Old Academy Players

Males and Females

Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White by Alice Childress
Audition Date & Time: 1:00pm Saturday, June 5, 2021
Location:
Old Academy Players Carfax Building (next to the theater)
3540 Indian Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
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.
Auditions will be conducted in Carfax, the building next to the theater, because it is easily ventilated. If it becomes crowded, people can wait outside. Everyone will remain masked and distant except when people are reading together, when they will stand 15 apart and lower their masks.
It is our expectation that everyone involved in this production will be fully vaccinated by the time rehearsals start. We have no understudies, and so cannot risk any of our actors becoming ill. In addition, some of our actors are children, and we cannot ask them to rehearse or perform with adults who are not vaccinated. We want to be able to say that we are a “fully vaccinated company.”
Audition Requirements:
5 African-American females (one is a child)
3 white females (one is a child)
1 African-American man
2 white men
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please contact the directors for specifics.
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 “Yankee Doodle Dandy” or “Down by the Old Mill Stream” or some other tune that you are familiar with.
Performance Dates:
Fridays and Saturdays, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 2021 at 8:00pm
Sundays, November 14 & 21, 2021 at 2:00pm
*Additional performances may be added.
Rehearsal Dates:
Rehearsals will start when the show is fully cast.
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 with the Spanish flu, Julia gradually reaches out to forge affirming bonds of solidarity with her community.
Roles:
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.
Bell Man: a poor white, about 30 years old, but time has dealt him some hard blows
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: (this role has already been cast)
* Contact Information
Directors: Vanessa Ballard ([email protected]) and Carla Childs ([email protected])
Old Academy Players, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky began acting, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater in East Falls ( Philadelphia ), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players, providing continuous community theater since 1923, is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

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