Little Theater Players

Audition Packet for

Ark of Safety
by Howard Richardson and Frances Goforth based on Tall Tales from Old Smokey by C. Hodge Mathes
Instrumental and Movement auditions at 5:00pm on Friday, September 9th Acting auditions at 3:00pm on Tuesday, September 13th DESCRIPTION: This drama of life in a tiny Appalachian community combines comedy and theatrical excitement with bluegrass music, hymns and country dancing to celebrate local heritage and traditions. The play presents the loves, hates, adventures, prejudices and deep religious faith of these people in the face of a meager existence. It is a memory play of half forgotten tales of long ago. The story unfolds in the mind of Clyde Tollett, who returns after death to the time and place of his childhood and he relives the highlights of his life. TIME: At the turn of the 20th century SETTING: Somewhere in the Great Smokey Mountains Please familiarize yourself with the characters and their descriptions. Select a monologue that best suits your talents for the audition. You will be considered for all roles—not just the character whose monologue you are performing. FEMALE CHARACTERS MAG TOLLETT—the matriarch and soul of the Tollett family SUE ANN MCTAVISH—Tom’s wife and the object of John’s desire (must be comfortable singing) PENNYLOPE CALAHAN—an experienced midwife AGNES BODEN—a local woman who assist with childbirth AUNT VINY GLASPY—Mag’s trusted friend CORDIE MCKINNEY—a dedicated Methodist LOUVINY WHITEHEAD—a dedicated Methodist 1ST YOUNG GIRL—a flirtatious, contemporary tourist 2ND YOUNG GIRL—a flirtatious, contemporary tourist BELULAH—Preacher Gallaher’s granddaughter (must be an excellent mover)

AUNT RACHEL MCTAVISH—someone willing to bridge the gap between the Baptists and the Methodists SARAH CUTSHAW—John’s mother who loves her son unconditionally DILSIE TOLLETT—a pretty teenager who caught between her family and the man she loves .

—an ensemble which will be prominently featured FEATURED DANCERS—a featured dance ensemble will blend country dancing with modern movement MUSICIANS—Instrumentalists.) * Please note that this is not a musical and actors cast in roles that sing should not sound trained. you are encouraged to audition for these roles! . purity. If you considered yourself a non-singer.MALE CHARACTERS: CLYDE TOLLETT—the leader of the group. guitar. a young mountain boy who narrates the play with innocence. will accompany the music and action of the play. banjo. (Musicians may also portray the characters described above. including but not limited to fiddle. guitar playing is a plus) PREACHER GALLAHER—a Baptist preacher with a dynamic voice (must be an good mover) UNCLE SYCAMORE—a respected elder of the community who protects his friends and neighbors (must be comfortable singing *) REVEREND SHELTON—a Methodist preacher with a dynamic voice (must be an excellent mover) HUSE MCKINNEY—a dedicated Methodist CHEROKEE INDIAN—a commercialized image of an Indian Chief TOM TOLLETT—a young man with the capacity for great love and great hate JOHN CUTSHAW—an aggressive and violent young man ZEB TOLLETT—a young man who is dedicated to his family CORT TOLLETT—a young man who is dedicated to his family SHERIFF MUMPOWER—the symbol of law and order in the community MARTIN CUTSHAW—John’s volatile brother JUDGE CAGLE—a symbol of the law in a land ruled by vengeance ADAM MUMPOWER—a handsome young preacher who believes he can change the world BOY—a kid who needs to learn how to behave in church RUFUS LITTLEJOHN—a mill worker (must be comfortable singing *) JONAS HARON—a mill worker (must be comfortable singing *) “BUB” BECKLEY—a mountain lad and messenger (must be comfortable singing *) ELKANAH BECKLEY—the miller owner (must be comfortable singing *) BARRY CUTSHAW—John’s gentle brother TOWNSPEOPLE. bass harmonica. compassion and sympathy (must be comfortable singing *. TOURISTS. ETC. Musicians must be comfortable improvising and contributing creatively to the production.

Buckley (LittleTheaterPlayers@gmail. .Email with any questions about characters or the audition process.

