Auditions

Auditions for "Our Town"

Announcing auditions for Stained Glass Playhouse's production of "Our Town"!

Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Mark Graves

AUDITION DATES:

Monday and Tuesday, February 26 & 27
7:00 - 9:30 pm each night

PERFORMANCE DATES:

May 3-5, 10-12, & 17-19, 2024
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

LOCATION:

Stained Glass Playhouse
4401 Indiana Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
(in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church)

WHAT TO BRING/PREPARE:

1.) Sign up for an audition date:

signupgenius.com/go/10C084EA5AD23A7FFC25-47774777-auditions

(Note: You are not required to sign up in order to audition; it just helps us to plan accordingly.)

2.) You will need to complete an audition form, which includes a place to list any pre-existing conflicts from February 28 through May 19, a photo and publicity release, and a COVID-19 safety policy.

Audition Form (PDF): stainedglassplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Our-Town-audition-form.pdf

You can either:

  • Download the audition form, complete it in advance, and email it to mark@stainedglassplayhouse.org;
  • Complete and print two copies of the audition form in advance, and bring it to auditions;
  • Or wait and complete the form at auditions.

You do not need to prepare anything else in advance. The auditions will consist of readings of segments of the script ("sides") prepared by the director.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The residents of Grover's Corners -- a small American town like any other -- go about their daily lives: newspapers are delivered; people go to work; gardens are tended. And a young boy and girl fall in love. Through the experiences and relationships of these "unremarkable" townsfolk, we discover universal truths, about what it means to be human and the cyclical nature of life. But as life's events unfold, an unexpected tragedy strikes -- and in its wake, one question remains: "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?"

ROLES/CHARACTERS:

The Stage Manager - The benevolent host of the play and omniscient narrator. Interacts with both the world of the audience and the world of the play’s characters, exercises control over the action of the play, cues the other characters, informs the audience of events and objects that they cannot see, and occasionally assumes other roles, such as an old woman, a druggist, and a minister.

George Gibbs - An all-American boy. Sincere, agreeable, polite, respectful, decent, and upstanding, but not very good at book and school learning. A loving person, even if not very good at expressing those emotions, and perfectly happy to stay on the farm.

Emily Webb - George's neighbor, love interest, fiancée, and finally wife. Bright, articulate, conscientious, and vivacious girl who shares some of her mother’s anxious nature.

Dr. Gibbs - George's father and the town doctor. A loving father, kind husband, content, well-liked, knowledgeable, and mindful. A Civil War expert, and knows just about everything about everybody in town.

Mrs. Gibbs - Enduring, calm, appreciative, and caring wife to Dr. Gibbs and mother to her children. Although content in Grover's Corner, she still desires to see Paris. Suggests the importance of seizing the opportunities life presents, rather than waiting for things to happen.

Mr. Webb - Emily's loving father and the publisher and editor of the local paper, the Grover's Corners Sentinel. A caring husband with a good sense of humor. Kindly, demonstrative, and sympathetic. Reports to the audience at one point in a manner which is both informative and interactive. Has a well-informed interest in Napoleon.

Mrs. Webb - Emily's mother and Mr. Webb's wife. A no-nonsense kind of person. Innocent, caring, a little coarse, somewhat anxious, hardworking, and tolerant.

Rebecca Gibbs - George's younger sister. Contrary, competitive, daring, immature, and a motivated dreamer.

Wally Webb - Emily's younger brother. Stubborn, self-interested, but a lovable young boy.

Professor Willard - A professor at the State University who gives the audience a statistical report on Grover's Corners. Animated, enthusiastic, jovial, and gregarious.

Mrs. Soames - A curious woman who sings in the choir with Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb. Gossipy, a chatterbox, and a bit small-minded. Offers a sense of the interrelated nature of the lives of the citizens of Grover's Corners.

Howie Newsome - The local milkman. Good-natured, chatty, friendly, and divulges the local gossip. His reappearance during every morning scene highlights the continuity of life in Grover's Corners and in the general human experience.

Joe Crowell - A paperboy. Sharp-witted, opinionated, and upbeat.

Si Crowell - Joe’s younger brother, also a paperboy.

Simon Stimson - The choirmaster/organist of the church, whose alcoholism and undisclosed "troubles" have been the subject of gossip in Grover's Corners for quite some time. Unhappy, downtrodden, embittered, and often disparaging.

Constable Warren - A policeman with little crime to fight. Parental, protective, and watchful.

Sam Craig - Emily's cousin, who left Grover's Corners to travel west but returns late in the play. An outsider, experienced and worldly.

Joe Stoddard - The town undertaker, a reclusive watcher and town chronicler.

Ensemble - various roles, including: choir singers, "audience members" who interact with The Stage Manager and Mr. Webb, baseball players, and Assistant Stage Managers.

See you soon! Sign up for an audition date here: signupgenius.com/go/10C084EA5AD23A7FFC25-47774777-auditions

"Our Town" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


General Audition Info

Auditions are open to everyone, regardless of experience. We may occasionally restrict auditions to ages 16 and up (at the discretion of each production's director).

We hold auditions four times a year, once for each of our productions. We usually announce auditions 3 to 4 weeks in advance, but in general they are in mid to late May (for the summer musical), mid to late August (for the fall play), mid November (for the winter play), and late February (for the spring play).

Auditions for PLAYS typically consist of cold readings of segments of the script (called "sides") prepared by the director.

Auditions for the MUSICAL will also typically include a vocal audition -- 16-32 bars of a prepared, memorized song of your choice in the style of the show, for which you must bring sheet music in the correct key for the provided accompanist to play from (please do not plan to sing a cappella or use an accompaniment track unless specified in the show's audition announcement). Musical auditions may also include a short dance/movement combination prepared by the choreographer.

At all auditions, you will need to complete a short audition form, and provide a list of all known schedule conflicts from the audition date through the final performance of the show.

We will post dates and other specific information for each audition here when we know it, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages and in our marketing emails. Be sure to check out our current season to see what shows are coming up!