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Non-Union Auditions for DEARLY DEPARTED-A Southern Deep-Fried and Drop Dead Comedy

at Act Two Theatre in St. Peters, MO

OPEN AUDITIONS for Dearly Departed at Act Two Theatre.
5 Adult Males, ages: 20's to 80's 
8 Adult Females, ages: 20's to 80's

Auditions will be November 20 and 21 at 7pm.  
Callbacks by invitation on Nov. 21 or 26, to be determined.

Dearly Departed
By David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Jacki Goodall
Performance Dates: February 9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18
https://www.acttwotheatre.com/auditions/

Auditions will consist of cold-reading from the script.

We are proud to announce that the hilarious and irreverent comedy DEARLY DEPARTED will launch our spectacular line-up of shows on February 9, 2018. The show will be directed by Act Two veteran actor and director Jacki Goodall. Auditions will be November 20 and 21 at 7pm. Complete audition details will be posted here later this week. This is a larger cast show requiring a plethora of mature actors in addition to actors of all ages. Here's some info about the show:

Short Synopsis: A southern comedy of caskets and country craziness puts the "fun" in funeral. When "mean and surly" Mr. Turpin suddenly dies, his nitwit relations from church and county come together to merrily mark his demise in a hilarious melting pot which includes a loud Bible thumping widow, a businessman who cleans parking lots, a reverend with the runs, a tubby junk food enthusiast, and a super-duper suspicious wife.

Longer Synopsis: This deliciously hilarious comedy deals with a group of small town southerners, trying to get through a family funeral without causing even more grief. When the Patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “mean and surly” on the tombstone. Despite the comedic efforts of this family to pull themselves together for the funeral, their other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: oldest son, Ray-Bud, drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount, Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of unruly kids and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car, and their unmarried sister, Delightful, continues to seek consolation by eating junk food. Amidst the chaos, the Turpin family turns to an eccentric community of misfits for comfort, and they just manage to pull everyone together through their hours of need.

Director Jacki Goodall is seeking the following:
5 Adult Males, ages: 20's to 80's 
8 Adult Females, ages: 20's to 80's

(AGES below are very broad ranges and not exactly restrictive. Very flexible casting as it relates to age range. )

Bud Turpin (might double as Rev. Hooker)
50-80, Elderly father who dies in 1st scene.

Raynelle Turpin
50-80
Bud's widow - Christian family woman who tells it like it is in quiet Unassuming manner.

Ray-Bud Turpin
30-40
Elder son - recovering alcoholic terribly afraid of death and none too happy to foot funeral bill.

Lucille Turpin
30-40
Ray-Bud's wife - desperately wants to have baby but cannot carry to full term. Motherly type who takes careof everyone.

Junior Turpin
30-40
Younger son - completely broke because of poor business decision. Recently had an affair that his wife finds out about.

Suzanne Turpin
30-40
Junior's wife - completely broke because of Junior's bad business decision. A bit passive/aggressive personality. Sings hymn at funeral.

Marguerite
50-80
Bud's sister - devoutly and aggressively Christian, very loud and controlling of her offspring and any situation.

Royce
30-40
Marguerite's son - out of work with no future plans, which his mother never lets him forget. More of an observer than a doer.

Delightful
20-30
Bud and Raynelle's daughter - overweight young woman who was never really allowed to grow up. Eats constantly and only speaks when spoken to.

Reverend Hooker (doubles as Bud)
50-80
Parish minister - a minister tired of ministering. Becomes "Ill" at funeral.

Veda
60-80
Elderly friend of the family - caregiver to her sickly husband and doesn't let anyone forget it.

Norval (may double as Clyde)
60-80
Veda's husband - hard of hearing and hard to understand. Kept alive by oxygen masks and meds.

Nadine
20's
A younger friend of the family - seems to get pregnant just by looking at a man. All of her children named after famous actors.

Clyde (may double as Norval)
40's
Ray-Bud's boss - knows exactly how he wants to die. First priority is to "take care of our own."

Juanita
30-50
Cousin by marriage - very wealthy and proper. Bit of a gossip.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Theatre Location for Auditions

St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre
One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
Performing Arts Theatre is in the City Hall building, Western(far right) most building at the opposite end from the Rec-Plex. Act Two Theatre performs in St. Peters to one of the largest average audiences of local St. Louis area theatre companies. Each show runs 6-8 performances with attendance numbers ranging between 1000-1800 per run. Act Two’s loyal, large and enthusiastic season ticket subscriber base allows many to receive the gift, joy and magic of live theatre that our talented actors, directors, tech crew and volunteers create.

More Info: https://www.acttwotheatre.com/auditions/


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