The Playhouse will hold auditions for Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 PM in its building located at 11680 Raystown Road, Huntingdon, PA, in the village of McConnellstown. The show performance dates are June 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and June 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Please bring your calendar and all conflicts between April 6th and June 11th. Scripts are currently available for perusal and must be returned to The Playhouse before auditions on April 6th. If you are interested but can’t make the auditions, please contact either Dan Weston (danwest at littletheater dot com) or Terry Ayers (terry at littletheater dot com) to arrange an alternate time.
All actors will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals during the final week before the show opens. Rehearsals are usually 3 evenings each week; work days are held on Saturday mornings, and Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals are possible. For more information, please contact the Playhouse at 814-627-0311. You may also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.
A landmark in American drama, Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Narrated by the “Stage Manager,” we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes — from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.”
Through young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, “Our Town” offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.
“Our Town” will coincide with Huntingdon’s 250th anniversary celebration. What better way to celebrate such a milestone than getting involved with an iconic piece of American theatre? We are looking for actors and actresses ages 16 and up to fill a variety of roles.
The cast breakdown is as follows:
Stage Manager (30s-50s): The narrator, commentator, and guide through Grover’s Corners. He / She joins the action periodically throughout the play.
Emily Webb (late teens-20s): A precocious young girl who marries George Gibbs
George Gibbs (late teens-20s): The boy next door, a kind but irresponsible teen who matures into a responsible husband and father.
Mr. Frank Gibbs (30s-50s) The town doctor and George’s father
Mrs. Julia Gibbs (30s-50s) George’s mother who dreams of going to Paris
Mr. Charles Webb (30s-50s) Emily’s father and editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel
Mrs. Myrtle Webb (30s-50s) Emily’s Mother
Rebecca Gibbs (teens): George’s younger sister
Wally Webb (teens): Emily’s younger brother
Howie Newsome (20s+): The milkman
Simon Stimson (20s+): The choir director and organist
Mrs. Louella Soames (20s+): A gossiping townsperson
Constable Bill Warren (40s+): A policeman
Sam Craig (20s-30s): Mrs. Gibbs’ nephew
Professor Willard (40s+): A rather long-winded lecturer
Townspeople (20s+): Members of the choir, mourners, baseball players, etc.
While experience is helpful, the Playhouse at McConnellstown does not require previous theatrical experience. We do, however, require that you have the desire, commitment, and the drive to help us produce the high-quality shows that our audiences have come to expect. Please come join us for a wonderful theatrical experience. We look forward to seeing you at auditions!