THE MTM PLAYERS | AUDITIONS

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College

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Audition details for our 2022-23 season for SORDID LIVES (Feb 17-26, 2023) at Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor are available below!


AUDITION NOTICE FOR “SORDID LIVES”

AUDITION NOTICE FOR SORDID LIVES
by Del Shores
“Sordid Lives” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Presented by The MTM Players and Kelsey Theatre
DIRECTOR: Rob Michael Lasky
STAGE MANAGER: Stephanie Scuccimarri

The MTM Players and Kelsey Theatre are committed to advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theater companies. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, and abilities.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Hilarity ensues following the death of Peggy, a respectable Christian grandmother who died in a seedy motel room after tripping over the wooden legs of her lover. And yep. He’s married to Peggy’s sister’s neighbor who lives in the trailer behind her house. Three generations of family converge on a small Texas town to mourn the death of their matriarch causing many skeletons to shake loose from the closet (ahem). Watch as this unique menagerie of family and friends wallow in riotous feuding, resentment, remorse, and reconciliation.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, Feb 17 & 24, 2023 at 8 pm
Saturday, Feb 18 & 25, 2023 at 8 pm
Sunday, Feb 19 & 26, 2023 at 2 pm

AUDITION DATES & TIMES:
• Sunday, December 18, 2022 (12 pm – 4 pm)
• Monday, December 19, 2022 (7 pm – 10 pm)
• Tuesday, December 20, 2022 (7 pm – 10 pm)
• Callbacks – if needed – by invitation only. Thursday, December 22, 2022 (7 pm – 10 pm)

Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus. Check the Kelsey Theatre sign board for a room location on the day of your audition.
• MCCC is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

Special Information About Auditioning:
• Masks are optional but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to be worn inside the Kelsey Theatre and CM Classrooms unless you are auditioning, rehearsing, or performing.
• IF YOU TEST POSITIVE OR ARE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE OR ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS, CONSIDER SUBMITTING A VIRTUAL VIDEO AUDITION.
APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:

You must sign-up for auditions at our sign-up page: http://tinyurl.com/MTMSordidLivesAuditions
Virtual audition submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 20th at auditions@mtmplayers.org .

Please email Director Lasky at director@mtmplayers.org with any questions.

PREPARE:
o No prepared monologues needed. Sides will be provided. YOU MAY BE ASKED TO STAY TO READ FROM THE SCRIPT – BE PREPARED TO STAY.
o Download the AUDITION PACKET without sides at: http://www.mtmplayers.org/slauditionpacket.pdf
o You can download all sides here: http://www.mtmplayers.org/slauditionsides_full.pdf
o Each individual character’s sides are available at the Sign-Up Genius website.
o Photo (We will take your picture if you have none)
o Resume, if available. If not, fill out and bring the form included in the audition packet.
o Fill out the included conflict calendar and bring with you to the auditions.

SEEKING:
Roles are open to performers of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, body types, ages (over 18) and abilities. Seeking 6 women and 5 men(one male double role). The characters are real – they are not to be portrayed as caricatures. See Character Information for breakdown and splits. All characters except JUANITA BARTLETT are available.

For those auditioning for BITSTY MAE HARLING: This is a singing and acoustic guitar-playing role. You must bring your guitar to the audition and prepare to sing & self-accompany the title song “Sordid Lives” provided in the audition packets. There will be no other accompaniment provided.

All roles are non-Equity and unpaid.

CHARACTER INFORMATION:
Character Breakdown (Most characters use southern [Texan?] accents – We will see all regardless of accent & listed ages are guidelines, but we may cast relative to each other.:
• BITSY MAE HARLING— adult, the guitar playing ex-con singer. You must bring an acoustic guitar.
• TY WILLIAMSON-27, a beautiful gay man on a journey.
• SISSY HICKEY—mid 50’s, the caretaker who picked the wrong day to quit smoking.
• NOLETA NETHERCOTT—early 40’s the angry betrayed housewife who eats her troubles away.
• LATRELLE WILLIAMSON—early 50’s, Ty’s uptight, proper mother.
• LA VONDA DUPREE—late 40’s, Latrelle’s liberal-minded worldly sister.
• G.W. NETHERCOTT—late 40’s, the distraught legless Vietnam Vet.
• WARDELL “BUBBA” OWENS—late 40’s, the former gay-bashing remorseful bartender.
• ODELL OWENS/REV. BARNES (DOUBLE ROLE)—mid 40’s, Wardell’s worthless story-telling brother/Southern Baptist preacher
• DR. EVE BOLINGER—late 40’s, the over-sexed pill-popping, alcoholic therapist.
• EARL “BROTHER BOY” INGRAM—late 40’s, the Tammy Wynette obsessed transvestite.

REHEARSALS:

REHEARSALS WILL BEGIN DEC 27TH, 28TH OR 29TH WITH OUR READ-THROUGH AND MEET-N-GREET. PLAN ON THREE REHEARSALS PER WEEK – TWO WEEKDAY EVENINGS WHICH WILL BE DETERMINED BY CAST AVAILBILITY AT 7:00PM (NO FRIDAY REHEARSALS) AND SUNDAYS AT 6PM (EXCLUDING NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND). WE MAY ADD SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING REHEARSALS, IF NEEDED. NOT ALL ACTORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL WHICH WILL BE DEPENDENT UPON THE BLOCKING/REHEARSAL SCHEDULE FOR YOUR CHARACTER(S). ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERY TECH WEEK REHEARSAL FEB 12, 2023 – FEB 16, 2023, AND MUST ALSO REMAIN FOR LOAD-OUT FOLLOWING THE FEB 26TH MATINEE PERFORMANCE. THERE ALSO MAY BE A BRUSH UP REHEARSAL IN BETWEEN PERFORMANCE WEEKENDS.