MAIN STAGE AUDITIONS

 

Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain’s TOM SAWYER

Directed by Joe Sturgeon

 

AUDITIONS:

December 15 and 16, 2014 from 7 – 10pm

  • Schedule an appointment by calling 817-284-1200 or email auditions@artisanct.com with your name, phone number, and the date and time you wish to audition.
  • Please be familiar with the play before auditions. The script is available for perusal in the box office during regular business hours.
  • Acting sides will be provided at auditions.
  • Bring list of all conflict dates ( January 6 – February 28, 2015).
  • Auditions will be held in Artisan Children’s Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas.
  • Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 6, 2015, with a full cast call.
  • If interested in a role that requires singing, please prepare a short song in a folk or gospel style to be sung A capella.

 

PRODUCTION DATES:

Friday February 6 – Saturday February 28, 2015, with shows on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturdays also at 3pm.

 

ABOUT MARK TWAIN’S TOM SAWYER:

Set in the early 19th century in the fictional town of Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer tells the story of young Tom Sawyer, who is one part trickster, one part escape artist and one part very lucky fellow! Tom, along with his pal Huckleberry Finn, enjoy astounding adventures on the Mississippi River; pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and even witnessing a sinister and terrible deed by local villain, Injun Joe. Meanwhile, Tom’s youthful romance with his new sweetheart Becky Thatcher blooms in the background. This adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale is filled with action, storytelling and period appropriate songs.

 

ROLES AVAILABLE (may be double cast):

ADULTS:

Muff Potter – the town drunk with a kind nature who is framed for the murder of Dr. Robinson. Must have a strong folk/blues singing voice.

Injun Joe – a “half-breed”, Injun Joe possess a violent temperament and is set on seeking revenge on those who have treated him harshly in the past. He attempts to frame Muff Potter for the murder of Doc Robinson.

Judge Thatcher – Becky’s father. A proud and well-respected man of justice, whose family has recently moved into town.

Doc Robinson – The local doctor, guilty of grave robbing, whose murder by Injun Joe is blamed on Muff Potter.

Mr. Sprague – The long-winded Sunday School superintendent who issues Bibles to the top students.

Bailiff, Lawyers – Present at the trial of Muff Potter.

Aunt Polly – Tom’s somewhat elderly aunt and guardian. Religious, and kind-hearted, Aunt Polly is respected among the citizens of St. Petersburg. Aunt Polly is constantly torn between expressing her exasperation and showing her love for Tom. Every time he causes trouble, another hair on her head turns gray.

Old Mother Hopkins – An elderly woman learned in folk medicine whom the children are convinced is a witch.

Miss Dobbins – The schoolmistress. Hated by all the children, Miss Dobbins is depicted as a stern spoken woman who uses lashings as a method of discipline.

(Some roles may be combined to be played by the same actor)

 

YOUTH:

Tom Sawyer (age 12-14) – Living with his aunt in St. Petersburg, Missouri, Tom has a penchant for adventure and “showing off.” Constantly getting into mischief, he pays hooky from school and would rather go swimming than tend to his Sunday School lessons. Blessed with an active imagination, Tom is extremely clever and possesses an incredible insight on human nature. Must be able to sing at least a bit in a folksy style.

Huckleberry Finn (age 13-15) The town’s social pariah. Son of an abusive and drunkard father who left tow, Huck has grown up without any parental guidance or authority figures. Because he can smoke a pipe and never has to attend church or school, he is the envy of every schoolboy and the nightmare of every mother in town. Huck possesses a kind spirit. Must be able to sing well enough to carry a bluegrass song sung at a square dance.

Sid Sawyer – Tom’s younger half-brother. Always trying to tattle on Tom, Sid keeps a close eye on his brother’s wrongdoings. A goody-two-shoes, he is a punctual and studious pupil.

Ben Rogers, Billy Fisher, Joe Harper – School mates and friends of Tom

Alfred Temple – a new boy that Tom fights with.

Becky Thatcher (age 12–14) The daughter of Judge Thatcher. Becky is Tom’s age and has recently moved into town. Prim and proper, Becky is the opposite of Tom; she has never been in trouble and is used to obeying her parents. She quickly wins Tom’s affection. Potentially sings at Tom and Huck’s funeral.

Mary (age 16-18) – Tom’s older cousin who resides with Aunt Polly. Mary is a sweet and goodhearted young lady who sees the good qualities in Tom’s character. Religious and pious, Mary is an exceptional student. Must have a strong voice – sings church hymn at Tom and Huck’s funeral.

Amy Lawrence – Tom Sawyer’s former girlfriend, to whom he was previously “engaged”, and whom he occasionally still flirts with

Gracie Miller, Susy Harper – Local girls the same age as Tom and Becky.

 

ABOUT THE THEATER:

Artisan Center Theater is a non-profit, non-equity community theater-in-the-round located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas. Artisan produces 9 main stage and 9 children’s shows a year and has a ten-year track record of high quality, entertaining, award-winning, family-friendly musicals, comedies, and dramas.