AUDITIONS – ADDITIONAL ACTORS NEEDED!! PROPHESY to the BONES: And Other Stories Black Folx Whisper
ADDITIONAL ACTORS NEEDED!! We are looking for additional actors for PROPHESY TO THE BONES: and other stories black folx whisper, for the November 12th STAGED READING and subsequent full production in Spring 2022.
The play was commissioned by DCP as part of our continued effort to hear and celebrate the stories of our African American neighbors. This hauntingly beautiful and at times painful work is written by Nichole M. Palmer and directed by Nan Lynn Nelson.
Roles are available for three actors-
Nathan Gray-African American Male 40’s-50’s who can play older.
Female Lawyer-African American Female 30’s-40’s
Naomi Wilder-Caucasian female late 20’s-30’s
Creative team positions are open for the Spring 2022 production and we are specifically looking for artists of color for l set design, costume design and stage management positions. These positions will be paid a stipend. Please contact Sylvia Schnople if interested.
An unhappily married African American professor, Deborah Ingram, travels South to see about a sizable inheritance only to be confronted by untold community horrors and her own past threatening to resurrect. On one hand, Deborah is excited by the prospects of the inheritance, but on the other it’s in her family’s ancestral land of Davidson, NC, a place she left when she was 18. When she arrives in Davidson, she’s confronted by personal and communal ghosts embodied by people and letters spanning 80 years of the town’s history as experienced by the now gentrified African American community.
4+ African American females ages 30’s and up
3+ African American males ages 30’s and up
1 Caucasian Female-Age 30’s
1 Caucasian Male-Age 30/40
This project has been funded, in part, by the Town of Davidson.
DEBORAH INGRAM, 44, passionate, warm, serious, curvaceous AFRICAN AMERICAN woman.
Mentally strong, but emotionally bruised. She’s the type to push past such annoyances only to have to
deal with them in the dark, late at night when nothing but the midnight air and God answer her musings.
She is a professor of African American literature at Columbia University in New York. Originally from
Chicago, but her family is from Davidson, NC. Tenured. Married 20 years to…
MARTIN INGRAM, 47, patient, strategic, and loyal AFRICAN AMERICAN man. Mentally strong,
but emotionally forgetful. He’s what people would call a “race man”. He’s down for the progression of
the African American culture. He is one of the VP’s at Carver Federal Savings Bank, one of the premier
Black-owned banks in NYC. Hard wired for investments. Sweet spot helping African American families
finance their futures. Originally from Chicago. No real roots to the South. Loves his family. Loves his
wife, Deborah, but has forgotten what that really means.
GREAT AUNT MARY, died @ 95/40’s or 50’s in spirit. This is Deborah’s great-great aunt on her
father’s side of the family. She kept her roots in Davidson. She is sugar sweet and spitfire rolled into
one. She will just as sure embrace you as to slap you if you’re out of line. She shows up as a spirit and as
part of the Chorus.
NATHAN GRAY, died @ 95/40’s or 50’s in spirit. This is the barber. He is one of the main witnesses
in the story. He lived his whole life in Davidson. He testifies, but he’s really a hostile witness. Very
reluctant to share his story. Strong, proud African American man, yet harbors a lot of regret. He also
shows up as part of the Chorus.
MR. TUCKER, 50’s in spirit. This is the mail carrier. He used to deliver mail for Great Aunt Mary, and
she’d cook him Sunday meals due to him being a widower. Now that Deborah is in the house, he’s kinda
hoping to get lucky again. Maybe through the niece he can connect with the aunt. She kept him
grounded in a world upside down. He also shows up as part of the Chorus.
NAOMI MARIE WILDER, 34. This is the Bell and Concord Contractors’ attorney. She’s the lone
CAUCASIAN woman in the play. A true carrot top who is energetic, secretive, and overcompensating.
The weight of the town is on her shoulders; however, she doesn’t carry it very well. She has a secret that
could turn Deborah’s world upside down. This person is also part of the Chorus. She also plays Susan.
