Auditions

Pickwick Players is announcing auditions for To Kill a Mockingbird, our first production of our 2017 season. Auditions will be by appointment only.
tkam-poster-draftPlease email: auditions@pickwickplayers.net

Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Callbacks by invitation:
Wednesday Dec.7th, 6:30 p.m.

Participation in our productions is always free!  When e-mailing, give the following:

· Name
· Age or age range
· Preferred audition time
· Phone number
· E-mail address
· Roles in which you are interested

 

Audition Details:

  • Make yourself familiar with the novel / story.  If you do choose to watch the 1962 film adaptation, note that that version of the story is not the play.  There are tonal and character differences between the two versions.  Also note that trying to recreate the performance from the film will do you no favors; you are better served by finding your own unique way of creating the character for the stage.
  • Auditions will be cold readings from other plays (not To Kill A Mockingbird).  We want to see how you create a character and your stage presence without the baggage of a specific role from the show.  Arrive with enough time to familiarize yourself with the selected sides.  Callbacks will use sides from the TKAM script.
  • Be prepared to tell a (brief) story.  This does not have to be a long or very involved story (and it doesn’t have to be about you personally), just something that is real and that you know well.
  • Be prepared to tell a (relatively clean) joke.  Knock-knock, etc. Give us a set-up and punchline.
  • Bring a current headshot and your theatre resume.

Rehearsals will take place at Carlton Oaks School in Santee beginning December 13th, Tuesday’s through Thursday’s 6:30-9:00 p.m, with possible Saturday rehearsals as needed. Performances will take place at Off Broadway Live, February 17th to the 25th with Friday and Saturday night shows and Sunday matinee’s. To Kill A Mockingbird will be directed by Tyler Hewes and produced by Frank Remiatte.

Auditions and rehearsals:
  Carlton Oaks School
9353 Wethersfield Road
Santee 92071
Performances:
  Off Broadway Live
9490 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, CA 92071

