The play, Wait Until Dark, is coming to the Heritage Community Theatre in Perry, Utah.
And before the show can begin, auditions must be held.
My friend, and fellow thespian Diane Robbins, will be directing. The run is from October 6th to October 28th.
Auditions take place:
Wednesday, July 12th at 7pm
Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Callbacks by invitation July 15th.
Diane asked me to help spread the word.
I've never seen the play, though (like I imagine most of us...) I've seen the film. Love the film. It's got that down-home creepiness that makes for a good time, if you like those kinds of films. It's a movie that doesn't rely on amazing computer graphics (it was before that even existed...). It's a classic with great dialogue and brilliant acting.
I'll bet, with the right group of people, the play will be amazing too.
If you're interested, here are the roles:
Characters: (Ages listed are suggestions.) All roles are open.
Susy Hendrix – (Female, 25-40) Recently blinded in an accident, she’s doing her best to adjust. Endearing, but never helpless; good sense of humor but isn’t silly; an independent spirit whose cleverness is her best weapon. Highly intuitive, sensitive person. This can be a physically demanding role.
Mike Talman – (Male, 30 – 50ish) Con Artist and gambler recently out of jail. He’s a good liar. Likeable and charismatic, but also has a darker side. Unlike his associates, he may empathize at times with his targets. (Need to be able to fall down a small flight of stairs.)
Sgt. Carlino – (Male, 30 – 50’s) Con Artist and small time grafter, recently out of jail. Coarse and uneducated. Not as likeable as Mike. He is a follower, not a leader.
Harry Roat – (Male, 30 – 50’s) The mastermind of the plan. Very creepy, sociopathic con man capable of murder. Takes on other characters/ages during the play as part of the con. Doesn’t care who he hurts or kills to succeed. Physically demanding role.
Sam Hendrix – (Male, late 20’s – 40) Ex-marine and is now a photographer. At times almost fatherly to Susy and helps her be independent. He interacts well with Gloria. Unwilling to entertain thoughts of self-pity, either for himself or Susy.
Gloria – (Female, 11-14) Lives upstairs from Susy and Sam, and helps with shopping and chores. Struggles between being a child and a teen. Has had a tough home life. Acts out when upset. Headstrong and puts on a tough exterior but proves she cares a lot more than she lets on.
2 Police Officers – (Male or Female, any adult age) These officers are self-assured & trustworthy. Come in at the end of the play. (Actors cast for this role may also help as part of our stage crew.)
Diane included some additional instructions:
Auditions will include cold readings from the script.
** Those auditioning for the role of Susy should come prepared with a 60-90 second dramatic monologue, memorized preferred. Be prepared to “act” blind.
Auditioners are encouraged to submit a resume and headshot. Bring a list of all conflicts for August 1 – October 28.
Rehearsals will begin approximately August 1st. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, with Saturday mornings as needed and definitely on Sept. 23 & 30.
Contact Diane at email@example.com with any questions. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled audition dates, contact Diane.
Roles are non-paid. No participation fee.
So, if you're interested, contact Diane with any questions. I know that if make the show, working with Diane is a joy.