To Kill A MockingbirdAuditions for To Kill A Mockingbird will be held Sunday, September 7 and Monday, September 8 at 7:00p.m. at Theatre Charlotte. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The show will be directed by Charles LaBorde.
Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, To Kill A Mockingbird follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn't commit. This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation's past and our moral responsibility to each other.
Cast of Characters
Scout Finch is Jean Louise as a young girl of 9-12 years of age. (In the novel she ages from six to eight, but the events of the play take place in a more compressed time frame.) She is considered smart for her age and loves to read. She is also a tomboy who spends the majority of her time with her brother Jem and best friend Dill. She matures but still remains naive and idealistic, despite an increased understanding of human nature and the racism in her town.
Jeremy Atticus "Jem" Finch is Atticus' son and Scout's older brother by four years. Jem matures greatly through the course of the play and is much more outwardly affected by the events than his sister is.
Charles Baker "Dill" Harris is Jem and Scout's best friend who visits from Meridian, Mississippi. His goal throughout the play is to get Boo Radley to come out of his house. Unlike Scout and Jem, Dill lacks the security of family love. He is unwanted and unloved by his parents, so he turns to the Finch family to fill the need. He is older than Scout, but small for his age. He is intelligent but emotionally immature, although he constantly strives to hide that fact.
Walter Cunningham, Jr. is a child who is almost as old as Jem but is in Scout's class. He represents the many children in the town who give Scout and Jem trouble for having a father who defends a black man.
Atticus Finch is a well-known white Maycomb attorney, as well as the father of the play's protagonist, Scout, and her brother Jem. He is a wise and caring father. Atticus is nearly fifty. He is truly a very strong and resilient character.
Arthur "Boo" Radley is a mysterious character of legend. He is a very quiet, reclusive character, who doesn't actively appear until Jem and Scout's final interaction with Bob Ewell. He is 30-50 years of age and may be played by the same actor portraying his older brother.
Nathan Radley is the older brother of Arthur "Boo" Radley. While he is more present than his brother, he is equally mysterious. He may be played by the actor also playing Boo and the actor doubles as a member of the lynch mob.
Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell is the main antagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird. He is an alcoholic, angry racist. He is the father of a large brood of white-trash children who falsely accuses Tom Robinson of sexually assaulting his oldest daughter, Mayella.
Judge John Taylor is a white-haired old man with a reputation for running his court in an informal fashion. He presides over the Tom Robinson trial, in which he shows great distaste for the Ewells and great respect for Atticus.
Mr. Heck Tate is a friend of Atticus and also the sheriff of Maycomb County. Heck is a decent man who tries to protect the innocent from danger. Like Atticus, he seems to be one of the few in Maycomb County who is not prejudiced against the African-Americans. He is roughly a contemporary of Atticus, which puts him in the realm of being in his forties or fifties.
Mr. Horace Gilmer is a lawyer from Abbottsville, and is the prosecuting attorney in the Tom Robinson case. Mr. Gilmer is between the ages of forty and sixty. He seems to be racist in his harsh cross-examination of Tom Robinson, but in fact he merely reflects the time he lives in and clearly has a distaste for the Ewells. Actor also doubles in the lynch mob scene.
Walter Cunningham, Sr. is Walter Cunningham Jr.'s father. He is dirt poor but proud. When he joins the lynch mob, Scout is able to shame him and use his sense of fair play to turn the mob aside.
Link Deas owns cotton fields and a store in Maycomb and employs Tom Robinson. He is represented only for a moment in the courtroom spectators. The actor playing him also doubles in the lynch-mob scene as an angry townsperson and further plays a man on the street.
Tom Robinson is an African-American man whom Atticus defends when he is accused of raping a white woman. His left arm is "hardly nothing," because it was caught in a cotton gin at age 12. He is a frightened but kind man who knows he is facing impossible odds in the whites-only world of the Deep South in the 1930's.
Reverend Sykes is the reverend of the First Purchase M.E. African Church in Maycomb County. This is the church Tom Robinson attended. During the trial, when the courtroom is too packed for the children to find seats, Reverend Sykes lets the kids sit with him up in the colored balcony.
Calpurnia is the Finch family's housekeeper, whom the children love and Atticus deeply respects. She is highly regarded by Atticus. She is an important figure in Scout's life, providing discipline, instruction, and love. She also fills the maternal role for the children after their mother's death. She is African American and of any age from 30 to 60.
Helen Robinson is the wife of Tom Robinson. She is a young African American woman who is forced by circumstances to raise her three children without her husband.
Jean Louise Finch is the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird. The play is presented from the point of view of this adult Scout describing how she viewed the events of the play as a child, and she often comments about how she didn't understand something at the time, but now, having grown up, she does. She is an aging Southern woman through whose eyes and adult insights we see the play unfold.
Mayella Violet Ewell is Tom Robinson's 19-and-a-half-year-old accuser and the eldest daughter of Bob Ewell. She is an intelligent but unschooled girl saddled with raising her brothers and sisters for her alcoholic widower father. Probably the victim of her own father's sexual abuse, she is forced to cover her attempted seduction of a black man by accusing him of rape.
Miss Maude "Maudie" Atkinson lives across the street from the Finch family. She is described as a woman of about 40 who enjoys baking and gardening. Miss Maudie befriends Scout and Jem and tells them stories about Atticus as a boy. Also, she is one of the few adults whom Jem and Scout hold in high regard and respect. She does not act condescendingly towards them, even though they are young children.
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose is an elderly woman who lives near the Finches. She is hated by the children, who run by her house to avoid her. She is revealed to be a dying and drug-addicted woman.
Miss Stephanie Crawford is the neighborhood gossip. It is unwise to think of anything that she says as true, because most of the time it is not true at all. She is of age from 40-60.
Roles are also available for spectators in the courtroom, both white and African-American, and for white males in the lynch mob and in encounters on the street.
Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings.