Auditions

To Kill a Mockingbird Auditions

The Grand Theatre announces auditions for the regional premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The auditions will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10am to 2pm.

Please prepare a monologue from a classic American play (such as O’Neill, Williams, Miller, Inge, Hellman, etc.), or a provided side from Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Memorization is encouraged, but not necessary. Sides available at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KIPt7m7-DhH7-6oxKjKNPKVsHBce5_fH

Headshots and resumes are required. Prior to your audition, please download, complete, and print the audition form to bring with you to your audition: Audition Form

Auditions will be held in the Alumni Room (1-147) located at Salt Lake Community College South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, directly south of the Grand Theatre Box Office, in the west lobby of the building. Parking is available at no charge in the North-East parking lot.

About the Show

To Kill a Mockingbird will be directed by Mark Fossen.

  • Callbacks will be on Monday, January 13th from 6pm to 10pm. Callbacks will include sides.
  • The show will run Wednesday – Saturday, March 26 - April 11, 2020.
  • Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 and will be held (apart from tech week) Monday – Friday from 6pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

This is the 2018 version (currently running on Broadway), and is a re-imagining of the original Harper Lee novel. Though based on the same source material as the earlier version of the play, this version is very different in tone and setting. It is, in fact, a memory play, and occurs in the minds of Scout, Jem, and Dill about 20 years after the Tom Robinson trial. These three characters serve as both the narrators and actors, moving in and out of the action as it unfolds, and performing either as adults or children, as needed. As such, there are no child performers in this production. In addition, most roles are slightly (if not largely) different from those in the original production, including some roles that are either expanded or condensed, and no role is the same when it comes to overall character and/or dialogue.

The Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and actively seeks talented actors of color on an ongoing basis. We welcome all qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, color, national origin or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Character Breakdown

ATTICUS FINCH
(Caucasian, Male, 40-60) A small-town lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Highly intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, with a strong moral compass and a dry sense of humor. Father to Scout and Jem, he cares for his children deeply.

JEAN MARIE “SCOUT” FINCH
(Caucasian, Female, 25-35 to play child) Southern. Smart, insightful, independent, she’s forthright and has a strong sense of justice. Articulate and an original thinker. Looks up to her father. Believes in the goodness of people.

JEM FINCH
(Caucasian, Male, 25-35 to play child) Southern. Scout’s brother, older by four years. Very much the older sibling, he’s decisive, bold, quick to act, opinionated and brave. Idolizes his father.

DILL
(Caucasian, Male, 25-35 to play child) Southern. Dill is staying with his Aunt Rachel in Maycomb while his mother is otherwise engaged. Outgoing, talkative, sensitive, though rather lonely; he is befriended by Jem and Scout.

CALPURNIA
Role is already cast.

TOM ROBINSON
(African-American, Male, 25) Southern. A field hand, hardworking, serious and ethical, falsely accused of rape by Mayella Ewell.

BOB EWELL
(Caucasian, Male, 40-60) Southern. Angry, alcoholic, prone to violence. Very smart. A dangerous man, who feels cheated by the world.

MAYELLA EWELL
(Caucasian, Female, 18-20) Southern. Daughter of Bob Ewell. Uneducated. Takes care of her many younger siblings, traumatized and volatile. She falsely accuses Tom Robinson of rape.

JUDGE TAYLOR
(60’s) Caucasian. Male, Southern. Maycomb’s judge. Courtly and learned, he’s very much in charge of his courtroom. Thoughtful, shrewd, formidable with a dry and sharp wit. Doesn’t suffer fools.

HORACE GILMER
(25-35) Caucasian. Southern. Prosecuting attorney with the soul of a politician; ambitious and shrewd.

MRS. DUBOSE
(60’s+) Caucasian. Southern. An irascible and unhappy woman, who speaks cruelly to Scout and Jem.

MISS STEPHANIE
(30’S) Caucasian. Southern. The town gossip. Funny, highly opinionated.

DILL’S MOTHER
(30’S) Caucasian. Growing weary and impatient from her search for a new husband. .

SHERIFF HECK TATE
(40’s – Early 50’s) Caucasian. Southern. Maycomb’s town sheriff. Man of the law. He knows the conflicts of the town and has to figure out how to navigate them. Compassionate.

LINK DEAS
(40’S-50’S). Caucasian. Southern. Tom Robinson’s employer, a cotton farmer. Has somewhat re-moved himself socially from the people of Maycomb, who suspect Deas is an alcoholic. Stands up for Tom Robinson and is revealed to be a man of unlikely and surprising substance.

BOO RADLEY
(Mid 30’s-Mid 40’s) Caucasian. Southern. He’s retreated from the world, is never seen by anyone in Maycomb and has become the subject of much speculation and wild rumors. When he appears, he barely speaks a word. He has a haunted quality, but a profoundly kind spirit. Physically imposing. Not verbal, extremely sensitive.

MR. CUNNINGHAM
(30's-40’s) Caucasian. Southern. A farmer. Uneducated, impoverished.

DR. REYNOLDS
(30’S-50’S) Caucasian. Southern. Male. The town doctor, he’s been treating the Finch children since birth. Trustworthy, sensible, caring.

BAILIFF
(Any) Caucasian. Southern. Male. Court Bailiff, he has to keep order in the court.

COURT REPORTER (Mr. Roscoe)
(Any) Caucasian. Male, Southern. Transcribes the trial in court for the record.

ENSEMBLE, MOB, Etc.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is the rehearsal process?
Typically, rehearsals last about six weeks prior to opening. Due to the complexity of everyone's schedules, rehearsals are reserved for evenings Monday through Fridays and Saturdays, during the day. Generally rehearsals are scheduled from 6:00-10:00PM weeknights, and 9:00AM-4:00PM on Saturdays.

Do I get paid?
Yes, we do offer stipends to all adult actors employed during a production. Children, under legal working age, do not receive monetary compensation, but usually receive discounted tickets for family members.

Do you hire Equity?
No, not generally. We are not an Equity Theatre, although, occasionally there is an Equity contract offered under special circumstances. However, Equity actors are always encouraged to audition, as you never know what will be offered.