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

  • Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch – a young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. Courageous and forthright.  If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.  Though the character is aged 9, the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of Scout’s age (advanced pre-teen, early to mid-teens).
  • Jean Louise Finch – she is the fully grown Scout, looking back on the time when she was the young girl, looking for answers to questions that still exist in her memory of that time. The play takes place in her memory, she is our narrator and the audience’s proxy.  She does not directly interact with the people in the play, though there are occasions where there is almost communication with other characters.  Character can be anywhere from early/mid-30s to 70s.
  • Jeremy ‘Jem’ Finch – Scout’s older brother (around 13 years-old), he is reaching out to understand their unusual and not conventionally-admirable father. He is a caring and loving brother who deeply desires to communicate with his father.  Though the character is 13 years old, the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of Jem’s age (early-teens to early-20s).
  • Atticus Finch – tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized, and nearly fifty. He is the moral center of the play and it is his relationship with his children that drives the nature of Jean Louise’s memory.  He is quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considered just.  Character is “near 50”.
  • Calpurnia – the Finch family’s proud and capable African-American housekeeper, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She is a self-educated woman and she has made quite a good job of it.  Atticus and the children think of her as a member of the family.  Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout, Jem (and to a degree Dill) is uncompromising.  Character can be anywhere from early-30s to late-50s.
  • Charles Baker ‘Dill’ Harris – small and wise beyond his years, he is about the same age as Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends; there is 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.  Note that the character of Dill is based on Harper Lee’s childhood friend Truman Capote.  Though the character is around age 12, the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of Dill’s age (advanced pre-teen, early-teens).
  • Miss Maudie Atkinson – younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a warm and sensitive woman who cares deeply for the Finch family. Though belonging to the time and place of the story, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South of that period.  Character is between late-30s to mid-50s.
  • Miss Stephanie Crawford – the neighborhood gossip, she enjoys her role to the hilt. There is an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that has an occasional dark side.  Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly that is because she simply cannot stop herself from “stirring the pot”.  Character is between late-30s to mid-50s.
  • Henry Lafayette Dubose – an old woman (she is Maycomb’s last surviving Confederate widow) – ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry. She is fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware.  Character can be between her 70s to 90s, the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of the age.
  • Tom Robinson – the African-American defendant facing false charges with quiet dignity. He is handsome and vital, but his left hand was crippled by a childhood accident and is held against his chest.  He is married to Helen Robinson and they have young children.  Despite the challenges he faces, there is an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity, and compassion.  Character is in mid-to-late-20s/early-30s.
  • Helen Robinson – Tom’s wife, she is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband; she is someone caught in a nightmare. Character is similar in age to her husband – mid-to-late-20s / early 30s.
  • Heck Tate – the town sheriff, Heck is a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it and enforces the law without favor or prejudice.  He administers justice in the town of Maycomb in as forthright and honest a way as he knows how.  Character is anywhere between late-30s to late-50s.
  • Judge John Taylor – an older man of the South, he does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in his court. He is affable and relaxed in how he controls his court, but make no mistake, it is he who is in control.  He oversees the trail with impartiality, but his sympathies are with the falsely accused defendant.  Character is anywhere between early-50s to late-60s.
  • Reverend Sykes – the African-American minister of the First Purchase Church (so named because it was paid for with the first money earned by the freed slaves of Maycomb), he is an imposing man with a strong presence. He is a pillar of strength upon which Helen Robinson can rely.  He resonates moral power, strength, and caring for those in his charge (including Scout, Jem, and Dill).  Character is anywhere between early-40s to late-60s.
  • Walter Cunningham– a hard-up farmer suffering through the Depression, he shares the prejudices of his time and place. Nevertheless, he is a man who can be reached as a human being; he has seeds of leadership and takes others with him.  He is a proud man who never wants a handout, who wants to pay his debts and tend his farm.  Character is anywhere between late 30s to mid-50s, he is weatherworn and has the aura of a man accustomed to a hard day’s labor.
  • Walter Cunningham, Junior – a classmate of Scout’s, he is around 9 or 10 years old. He works his father’s farm and attends school when his farm duties allow.  Parrots some of his father’s prejudices, he also shares his father’s sense of obligation and hard work.  Character is around age 9 or 10, the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of that age (advanced pre-teen to early-teens).
  • Mayella Ewell – the oldest daughter of Robert Ewell, she is a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. When her efforts to reach out explodes in her face, she fights desperately for what she thinks is survival.  The care-taker to her younger siblings, she is emotionally scared by her overbearing father.  The character is aged 19, though the actor just needs to believably play “within spitting distance” of the age.
  • Robert E. Lee Ewell – a bantam-cock of a man who has a perpetual grudge against the world. He and his large family live next to the town dump, sustaining themselves on the charity of their fellow Maycomb residents, though resenting them the entire time.  As Harper Lee wrote: “the town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money, and the back of their hand…”.  Ewell thinks that the Robinson trial will make him an importation man, but when Atticus destroys his credibility, Ewell’s rage and frustration border on paranoia.  Character is anywhere between early 40s to late 50s.
  • Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley – pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his home in 15 years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him and, and once out, he’s uncertain about how to deal with people.  He cares for the Finch children and befriends them from afar.  Role may be double-cast.  Character is anywhere between mid-30s to mid-50s.
  • Nathan Radley – a leathery, laconic man. He is Boo’s brother and keeper.  He is as terrifying in person to the children as is the specter of his brother on their imaginations.  Role may be double-cast.  Character is anywhere between mid-30s to mid-50s.
  • Horace Glimer – the public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful (particularly when contracted with Atticus’s more refined manner).  Yet, under all his bluster, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt; his heart really isn’t in the conviction.  But he has a job to do and he does it well.
  • Link Deas – Tom’s employer, he vouches for Tom during the trial (voice only). Will be double cast with a member of the ensemble.
  • Court Clerk – a young man or woman in their early-to-mid-20s), acts as the court clerk and the judge’s assistant, taking testimony and swearing in witnesses. May be double cast with a member of the ensemble.
  • Ensemble – Townspeople / Mob / Children – includes members of Reverend Sykes congregation, share-croppers and farmers, townspeople of various ages, and school children. Goal is an ensemble group of 6 to 8 members of the town to portray the jury, audience, and other roles.