Auditions for 2019 season Coming October 8th and 9th

Auditions For Our More Than Marvelous 2018-2019 Season Are Coming Up Very Soon!!!

Auditions will be October 8-9 at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square (11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064). The musicals that are being auditioned are Real Life: An Original Hip-Hopera, In The Heights, and Frosty! A Very Merry Musical! The plays that are being auditioned are The Hallelujah GirlsThe Mountaintop, A View From the Bridge, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Othello, and Gift of the Magi 2.0.

MUSICALS AND PLAYS: If you are wanting to audition and be considered for a musical AND one of our plays, audition information is below:

WHEN: OCTOBER 8, 2018

The musical/play audition will start at 4:00pm. Dress comfortably. A dance number will be taught, and 32 bars of a musical theatre song will need to be prepared. There will not be an accompanist, so plan accordingly and bring an mp3 for music. Also, please prepare a 60-90 second monologue and bring a hardcopy of your headshot and resume. You will need to sign up for a 4:00pm or 4:30pm time slot to be considered. Please email the box office at boxofficetheatresquare@gmail.com or call us at 770-426-4800 to sign up for an audition time.

PLAYS ONLY: If you are wanting to audition for one of our plays ONLY, the audition information is below:

WHEN: OCTOBER 8, 2018 AND OCTOBER 9, 2018

Auditions on October 8th for our plays will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Auditions on October 9th will be from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Please bring a hardcopy of your headshot and resume. Please email the box office at boxofficetheatresquare@gmail.com or call us at 770-426-4800 to sign up for an audition time.

We look forward to seeing you! Below you’ll find breakdowns for each play and its characters:

The Hallelujah Girls

Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now! But Sugar Lee, their high-spirited, determined leader, has her hands full keeping the women motivated. Carlene’s given up on romance, having buried three husbands. Nita’s a nervous wreck from running interference between her problematic son and his probation officer. Mavis’ marriage is so stagnant she’s wondering how she can fake her own death to get out of it. And sweet, simple Crystal entertains them all, singing Christmas carols with her own hilarious lyrics. The comic tension mounts when a sexy ex-boyfriend shows up unexpectedly, a marriage proposal comes from an unlikely suitor and Sugar Lee’s arch rival vows she’ll stop at nothing to steal the spa away from her. By the time the women rally together to overcome these obstacles and launch their new, improved lives, you’ve got a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!
Character Breakdown
CARLENE TRAVIS – (50’s ) A no-nonsense gal with dry wit. Married three times, Carlene says she’s been branded the “Black Widow of Eden Falls, GA” and that her “romantic life is history.” She’s convinced by Sugar Lee to take a chance on Porter. Carlene is Crystal’s sister.
NITA MOONEY – (50’s) A very sweet, simple country woman. Nita works for the county, but really lives vicariously through romance novels and their story lines (which she has memorized.) She has a freeloading, lawbreaking son. Nita is a glass MORE than half full kind of person.
CRYSTAL HART – (50’s) Daffy and lovable. Very creative, extroverted, and undaunted. Crystal regularly dresses in costume and sings her own lyrics to popular Christmas songs. Crystal is Carlene’s sister. Actress playing this role must be able to sing confidently, but not necessarily perfectly. (Simple piano playing a plus but not a prerequisite)
SUGAR LEE THOMPKINS – (50’s) The ideal of a Southern woman. Dramatically attired in an explosion of color, Sugar Lee is vivacious, strong, and smart. It is her idea to turn the old church into a day spa.

The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop is a play by American playwright Katori Hall. It is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on Earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968.

Character Breakdown

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 30-40 African-American Male Lead. Prominent Civil Rights Activist

Camae – 20-30 African-American Beautiful Female Lead

A View from the Bridge

An aging lawyer named Alfieri introduces us to the neighborhood: Red Hook, Brooklyn. He addresses the audience directly, and tells us that in the days when he was young, after he first immigrated from Italy, the streets were meaner. Then, gangsters like Al Capone and Franky Yale ran the neighborhood. But those days are over, and he explains that the passionate justice of the old world has been traded in for a new American civility. “Now we settle for half, and I like it better,” he says, “I no longer keep a pistol in my filing cabinet.”

