Auditions for August: Osage County

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their Spring 2018 production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run April 13 through 29.

Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Sunday and Monday, January 7 and 8. Sign-in on Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 6:00 p.m. Sign-in for Monday will begin at 6:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 7:00 p.m.

We are seeking seven women and six men. A detailed character breakdown can be found below.

Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, February 5. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to artisticcommittee@cheneyhall.org.

Character Breakdown:

Ages are the character ages – the actor must be able to “play” this age, not “be” this age.

  • Violet Weston: 65 years old; the matriarch of the Weston family. She’s dying of oral cancer, is addicted to pills – LOTS of them but her favorite is downers. She is the product of abuse and inflicts the abuse she received as a child on her children and everyone around her. She is also lightening in a bottle. Violet, even when stoned, is full of energy. There is no downtime for Violet. Very complex and should ultimately have sympathetic qualities.
  • Beverly Weston: 69 years old; the patriarch of the Weston family. An award winning poet who is depressive and an alcoholic. He is the leader of the family but is removed from any connection with anyone. He is a true Oklahoman. He never realized the promise of his talent. Intelligent, kind, introverted yet the walls he’s built with his family is ultimately killing him.
  • Barbara Fordham: 46 years old; the eldest of the 3 Weston daughters. Strong, opinionated, loving yet quickly becoming her mother! She escaped her mother by moving out of state long ago and deep down feels badly about leaving her family. On the surface she is the most together of the Weston girls – a career, her own family. She is having issues with her own family and is now thrust back to the home she left to deal with issues she thought she left behind. Though she escaped Osage County, she cannot escape her inner demons.
  • Bill Fordham: 49 years old; Barbara’s husband. A college professor. Well educated, sweet, funny and successful. He can also be pretty pompous. He’s going through a mid-life crisis and that is causing problems in his marriage. But he’s trying to keep it together and tends to be pragmatic but misses the mark.
  • Jean Fordham: 14 years old; Barbara’s and Bill’s daughter. She’s a precocious teenager. She’s been an adult since the day she was born. Jean’s experimenting with drugs, mainly pot. She’s seeking love and attention that she’s not getting from her parents. She’s looking for someone she can finally trust.
  • Ivy Weston: 44 years old; the middle daughter of Weston girls. She is the only daughter who lives in the hometown where she grew up. She is the strongest, quietest and calmest daughter in the family. She’s intelligent, full of love yet has never developed a full sense of self. She so desires to set herself free from the craziness of the Weston family. Although she is strong, she’s been so beaten down she’s fighting to find hope.
  • Karen Weston: 40 years old; the youngest Weston daughter. The invisible daughter. Full of love and is all heart. Full of energy and embraces life. All she wants is the American dream. She can be naïve and tends to make some questionable decisions in the people with whom she falls in love.
  • Mattie Fae Aiken: 57 years old; youngest sister of Violet. She is the bearer and the hider of the family secrets. She’s full of piss and vinegar. She’s a tough bird, unforgiving and a product of the same abuse Violet suffered, however she survived a little better than Violet did. She’s married to Charlie Aiken and is the mother of Little Charles. Very funny and fun to be around.
  • Charlie Aiken: 60 years old; married to Mattie Fae and the father of Little Charles. He is the kindest person in the whole warped family. He’s full of love and connects to the damage in the family. He sees the family for what it is and knows that it isn’t healthy. He tries to stay out of the madness. But most of all he loves his son more than anything.
  • Little Charles Aiken: 37 years old; son of Mattie Fay and Charles. Calm, balanced and sweet natured. He is like a dog who cringes when you reach out to pet him. He’s been so beaten down by his mother that he sinks in on himself. But he knows his father loves him and tries to gain strength from him. He is NOT developmentally challenged. He’s just been beaten into submission. And he’s trying to find a way out.
  • Johnna Monevata: 26 years old; Native American; the housekeeper. Hired by Beverly Weston to be the housekeeper but doesn’t really know what she’s getting into. She handles it with strength and is the only one who can keep some control in the chaos. She’s peaceful and calm and very grounded. Johnna is non-judgmental and very compassionate. She is Cheyenne and is very connected to her background. She is the backbone of the play.
  • Steve Heidebrecht: 50 years old; Karen’s fiancé. A modern day Rhett Butler with a pervy side! He loves his fiancé…when he’s with her! He is an opportunist. He takes any opportunity for his own gain. At the base, Steve is a jerk.
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: 47 years old; county Sheriff. Barbara’s high school beau who hasn’t left Osage County. He is very “Oklahoma”. Salt of the earth. Hasn’t forgotten about Barbara. Might be a bit stuck in time about the Weston family – remembers when they were young. Decent man. The most “normal” person aside from Johnna in the play.
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