Director | Katie Pace-Hess
Thornton Wilder's classic play on Grover's Corners, a fictional small town and its story taking place between 1901 and 1913, dealing with themes as life, death and the everyday routine of its many residents, all followed and detailed by the Stage Manager.
Dates & Times
Thursday, October 22 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 24 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Callback auditions will be held the following week by invitation only.
Please come prepared to read from the script and sing a verse and chorus of an upbeat song in the style of the early 20th century.
Cast of Characters
Stage Manager | Male or Female, Age 40-65
Appealing, steady, even-handed, benevolent host of the play and the dramatic equivalent of an omniscient narrator. Exercises control over the action of the play, cueing the other characters, interrupting their scenes with his own interjections, and informing the audience of events and objects that we cannot see. Although referred to as Stage Manager, and not by a person’s name, he occasionally assumes other roles, such as an old woman, a druggist, and a minister.
George Gibbs |Male, Age: 16-28
Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. All-American boy, sincere, agreeable, polite, respectful, decent, and upstanding young man, but not very good at book and school learning. A loving person - but not very good at expressing those emotions - and perfectly happy to stay on the farm.
Emily Webb, Female, Age: 16-28. Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter, George’s neighbor, love interest, fiancée and then wife. Bright, articulate, conscientious and vivacious person who shares some of her mother’s anxious nature.
Dr. Gibbs | Male, Age: 40-50
George’s father and the town doctor. Loving father, kind husband, content, server, well liked, knowledgeable, mindful. Civil War expert, knows just about everything about everybody in town.
Mrs. Gibbs, Female, Age: 40-50. Enduring, appropriate, calm, appreciative and caring mother to her children and wife to Dr. Gibbs. Although content in Grover’s Corner she still desires to see Paris.
Rebecca Gibbs, Female, Age 14-20. George’s younger sister. Contrary, competitive, daring, immature and a motivated dreamer.
Mr. Webb | Male, Age: 40-50
Emily’s loving father and a caring husband, the publisher and editor of the local paper, the Grover’s Corners Sentinel. Good sense of humor. Kindly, demonstrative and sympathetic. Reports to the audience in Act I which is both informative and interactive. Has a well-informed interest in Napoleon.
Mrs. Webb | Female, Age 35-45
Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. No nonsense kind of person - innocent, caring, a little coarse-around-the-edges, somewhat anxious, hardworking and tolerant.
Wally Webb | Male, Age: 10-15
Emily’s younger brother. Turns up in Act III among the group of dead souls, his untimely death underscores the brief and fleeting nature of life. Stubborn, self-interested, and a lovable young boy.
Mrs. Soames | Female, Age: 40-60
One of the few townspeople we meet outside of the Webb and Gibbs families. Offers a sense of the interrelated nature of the lives of the citizens of Grover’s Corners. Gossipy, a chatterbox, a bit small-minded but a curious woman who sings in the choir, along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs.
Simon Stimson | Male, Age: 40-65
Choirmaster/organist of the church whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in Grover’s Corners for quite some time. Unhappy, down trodden, embittered and oftentimes disparaging.
Ensemble | Men and women ages 13-70
To play various roles, sing in the church choir, and provide incidental music in the style of the era (eg: Barbershop Quartet, Hymns, Parlor Songs, and Ragtime).