Character Breakdown

Eddie Carbone – A longshoreman. Eddie lives with his wife, Beatrice and orphaned niece, Catherine, in Red Hook Brooklyn. Eddie is an inarticulate character and is powerless in the face of his tragic fate. He harbors a secret lust for his niece Catherine which causes his eventual destruction.

Catherine – The niece Eddie Carbone and Beatrice. Catherine is a beautiful, smart, young Italian girl who is very popular among the boys in the community. Catherine seeks approval from her uncle and struggles when Eddie does not approve of Rodolpho, the man she intends to marry.

Beatrice – The wife of Eddie Carbone and aunt of Catherine. Beatrice has raised Catherine from the time she was very young and acts as Catherine’s mother. Beatrice is a warm and caring woman, more reasonable than Eddie. Like Catherine, Beatrice is not a very well-developed character in the play.

Marco – The cousin of Beatrice. Marco comes to the U.S. to work and make money to send back to his wife and children in Italy. Marco is a hard working Italian man who is a powerful, sympathetic leader.

Rodolpho – Beatrice’s young, blonde cousin from Italy. Rodolpho prefers singing jazz to working on the ships. To Eddie and the other Longshoremen, Rodolpho seems effeminate because he also cooks, sews and loves to dance. Rodolpho desires to be an American and have all the privileges of Western society including wealth and fame.

Alfieri – An Italian-American lawyer. Alfieri is the narrator of the story. He speaks directly to the audience and attempts to make clear the greater social and moral implications of the story.

Mike – A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie’s. Mike is often seen with Louis outside the Carbone home.

Louis – A Longshoreman and friend of Eddie’s. Louis hangs out with Mike outside Eddie’s home.

Tony – A friend of the Carbones. He assists Marco and Rodolpho off the ship and brings them safely to Beatrice’s home.

First Immigration Officer – One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie’s request.

Second Immigration Officer – One of two officers from the Immigration Bureau who comes to look for Marco and Rodolpho at Eddie’s request.

Mr. Lipari – A butcher who lives upstairs from the Carbones. Eddie blames Mr. Lipari for the arrest of Marco and Rodolpho.

Mrs. Lipari – The upstairs neighbor of the Carbones. Mrs. Lipari agrees to give Marco and Rodolpho a room in her home when Eddie kicks the men out of his house.

Two “Submarines” – Two illegal immigrants hiding upstairs from the Carbones in the Lipari house.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950’s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money.

Character Breakdown

Walter Lee Younger – 30-40 African-American Male. The protagonist of the play. Walter is a dreamer. He wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris.

Beneatha Younger (“Bennie”) – 18-20 African American Female. Mama’s daughter and Walter’s sister. Beneatha is an intellectual. Twenty years old, she attends college and is better educated than the rest of the Younger family.

Lena Younger (“Mama”) – 60-70 African-American Female. Walter and Beneatha’s mother. The matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal. She wants to use her husband’s insurance money as a down payment on a house with a backyard to fulfill her dream for her family to move up in the world.

Ruth Younger – 30-40 African-American Female. Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother. Ruth takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love. She is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older.

Travis Younger – 8-10 African-American Male. Walter and Ruth’s sheltered young son. Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living room sofa.

Joseph Asagai – 20-22 African-American Male. A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha. Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him.

George Murchison – 25-30 African-American Male. A wealthy man who courts Beneatha. The Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage. He challenges the thoughts and feelings of other black people through his arrogance and flair for intellectual competition.

Mr. Karl Lindner – 35-40 Caucasian Male. The only white character in the play. Mr. Lindner arrives at the Youngers’ apartment from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his (all-white) neighborhood.

