Seeking Performers for TGWG’s The Desperate Hours

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The Theatre Guild of Webster Groves is seeking a diverse cast of performers for our upcoming production of The Desperate Hours. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; please bring a headshot and resume (if you have one!) as well as a list of your conflicts through November. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday evenings with performances on November 5-7 & 12-14.

Auditions to be held at: 
6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14th for youth 12-15
7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14th for adults

All rehearsals and performances will be held at: 
517 Theatre Lane
St. Louis, MO 63119

**Please Note: TGWG leadership has made the decision to require vaccinations from all participants. You must be at least 12 years old and fully vaccinated to audition.**

Synopsis: The Hilliards are a typical suburban family living on the outskirts of Indianapolis. Abruptly their pleasant home becomes a jungle full of cunning and violence when escaped felons force their way into their home while running from the cops. Mr. Hilliard and 19 year old Cindy are allowed to go to work while Mrs. Hilliard and 10 year old Ralphie remain in the house as hostages. Meanwhile the police search closes in, conducted by a deputy sheriff who has his own reasons for wanting to kill one of the convicts. Please be advised that this play does contain adult situations, language and mild violence.

The Family
Eleanor Hilliard (Late 30s-Early 50s) – The mother of the Hilliard household, desperate to keep her family safe.
Ralphie Hilliard (12+ to play 10) – The son of the Hilliard Family.
Dan Hilliard (Late 30s-50s) – The father of the Hilliard Family
Cindy Hilliard (to play 19) – The daughter of the Hilliard Family, works at a law firm.

The Criminals
Glenn Griffin (20s) – The leader of the jailbreak/hostage situation, angry about his past and focused on revenge.
Hank Griffin (Late Teens-Early 20s) – Glenn’s younger brother, also an escaped convict.
Samuel Robish (20s-40s) – The third convict, not very intelligent.

The Police
Tom Winston (20s-40s) – A deputy sheriff finishing his shift when the jailbreak occurs.
Jesse Bard (30s-50s) – The deputy sheriff who’s vowed to take revenge.
Harry Carson (30s-60s) – FBI Agent assigned to the case.
Lt. Carl Fredericks (Late 30s-50s) – Lieutenant with the state police, cynical.

The Others
Chuck Wright (20s-Early 30s) – A young lawyer who works with Cindy; he is in love with her.
Claude Patterson (Late 50s-70s) – The Hilliard’s trash collector.
Miss Swift (20s-50s) – Ralphie’s concerned school teacher.

We are committed to building a cast that is reflective of our community at large; BIPOC, trans & non-binary performers and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Please note that our historic building has 31 steps.

If you are in need of any audition accommodations or have any questions you may reach out to the director at

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