Auditions

Our Town

written by Thornton Wilder
directed by Victor Aume
Auditions: October 22 and 23, times TBA
Show Dates: January 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20

Synopsis: (thorntonwilder.com)

This timeless drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, has become an American classic with universal appeal. Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed play, Our Town appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize. From the very beginning, Our Town has been produced throughout the world.

Character Descriptions:

Stage Manager (35-70) A narrator, commentator, and guide through Grover’s Corners. He joins in the action of the play periodically, as the reverend at the wedding, the soda shop owner, a local townsmen, etc., and speaks directly to Emily after her death.

Emily Webb (16-26) main character; we follow her from a precocious young girl through her wedding to George Gibbs and her early death.

George Gibbs (16-26) 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 (35-55) George’s father, the town doctor.

Julia (Hersey) Gibbs (35-55) George’s mother. She dreams of going to Paris, but doesn’t get there. Dies later while visiting her daughter in Ohio. She saved $350 for the trip from the sale of an antique furniture piece, but ultimately willed it to George and Emily.

Charles Webb (40’s-50’s) Emily’s father, editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel

Myrtle Webb (36-55) Emily’s mother. Serious, crisp.

Joe and Si Crowell (10-14) 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 (30’s-40’s) – the choir director and church organist. We never learn the root cause of his alcoholism and later suicide. He is still bitter and cynical beyond the grave.

Howie Newsome (30’s-40’s) the milkman, a fixture of Grover’s Corners. Rebecca Gibbs (10-14) George’s younger sister.

Wally Webb (10-14) Emily’s younger brother. Dies of a burst appendix on a Boy Scout camping trip.

Professor Willard (40’s-70) a rather long-winded lecturer

Mrs. Louella Soames (30’s-40’s) a gossipy townswoman and member of the choir

Constable Bill Warren (40’s-60’s) the policeman

Joe Stoddard (50’s-60’s) the undertaker

Sam Craig (late 20’s-30’s) a nephew of Mrs Gibbs who left town to seek his fortune.

 

If you have any questions, please email roundtownplayers@gmail.com.
All auditions will be at Memorial Hall, 165 E Main Street.