Bobo – 30-40 African-American Male. One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan. Bobo appears to be as mentally slow as his name indicates.

Mrs. Johnson – 30-40 African-American Female. The Youngers’ neighbor. Mrs. Johnson takes advantage of the Youngers’ hospitality and warns them about moving into a predominately white neighborhood.

Clybourne Park

In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun.

Character Breakdown

Russ Stoller – 45-50 Caucasian Male. Russ is married to Bev, and is the father of Kenneth. At the beginning of the play, he and Bev are preparing to move from their home in the neighborhood of Clybourne Park so he can be close to his new job. Although once a funny a social man, Russ has become depressed in the wake of his son’s suicide. He is withdrawn and uncommunicative, which worries and scares his wife.

Bev Stoller – 40-45 Caucasian Female. Bev is married to Russ, and is the mother of Kenneth. Bev is outgoing and peacemaking. She enjoys cultivating friendships in the neighborhood.

Karl Lindner – 30-35 Caucasian Male. He is married to Betsy, and is the father of Kathy. Karl is the only character to appear onstage in both A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park. He is the one to discover that the Younger family who has purchased Bev and Russ’s house is black, and he goes to their home to try and bribe them into giving up their new house.

Betsy Lindner – 25-30 Caucasian Female. She is married to Karl, and is the mother of Kathy. Betsy is pregnant and deaf, which causes Karl to treat her gently and carefully, because of both the pregnancy and she has previously suffered a miscarriage.

Francine – 30-35 African-American Female. She is married to Albert, with whom she has three children. Francine works as a maid for Bev and Russ Stoller, and although she doesn’t seem to particularly like the couple, she is kind to Bev, whom she recognizes is often trying to connect with her.

Jim – 25-30 Caucasian Male. Jim is a local pastor and friend of the Stollers. He has a wife, Judy, who never appears onstage. He is an easygoing man, who genuinely wants to help his neighbors and community members in times of trouble.

Albert – 30-35 African-American Male. He is married to Francine, with whom he has three children. Albert is amiable and conscientious. He happily offers to help Bev move the footlocker, and is confused by Francine’s resistance to staying at the Stoller’s home longer than necessary.

Tom Driscoll – 25-30 Caucasian Male. Tom is likely related to Ted Driscoll, the realtor who sold Bev and Russ’s home to the Younger family. Tom is a lawyer working with Lena and Kevin on behalf of the Clybourne Park neighborhood.

Lindsey – 25-30 Caucasian Female. Lindsey is married to Steve, and is visibly pregnant. She and Steve have purchased the house in Clybourne Park that Bev, Russ, and the Youngers used to live in, and have planned to extensively renovate the house. In her conversations with Lena, Kevin, Kathy, and Tom, Lindsey is bubbly and personable, always trying hard to make sure she is accommodating and inoffensive. She frequently expresses embarrassment at the tactlessness of her husband.

Kathy – 30-35 Caucasian Male. She is the daughter of Karl and Betsy, and grew up in Clybourne Park. She is working as a lawyer for Steve and Lindsey. Kathy is talkative, which is unfortunate as she is also clueless and frequently makes unintentionally offensive remarks.

Steve – 30-35 Caucasian Male. He is married to Lindsey, with whom he is expecting a child, and with whom he has purchased the house in Clybourne Park. Steve is outgoing and friendly, but he has no sense of what is and is not appropriate to say in public.

Lena – 30-35 Afircan-American Female. She is married to Kevin, with whom she has three children. Lena is the grandniece of the matriarch of the Younger family, after whom she was named. Lena grew up in the Clybourne Park neighborhood and so has an emotional connection to it.

Kevin – 30-35 African-American Male. He is married to Lena, with whom he has three children. Although the couple occasionally bickers, he clearly loves his wife and rushes to her defense when she is insulted.

Dan – 45-50 Caucasian Male. Dan is a contractor working for Steve and Lindsey, who is digging a trench in their backyard during the play’s second act. He’s well meaning but tactless, often interrupting emotionally charged conversations.

