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!
Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway: Set in the Polish Tea Room (a coffee shop / restaurant based on the real life Edison Cafe in New York City), characters wander in and out, sitting down, chatting with each other, building friendships, and giving glimpses into their lives in the “Big Apple.” 45 Seconds from Broadway is play about normal, everyday people - many of them "theatre-folk", their tragedies and triumphs, and the small coffee shop / restaurant in which they sit, relax, and spend time among friends over four seasons in a single year. Co-directed by Amanda Ratliff (Talent/Stage Director) and DeAnna Hargrove (Art Director) - Stan King and Mike Hargrove, Co-Producers.
MICKEY FOX: (45+) is vigorous and alert. He is a comedian. He makes no attempt to hide the accent he grew up with in the Lower East Side of New York.
ANDREW DUNCAN: (25+) is a British impresario. He is well-dressed and laughs easily.
SOLOMAN MANTUTU: (30+) is a South African playwright with little money but has great pride.
BERNIE: (60+) is a co-owner of the cafe with his wife, Zelda. He is a charmer when he wants to be, but he isn’t to be trifled with. He is a straight shooter and is strong as an ox.
MEGAN WOODS: (20-25) has come to New York to be an actress on Broadway. She is openly sincere, nervous, enthusiastic and always friendly to all she meets.
ARLENE: (35+) An avid theater goer, attends Broadway shows regularly with her close friend Cindy...
CINDY: (35+) Also an avid theater goer, and attends Broadway shows regularly with her close friend Arlene
RAYLEEN: (60+) grand, flamboyant madwoman who acts like royalty and exudes an attitude of being from money or high society.
CHARLES BROWNING III: (65+) is Rayleen’s husband and caregiver. Mute.
ZELDA: (55+) strong and vital. Bernie’s wife. A very feisty woman.
BESSIE: (30+) An African American comedienne. She is a successful performer, confident and worldly.
HARRY FOX: (50+) Mickey’s older brother. He isn’t a Mickey-wanna-be but he does imitate his famous brother.
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: TBS
Jesus: Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving. He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe. He is eventually betrayed by Judas and persecuted.
John The Baptist / Judas: He possesses the attributes of two Biblical figures: he is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent disciple, and also the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in an overt revolutionary way. Handsome and masculine with a subtle undertone of sexuality.
Ensemble: Soloists, featured actors, and others
Parts for Senior Actors
SAMUEL JONAS - a widower just past sixty-five, alert, spritely, attractive, a nice human being.
LAURA CURTIS - in her mid-sixites, a pleasant, neat, devoted widow, modestly dressed; pleasing to the eye.
MIKE CURTIS - son of Laura, a mid-thirites, hard-driving young businessman, with a nervous stomach.
CYNTHIA MORSE - daughter of Samuel, a suburban matron, neurotic, well-dressed, good-looking.
ELEANOR - Mike's wife, the face and smile of an angel, the soul and strength of a tyrant.
DR. ARTHUR MORSE - psychiatrist, husband of Cynthia, son-in-law of Samuel. Himself a bit of a neurotic.
BRUCE MORSE - grandson of Samuel, son of Cynthia and Arthur, sophomore at Columbia, a nice young man with active libido.
ANGELA - a Barnard sophomore, with an angelic look and a relationship with Bruce.
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.