The Grapes of Wrath
Theatre Charlotte will hold auditions for The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati from the novel by John Steinbeck, on September 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road.) This production will be directed by Ron Law with public performances October 27-November 12.
TOM JOAD – play early 20s
Released from prison after serving time for manslaughter; returns to find his family has lost their farm and is moving west to California to start a new life. Tom does his best to protect his family and stand up for what he thinks is right, sometimes leading to fights in which he must defend himself or his loved ones. Through their experiences, Tom decides to fight to keep other migrant workers from being exploited.
MA JOAD – play late 40s to 50s
As the matriarch, Ma's biggest concern is trying to keep the Joad family together. She is the quintessential caretaker, putting others' needs ahead of her own. Ma finds herself taking a greater leadership role when she feels Pa is not being proactive. A pillar of strength for her family, Ma has a realistic view on hardship, acknowledging tough times but knowing that the family unit will see them through.
PA JOAD – play late 40s to 50s
A good man and hard worker, Pa leads the Joads west after the family is evicted from their farm. The difficulties the family faces on the journey to California, including the inability to find work, wear Pa down. When solutions begin to fail him, he lets Ma assume the role of decision-maker.
CASY – play 30s to 50s
A former preacher who has lost his faith, he accompanies the Joads on their trek. He initiates a change in Tom Joad by inspiring him to further the cause of helping the migrant people. He is often seen as a Christ figure (they share the same initials); he goes to jail in Tom's stead, and later martyrs himself as he stands up for the workers.
ROSE OF SHARON – play late teens
Married and pregnant but still childish, she matures over the course of the action. Rose of Sharon and her husband Connie dream of living the city life in California, but after Connie abandons her, she shows signs of stress. She worries that sinful behavior will kill her baby.
AL JOAD – play 16
Tom's brother, enjoys working on cars and chasing girls. With Tom's help, Al is responsible for maintaining the family truck, making him a crucial component in getting to California. By the end of the journey, he gains confidence and independence, opting to stay behind with his new fiance, fellow migrant Aggie Wainwright, when the rest of the family moves again.
UNCLE JOHN – play early 50s to 60
Tom's uncle carries a heavy burden of guilt; his young wife died after John ignored her complaints of stomach pain. John blames himself for her death and believes that he brings bad luck to the family. He does what he can to help out but keeps mostly to himself, numbing his pain with alcohol.
CONNIE RIVERS – play late teens to early 20s
Rose of Sharon's husband, Connie has a pipe dream of living in the city and taking classes so he can work in radio someday. Not held in high regard by the Joads (except for Rose of Sharon), their wariness is confirmed when Connie abandons his wife and unborn child shortly after reaching California.
NOAH – play mid to late 20s
Tom's older brother is described as being slow and emotionless. While delivering Noah, Pa panicked and pulled too hard, leaving his head somewhat disfigured. Noah believes that Ma and Pa are sorry they had him. He decides to stay near a river and live off of fish, telling only Tom of his intentions.
RUTHIE – play 12
The youngest Joad daughter, twelve-year-old Ruthie competes with her brother Winfield and loves to show off.
WINFIELD – play 10
The youngest Joad child. He looks up to Ruthie, but is also competitive with her.
GRANMA/ensemble – play mid 60s to 70s
Tom's grandmother is a devout Christian. She pokes fun at and challenges her husband. Distraught over Grampa's death, Granma takes ill and passes away soon after crossing into California.
GRAMPA/ensemble – play mid 60s to 70s
Tom's grandfather stirs up trouble and acts out constantly, shocking people with his feisty language. A fighter in spirit, Grampa's body can no longer keep up. He refuses to leave the land that he knows and loves, forcing the family to sedate him so they can get on their way.
GUITAR PLAYER – male; able to play blue-grass (Woody Guthrie style); ability to sing an asset, but not required.
MULEY/ensemble – male, to play 30s-50s; loner, desperate
MAN GOING BACK/ensemble – male, play 20s-40s; disillusioned, cynical; bitter
PROPRIETOR/ensemble – male, play 30s to 50s; sullen, wary, runs migrant camp
FLOYD KNOWLES/ensemble – male, play 30s to 40s; friendly, but on the verge of giving up on finding work; has a temper
ELIZABETH SANDRY/ensemble – female, play mid-30s to 40s; pushy, religious fanatic, judgmental
ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE – 2 males (various ages), 4 females (various ages), 1 boy (play 14), 1 girl (play 10-12); to play Willy, narrator, camp director, guards, deputies, Mrs. Knowles, Al's girl, Aggie Wainwright, Mrs. Wainwright, migrants, vigilantes, strikers
2017-2018 Season Shows
Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held October 14 and 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. Callbacks will be October 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Auditions for The Nerd will be held December 10 and 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be December 11, 2017.
Auditions for A Time To Kill will be held January 28 and 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be January 30, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Auditions for Spring Awakening will be held March 25 and 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be March 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings. Theatre Charlotte is committed to diversity on our stage and in our audience. We strongly encourage actors of color to audition.