Auditions for First Presbyterian Theater’s 2018–2019 season
Ben Butler by Richard Strand
directed by John O'Connell
PERFORMS: April 18**, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28*, May 3, 4, 2019
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, January 20 at 6:00 pm
PREPARE TO: read from script - email Thom for script
REHEARSALS START: mid-August
NEEDED: 1 man 50-65 years old (white), 1 man 25-35 years old (white), 1 man 25-45 years old (black); the role of Ben Butler is cast. Email email@example.com for more info
General Butler is faced with a moral dilemma when escaped slaves request sanctuary at Fort Monroe. Not following the letter of the
law will alter the course of U.S. History. Based on actual events in 1861, this play is clever without being glib, meaningful without
being pretentious, and side-splittingly funny. It’s a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.
*Sunday Matinee curtain at 2 pm
***special Sunday 6 pm show
All other shows are at 7:30 pm
WHAT YOU NEED FOR AUDITIONS
For plays we do readings from the script at auditions. So to prepare, read the script at least once before the audition date. If you need a copy of the script, call Thom at 426-7421 x103. For musicals and Shakespeare we handle the audition a bit differently; call Thom for more information.
NEED A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BEFORE AUDITIONING?
Email Thom Hofrichter (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request one. If you don’t have email, (why not?) you can call Thom at the Theater (426-7421 x103), and he will mail you one. These schedules are tentative, we schedule every possible date knowing that we will lose some to conflicts.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN AUDITION
For plays we read from the script at auditions. So to prepare, read the script at least once before the audition date. Unless the script is widely available at the library or used book stores scripts can be borrowed from the theater.
PLEASE DON’T DISCOUNT YOUR CHANCES FOR A ROLE
Actors can be their own worst enemies by not showing up to an audition because they’ve decided they are “not right” for a role. Let the director be the judge. Many times someone has told me they didn’t show up because they knew they weren’t right, and had they shown up I would have cast them.