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Pioneer Theatre Company is a fully professional theatre company in residence, acting under a LORT-B contract with Actors’ Equity Association.

Working for PTC is a full-time commitment, and auditioners must be available all day, everyday for the rehearsal and production periods of a show. The production run includes two matinee performances per week.

Rehearsal times are decided on the first day of most rehearsal periods, but usually run from 7 to 9 hours, including a meal break.

For more information on AEA, go here.

For more information on the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), go here.

The latest audition information is also distributed via a press release; visit our press room for our more recent announcements.


ALABAMA STORY AUDITIONS

WHAT:

Pioneer Theatre Company WORLD PREMIERE -  ALABAMA STORY Auditions

Each audition slot is five minutes. Sides will be available at audition sign-up. 

WHEN:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM is reserved for AEA only; 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM is open to both AEA and non-AEA auditioners.   

Callbacks will be on Saturday, September 27th, by invitation only.   

WHO:

Auditioners must be 18 years or older. A headshot and résumé are recommended.

HOW:

All auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on Friday, September 19, 2014.

ROLES:  

All roles listed are currently available.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 

GARTH WILLIAMS, 40s to early 60s, white omnipresent narrator. Educated abroad, a famous American illustrator of children's books. Humane storyteller at ease with sincerity and sentiment, yet capable of a waspish comic remark. He also assumes the roles of OTHERS, including a wizened and infirm 80-year-old Old School Southern politician, a liberal Montgomery reporter, a Florida newspaper columnist and a menacing local citizen. A nimble chameleon with gravitas. Think the Stage Manager in "Our Town."

SENATOR E.W. HIGGINS, late 40s to early 60s, a white Alabama State Senator, bawn 'n' bred in Alabama. Implacable in his belief in the traditions of the South. A charismatic bully given to speechifying and posturing but can be a cool and calculating game player when on the attack. 98 percent unflappable. Passionate and desperate, but rarely showing the latter. A bear of a man. Welcomes the spotlight. Think of him as a cousin to "Big Daddy" in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

EMILY WHEELOCK REED, 50s, white State Librarian of Alabama. Raised in Indiana; more Midwestern than Southern. Pert, businesslike, completely unsentimental, quick on her feet, excellent at her job, rare to show her weakness in public. 98 percent unflappable. Limited sense of humor, but not a librarian cliché - not a drudge or a spinster or a prude. Has worked in the system enough to know how to be politic and moderate while still pushing for what she wants. Avoids the spotlight.

THOMAS FRANKLIN, 27, white reference librarian, assistant to Emily Reed, head of the State Library's reference department. An Alabama native. Educated, exacting, fiercely loyal, a Type-A personality at work, hiding a secret or two, which might give him the slight quality of seeming shifty, sensitive, shy or slightly peculiar at times. Charming. Dryly funny. 

LILY WHITFIELD, 32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege. A Southern belle, with some wear around the edges. Sheltered, still living in her ancestral home. Delicate, hiding a secret, sentimental and quick to conjure the past. Mercurial, garrulous, charming, vivacious, with streaks of sadness. Impulsive. Her chemistry with Joshua is palpable. 

JOSHUA MOORE, 32, a middle-class African-American man who left Alabama when he was 20 following a childhood trauma that involved Lily's family. Upwardly mobile and confident, but aware of the limits of the Jim Crow South. Has shed his Southern accent, though it surfaces in passion. Focused, content with life, emotionally measured but not afraid to express himself. Burdened by the past without knowing it. His chemistry with Lily is palpable.


 

NYC Auditions:

Required LORT Equity Principal Auditions are held annually in New York and once every three years in Los Angeles and are scheduled through and announced by Actors' Equity Association. Required Equity Chorus Calls are held in New York City for Chorus musicals and are scheduled through and announced by Actors' Equity Association.

Principal auditions in New York are by appointment only and are scheduled through Pioneer Theatre Company's New York Casting Director, Rich Cole Casting.

Breakdowns for each production are sent to, and submissions accepted from, Equity franchised agents.

 

 

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~
Kenneth Haigh