AUDITIONS

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Auditions October 1 at 7pm and October 2 at 7pm

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

Directed by Dustin Turner
Written by Barbara Robinson

Below are the character descriptions for Best Christmas Pageant Ever. All ages are approximate. For more information, please email Director Dustin Turner at dustin.turner@morris.com

Grace Bradley: F, Mid 30s to Early 40s. Mother & anguished director of Christmas Pageant.

Bob Bradley: M, Mid 30s to Early 40s. Father (Ward Cleaver type) with a sense of humor.

Beth Bradley:  F, Mid to Early Teens. Narrator of the story (many lines).

Charlie Bradley:  M, Early Teens,  Traditional kid brother (many lines).

Alice Wendleken: F, 10 to 12. Prim, proper, pain in the neck, (many lines).

Imogene Herdman: F, Early Teens. Loud, bossy, crafty, (many lines).

Gladys Herdman: F, 10 to 12. Feisty, fighter, imaginative, (many lines).

Ralph Herdman: M, Early Teens. Ragged, scruffy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool.

Leroy Herdman: M, 10 to 12. Tough, sure of himself.

Claude Herdman: M or F, 9 – 11. Tough, combative.

Ollie Herdman: M or F, 8 – 10. Looking for trouble, Claude's partner in crime.

Mrs. Armstrong: F, 50ish. Managerial in voice and manner, likes to be in charge.

Mrs. Slocum: F, 30s to 60s. Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. Clark: F, 30s to 60s. Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. Clausing: F, 30s to 60s. Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. McCarthy: F, 40ish. Snooty. A younger version of Mrs. Armstrong.

Maxine: F, 10 to 12. A worrier, narrator of the Christmas Pageant.

Elmer Hopkins: M. 10 to Early Teens. Son of Reverend Hopkins.

Hobie: M, 8 to 10. Charming with a big smile.

David: M, 8 to 10. One of the boys.

Beverly: F, 7 to 10. Bit of a whiner.

Reverend Hopkins: M, late 40s to 60s. A nervous man.

Firemen: M, Any age

The Rainmaker

Auditions: November 12, 13, 2017  at 7 pm
Show dates: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27  at 7:30pm • January 21 at 3pm

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West, a girl’s father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Suddenly, a self-proclaimed “Rainmaker” comes on the scene. He will bring rain and break the drought if they agree to pay a hefty sum. Unlikely though his claim may be, the man eventually wins over the entire family. Eventually, the rain comes ... and so does love.

Directed by Maureen Woltermann
Written by N. Richard Nash

Roles for 5 men & 1 woman

H.C. Curry - prosperous farmer in his mid-fifties or older, a hard-working family man with a dream.

Jim Curry - youngest (20's) naive, energetic, not too bright but full of life.

Noah Curry - oldest son, 30's and up, self righteous man; rigidly opinionated.

Lizzie Curry - only daughter & sister (30ish) a strong woman, who runs the farm house & family but courageously yearns for romance in her barren life.

File - 40's, reticent, intelligent but a bit bitter.

Sheriff Thomas - any age, File's supervisor

Bill Starbuck - (30's and up) lithe, agile, commanding presence. A loud braggart & gentle dreamer.

Sense and Sensibility

Auditions November 19 at 3pm and November 20 at 7pm

Sisters Elinor and Marianne are captivated by two very different men. Elinor is charmed by the quiet, bumbling goodness of Edward, while Marianne is swept off of her feet by the dashing and mysterious Willoughby. But when Willoughby’s scandalous past and Edward’s secret fiancee come to light, the sisters are forced to rely upon themselves and one another to weather their heartache. When sense and sensibility meet, love can’t be far behind.

Directed by Nancy Hansen
Adapted by Kate Hamill
From the novel by Jane Austen

Some of the roles below will be doubled or played by one of the Gossips. Our version of S&S was adapted by Kate Hamill and performed Off-Broadway by Bedlam Productions. We strongly suggest that auditionees read the script (which may be rented from the office and should be returned within 5 days) and look up the Bedlam production on YouTube. It has a very different “sensibility” than traditional adaptations and being familiar with the tone will help your audition. We will not be doing accents, but clear diction is critical..

This is a Youth Wing production and auditions are open up to students up through Grade 12.

ELINOR DASHWOOD: the eldest Dashwood sister; sensible, loving but private with her feelings

MARIANNE DASHWOOD: the middle Dashwood sister; sensitive, romantic, impulsive

MARGARET DASHWOOD: the youngest Dashwood sister – 10 -13 years old. Excitable, exuberant

MRS. DASHWOOD: mother to the sisters and second wife (and widow) of Henry Dashwood. Loving and steady.

