Grandstreet Theatre

Auditions for Our Town

Grandstreet Theatre is seeking actors for their upcoming 40th anniversary production of the beloved and classic play; Our Town.

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Audition Dates

January 5 – 6 / 7:00 – 9:00 PM / Those who audition should arrive at 7:00 but may not need to stay until 9:00. You only need to attend one night of auditions.

Rehearsal Dates

January 12, 2015 – February 26, 2015
Rehearsals are flexible and are generally held Sunday through Thursday evenings.

Performance Dates

February 27, 2015 – March 15, 2015
Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM
Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM
13 shows total

Audition Location

Grandstreet Theatre -325 North Park Ave. Please use the front door on Park Avenue.

What to Prepare

No preparation is required to audition. Those who audition will be asked to read selections from the play. Please dress for some light movement exercises in addition to the readings.

Seeking the Following Roles

  • Stage Manager – All knowing narrator of the show, able to communicate with both the audience and the characters in the show
  • Emily Webb – Innocent and intelligent “girl next door” who falls in love with George, teenager
  • George Gibbs – Emily’s neighbor and friend, star of the local baseball team, sweet and caring, teenager
  • Mr. Gibbs – George’s father, the town doctor
  • Mrs. Gibbs – George’s mother, close friends with her neighbor; Mrs. Webb
  • Mr. Webb – Emily’s father, the editor of the local newspaper
  • Mrs. Webb – Emily’s mother, close friends with her neighbor; Mrs. Gibbs
  • Rebecca Gibbs – George’s precocious little sister, age range 10 – 14
  • Wally Webb – Emily’s little brother, age range 10 – 14
  • Mrs. Soames – A local gossip
  • Simon Stimson – The church choir director
  • Joe Crowell – The local paperboy
  • Si Crowell – Joe Crowell’s younger sibling (could be male or female), becomes the paper carrier later in the play
  • Howie Newsome – The town milkman
  • Professor Willard – A professor at the State University
  • Joe Stoddard – The town undertaker
  • Sam Craig – Emily’s cousin (could be male or female)

*Plus additional ensemble roles
*We are also seeking additional folk musicians for the ensemble. Those who play a musical instrument are encouraged to audition.

About the Show

This Pulitzer Prize winning classic paints a soft and intimate portrait of the beauty and wonder of small town life in America.

Presented as part of Grandstreet Theatre’s inaugural season in 1975, Thornton Wilder’s timeless masterpiece returns to the Grandstreet stage in a special 40th anniversary production. Narrated by a stage manager, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families through life in Grover’s Corners, a fictional New England town that has become an icon of small town mythology. Thought by many to be one of the finest American plays ever written, this beautiful and deeply moving classic resonates just as much with contemporary audiences as when it first debuted in 1938.

For questions, more information about the script, or audition tips please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email [email protected]