Auditions

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!

Upcoming Auditions

3rd Annual "People's Choice" Production - A Mind of My Own"

Audition Dates

July 18, 2019, 7 p.m.
July 19, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

Character Descriptions:

Ross Sullivan (m, approx. 17) - Constantly being turned around by Left and Right, not to mention August and Barry. 

Left (open) - The left brain to Ross, analytical thinker, tries to remain professional.

Right (open) - The right brain to Ross, creative thinker, emotional.

Shira Goodwin (f, apprx. 17) - Creative, generous, hard-working. 

August Lofaro (m, approx. 17) - A jokester, smug, a "ladies man" as he calls himself, best friend to Ross.

Barry Price (m, approx. 17) - Romantic, energetic, best friend to Ross.

Southern Hospitality

Audition Dates

Aug. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Aug. 6, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

5 men, 8 women

Total Cast: 13, Flexible Set

 

Miss Geneva Musgrave: Female, 50+

  • Town Florist

Honey Raye Futrelle: Female, 50+

  • President of Local Chamber

Gina Jo (G.J.) Dubberly Waverly: Female, 20-29

  • Pastor’s Wife

Rhonda Lynn Lampley: Female, 50+

  • Oldest Furtrelle sister

Twink Futrelle: Female, 40-49

  • Unmarried middle sister

Justin Waverly: Male, 20-39

  • Interim pastor

John Curtis Buntner: Male, 40-49

  • Deputy sheriff

Dub Dubberly: Male, 45-49

  • Husband of Frankie

Frankie Futrelle Dubberly: Female, 40-49

  • Youngest Futrelle sister

Raynerd Chisum: Male, 20-29

  • Young employee at the Dairy Dog

Inery Dubberly: Female, 70-79

  • Elderly aunt of Dub
  1. Dayva Davidson: Female, 18+

- Sophisticated visitor to Fayro

 

Buck Stickland: Male, 40-59

  • Visitor businessman

And Then There Were None

Audition Dates

Sept. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
Sept. 10, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

CASTING

8m, 3f
ROGERS
MRS. ROGERS
FRED NARRACOTT
VERA CLAYTHORNE
PHILIP LOMBARD
ANTHONY MARSTON
WILLIAM BLORE
GENERAL MACKENZIE
EMILY BRENT
SIR LAWRENCE WARGRAVE
DR. ARMSTRONG
 


Character Descriptions


Judge Lawrence Wargrave - A recently retired judge. Wargrave is a highly intelligent old man with a commanding personality. As the characters begin to realize that a murderer is hunting them, Wargrave’s experience and air of authority make him a natural leader for the group. He lays out evidence, organizes searches, and ensures that weapons are locked away safely. Wargrave’s guilt is revealed at the end of the novel in a confession that illuminates the characteristics that drive him to commit the series of murders: a strong sense of justice combined with a sadistic delight in murdering.

Vera Claythorne - A former governess who comes to Indian Island purportedly to serve as a secretary to Mrs. Owen. Vera wants to escape a past in which she killed a small boy in her care, Cyril Hamilton, so that the man she loved would inherit Cyril’s estate. Although the coroner cleared her of blame, Vera’s lover abandoned her. Vera is one of the most intelligent and capable characters in the novel, but she also suffers from attacks of hysteria, feels guilty about her crime, and reacts nervously to the uncanny events on the island. The “Ten Little Indians” poem has a powerful effect on her.

Philip Lombard - A mysterious, confident, and resourceful man who seems to have been a mercenary soldier in Africa. Lombard is far bolder and more cunning than most of the other characters, traits that allow him to survive almost until the end of the novel. His weakness is his chivalrous attitude toward women, particularly Vera, with whom he has a number of private conversations. He cannot think of her as a potential killer, and he underestimates her resourcefulness, which proves a fatal mistake.

Dr. Edward George Armstrong - A gullible, slightly timid doctor. Armstrong often draws the suspicion of the other guests because of his medical knowledge. He is a recovering alcoholic who once accidentally killed a patient by operating on her while drunk. Armstrong, while professionally successful, has a weak personality, making him the perfect tool for the murderer. He has spent his whole life pursuing respectability and public success, and is unable to see beneath people’s exteriors.

William Henry Blore - A former police inspector. Blore is a well-built man whose experience often inspires others to look to him for advice. As a policeman, he was corrupt and framed a man named Landor at the behest of a criminal gang. On the island, he acts boldly and frequently takes initiative, but he also makes frequent blunders. He constantly suspects the wrong person, and his boldness often verges on foolhardiness.

