RiverStage Community Theatre will be holding auditions in November for the second show of their 2013-14 season, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Auditions will be held :
- Thursday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, Community Room (top floor) at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 400 Market St, Lewisburg
- Monday, November 11, 6:00-8:00pm, Union County Public Library, 255 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg
We apologize, but there will NOT be a third audition session at the Milton Area High School, as previously advertised.
The show will be performed the weekend of February 21-23 at the Milton Area High School Performing Arts Center, directed by Jove Graham (Fools).
All My Sons by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) is the story of two American families living in the Ohio suburbs at the end of World War II. During the war, Joe Keller and his partner Steve Deever ran a factory that was accused of selling defective airplane parts to the Army Air Force, but Joe went free while Steve went to prison. The story centers around this incident, the blossoming love of their children, Chris and Ann, and the mystery of the Kellers’ youngest son, a pilot reported MIA over the Pacific three years earlier. All My Sons is a powerful, electrifying character-driven story of family, guilt, patriotism, conscience, and love.
Interested actors may either audition session. Actors will be asked to read aloud from the script, and do not need to bring a prepared monologue but should bring a calendar to indicate any scheduling conflicts in January or February.
The play requires 5 men, 4 women, and 1 boy (age 8-12 preferred). Brief descriptions of the roles are as follows:
- Joe Keller: The patriarch of the Keller family, Joe is a factory owner who was arrested, along with his business partner and next-door neighbor Steve Deever, for selling faulty airplane parts to the government during WWII. He was released, but his partner is still serving time in prison. Miller describes Joe as “a heavy man of stolid mind, with the imprint of the machine-shop worker and boss still upon him.”
- Kate Keller: The matriarch of the Keller family, Kate has never stopped hoping that her missing son, Larry, will return after having disappeared 3 years ago. Miller describes Kate as “a woman of uncontrolled inspirations, and an overwhelming capacity for love.”
- Chris Keller: The Kellers’ eldest son, a veteran of WWII who works with his father in the factory. His intent to marry Ann Deever, the girl he grew up next door to and his brother Larry’s former girlfriend, drives much of the play’s action. Miller describes Chris as “a listener… a man capable of immense affection and loyalty.”
- Ann Deever: Daughter of Joe’s incarcerated business partner Steve Deever, former girlfriend of Chris’s brother Larry. She has returned to the Kellers’ house after many years because she & Chris plan to marry. Miller describes Ann as “gentle but despite herself capable of holding fast to what she knows.”
- George Deever: Ann’s brother, a lawyer from New York. George is also a WWII veteran who has never been back to the neighborhood or visited his father in prison since returning from the war. His sudden appearance drives the plot of Act II & III. Miller describes George as “Chris’s age, but a paler man… he speaks quietly, as though afraid to find himself screaming.”
- Dr. Jim Bayliss: The Kellers’ next door neighbor, living in the Deevers’ old house, a family physician who admires Chris and wishes he were doing medical research instead of seeing his patients. Miller describes Jim as “a wry self-controlled man, an easy talker, but with a wisp of sadness that clings even to his self-effacing humor.”
- Sue Bayliss: Jim’s wife, a nurse who is friendly towards the Kellers but whom we later find resents Joe and Chris for making her own family feel inferior to them.
- Frank Lubey: The Kellers’ neighbor on the other side, Frank is described as “a pleasant, opinionated man, but always wanting it neighborly.” Frank has a knack for saying inappropriate things at bad moments and often expounds at great lengths on topics that he cares a great deal more about than his listeners do.
- Lydia Lubey: Frank’s wife, mother of three, described as “a robust, laughing girl.” George in particular has had a crush on Lydia since their childhood.
- Bert: Bert is a young boy who lives in the neighborhood, looks up to Joe as a father/uncle figure, and plays an ongoing cops-and-robbers style game with him.
Click here to download the script pages that auditioners will be asked to read from (PDF format, 328 kB, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). There are 10 scenes in this document that will be used for auditions:
1. Frank and Joe
2. Bert and Joe
3. Chris and Ann
4. Chris, Ann and Kate
5. Joe, Kate, Chris and Ann
6. Ann and Sue
7. Joe and Chris
8. Jim and Kate
9. Joe, Frank, Sue and Lydia
10. George, Ann and Chris
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