AUDITION NOTICE for PVHS Theatre’s Spring Play:
OUR TOWN by Thorton Wilder
JANUARY 21st from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
CALL BACKS will be held on
January 22nd from 3-5pm
DESCRIPTION: Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.
Information regarding auditions:
Please sign on the SIGN UP SHEET (on the call board).
Please come with:
1. The audition sheet filled out.
2. A prepared ‘side’ memorized. Sides are located in the black box or ON THIS PAGE (BELOW THE CHARACTER BREAKDOWN)
(Choose a character you’d like to audition for and choose their ‘side’).
3. Your willingness for all things awesome and joyous!
Rehearsal: Information regarding rehearsals and calendar will be addressed and solidified after all conflict sheets have been turned in.
Schedule will be created based on conflicts but will take place Monday through Friday from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Some Saturdays will be scheduled, as well.
Performances: April 29th - May 4th
Character Breakdown : OUR TOWN
Stage Manager – a narrator, commentator, and guide through Grover's Corners. He joins in the action of the play periodically, as the minister at the wedding, the soda shop owner, a local townsman, etc., and speaks directly to Emily after her death.
Emily Webb – one of the main characters; we follow her from a precocious young girl through her wedding to George Gibbs and her early death.
George Gibbs – the other main character; the boy next door, a kind but irresponsible teenager who matures over time and becomes a responsible husband, father and farmer.
Frank Gibbs – George's father, the town doctor.
Julia (Hersey) Gibbs – George's mother. She dreams of going to Paris but doesn't get there. She saved $350 for the trip from the sale of an antique furniture piece but willed it to George and Emily. Dies while visiting her daughter in Ohio.
Charles Webb – Emily's father, Editor of the Grover's Corners Sentinel
Myrtle Webb – Emily and Wally's mother.
Joe and Si Crowell – local paperboys. Joe's intelligence earns him a full scholarship to MIT where he graduates at the top of his class. His promise will be cut short on the fields of France during World War I, according to the Stage Manager. Both he and his brother Si hold marriage in high disdain.
Simon Stimson – the choir director and church organist. We never learn the specific cause of his alcoholism and suicide, although
Joe Stoddard, the undertaker, observes that "He's seen a peck of troubles." He remains bitter and cynical even beyond the grave.
Howie Newsome – the milkman, a fixture of Grover's Corners.
Rebecca Gibbs – George's younger sister. Later elopes with a traveling salesman and settles in Ohio.
Wallace "Wally" Webb – Emily's younger brother. Dies of a burst appendix on a Boy Scout camping trip.
Professor Willard – a rather long-winded lecturer
Woman in the Balcony – attendee of Editor Webb's political and social report - concerned with temperance
Belligerent Man at Back of Auditorium – attendee of Editor Webb's political and social report - concerned with social justice
Lady in a Box – attendee of Editor Webb's political and social report - concerned with culture and beauty
Mrs. Louella Soames – a gossipy townswoman and member of the choir
Constable Bill Warren – the policeman
Three Baseball Players – who mock George at the wedding
Joe Stoddard – the undertaker
Sam Craig – a nephew of Mrs Gibbs who left town to seek his fortune. He came back after 12 years in Buffalo for Emily's funeral.
Man from among the Dead & Woman from among the Dead
Mr. Carter (Dead)
Bessie – Howie Newsome's horse (visible to the characters, but not the audience)