Audition Notice: To Kill a Mockingbird

Book by Harper Lee
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel
Produced by Special Arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company

Directed by Tom Eubanks
Produced by Tim Holtwick

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday -- November 18, 19, and 20, 2018, beginning at 7:30pm at the theatre.

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA  91361

Performance Dates: 

January 18 through February 9, 2019 -- Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm; Thursday, January 24, at 8:00pm; Saturday matinees on February 2 and 9 at 2:00pm. NOTE: A performance for local schoolchildren is planned for  Wednesday, January 30, at 10:00am. (Any changes to this performance schedule will be posted at auditions.)

Audition Requirements: 

Auditioners will read sides from the show’s script – you make take a look at the sides at the following link: http://bit.ly/TKAMSides. Please arrive early (the theatre will be open starting at 6:30pm) to fill out paperwork. NOTE: Be advised that because the cast will include minor children, we are required to perform a background check on all adult participants; please be prepared to present your driver’s license or valid ID when filling out paperwork.

Plot Summary: 

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion, and the courage to do what’s right. ~ RATED PG

For More Information: 

Please contact producer Tim Holtwick at (805) 501-3205 or timholtwick@usa.net.

Character Breakdown: 

PLEASE NOTE: The roles of Reverend Sykes and Tom Robinson have been cast.

SCOUT: A young girl, ideally to seem as young as 9 and often expressing intelligence beyond her years. Somewhat of a tomboy. Courageous and forthright.
JEAN LOUISE: She should be believable as an older Scout, looking back on her younger days. Although not connected directly to the characters in the play, it is felt there is a communication between them as Jean Louise looks for answers to questions that existed at that time in her past.
JEM: A bit older than his sister, Scout. Even more than his sister, he is searching to understand and connect with their unusual and not conventionally admirable father.
ATTICUS:  Tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized, nearly 50, and without heroics; always acts justly. Being a crack shot, he gave up shooting as he considered it an unfair advantage over the animals. Wears glasses, favoring his right eye to examine things closely.
CALPURNIA: Black, proud, and capable. She has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. Self-educated and disciplined with high standards.
DILL: Teenage boy about the same age as Jem. Neater and better dressed than Scout or Jem with an undercurrent of sophistication about him. He seems carefree, but there is a lacking in his own home life. He senses something in Atticus that he misses in his own family relationship.
MAUDIE ATKINSON: A neighbor. Younger than Atticus, but of his generation. Lovely and sensitive, wise and compassionate – suggesting the best instincts of the South of that period.
WALTER CUNNINGHAM: A hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of his time and place – who, nevertheless, can be reached as a human being. Shows the seeds of leadership during a confrontation with Atticus.
HECK TATE: The town Sheriff. A complex man, doing his duty as he sees it, enforcing the law without favor. His actual feelings are revealed in his final speeches to Atticus and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.
STEPHANIE CRAWFORD: Neighborhood gossip – enthusiastically enjoys talking over the people of her town so much, it’s almost humorous. Can’t keep herself from stirring things up.
NATHAN BRADLEY: A neighbor. Thin, leathery, laconic. Can also double as BOO RADLEY.
BOO RADLEY: A neighboring recluse who hasn’t been seen outside his house in 15 years. It takes a great emergency for him to venture out, and once his mission is accomplished, he is eager to return to his sanctuary.
MRS. DUBOSE: A neighbor. An old woman, ill, walks with difficulty. Her pain makes her biting, bitter, and angry. She is fighting a secret battle within herself – about which, few are aware. Her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout.
HELEN ROBINSON: Black. Numb with shock at the accusations her husband faces. Caught in a nightmare.
JUDGE TAYLOR: Wintry man of the South who, within the context of his time, tries to run his court impartially, although his sympathy is with Tom.
MR GILMER: Public prosecutor doing his job in trying to convict Tom. His manner is cruel and hurtful in many ways and yet, under all that, he too, has doubts about Tom’s guilt. Still, he goes after it – and it is a hard thing.
BOB EWELL. Feisty, bantam-cock of a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. Bob thinks the trial will make him an important man. When Atticus destroys his credibility, his anger and frustration border on paranoia.
MAYELLA EWELL: Oldest daughter of Bob Ewell. A desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for survival.
TOWNSPEOPLE AND FARMERS: Will fill in background here and there, i.e. as part of an angry mob, and occasionally help move set pieces when necessary.