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Davidson Community Players hold open auditions
Auditions for “Flyin’ West” begin Jan. 7
Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013
by Staff Reports

Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for the upcoming play Flyin’ West" by Pearl Cleage Jan 7-8 at 7 p.m. at the Armour Street Theatre, located at 307 Armour Street in Davidson.

“Flyin’ West” tells the story of three sisters and their elderly neighbor as they face trials and tribulations in the mid-West as homesteaders. It takes place in the 1890s in Nicodemus, Kansas and is a glimpse into American history and a reminder of the diversity of Western pioneers.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Participants should bring a resume or list of theatre experience, a recent photo, and a list of conflicts. Rehearsals will begin in mid-January. No prior acting experience is required and novice actors are encouraged to audition. The production will run Feb. 20 through March 9.

Principle roles include:

  • Sophie Washington – a black woman, born into slavery, mid-30s, strong and independent
  • Miss Leah – a black woman born into slavery, late 60s-early 70s, holds this family together reminding them of how much better their life is now (this role is already cast)
  • Fannie Dove – a black woman, early 30s, has her eyes on her neighbor Wil Parish
  • Wil Parish – a black man, born into slavery, quiet and supportive
  • Minnie Dove Charles – a black woman, early 20s, married Frank Charles and has returned home
  • Frank Charles – a mixed race man, born into slavery, mid 30s, husband of Minnie, angry and abusive

Age ranges are guidelines for each role, but all who are interested are encouraged to audition. Perusal copies of the script are available in the DCP office.

For additional information regarding auditions, contact Davidson Community Players Executive Director Matt Merrell, at 704 892-7953 or email matt@davidsoncommunityplayers.org.


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