Audition FAQ’s

I’ve never been in a show before.  Should I even bother auditioning? Absolutely!  We welcome newcomers and everyone starts somewhere.  We are a community theatre and we welcome all members of the community.

What is an audition like?  When you arrive in the lobby of the Point Theatre, you will sign in at the table and get an audition form.  If it is a large cast, you may have your picture taken just so we can keep everyone straight later.  After you fill out your form, you will go with everyone else to the stage where the director will assign you pages out of the script from which to read.  For a group scene, you will read with other people.  For a musical audition, you will want to read the audition notice to see what the director wants to see from you- usually 30 seconds or 16 bars of a song.  You may also be taught a short dance.  If you are not a singer or dancer, don’t worry!  There is usually a spot in the chorus where you can get some experience and feel even better auditioning for the next one.

I want to audition, but I’m terrified!  What do I do?  It’s important to remember that the director is on your side.  He or she WANTS you to be the best you can be.  In fact, the director wants you to be perfect for the role so they can stop looking.  Please don’t look at them like the enemy waiting for you to fail.  Trust us, they’ve been in your shoes and want you to have a good experience.

What should I bring?  If you are auditioning for a non-musical, you don’t need to bring anything but a pen to fill out your audition form.  For musicals, you should bring a pen and your sheet music to give to the accompanist.

What should I wear?   Wear something comfortable that you can move in.  Above all, wear something you feel good in.  You can’t project confidence if you don’t feel good about how you look.

How will I find out if I got the part?  Our directors try to make decisions within a few days of the audition.  Due to extenuating circumstances, it may take longer, but we try to let you know.  We inform casts by posting on Facebook and sending an email.  Some directors may call or email each person individually, but that is up each director.  If you haven’t heard, you’re always welcome to call the box office to find out if the cast list has been posted.

What if I don’t get the part I want?  What if I didn’t get a part at all?  It has happened to all of us and we know how hard it can be.  Even if you don’t get the part you want, we urge you to be in the show.  You might find out you got the perfect part and have a great time!  At the very least, you’ll gain some experience and meet lots of new people and have fun.  It can be crushing when you don’t get a role in a show you really wanted to participate in.  Directors face hard choices when they have people audition and they have to make hard decisions.  We know it’s disappointing, but we hope you will audition again.  The next show might just be the one for you!  We also encourage you explore other ways to work on the show- stage manage, work backstage, run the light or sound board, sew costumes, build sets.  We have something for everyone!

If there are two dates listed for auditions, you will only need to attend one unless the director asks you to attend both.  Audition dates may change.  Please check back frequently.  For more information about show dates and descriptions, click here


June 8 at 11 AM
Performances are August 16-31, Friday & Saturday nights.  Sunday matinees on August 18 & 25
Directed by Jeff Cunningham

ABOUT THE SHOW: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 4 men, 6 women (double casting)

Bud Turpin – an elderly man
Raynelle – Bud’s wife
Ray-Bud – Bud & Raynelles son
Lucille Turpin – Ray-Bud’s wife
Junior – Ray-Bud & Lucille’s son
Suzanne – Junior’s wife
Junior – Ray-Bud & Lucille’s son
Marguerite – Bud’s sister
Royce – Marguerite’s son
Delightful – Bud & Raynelle’s only daughter
Reverend Hooker
Veda – an elderly woman
Norval – a young woman
Clyde – a friend
Juanita – a cousin by marriage
The Joy of Life Singers


Auditions August 10th, 2019 11AM
Performances are October 11-27, Friday & Saturday nights, matiness October 20 & 27
Directed by Emily Huber

In this drama centering around Catherine Donahue and her three coworkers / friends, the new financial independence of women working in the post-war 1920s is both liberating and exciting. The women earn a comfortable living painting watch faces glow-in-the-dark. This new vision of freedom is shattered when one by one the women begin to fall ill to mysterious ailments. They discover the source of their sickness is radioactive paint used for the watches, and decide to seek justice in the form of a class-action lawsuit against their employer, Radium Dial Company.

Production Details

Setting: Chicago and Ottowa, Illinois

Time: 1920s and 1930s

Cast Size: This play is written to accommodate 6 actors, but there are as many as 18 roles if doubling is not used.

Male Characters: 2 (who also double as 7 other minor characters)

Female Characters: 4 (who also double as 5 other minor characters)

Characters that could be played by either males or females: 4

Roles

Catherine Donohue is a proud working woman. She is vibrant and competitive. Although she insists that her job is a temporary one, she enjoys working outside of the home and she is unapologetic about it.

Frances has a keen eye for scandal. She loves the time and attention she gets from her work companions. The actress playing Frances also plays Reporter 2 and an Official.

Charlotte is a tough taskmaster and a determined woman. She works hard at her job, doesn’t make friends easily and she doesn’t let go of the friends she has made or let them give up. The actress playing Charlotte also plays Reporter 1.

Pearl is a shameless gossip who sees her work as an opportunity to know everything about everyone. Not a single symptom of scandal or sickness escapes her notice. The actress playing Pearl also plays the Daughter and Judge 2.

Tom Donohue is Catherine’s husband. He is head-over-heels for his wife and family even though he is somewhat troubled by having a working wife. The actor playing Tom also plays Dr. Rowantree and Dr. Dalitsch.

Mr. Reed is the boss at the factory. It is clear that he has information about the effects of radium poisoning but he abides by company policy and does not inform his workers. He wants to make the factory profitable. Although he is invested in his workers and their lives and even considers them friends, he knowingly allows them to continue to be poisoned and sicken and die. The actor playing Mr. Reed also plays the Radio Announcer, the Company Doctor, the SonJudge, and Leonard Grossman.


Audition date coming soon
Performances November 22-December 8, Friday & Saturday nights, Sunday matinees Dec. 1 & 8
Directed by Laura Tomerlin

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

     2 f, 3 m (5-25 actors possible: 1-10 f, 1-15 m)