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!
4 men, 7 women
THE STORY: A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.
It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie's long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!
The following are the character descriptions:
* Geneva Musgrave, 50-60’s. Crusty owner of the town flower shop, also the local town gossip.
* Honey Raye Futrelle, 50ish. Oldest Futrelle sister, sexy, vivacious go-getter.
* Gina Jo (G.J.) Dubberly, Frankie and Dub’s daughter, 20’s. Guileless and enthusiastic, she is your typical Daisy Duke sort of girl.
* John Curtis Buntner, 35-55. Deputy sheriff, loves the ladies just as much as he loves his donuts and coffee.
* Twink Futrelle, middle Futrelle sister, 40’s. The “black sheep,” loud and the toughest of the sisters.
* Dub Dubberly, Frankie’s husband, 40’s. Life revolves around NASCAR, hunting, and drinking beer — and playing Santa.
* Frankie Futrelle Dubberly, youngest Futrelle sister, 40’s. Pregnant with her 2nd set of twins, the most normal of the sisters and full of wit.
* Rhonda Lynn Lampley, 50’s. Flashy manager of The Dairy Dog, a cross between Martha Stewart and Paula Dean.
* Justin Waverly, 20’s. Interim Pastor at the Tabernacle of the Lamb, very sweet and innocent.
* Raynerd Chisum, adult male. Part-time employee at The Dairy Dog, very simple and earnest, always speaks from the heart.
* Patsy Price, 40-60. Elegant society matron, high-class and never wrong.
Full Length Play, Comedy
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.