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EQUITY PRINCIPLE AUDITIONS for ARTS CENTER PRODUCTIONS

Auditions for “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD,” the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's 2014/15 season opening production, are Tuesday, June 17 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM. The production will be directed by Russell Treyz, well known to the Arts Center for directing “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” among others. By appointment only.

Location
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC

Rehearsals for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD begin on September 9, and performances run from September 30 – October 19, 2014. Actors must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Three youth actors are needed for the show.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please prepare a monologue. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. A monitor is not provided. Character descriptions are attached. For more information about roles and to schedule an appointment, call Gail Ragland at 843-686-3945 ext. 236 or email her GRagland@artshhi.com.

Jean Louise Finch (Scout): [youth role]) Scout is intelligent and, by the standards of her time and place, a tomboy. She is feisty, direct and innocent. She takes a journey of personal experience and understanding about her father, her town and the world that will help to shape her life. Her views on society, equality and fair play are colored by her interactions and experiences in depression-era Alabama. She is the protagonist of the story. Scout lives with her father, Atticus, her brother, Jem, and their black cook, Calpurnia, in Maycomb. Scout has a combative streak and a basic faith in the goodness of the people in her community. As the play progresses, this faith is tested by the hatred and prejudice that emerge during Tom Robinson's trial. Scout eventually develops a more grown-up perspective that enables her to appreciate human goodness without ignoring human evil. Stage-age: 8-12.

Jeremy Finch (Jem): [youth role] Scout's brother, a bit older and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. Jem is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football. A bit older than Scout, he gradually separates himself from her games, but he remains her close companion and protector throughout the play. He is also trying to understand and connect with his father. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson. Stage-age: 12-14.

Charles Harris (Dill): (youth role) Jem and Scout's summer neighbor and friend, but very different from Jem. He is a little neater, cleaner and displays a hint of sophistication that identifies him as something of an outsider to this rural community. Dill is a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination. But he is readily accepted by Scout and Jem. He seems to be lacking something in his own home life, and is drawn to the Finch family relationships. At times he can appear wise beyond his years. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley and represents the perspective of childhood innocence throughout the play. Stage-age: 10-13.

Jean Louis Finch (adult Scout): (adult role) The narrator of the play. She speaks directly to the audience often setting the scenes. She should appear to have a connection with the younger Scout. Stage-age: mid-30's.

Atticus Finch: (adult role) Atticus is Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, Atticus functions as the novels moral backbone. Genteel, reserved, honorable and quietly strong, Atticus is well-respected in the community. He is a loving father, but somewhat of a mystery to his children, and a part of their journey is a growing understanding and appreciation of him. Stage-age: 40-50.

Calpurnia: (adult role) An African-American housekeeper and surrogate parent to Scout and Jem. She is strong, compassionate and proud. The Finches black cook. Calpurnia is a stern disciplinarian and the children’s bridge between the white world and her own black community. Stage-age: 50-60.

Maude Atkinson: (adult role) The Finches neighbor, a sharp-tongued widow, and an old friend of the family. Miss Maudie is almost the same age as Atticus’s younger brother, Jack. She shares Atticus’s passion for justice and is the children’s best friend among Macomb’s adults. She is a pleasant and genteel single woman. Stage-age: 40-45.

Stephanie Crawford: (adult role) A spinster neighbor of the Finch family. She is opinionated and unpleasant. She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. She sometimes says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up. Stage-age: 55-65.

Mrs. Dubose: (adult role) An elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches. She walks with difficulty, her pain making her biting and bitter. Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her ill health. Stage-age: 60-80.

Arthur Radley (Boo): (adult role) A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. He is a powerful symbol of goodness swathed in an initial shroud of creepiness, leaving little presents for Scout and Jem and emerging at an opportune moment to save the children. An intelligent child emotionally damaged by his cruel father, Boo provides an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. He is one of the plays mockingbirds, a good person injured by the evil of mankind. A mystery man who is the cause of much fascination amongst the townsfolk. It takes an emergency to bring him out, and once out, he’s uncertain about how to deal with people and anxious to return to his sanctuary. Stage-age: 40-50.

Sheriff Heck Tate: (adult role) The sheriff of Maycomb and a major witness at Tom Robinsons trial. Heck is a decent man who tries to protect the innocent from danger. His down to earth and steady. Stage-age: 45-50

Judge Taylor: (adult role) The smart, no-nonsense judge. 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. Stage-age: 55-70.

Reverend Sykes: (adult role) A minister to the local African-American congregation who knows the town and its people well. He is an imposing man with a strong stage presence. Stage-age: 55-65.

Mayella Ewell: (adult role) Bob Ewells abused, lonely, eldest and unhappy daughter. Though one can pity Mayella because of her overbearing father, one cannot pardon her for her shameful indictment of Tom Robinson. With 7 younger siblings, she has taken the role of mother. She is ignorant, isolated and in total fear of her father. Stage-age: 18-22.

Bob Ewell: (adult role) A drunken, mostly unemployed member of Maycomb's poorest family. In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Ewell represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice. An extremely poor widower with 8 children. He is mean, dumb and extremely racist. Stage-age: 45-50.

Walter Cunningham: (adult role) A poor hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He becomes part of the mob that seeks to lynch Tom Robinson at the jail. Mr. Cunningham displays his human goodness when Scouts politeness compels him to disperse the men at the jail. He also has seeds of leadership, for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the others with him. Stage-age: 45-50.

Mr. Gilmer: (adult role) He is a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom Robinson. 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. Stage-age: 30-50.

Tom Robinson: (adult role) The African American field hand accused of rape.  A strong and compassionate African-American man falsely accused of raping a White woman. Tom is one of the plays mockingbirds, an important symbol of innocence destroyed by evil. He is handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity, and consideration. Stage-age: 25-35.

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