The Classic in San Marco
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel
From the book by Harper Lee.
Directed by Joe Kemper
Performance dates: September 15-October 1, 2017
Casting Call for Adults Only
All Children’s roles have been cast
Audition Date Monday June 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm: adults only
Place: Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., 32207
Auditions will be cold readings from the script.
About the Show:
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is brought to the stage in this faithful and touching dramatization. Lawyer Atticus Finch fights a legal battle with great courage and compassion to seek truth in a community rife with racial tension. Under the guidance of her wise father, Atticus, the rebellious Scout discovers her own path, learning the power of empathy and the struggle for justice. A beloved classic that still resonates today.
JEAN LOUISE – mid-to-late 30s – early 40s. The play’s narrator, she is Scout, grown up. She guides the audience through the story, but there is not complete omnipotence about her presence. She still seeks answers to questions that exist in her memory of that time. She does not directly address other characters, yet there should be a strong connection to them. Should slightly resemble Scout in appearance and mannerisms.
ATTICUS FINCH – “Nearly 50” (Mid-to-late 40s). Father to Jem and Scout. An attorney from an old Southern family. Patient, witty, gentle. Quietly courageous and without heroics: he does what he considers just. One of the few residents of Maycomb dedicated to racial justice. Serves as the play’s moral backbone. We are not looking for a Gregory Peck impersonator; do not be afraid to show us “your” Atticus.
CALPURNIA – 40s/50s. African-American. The Finch’s cook, she is helping Atticus raise Jem and Scout. Proud, capable and no-nonsense, the children are one-part in love with her and one-part completely terrified of her.
MAUDIE ATKINSON – 40s/50s. The children’s “favorite neighbor.” Kind, witty, exuberant. She gives the children their first precious tidbit about Boo, and is provides comfort and wisdom after the crushing defeat of the trial.
WALTER CUNNINGHAM – 40s/50s. Poor, prideful, hard-up farmer that pays Atticus for legal work by sacks of turnip greens. Later part of the mob that seeks to lynch Tom, he displays kindness and regret when confronted by the children.
REVEREND SYKES – 50s/60s. African-American. Minister of the First Purchase Church. Strong, imposing, wise. Easily relates to the children. Should have a great voice for oration.
HECK TATE – 40s/50s. Town sheriff. Decent, amiable, complex. A friend to the Finch’s and sympathizer to Tom. He does his job as he sees fit.
STEPHANIE CRAWFORD – 40s/50s. Neighborhood gossip. She enjoys “stirring things up” and riling people up, even the children. It’s not because she is a bad person, she just can’t help herself.
BOO RADLEY – 30s. Pale recluse that has not been out of his house in 15 years. Gentle, painfully shy, stunted. Protective of the neighborhood children.
MRS. DUBOSE – Elderly. Neighbor to the Finch’s. Bitter, angry, racist, described by Jean Louise as “pure hell.” Has difficulty walking, and is in constant pain: a probable cause to her biting demeanor. Has a secret reason for her behavior that few understand. Will look at younger actresses to play this role, but must be able to convincingly show age and disability.
TOM ROBINSON – 20s/30s. African-American. Accused of rape. Dignified, handsome, respectful. He possesses a strong, quiet dignity while being accused of the horrific crime.
HELEN ROBINSON – 20s/30s. African-American. Tom’s wife. Numb with shock of the accusations against Tom, this could also be interpreted as steely resolve.
JUDGE TAYLOR – 60s. Judge in the Tom Robinson trial. A “wintry man of the South.” Friend to Atticus. Does what he can to ensure justice in his court.
MR. GILMER – 50s. Prosecutor in Tom Robinson trial. Shrewd, conniving, explosive. Uses hyperbole and fear to appeal to the jury. Might not be as convinced of Tom’s guilt as it seems.
BOB EWELL – 30s/40s. Father to Mayella. Accusing Tom of raping his daughter. Single father raising a large family in the town dump. Riddled with poverty, unintelligence and arrogance, he is a violent man whose pride is all he has left in the world. When that is challenged publicly by Atticus, he becomes dangerous.
MAYELLA EWELL – Late teens. The eldest daughter of Bob Ewell and charge with caring for her multiple siblings. Loneliness and despondency has overtaken her, and her need for companionship has overtaken every other emotion. All of her actions, right or wrong, are based in desperation and what she thinks is survival.
People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville. It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.