To Kill a Mockingbird Auditions
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
From the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Emily Tzucker
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town, but, from the start, there’s a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life there.
Prep Session – November 12th @ 7:00 pm
Auditions – November 18th & 19th
6:30 pm- Children 7:30 pm – Adults
Rehearsals will begin on or around December 18, 2018
Performances February 8 – 23, 2019
Student Matinees February 12 – 15 & 19 – 21 at 10:00 am
* Stages ages listed are approximations of the age relationship between the 3 children. Actual age of the performer is less significant than the age the performer can play. It is common and often desirable to cast older performers that can appear to be the appropriate age.
SCOUT: (Stage Age – 9)* – A young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it. She is intelligent and, by the standards of her time and place, a tomboy. Scout has a combative streak and a basic faith in the goodness of the people in her community.
JEM: (Stage Age – 13)*- Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football. He is a few years older than his sister but he remains her close companion and protector throughout. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson.
DILL: (Stage Age – 12, but small for his age)* – Dill is a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination.He is neater and better dressed than his friends. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. There is a lack in Dill’s own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley.
JEAN LOUISE FINCH: Scout as an adult looking back on the time she was young. Looking for answers to her questions about the events in the play. Intelligent, a still water that runs deep.
ATTICUS: Quietly impressive, reserved, civilized and nearly fifty. Deeply intelligent and thoughtful. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community.
CALPURNIA: African American. Proud, capable, intelligent, loving. She has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising. Calpurnia is the children’s bridge between the white world and her own black community.
MAUDIE ATKINSON: Younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a lovely sensitive woman. Wise and compassionate.
WALTER CUMMINGHAM: Cunningham is a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership, for when his attitude is changed during the confrontations with Atticus, he takes the others with him.
REVEREND SYKES: African American. Minister of the Flint Purchase Church. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He cares deeply about the survival and safety of his parishioners.
HECK TATE: Heck is the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor. The key to this man’s actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.
STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. She simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.
BOO RADLEY: Arthur Radley is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary.
NATHAN RADLEY:Boo Radley’s older brother. Wiry, leathery, man of few words.
*Boo Radley and Nathan Radley may be played by the same actor
MRS. DUBOSE: An elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches. Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction.
TOM ROBINSON: African American. Has a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge of rape with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.
HELEN ROBINSON:African American. Tom Robinson’s wife. Numb with shock over the false charges made against her husband. Caught in a nightmare.
JUDGE TAYLOR: Does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in his court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
MR. GILMER: He is a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful. And yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction. Still – he goes after it, and it’s a hard thing.
BOB EWELL: A drunken, mostly unemployed member of Maycomb’s poorest family. In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Ewell represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice.
MAYELLA EWELL: The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. Though one may pity Mayella because of her overbearing father, one cannot pardon her for her shameful indictment of Tom Robinson.