Auditions

Clayton Community Theatre announces open auditions for The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers, directed by Jim Danek.

 
Additional Auditions: December 9 at 7:00pm. and December 11 at 11a.m.
 
Performances: June 2-12, 2022

Audition procedure:

1) Actors will perform a cold reading from the script. Audition sides may be found below. 

Auditions will be held at the theatre: Washington University South Campus Theatre (the old CBC High School building), 6501 Clayton Rd, Clayton MO 63117. Auditioners are encouraged to download the audition form and fill it out in advance. All auditioners will be required to complete Washington University’s visitor COVID self-screening form within two hours of the audition: https://visitorscreening.wustl.edu/symptom-screener (select “Events” as “Purpose of Visit.”) Additionally, each occupant of the building will be required to show proof of vaccination, at the entry to the building.  This would be your CDC Vaccination Record card, or an electronic version from your health records’ access through the BJC, MyChart app or website.  Fastest check-in would be the CDC card.
Synopsis: This 1950 play, adapted by the author from a 1946 novel, has been described as a “very funny, very dark” story on themes of racial and sexual identity and “why people exclude others and what happens when they do.”
Characters
 
Bernice Sadie Brown - A cook, is a stout, motherly Black woman with an air of great capability. She is about forty-five years old. 
 
Frankie Addams - A gangling girl of twelve with blond hair cut like a boy's.  Frankie is a dreamy, restless girl with a rapt attention to her inward world of fantasy.  
 
John Henry West - Frankie's small cousin, aged seven.  He is a delicate, active boy and wears gold-rimmed spectacles which give him an oddly judicious look.  
 
Jarvis - Frankie's brother.  A good-looking lad of twenty-one wearing an army uniform.  Jarvis is awkward when he first appears because this is his betrothal visit to his family.  
 
Janice - Jarvis' fiance.  She is a young, pretty, fresh-looking girl of eighteen or nineteen.  She is charming but rather ordinary.  She is dressed in her best clothes and is anxious to be liked by her new family.  
 
Mr. Addams - Frankie's father, is a deliberate and absent-minded man of about forty-five. A widower of many years, he has become set in his habits. There is about him an old-fashioned look and manner. 
 
Mrs. West - John Henry's mother.  She is a vivacious, blonde woman of about thirty-three.  She is dressed in sleazy, rather dowdy summer clothes. 
 
Helen Fletcher - A young girl of thirteen or fourteen.  
 
Doris - A young girl of thirteen or fourteen.  
 
Sis Laura - An ancient Black woman, dressed in a clean print dress with several petticoats.  
 
T. T. Williams - A large and pompous-looking Black man of about fifty.  He is dressed like a church deacon, in a black suit with a red emblem in the lapel.  His manner is timid and over-polite.  
 
Honey Camden Brown - Honey is a slender, limber Black boy of about twenty.  He is quite light in color and wears loud-colored, snappy clothes.  He is very high-strung and volatile. 
 
Barney MacKean - A boy of thirteen, wears a football suit, bright sweater and cleated shoes.
Audition Sides:
 
A Jarvis, Frankie Janice, Bernice, Mr. Addams, John Henry, Mrs. West  
Pages 2-7 START: Jarvis: Seems to me.... END: Bernice: We just talks...... 
 
B Mrs. West, Bernice, John Henry, Frankie, Mr. Addams, Jarvis 
Pages 8-11 START: Mrs. West: Well, if he gets in.... END: John Henry: They are going now.... 
 
C Helen, Frankie, Doris 
Pages 20-21 START: Helen: We can't. END: Frankie: ….my papa's pistol. 
 
D T.T., Bernice, Frankie, John Henry 
Pages 63-66 START: T.T.: Good afternoon, Miss Bernice. END: Bernice: Excepting your own.
 
E Mr. Addams, Frankie, T.T., Honey, John Henry  
Pages 66-70 START: Mr. Addams: Hello everybody. END: T.T.: Good-bye you all. 
 
F Bernice, John Henry, Frankie 
Pages 70-72 START: Bernice: Poor ole Sis Laura. END: Frankie: ….such a queer feeling. 
 
G Bernice, Frankie 
Pages 76-78 START: Bernice: Warning? Oh yes! END: Bernice: ….I married Henry...
 
H John Henry, Bernice 
Pages 104-106 START: John Henry: Uncle Royal is going... END: John Henry: You want to.....
 
I Mr. Addams, Bernice, Frankie, Honey, Mrs. West 
Pages 107-111 START: Mr. Addams: I never was a ….. END: Bernice: Sometimes sudden...... 
 
J Frankie, Bernice, Barney 
Pages 114-118 START: Bernice: Got every reason... END: Bernice: It's kind of a pretty......

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Everyone who auditions will receive a complimentary ticket to any CCT production this season!