounding her.
Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Scout’s older brother who longs to understand his father. He is a bit of an inquisitive daredevil. He plays sports. Ideally he is about 12-14 years old. (11-16 years old boys who can play this age range will be considered.)
Atticus Finch – Scout and Jem’s father. He is quietly impressive, reserved, civilized, and in his late 40’s or early 50’s. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. He is a lawyer and the actor should be believable in his ability to “convince” a jury.
Calpurnia – African-American housekeeper of Atticus and caretaker of Jem and Scout. She is a self-educated woman and has done a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.
Maudie Atkinson – neighbor of Atticus, a lovely sensitive woman who sometimes acts as a narrator for the play. 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.
Stephanie Crawford – neighbor of Atticus, a gossip who enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. She simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.
Mrs. Dubose – an old woman neighbor of Atticus. She is 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.
Arthur Radley (Boo) – a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in 15 years. He has limited skills in dealing with people. His world is simple.
Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – a small boy who is wise beyond his years and a friend of Jem and Scout. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. There is a lack in his own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship. He is confident, lively and has a very active imagination. Dill is approximately 10-11 years old. Actors 9-13 years old will be considered.
Heck Tate – town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it and enforces the law without favor.
Judge Taylor – 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.
Reverend Sykes – African-American 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 & dignified stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.
Mayella Ewell – oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she claims to have been attacked by Tom Robinson. She’s a desperate poor young woman – a product of a bad environment. She is fearful and a liar. Her age should be late teens or early 20s.
Bob Ewell – father of Mayella, described as a “little bantam-cock of a man” who lives with his large family by the town dump. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration border on paranoia. He is explosive.
Walter Cunningham – a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of the time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He has the seeds of leadership in that the crowd follows him.
Mr. Gilmer – 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.
Tom Robinson – is African-American, handsome with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.
Third Man/Clerk - portrays part of an angry crowd and later assumes a different role as clerk of the court.
Walter Cunningham Jr – a boy of 8-10 years old who taunts Scout about her father.
Extras – Jury members and members of the mob group