Thank you all again for auditioning for The Trip to Bountiful. As I said previously, you ALL made my job casting this show very difficult. Everyone brought their 'A' game. The cast list is given below. If you were not cast in a role or the role you wanted it does not mean you didn't do a great job - everyone did! As a director, I must make a picture for the audience. All the pieces need to fit together. As an actor, I know it is very difficult to accept when we are not cast, believe me I know, but I hope you can appreciate that what you all did was great but it may not have fit with the others I had to choose from.
Carrie Watts.....Leona Hoegsberg
Ludie Watts.....Bill Giffen
Jessie Mae Watts.....Melody Montez
Houston Ticket Man #1.....Jim Murph
Houston Ticket Man #2.....Riley O. Piddle
Harrison Ticket Man.....Tom Richard
Bus station passengers- if anyone that auditioned and did not get a role would be interested in being a bus station passenger, please let me know. It would be minimal rehearsal - come to first read through, when we block that scene, and then 2 weeks prior to opening (we'll need to have you help with running crew as well for the other scenes).
First read is Sunday the 22rd at 6 pm.
STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for Texas playwright Horton Foote’s masterpiece: The Trip to Bountiful will be held Feb. 15 & 16. The show is directed by STAGE RIGHT Artistic Director Carolyn Corsano Wong. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
AUDITION DATES & TIMES:
Feb. 15 & 16 at 7 pm
The historic Crighton Theatre
234 N. Main St.
Conroe, TX 77301
Auditions will be held in the upstairs rehearsal hall. Entrance to the rehearsal hall is at 117 Simonton Street (next door to the Red Brick Tavern).
REHEARSAL: Rehearsal will generally be held at the theatre Sunday-Thursday nights 7-10 pm.
April 17 – May 3, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees April 26 and May 3 at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stage-right.org or by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469). Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and groups of 15 persons or more, $15 for youth 16 and under and for senior groups of 15 or more persons. The historic Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe.
Living in an overcrowded three-room Houston apartment with her dutiful, yet melancholy son Ludie and his brittle, bossy wife Jessie Mae, elderly and frail Carrie Watts longs to visit her childhood home in the small Texas town of Bountiful before she
dies. Forced to leave the land where she grew up twenty years ago, her powerful memories sustain her as she dreams of making the trip back to reclaim her dignity and strength. The play follows the journey when one day, Carrie decides to take the trip back to Bountiful. Her journey, though trying, is one filled with faith, love and hope. Audiences will laugh at the familiar ‘family’ situations and ultimately have tears in their eyes, as Carrie does, when she realizes her dream.
CAST NOTES: Characters: 3 Women, 6 Men (No roles have been pre-cast)
Carrie Watts – Age 60+ An aging widow who longs to return to the country home of her youth, Bountiful. She is certain this change will carry her through her waning years. She’s feisty, indomitable and endearing. There is no doubt she will get exactly where she wants.
Ludie Watts – Age 30s to late 40s After working for a company for eight years, he became ill for two years and lost his savings. He has been working for six months, but still requires the assistance of his mother’s pension check. Residing in a small apartment with two women has equally taken its toll.
Jessie Mae Watts – Age 30s to late 40s She would love to be going out doing things for herself, but feels trapped taking care of her mother-in-law. Jessie Mae doesn’t dislike Carrie, just the behavior and dislike she feels from Carrie.
Thelma – Age 20-24 A new bride returning to her family home while she waits for her husband’s return from his duty overseas. Riding on the bus to Harrison, TX and their separate destinations, her acquaintance with Carrie provides the opportunity to hear why Carrie must go home.
Sheriff – Age 40-50s Small town sheriff. Responding to Carrie’s pleas, he helps her complete her pilgrimage to Bountiful.
Roy – Age 25-40 Not familiar with the Bountiful of Carrie’s memory, he shares time before daylight with Carrie as she continues her journey.
2 Ticket Masters – Age Open Exchange lines with Carrie and Ludie respectively at the Houston bus depot.
Passengers- various age and gender (most likely these will also be running crew)
Over 3700 people have seen or are planning to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Crighton. By week's end The Best Christmas Pageant will be the highest attended show at the Crighton in the past 7 years. Merry Christmas to the Crighton!
So what? Are you kidding!? Most theatres in the greater Houston area could have sellout crowds all weekend and not have as many patrons as we do at a single performance. Yet we don't do theatre to simply get a large number of patrons. Our mission is to support the historic Crighton Theatre. STAGE RIGHT succeeds at this mission by putting on the best show we can that appeals to the largest number of people. We strive to present the best show possible. At the end of the day we know we must be a good corporate citizen and support not only the arts in Montgomery County but all non-profits that serve our community.
A heartfelt thanks to all our patrons who help us to support the Crighton. Thanks for bringing personal care products to support the Salvation Army. And by all means, come to see the Best Christmas Pageant Ever before it's too late!
In case you don't get to come to the show, check out our production photos.
The cast of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever have worked hard to prepare for the opening weekend despite seasonal illnesses that have gripped the cast and crew. Nevertheless, they were rewarded as 1100 patrons came to opening weekend.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is about a group of unruly kids that discover the true meaning of Christmas. What a lovely reminder as we proceed into the holiday season where it is easy to forget the meaning of the season. Bring some personal hygiene items to benefit the Salvation Army and enjoy the show!
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