Auditions-Of Mice And Men

 

AUDITIONS

for Spencer Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Of Mice And Men
will be held Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8
at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.

Roles available for 9 Men and 1 Women

 

About Auditions (Where do I go? What do I do?)

When are auditions? Where do I go? 
Auditions are Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 from 7 PM-9PM at the First Congregational Church located at 1212 1st Ave West. in Spencer. Doors open half an hour prior to audition time. Please note that it is not necessary to attend both audition times; one or the other will suffice. 

What do I need to bring with me? Should I prepare anything in advance?
Auditions will consist of warm-ups and theatre games and reading from the script. You’re welcome to read the script beforehand- they are available for checkout at the SCT Business Office on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can stop in anytime during business hours (T-F 9:30- 5) and check out a copy to look over. Please bring your schedule/calendar with you in order to list rehearsal conflicts on the audition form.

Closed Auditions
Auditions for all SCT productions are closed, meaning that only those auditioning, SCT staff, and the Directing/ Management team of the production are allowed in the audition space.

 

About the Show (What is Of Mice And Men about?)

What’s this show all about?

Based on the classic novella written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men tells the tale of two great friends and their struggle to live the American dream.  George and Lennie have been travelling together from ranch to ranch for years, working hard to make ends meet and save enough for a place of their own.  The two are polar opposites: George is intelligent, quick and small, while Lennie is slow-minded, childlike, and giant.  Though they are different, they care deeply about each other.  They have been dreaming for years to save enough for a little land of their own, and when they are both hired to a new job they believe that they may finally achieve their goal.  Trouble begins to brew when one of the bosses’ wife becomes too interested in the infatuated Lennie.  Of Mice and Men is a tragic and beautiful play that has become a popular staple of American theatre.  
 
When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, although they will run later the week the show opens. Rehearsals begin Monday, August 14 and run until the show opens on September 29. Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal; the time commitment usually depends on the size of the role!

When are performances?
Performances are: September 29 & 30, October 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 1 & 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Roles Available (The ages represent the characters’ age, not necessarily the actor playing the role)

Lennie -  A large, lumbering, childlike migrant worker. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and travelling companion, for guidance and protection. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength. His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster.

George – A quick-witted man who travels with, and cares for, Lennie. Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without his caretaking responsibilities, George is obviously devoted to Lennie. George’s behavior is motivated by the desire to protect Lennie and, eventually, deliver them both to the farm of their dreams. Though George is the source of the often-told story of life on their future farm, it is Lennie’s childlike faith that enables George to actually believe his account of their future.

Candy -  An ageing ranch handyman, Candy lost his hand in an accident and worries about his future on the ranch. Fearing that his age is making him useless, he seizes on George’s description of the farm he and Lennie will have, offering his life’s savings if he can join George and Lennie in owning the land.

Curley’s Wife -  The only female character in the story.  The men on the farm refer to her as a “tramp,” a “tart,” and a “looloo.” Dressed in fancy, feathered red shoes, she represents the temptation of female sexuality in a male-dominated world. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life.

Crooks - Crooks, the black stable-hand, gets his name from his crooked back. Proud, bitter, and caustically funny, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he derisively claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden.

Curley - The boss’s son, who is rumored to be a champion prizefighter.  He is a confrontational, mean-spirited, and aggressive young man who seeks to compensate for his small stature by picking fights with larger men. Recently married, Curley is plagued with jealous suspicions and is extremely possessive of his flirtatious young wife.

Slim -  A highly skilled mule driver and the acknowledged “prince” of the ranch, Slim is the only character who seems to be at peace with himself. The other characters often look to Slim for advice. A quiet, insightful man, Slim alone understands the nature of the bond between George and Lennie.

Carlson -  A ranch-hand, Carlson complains bitterly about Candy’s old, smelly dog. He convinces Candy to put the dog out of its misery. When Candy finally agrees, Carlson promises to execute the task without causing the animal any suffering.

The Boss -  The stocky, well-dressed man in charge of the ranch, and Curley’s father.  Candy happily reports that the boss once delivered a gallon of whiskey to the ranch-hands on Christmas Day.

Whit A ranch-hand who works with Lennie and George on the ranch.

 

What if I still have more questions or want to talk to someone about auditioning?

No problem! Feel free to contact SCT Executive Director Rusty Ruth at 262-7336 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 

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