JOHN DASHWOOD: Henry's son by his first marriage and half-brother to the Dashwood sisters. Selfish and easily swayed by his manipulative wife

FANNY (FERRARS) DASHWOOD: John's wife. Selfish, snobbish, altogether nasty

EDWARD FERRARS: Older brother of Fanny and Robert. Honorable, shy, man of integrity

ROBERT FERRARS: Callow and irresponsible

COLONEL BRANDON: Older bachelor, retired officer. Kind and gracious. Man of few words but irreproachably honorable

JOHN WILLOUGHBY: Handsome,dashing but unreliable and deceitful. Has no wealth of his own

SIR JOHN MIDDLETON: Country gentleman, jovial, kind. Distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood

LADY MIDDLETON: Society Lady. Wife to Sir John. Kind to the Dashwoods

MRS. JENNINGS: Mother-in-law to Sir John. Gossipy but goodhearted and well-intentioned

LUCY STEELE: Mrs. Jennings cousin. Sly, self-centered, conniving social climber

ANNE STEELE: Lucy's older sister. Social-climber as well, indiscreet

THE GOSSIPS: a chorus of high society gadflys. Will also be doubled with servants, the Doctor, and various other creatures and inanimate objects.

The Dixie Swim Club

Auditions February 4 at 3pm and Feb 5 at 7pm

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.

Directed by Bradley Watts
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Sister Act

Auditions February 4 at 7pm and Feb 6 at 7pm

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Directed by Pat Williams
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard

Character Breakdown

Deloris Van Cartier

An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world.  When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir.  A loud, brash but ultimately caring character.   Great comic timing, excellent singing voice and good movement required.

Female – age 25-35 (variable)

Alto/mezzo (vocal range E3 below middle C – F#5)

Mother Superior

The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff.  Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.  Good vocals and movement required.

Female – 50-70 (variable)

Alto/mezzo (vocal range D3 – E5)

Sister Mary Robert

Young, innocent postulant, shy and soft-spoken, her wall flower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice and brings out the best in her.

Female – 16-25 (variable)

Female mezzo/soprano with belt (vocal range F#3 below middle C – A5)

Eddie Souther

A sweet and nervous Philadelphia policeman and high school classmate of Deloris who helps her into hiding.  Sweats profusely when under pressure.  He still yearns for Deloris after all these years and dreams of being her hero.

Male – 25-35 (variable)

Tenor (vocal range Ab2 – B4)

Curtis

A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’ boyfriend.  Cocky, calculating, and controlling, always on the verge of violence.

Male – 25-45 (variable)

High baritone (vocal range A2 – Ab4)

Monsignor O’Hara

A gentle, kind man who is a boring, uninspired preacher until he is inspired by Deloris’ vocal creations, transforming him into a more confident church leader in the style of a Las Vegas emcee.

Male – 45 – 60 (variable)

Non-singing, non-dancing role (may be required to sing in ensemble numbers)

Sister Mary Patrick

A fun, enthusiastic, larger-than-life nun.  Consistently perky and easily excitable.

Female – 35 – 50 (variable)

Soprano (vocal range G3 – E6)

Sister Mary Lazarus

An older, deadpan, crabby nun who serves as the choir mistress.  Less welcoming than the other nuns until she too gets caught up in Deloris’ music.  Needs to rap and move quite well.

Female – 50 – 70 (variable)

Alto (vocal range F3 – B4)

Joey

One of Curtis’ thugs.  A gentle giant, wants to please Curtis and be dangerous, but isn’t naturally capable.  Good vocals and movement required.

Male – 30 – 40 (variable)

Tenor (vocal range Bb2 – Eb5)

TJ

Curtis’ nephew and one of his thugs.  Child-like, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.  Good vocals and movement required.

Male - 16 – 30 (variable)

Tenor (vocal range Bb2 – Eb5)

Pablo

Another of Curtis’ thugs.  A natural follower.  Constantly speaks Spanish.

Male – 25-40 (variable)

Tenor (vocal range C4 – F5)

Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours

A nun of the convent.  Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of clarity.

Female – 45 – 70 (variable)

Variable vocal range

Sister Mary Theresa

A nun of the convent, and oldest of the group.  Decrepit at first glance, but very sharp.

Female – 60 – 75 (variable)

Variable vocal range

Michelle and Tina

Back-up vocalists to Deloris at Curtis’ club.  Sassy.  Excellent vocals and movement required.  Can be doubled with other dancers/vocalists.

Ernie

One of Curtis’ thugs.  Thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.  Can be doubled with other dancers/singers.

Male – Age variable

Non-singing, non-dancing role (may be required to sing in ensemble numbers)

Ensemble

Nuns, bar denizens (patrons, waitress, drag queen), homeless people, fantasy dancers.  Will be cast from auditions.  Good movement and vocals required.

Variable ages

Various vocal ranges

Audition songs can be of your choosing.  Prepare your finest 16 bars from any song, because we will not listen to anything in its entirety.  Should call-backs be necessary, you will be required to sing a portion of a song from the show.

You may audition for multiple roles, but only once for each.  You may come to one or both auditions.

Come prepared to sing, read, and dance (comfortable clothing, shoes, sneakers…NO bare feet or flip-flops)

Anyone interested in working backstage (crew, construction, makeup, props, costumes) should come to one of the auditions to sign up.

Audition packets may be picked up at the box office.  These packets include reading selections from the script to be used at auditions and portions of songs required for call-backs (if necessary).

 

Prodigal Son

Auditions June 24 at 3pm and June 24 at 7pm

From the author of “Doubt,” a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.

Directed by Dave Howard
Written by John Patrick Shanley