Old Academy Players welcomes new talent! Please note that we are a non-profit community theater and that all roles are performed on a volunteer basis. Please check this site for audition information which appears throughout the season. If you are auditioning for a show, please complete our Audition Form in advance of the audition.
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White by Alice Childress
Audition Date & Time:
At this point, auditions will be by appointment and set up to be physically distant.
Please contact Carla Childs (email@example.com; phone 215–242-6610)
5 African-American females
3 white females
1 African-American man
2 white men
Actors auditioning for roles that require singing (see below) should come prepared to sing a few lines of:
— Women: “Jacob’s Ladder”
— Men: “Over There” or “Down by the Old Mill Stream”
Fridays and Saturdays, September 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, October 2nd & 3rd, 2020 at 8:00pm
Sundays, September 20th & 27th & October 4th, 2020 at 2:00pm
*Additional performances may be added
Brief Synopsis of Show
Set in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1918, Wedding Band is an unsparing tale about the consequences of a decade-long romance between a black seamstress and a white baker.
Julia and Herman have loved each other devotedly, enduring harsh disapproval from whites and scorn from blacks. As they confront the impossibility of ever living a normal married life, and as Herman falls ill, Julia gradually reaches out to forge affirming bonds of solidarity with her community.
Julia Augustine: an attractive brown woman about thirty-five years old. She sings. She never leaves the stage.
Fanny Johnson: the landlady, the self-appointed, fifty-year-old representative of her race. She sings.
Lula Green: forty-five and motherly
Mattie: Teeta’s mother. In her thirties. She sings.
Teeta: a girl about eight years old
Princess: a little white girl, six years old, always moving, hopping, running, leaping, skipping, jumping, jumping rope
Nelson Green: a rather rough-looking muscly fellow with a soft voice and a bittersweet sense of humor
Herman: white, a strong, forty-year-old working man. His light brown hair is sprinkled with gray. He sings.
Annabelle: white, in her thirties, with a slightly mincing air of fashionable delicacy. She might be cheerful if she were not ashamed of her size.
Herman’s mother: a poor white, about fifty-seven years old. She has risen above her poor farm background and tries to assume the airs of quality. She assumes an air of calm well-being, but anxiety shows around the edges and underneath.
Bell Man: a poor white, about thirty years old, but time has dealt him some hard blows. He dances and sings.
* Contact Information
Director Carla Childs and/or Vanessa Ballard (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 215–242-6610)