Audition!

Tex*Rep performs four plays per year. Two of the plays are produced in partnership with the Texarkana College Department of Drama. All of the plays are currently performed at the Stilwell Theatre on the Texarkana College Campus. Auditions for all of the plays are also held at the Stilwell Theatre. All auditions for shows are “open,” i.e., anyone who auditions will have an equal opportunity to compete for any role for which he/she could be qualified.

CAST LIST

Hello all!

I truly apologize for how long it takes me to make decisions.

I keep thinking this part will get easier but, truth be told, it has been very very difficult putting this list together.

There are talented and committed actors who I wanted desperately to use in the show. Please know that I do have angst. However, each actor enters the audition as a puzzle piece – it is up to me to determine how to fit the various pieces together to make a big picture, a family. And sometimes a beautiful puzzle piece just doesn’t fit into this particular puzzle.

Auditions for Twelfth Night are really just around the corner! I hope to see all of you there!

Having said that (and I HATE that expression), this is the ‘picture’:

BEVERLY WESTON - RONNIE MYERS

VIOLET WESTON - RUTH ELLEN WHITT

BARBARA FORDHAM - KATE DAVIS CHAMBERS

BILL FORDHAM - MICHAEL SKOTNIK

JEAN FORDHAM - OLIVIA KEY

IVY WESTON - AMANDA ABLES

KAREN WESTON - MARY BETH HAWKINS

MATTIE FAY AIKEN - LORIE JONES

CHARLIE AIKEN - ALEX RAIN

LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN - DUSTIN CHASE LIVINGSTON

JOHNNA MONEVATA - MAEGAN MCDONALD

STEVE HEIDEBRECHT - CHRISTOPHER A. POLSON

SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU - TYLER MAHONE

First Meeting – Monday, August 1 st (how appropriate!) – 6:30

SHOW SYNOPSIS:

August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

"A fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown, “August” is probably the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years. Oh, forget probably: It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years." - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 6 Tony Awards, including Best Play - 6 Drama Desk Awards - 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play - Theatre World Award - and Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play

Character Breakdowns:

Beverly Weston
Violet’s husband and father of Barbara, Ivy and Karen. Alcoholic, famous poet and former writing professor at the University of Tulsa. His mysterious disappearance, which turns out to be suicide by drowning, serves as the inciting incident, bringing the family together for the weekend.

Violet Weston
Beverly’s wife and mother of Barbara, Ivy and Karen. Addicted to prescription drugs. Cigarette smoker. Undergoing chemotherapy for mouth cancer.

Barbara Fordham
Daughter of Beverly and Violet. Wife of Bill and mother of Jean. Lives in Boulder, Colorado. Bill has been having an affair with a student, and him and Barbara are currently separated.

Bill Fordham
Husband of Barbara and father of Jean. Physiology professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Bill has been having an affair with a student, and him and Barbara are currently separated.

Jean Fordham
Daughter of Barbara and Bill. Smokes marijuana and cigarettes. Loves old films.

Ivy Weston
Daughter of Beverly and Violet. Librarian at the University of Tulsa. Unmarried. Having a secret love affair with Little Charles who turns out to be her half-brother.

Karen Weston
Daughter of Beverly and Violet. Lives in Miami, Florida. Engaged to Steve Heidebrecht.

Charlie Aiken
Husband of Mattie Fay and father of Little Charles.

Mattie Fay Aiken
Sister of Violet. Wife of Charlie and mother of Little Charles.

Little Charles Aiken
Son of Mattie Fay and Charlie. Unmarried. Having a secret love affair with Ivy who turns out to be his half-sister.

OTHERS:

Johnna Monevata
Cheyenne Native American who Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper before he mysteriously disappears.

Steve Heidebrecht
Engaged to Karen. Businessman. Lives in Miami, Florida.

Sheriff Deon Gibeau
Friend of the Weston family, who reports the discovery of Beverly’s drowned body to the family. Barbara’s high school boyfriend.

 

F.A.Q.s

What happens in an audition?

Simply put, you are given the opportunity to show the director what you can do. You will come to the theater at the appointed time and fill out a form to turn in to the audition coordinator. When your name is called, you will go into the theater. The director will be either be alone or, in the case of a musical, the musical director will be with him. He might ask you some questions to get to know more about you and to make you feel at ease. Then he will ask you to present what you have prepared. You will be given the opportunity to start over if you mess up (which we've all done many times!). Our goal is to make the conditions right so when you're finished, you feel that you really did show the director what you can do that might win you the part.

What should I prepare for an audition?

FOR MUSICALS: You should sing something that shows off your voice. Sing in whatever style fits you best.

FOR BOTH MUSICALS AND PLAYS: You will read a portion of a scene from the script with other people who are there to audition. Sometimes the director will ask you to read the part of a character you hadn't considered trying for. That's OK. He may see something in you that causes him to think you might be right for another role.

Here's a HINT: Most scripts for musicals and plays are available in a library or for purchase online. Those who become familiar with the script ALWAYS have a better audition. It also demonstrates to the director the attitude he's looking for, that you're a self-starter who would work hard to make the show a success.

What is the director looking for in an audition?

Besides the obvious - hearing you sing and speak, he is trained to look for potential that might not come through in an audition. He knows the process of bringing out the best in a performer, so he not only considers what you do in an audition, but also what he believes you could do with the self-confidence that comes from getting the part. He is also looking for people who want to be team players. Sometimes he has to go with hunches about whether the person auditioning would bring the right attitude to the project.

What are some tips for giving me an advantage in an audition?

Be prepared. Learn about the show you're auditioning for before coming. Know something about the role(s) you want. Know when the show is going to be performed. Be energetic. Speak audibly and clearly. Listen to the director for instructions in the audition. Ask questions if you don't understand something. Make an impression. Take some risks. Don't just play it safe. The director is not only looking for people who can sing, dance, and act. He's also looking for a certain kind of attitude. That attitude is revealed by your eagerness, openness to being directed, and the ability to overcome fear.