Auditions for Boys Next Door at Blue Ridge Community Theater
February 13, 2018
No previous experience necessary!
The Boys Next Door
by Tom Griffin
Tuesday, February 13
Directed by Karrie Jones
The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
Rehearsals begin February 14 (dependant on casting)
Generally Mon. – Thurs. 6 pm – 9 pm
Occasional Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays possible.
Show dates: April 12 – 29, 2018 (Thursday–Sunday)
Sides from the play will be read for auditions.
Auditions for Dearly Departed at Blue Ridge Community Theater
May 17, 2017
by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Monday, May 22
Tuesday, May 23
Directed by Sonia Smith
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
We can age up or down depending on the character.
BUD TURPIN – father
RAYNELLE – mother
RAY-BUD – oldest son
LUCILLE – Raybud’s wife
JUNIOR – second son
SUZANNE – Junior’s wife
MARGUERITE – Bud’s sister
ROYCE – Marguerite’s son
NORVAL – youngest son
REVEREND HOOKER –preacher
VEDA – elderly lady in town husband
NADINE – very young lady in town
CLYDE – Raybud’s boss
JUANITA – pretentious lady in town
THE JOY OF LIFE SINGERS
Rehearsals begin May 23 (dependant on casting) Generally Mon. – Thurs. 6pm-9pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays possible for scene work and full cast rehearsals
Show dates: July 13 – 30, 2017 (Thursday–Sunday)
Scripts will be available now.
Scenes from the play will be read during the audition or you may bring a prepared monologue of your choice.
Call the box office for information. 706-632-9223