TOM: It burns me plumb up the way John Cutshaw and his ma cut across the lower end of our pasture a-getting’ to church. There ain’t no room fer no argument. My head tells me I should listen to my pa. But they are followin’ after the teachings of a Godless. what path I should take? No one’s been able to say for sure which should rule—the heart or the head.Feel free to audition with or without an accent. My head whispers. It’s all writ down in the Book fer anybody to read. I ain’t sayin’ one word agin’ the Methodists personally. they is sincere and they is well meanin’. one. Jehovah made it clear as the mountain streams that run down these there hills. PREACHER GALLAHER: There ain’t no question about it. I ain’t a-sayin’ things is better than they was or worse than they was. but I can’t seem to hear You. What we’re doin’ is showin’ you the part of the country that we know best—like it is now and like t used to be. Well. (We will work with the dialect in rehearsal!) MEN’S MONOLOGUES CLYDE: Howdy. I’m tellin’ you right now what I aim to do the next time them Cutshaws trespass on our land. But how can I serve you if I don’t try to put a stop to all this hatin’ between two families in my flock? My heart tells me I must do everything I can to bring the Cutshaws and the Tolletts together in love and fergiveness. They is two things that God A’mighty never made and never intended to be: One is a mule and the other is a Methodist. Now most of you know how things is like today. But as anyone who’s ever lived here will bear me out. If you study the Word. and that is a fact. I beg you. that I shouldn’t ought to be a-meddlin’ in folks private affairs. That should put a stop to it—maybe. I’m askin’ fer Your help. so there ain’t much point in my dwellin’ too much on that. at a time like this how can I know wich way to turn. ADAM: Dear Lord. Which should rule—my head or my heart? . Lord. everybody. Now I know a lot of folks think the Smoky Mountains is one place where changes come slowly and where people still live as they did a hundred years or so ago. They is fine people. Tell me year answer. What I aim to do tonight is remember with you how things used to be. Lord. “Listen to yer Pa. that just ain’t the truth. unbeievin’ man named Wesley. I’m goin’ to drag that aggrivatin’ John Cutshaw out of our church right by his heels and then and thar I’m gonna stone him good or string him up on a limb. I guess some of you are wonderin’ what this here is all ‘bout. if you’ll just bear with me for a bit.” But I feel my heart suddenly stop. there can be but one conclusion. but they sure is different. I’ll try to explain.


) HARMONICA .) He’s a – dying. She was dead. I don’t want to go on… Tom. Tom. Tabs for harmonica and guitar and sheet music are below for your reference. Miz Tollett. She warn’t happy no more. It makes me feel bad fer yore pappy. we didn’t let her die. (Beat. I knew it all along. Tom. CUTSHAW: (Pointing her finger at closed door) He lays in younder room. I need you—I need my husband! PENNYLOPE: No. (Speaking softly to John) John… John…. She warn’t a-livin’. My boy is dyin’.) Tell him you fergive him.. I remember last year how you used to go out to the plot and set wild flowers near the tomb. honey. God. Thar warn’t no us to a hung on Sue Ann. you’ve quit goin’ to yore pappy’s grave. and how you used to keep the fence neat an’ straight. Ever sist you been a-seein’ him. Tollett—a dyin’. You jes’ plumb fergittin’ him. (Please speak to Mr. Mrs. I don’t recon as how I can make it alone. Oh. Miz Tollett’s come to see you—to fergive you. (She looks anxiously to MAG for reassurance. Goldberg if you would like to be the band leader. She was jest a shell awalkin’ around.WOMEN’S MONOLOGUES SUE ANN: (by the grave) Oh. honey —dead in her heart. MRS. Do you hear me son?. They sent him home to die. son. MAG: Hit shore plain that preacher is a workin’ on you. child. Tom. (Calling after Dilsie who has run off) An’ how come you stopped talkin’ again’ them murderin’ Cutshaws? MUSICIANS Please be prepared to play “Rock of Ages”. Reckon everybody knows that. You don’t do them things no more. so that you can be in peace agin’. Mag. Tom. can you hear me? If the Lord would only see fit to turn you lose from Heaven long enough to let you come back and sit by my bed—(holding her rounding belly) just long enough to see me through. We been a-workin’ and a settin’ over her fer three day now..



