Auditions for First Presbyterian Theater’s 2018–2019 season

Christmas Show TBA

PERFORMS: November 29**, 30, December 1, 2*, 8, 9***, 15, 16***, 2018
This show is currently still To Be Announced

The Christians by Lucas Hnath

directed by Thom Hofrichter
PERFORMS: January 3**, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13*, 18, 19, 2019
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, October 7 at 6:00 pm
PREPARE TO: read from script - email Thom for script
REHEARSALS START: mid-August
NEEDED: 3 M (20-60); 2W (30-50) email thofrichter@firstpresfortwayne.org for more info

Twenty years ago Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now he ministers to thousands in a church that includes a
swimming-pool sized baptismal font. But on the day the church’s mortgage is paid off Paul is about to preach a sermon that will
shake the foundations of his congregation’s beliefs.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

directed by Ranae Butler
PERFORMS: February 28**, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2019
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, October 14 at 6:00 pm
PREPARE TO: read from cuttings - email Thom for cuttings after 10/5
REHEARSALS START: mid-August
NEEDED: 15-20 actors, all genders/races - email thofrichter@firstpresfortwayne.org for more info

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Love and revelry and gender identity turn the world topsy-turvy in one of Shakespeare's
most popular comedies. Anything can happen when you assemble a cast of the bard’s most memorable characters.

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: 15-20 actors, all genders/races - email thofrichter@firstpresfortwayne.org 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
**Thursday preview
***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 (thofrichter@firstpresfortwayne.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.