Kenneth Stoller – 20-25 Caucasian Male. Kenneth is a veteran of the Korean War, during which he was charged with killing civilians.

Mr. Wheeler – 50-60 African-American Male. A man with a disability who works at Murray Gelman’s grocery store. He works there from the ’50s until at least the late ’70s, judging by the fact that Lena remembers him from her childhood.

Kyle Hendrickson – 30-35 African-American Male. A childhood acquaintance of Steve’s and a coworker of Kevin’s. Kyle ran into Steve sometime before the events of the second act, and told him an off-color joke.

.Othello

Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago. Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance.

Character Breakdown

Othello – 30-40 African-American Male. Moor who is the greatest army general in Venice. He is intelligent, courageous, and honorable. His marriage to beautiful Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian, provokes racial slurs against him. But he carries on with nobility and dignity as he leads an army against Turks on Cyprus. His dedication to duty is eclipsed only by his dedication to Desdemona, who follows him to Cyprus. So passionately does he love her that he cannot endure the thought of another man even looking at her. And therein lies his Achilles’ heel, jealousy.

Iago – Early to late Twenties Caucasian Male. Military officer who schemes against Othello because the Moor did not promote him. He is evil through and through, taking great pleasure in bringing down the great Othello.

Desdemona – Late Teens to Early Twenties Caucasian Female. Daughter of Brabantio, wife of Othello, and victim of Iago’s machinations and Othello’s jealousy. She is the noblest and most unselfish character in the play.

Michael Cassio – Early to Late Twenties Caucasian Male. Othello’s lieutenant, who is manipulated by Iago. Cassio is a hinge on which the play turns. On the one hand, it is his promotion that arouses Iago’s jealousy. On the other, it is his alleged (but nonexistent) love affair with Desdemona that arouses Othello’s jealousy.

Duke of Venice – 40-50 Caucasian Male. Ruler who finds in favor of Othello when Desdemona’s father attacks Othello’s character.

Brabantio – 45-50 Caucasian Male. Senator and father of Desdemona. A bigot whose racism is inflamed by Iago, he despises Othello.

First Senator, Second Senator Gratiano – 45-50 Caucasian Male. Brabantio’s brother.

Lodovico – Early to Late Twenties Caucasian Male. Brabantio’s kinsman, who bears a message from the duke recalling Othello to Venice.

Roderigo – Early to Late Twenties Caucasian Male. Venetian gentleman and former suitor of Desdemona. He is manipulated by Iago.

Montano – 30-40 Caucasian Male. Othello’s predecessor in the government of Cyprus.

Clown – Early to Late Twenties Caucasian Male. Servant to Othello.

Emilia – Early to Late Twenties Caucasian Female. Wife of Iago. She is blind to his evil until she discovers that it was he who plotted against Othello and Desdemona.

Bianca – Early Twenties Caucasian Female. Cassio’s mistress.

Minor characters – Sailor, messenger, herald, officers, gentlemen, musicians, attendants.

The Gift of the Magi 2.0

Christmas isn’t about the gifts – it’s about the people you spend it with. You probably didn’t need us to tell you that, but the protagonists in Gift of the Magi 2.0 could probably use a reminder. In this new adaptation of O. Henry’s timeless holiday fable by N. Emil Thomas, Jim, an Atlanta streetcar driver struggling to make ends meet during the Atlanta Transit Strike of 1950 goes to great lengths to buy a Christmas gift for his wife Della, unaware that Della is going to similar lengths to afford a gift for him.

Character Breakdown

Jim Dillingham – Early to Mid-Twenties African-American Male. Trolley driver.

Della Dillingham – Early to Mid-Twenties African-American Female. House laundress.

Robert Harvey – Early to Mid-Twenties Caucasian Male. Owner of Harvey’s Jewelry Shop.

Millie Harvey – Early to Mid-Twenties Caucasian Female. Owner of Millie’s Salon.