Theatre auditions

Hannah Swayze • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:45 AM

Premiere of new play “We Were So Young” at the Jonesborough Senior Center

The Jonesborough Senior Center will host auditions for a new original play based on the stories collected from members of the Jonesborough Senior Center. The play, “We Were So Young,” produced through support from the Town of Jonesborough and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, features dozens of true-life stories about the extraordinary people from this community.

The play is written by the McKinney Center’s outreach program director, Jules Corriere, who wrote last year’s play, “Not All That I Carry.” It will be directed by Lucas Schmidt, from The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.

Auditions will take place September 11-12, from 2-5 p.m. at the Jonesborough Senior Center. Auditions will include cold-reads from the script.

Rehearsals will take place at the Senior Center on Wednesday and Friday afternoons during regular business hours. Roles are being sought for senior actors and actresses and there are some roles for children and young people. This experience is an ideal opportunity for home schooled children to participate in a theatrical production.

The stories in the play include a young woman and her husband who served overseas at Okinawa during Vietnam, and the difficult days they faced in the aftermath of the TET Offensive; a young teacher and her students caught in the difficult days of the Pittston Miners Strike; a family who loses their mountain view while still living in the same home; and other exciting, often perilous adventures during the Cold War Era.

The play will open at the Jonesborough Senior Center at noon on November 15 for its’ members, and performed for the general public November 16-17 at 6 p.m.

To sign up to audition or to find out more information, contact Shawn Hale at the Jonesborough Senior Center at 423-753-4852. The Jonesborough Senior Center is located at 307 East Main St. in Jonesborough.

“Romeo and Juliet” at the Johnson City Community Theatre

Johnson City Community Theatre will hold open auditions for their production of the Shakespeare Class, “Romeo and Juliet.” Auditions will be held August 27-28 at 7 p.m. at the community theatre located at  600 E Maple St. Christian Coger will be the director adn choreographer for the show. THose hwo are auditioning are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues not from “Hamlet.” They are looking for 8-10 men and 4-6 women for the theatrical classic. For more information, email [email protected] 

Characters are:

Romeo – male – Teenager

Juliet – Female – Teenager

Mercutio – Male/Female – 20’s

Benvolio – Male – 20’s

Nurse/Prince Escalus – Male – 20’s-30’s

Father Capulet – Male – Middle Age

Mother Capulet/Apothecary – Female – Middle Age

Paris/Gregory/Citizen – Male – 20’s

Tybalt/Watchman/Servant – Male/Female – 20’s

Father Montague/Chorus/Cousin Capulet/Friar John – male Middle Age

Mother Montague/ Paris’s Page/Musician 3 – Female – Middle Age

Peter/Abram/Servant/Searcher – Male – 20’s


Petruchio/Citizen/Servant/Searcher – male – 20’s

Balthazar/Anthony/Musician/Feast-Goer/Mercutio’s Page/Citizen/Servant – Male – 20’s

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