‘Farce of Habit’ auditions June 16

Published 10:44 am Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Brock Players will hold open auditions for the upcoming comedy Farce of Habit  Saturday,  June 16 at 10 a.m. in the Brock Performing Arts Center Theatre.  There may need to be call-backs that same afternoon.

Those who want to audition are encouraged to stop by the Brock Monday-Friday between noon and 4 p.m. to review the lines that will be read by each character on audition day.

Roles are available for five adult women and four adult men. Characters’ ages range from 20-80 years for both men and women. No experience is necessary.

Those auditioning will be asked to present readings from the script, which will be provided that day, and to demonstrate their ability to speak with a Southern accent.

Auditionees should be prepared with a list of possible schedule conflicts and previous performance experience, if applicable.

The show will take audiences back to the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks.  The proprietor, D. Gene Wilburn, is looking forward to a peaceful weekend on the lake, but there are only two chances of that happening:  slim and none.

His wife Wanelle is going through caffeine withdrawal, his son Ty’s marriage to Jenna is falling apart, and his feisty sister Maxie is caught up in a bizarre undercover police assignment.  In addition, he’s got a gaggle of nuns converging on the inn, a nationally known and extremely self-centered relationship guru trying to escape his crazy ex-wife, and a shy retiree looking for a little excitement for once in his life.

Throw in the storm of the century that’s quickly bearing down on Mayhew, Ark., and an axe murderer on the loose, and d. Gene Wilburn has no prayer of baiting a hook any time soon.

The cast will be given scripts to learn their lines in June but rehearsals will not begin until the first of September. Opening night will be at Triple J Manor House as a dinner and theatre event on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.   Tickets are for sale for $65. The price includes a meal prepared by Dine by Design and the funny, funny performance (a cash bar will be open through intermission).

To learn more about the auditions or to purchase tickets for the dinner theatre call Davie County Arts Council at 336.751-3112 or visit daviearts.org or like on Facebook.

A description of the characters:

• Wanelle Wilburn, 50s, a determined ball of fire;

• Gene Wilburn, 50s, good-hearted guy, dressed to fish;

• Maxie Wilburn Suggs, 60s, hearty no-nonsense country woman;

• Jock McNair, late 40s, handsome, macho, self-centered womanizer;

• Jenna Sealy Wilburn, 30, sweet, fresh-faced;

• Ty Wilburn, 30, handsome, charming;

• Huddle Fisk, 50, a kind, meek man in a plaid suit and bowtie;

• Sister Myrtle Agnes, 60, stern and driven; and

• Barbara Stratton, late 40s, red-haired, determined bundle of nerves.