FEMALE LAWYER, 30’s/40’s. AFRICAN AMERICAN woman. She is the lawyer for the Lived
Lives. She is a persistent, compassionate powerhouse who knows how to present her case. She listens
for emotional movements in testimony and pounces when necessary. She also plays Young Deb.
MALE LAWYER, 30’s/40’s. He is the lone CAUCASIAN man. He is the lawyer for the Town. He is
careful, calculating, and at times cocky. He, too, is a strong lawyer who knows how to present his case.
However, he is all facts. No emotions. Until he must share his secret. He also plays Young Jack.
WOMAN CHORUS, 30’s. AFRICAN AMERICAN woman. She is solidly part of the chorus.
To make an appointment to audition please email: [email protected].
All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. DCP encourages anyone who is interested to audition and we are always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to our stage. Except as specifically required by the playwright for certain roles, Davidson Community Players has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage and welcome members of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to audition for our productions.
Auditioning at DCP
DCP encourages everyone to audition for a show regardless of your acting experience. We want you to feel comfortable at auditions and we strive to make this a rewarding experience for everyone.
In order to provide you with the best audition experience possible, we have compiled a few helpful hints and bits of information about the audition and rehearsal process.
- Read over the audition notice thoroughly. The audition information will provide details about character description, audition requirements and general information about the rehearsal schedule.
- Read the script and/or research the play. Scripts are available in the DCP office three weeks prior to auditions and can be checked out for 48 hours with a $5.00 deposit. For non-musicals directors generally ask for a cold reading, which are scene selections from the script, so familiarity with the script is certainly beneficial.
- If you are auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to perform a song of your choice as well as participating in a group dance audition. You will need to provide sheet music for the accompanist at the audition. Choose a song that showcases your voice. Read the audition notice carefully to see if there is a particular style of song requested by the director. DCP offers musical theatre audition workshops which are a great way to prepare for auditions!
- Update your resume and headshot. Your resume should include your theatre and/or performance experience, if any. If you have special skills or training that is relevant to theatre, please list on the resume. Your headshot does not need to be professional; however, it is suggested that it be a recent photograph. Attach the headshot to the back of the resume and bring to auditions.
- Unless otherwise noted, auditions are held at the Armour Street theatre. You will enter through the basement door nearest the gravel parking lot where you will be greeted by our audition assistant. You will sign in and be given a numbered audition form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible with special attention paid to the area where you list your conflicts.
- Depending on the director, you may be seen as part of a group or individually. For a non- musical, you will be asked to do cold readings with others who are auditioning.
- For musicals, you will be asked to perform your musical selection and then learn and present a dance sequence. The director may ask you to do a cold reading as well as dance and sing.
- If you are auditioning for a Connie Company production, you may be asked to participate in theatre games and improvisations.
- Some directors will schedule a "callback" or second round of auditions. Notification of callbacks will be made by phone within 24 hours of the final audition. Being called back does not mean you are cast in the production and likewise NOT being called back doesn't mean that you are NOT cast in the production.
- Casting the show is the responsibility of the director and in the case of a musical, the director and music director. Our DCP policy is that all casting decisions will be made within 72 hours of the final audition (or callback) unless there are extenuating circumstances. Casting offers will be made by a phone call. After the cast is confirmed, the cast list will be posted on the DCP website. DCP will send out notices to those who are not cast via email.
- DCP encourages and welcomes people of all races, genders and abilities to audition for all productions.
In general, plays rehearse 6 weeks and musicals 8-10 weeks. Rehearsals are usually held five days a week, Sunday-Thursday, in the evening. All rehearsals are held at the Armour Street theatre unless otherwise noted. The director will provide a rehearsal schedule at least two weeks in advance. Directors are encouraged to create rehearsal schedules taking into account the actor conflicts. The week prior to the production is "tech" week, which will be nightly rehersals until opening. A "brush up" rehearsal may be scheduled between the first and second week of the show.
Casting is the most difficult part of being a director. Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production. Frequently a strong actor may not be cast because the actor does not fit the director's vision for the part, is physically mismatched with other cast members or has numerous conflicts. Please don't be discouraged if you are not cast for a production; just keep auditioning!