Tyler Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that the actors who perform on our stage are everyday people who have a talent and interest in the theatre. Everyone from the novice to the most seasoned actor is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals to comedies, dramas, and children's productions, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming audition!
3 men, 2 women, 1 boy
Ethel Thayer – at 60-something woman with a zest for life. She’s never let being married into the stodgy world of academia take away her impish joy.
Norman Thayer – retired college professor and full-time curmudgeon who prides himself on treating everyone the same – grumpily – to hide his deep affection for them.
Chelsea – Ethel and Norman’s grown daughter, divorced but contemplating marriage to a dentist with a son. Estranged from her father because she never felt she could live up to his expectations but hungry to have a real relationship with him.
Bill – the dentist wishing to marry Chelsea. Partly intimidated by Norman, partly not willing to play Norman’s games.
Billy – the young son who feels he’s gotten ‘dumped’ on Ethel and Norman for the summer. Too cool for school and ready to give Norman as good as he gets.
Charlie – the local postal worker who has had a crush on Chelsea since they were kids playing together on Golden Pond.
5 men, 3 women
Cast: 3 total (3 male, or 3 female or any combination of males and females and number of actors)
Full Length Comedy (about 97 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
What time do auditions start?
Generally, at 7 p.m. This can vary! Check the web site.
Should I read the script ahead of time? Not a bad idea, unless you are great at cold readings. If it’s a classic play, you might find a copy in the library.
What happens when I get there?
If it’s your first time at TCTC, the producers will take a photo of you in the lobby and ask you to complete a page with name, contact information, and any conflicts you already have during rehearsal weeks. After you are seated in the theater, the director will call on persons to read selected portions of the script. Everyone else listens, so you’ll listen and read, listen and read, until everyone there has had a chance. It’s very non-threatening! If the show is a musical, in addition to reading from the script, you’ll also be asked to demonstrate your singing range (solo) and ability to follow dance steps (in a group).
Are shows pre-cast?
No. While it is theater policy for producers to make reminder calls so persons suited for roles are aware of auditions, there are regularly new actors in every cast. Can a role go to a brand-new, walk-in-off-the-street person? If he or she is the best person for the role, you bet! TCTC enthusiastically welcomes newcomers.
Should I come both nights?
Not necessarily – although, if you are free to do so, it gives the director a chance to hear you read with a variety of persons. Often at the close of a Monday night session, a director will indicate if he or she hopes everyone will return on Tuesday or whether it’s not needed. You are welcome to return to hear others or if you think you might improve on your first night's reading, but priority on Tuesday nights goes to those who couldn’t come on Monday.
Who decides on the cast?
For a non-musical, the director. For a musical, the stage director in consultation with the musical director and choreographer. Generally, a director will follow the playwright’s guidelines, but he or she may deviate from those for artistic interpretation or the availability of people in the community to take appropriate roles. It’s the director’s call.
How will I know who is cast?
If you are cast, generally the director will telephone you by Wednesday or Thursday to ask if you will accept the role he or she is offering. Once the cast members are confirmed, their names are posted on the web site. Per theater policy, the director or the producers will telephone or e-mail each person not cast. Because TCTC appreciates all who audition, we try to leave no auditioner "hanging" in silence. We want you to come back!
Check with the director during auditions, but rehearsals usually start the Monday after the week of auditions. For planning purposes, you should block your calendar from that date through the end of the show.
Any other tips?
Speak distinctly. Enunciate. Enunciate. Enunciate.
Speak with carrying volume. Project. Project. Project.
While you’re reading, don’t turn your back on the director. He/She would like to see your facial expressions as well as hear you.