Emily Brent - An old, ruthlessly religious woman who reads her Bible every day. The recording accuses Emily Brent of killing Beatrice Taylor, a servant whom she fired upon learning that Beatrice was pregnant out of wedlock. Beatrice subsequently killed herself. Unlike the other characters, Emily Brent feels convinced of her own righteousness and does not express the slightest remorse for her actions.

Thomas Rogers - The dignified butler. Rogers continues to be a proper servant even after his wife is found dead and the bodies begin piling up. The recording accuses Rogers and his wife of letting their former employer die because they stood to inherit money from her.

General John Gordon Macarthur - The oldest guest. Macarthur is accused of sending a lieutenant, Arthur Richmond, to his death during World War I because Richmond was his wife’s lover. Once the first murders take place, Macarthur, already guilt-ridden about his crime, becomes resigned to his death and sits by the sea waiting for it to come to him.

Ethel Rogers - Rogers’s wife. Ethel is a frail woman, and the death of Tony Marston makes her faint. Wargrave believes her husband dominates her and that he masterminded their crime.

Anthony Marston - A rich, athletic, handsome youth. Tony Marston likes to drive recklessly and seems to lack a conscience. He killed two small children in a car accident caused by his speeding, but shows no remorse.

Isaac Morris - A shady, criminal character hired by the murderer to make the arrangements for the island. Morris allegedly peddled drugs to a young woman and drove her to suicide.

Little Women

Audition Dates

Sept. 30, 2019, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Audition Dates

Oct. 14, 2019, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

Cast List   (tentative)

Lucy Pevensie

Edmund Pevensie

Susan Pevensie

Peter Pevensie

Aslan

White Witch

Mr Beaver

Mrs Beaver

Tumnus/Dwarf

Centaur/Father Christmas

Ulf/Unicorn/Elf

Dreamgirls

Audition Dates

Dec. 16, 2019, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

Principals

(4 female; 4 male)

Effie Melody White — lead singer of the Dreamettes
Deena Jones — backup singer of the Dreamettes; later lead singer
Lorrell Robinson — backup singer of the Dreamettes
Michelle Morris — backup singer; replacement for Effie
Jimmy (James Thunder) Early — principal soul singer
C.C. (Clarence Conrad) White — composer and brother of Effie
Curtis Taylor, Jr. — Cadillac dealer and manager of the Dreams
Marty — theatrical agent for J.T. Early

Supporting

Stepp Sisters — four girl singers; non-speaking
Charlene — backup singer for J.T. Early
Joann — backup singer for J.T. Early
M.C. — master of ceremonies, Apollo Theatre
Tiny Joe Dixon — winning talent contest singer; non-speaking
Little Albert & The Tru-Tones — male quintet; non-speaking
Band (The James Early Band) — six male singers; non-speaking
Wayne — record producer/director
Dave — solo tenor; non-speaking
Sweethearts — two girl backup singers; non-speaking
Frank — press agent
Jerry Norman — nightclub owner
Carl — nightclub pianist; non-speaking
Five Tuxedos — male quintet; non-speaking
Les Styles — girls’ backup quartet; non-speaking
Edna Burke — applause meter reader; non-speaking
Dwight — TV studio director
Stage Manager — TV studio
Brian — pit orchestra drummer; non-speaking
Mr. Morgan — Effie’s lawyer
Security Guard — backstage, Chicago

Ensemble

Chorus Men & Women
Fans
Reporters
Stagehands
Party Guests
Photographers
Film Executives

The original Broadway production had a cast of 32 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

The Mark Twain Show

Audition Dates

Jan. 27, 2020, 7 p.m.
Jan. 28, 2020, 7 p.m.

Description

THE MARK TWAIN SHOW
CAST LIST
Running Time: About 35-40 minutes
Flexible cast of 3, 2 Male, 1 Female
Easily adapted for larger cast

ACTOR 1: (M)
Plays MARK TWAIN, BEN ROGERS, KING HUBERT, COLONEL SHERBURN; also acts as NARRATOR.

ACTOR 2: (F)
Plays HARRIETTE THE REPORTER, JESS, PEASANT MAID, EVE; also acts as NARRATOR.

ACTOR 3: (M)
Plays MARK TWAIN, TOM SAWYER, DONKEY, ADAM, BOGGS; also acts as NARRATOR.

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories

Audition Dates

Feb. 17, 2020, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18, 2020, 7 p.m.

Description

Cast size: 8-21 either gender, flexible, plus 2 offstage adult voices (m. and w.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audition Dates

March 23, 2020, 7 p.m.
March 24, 2020, 7 p.m.

Description

Full Length, Drama
15 men, 6 women
Total Cast: 21, Flexible Set

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

Rehearsals?
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?
Yes!

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.