FEATURED DANCERS Please attend the movement audition on Friday. In addition.) . September 9th at 5:00pm. Sporn if you are interested in a role that features movement or a featured dance role. please note if you would like to be a dance captain. (Please speak to Ms.

com) and/or the Stage Manager. please list any major activities in which you are involved in this semester (i. list the shows in the space below. Students who will miss or be late for rehearsals due to illness or emergency circumstances must contact Mrs. singing or playing an instrument) that may add to the production. sports and marching band). Nikki Zaidan.AUDITION FORM for the Little Theater Players production of Ark of Safety Email by Howard Richardson and Frances Goforth based on Tall Tales from Old Smokey by C. Hodge Mathes Name ____________________________ Homeroom ________________ Homeroom ________________ Grade (check one) Number Teacher _____________________________ Home ______________________ Cell ________________________ T-shirt ________________________ size Phone Phone □9 □10 □11 □12 Were you part of the cast and/or crew of any Little Theater Players productions?__ If so. stage combat. via phone (201-264-8733). gymnastics. Buckley via email (LittleTheaterPlayers@gmail. Buckley will contact students and parents by email regarding cancellations due to weather or other emergencies. Students . martial arts. In which role(s) are you interested? ________________________________________ Will you accept any role in Ark of Safety? ____________________________________ List any special skills (especially dancing. Mrs.e. In order to help create a rehearsal schedule. Students are expected to be at all scheduled rehearsals.

Footwear and makeup will be provided by the students. costume pieces and properties may be supplied by students. Students must have scripts and pencils at all rehearsals. In addition. September 29th at 7:00pm in the Little Theater to discuss opportunities for parental involvement in Ark of Safety. Parents/guardians must arrange prompt transportation to and from rehearsals and performances. For Parents/Guardians Name ___________________________ Email ___________________________ Home Phone _____________________ Cell Phone _______________________ . There will be a parent meeting on Thursday.with excessive lateness and/or absenteeism may be recast or asked to leave the production.

Ark of Safety Tentative Rehearsal Dates & Media Release Review the schedule below with your parents. This information will be used to create the rehearsal schedule. Monday 19 3:00 6:00 26 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 Tuesday 20 3:00 6:00 27 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 SEPTEMBER Wednesd Thursda ay y 21 3:00 6:00 28 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 22 3:00 6:00 29 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 Friday 23 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 30 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 Saturday 24 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 Monday Tuesday OCTOBER Wednesd Thursda ay y Friday Saturday 1 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 8 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 15 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 22 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 29 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 3 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 10 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 17 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 24 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 4 3:00 6:00 11 3:00 6:00 18 3:00 6:00 25 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 5 3:00 6:00 12 3:00 6:00 19 3:00 6:00 26 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 6 3:00 6:00 13 3:00 6:00 20 3:00 6:00 27 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 7 3:00 6:00 14 3:00 6:00 21 3:00 6:00 28 3:00 6:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 – 6:00 – 9:00 Monday Tuesday 1 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 NOVEMBER Wednesd Thursda ay y 2 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 9 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 16 3:00 – 6:00 3 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 10 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 17 4 Friday 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 11 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 18 Saturday 5 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 12 9:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 3:00 19 7 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 14 3:00 – 6:00 8 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 15 3:00 – 6:00 . A rehearsal calendar will be posted on the Little Theater Players website. Please cross out any dates/times when you cannot attend rehearsals.

__________________________________ Student’s Signature ___________________________________ Parent’s Signature □ .6:00 – 9:00 21 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 6:00 – 9:00 22 3:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 9:00 6:00 – 9:00 6:00 – 10:00 6:00 – 10:00 6:00 – 10:00 Mandatory rehearsals and performances 11/14 – 19 (Optional) I have signed Park Ridge Schools’ Media Release and will allow my child’s name and image to be used for purposes of publicity and posterity.

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