4 Community Theatre will hold auditions for its Winter production of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, "The Glass Menagerie"
The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since.
2 Dates · Nov 30 - Dec 1
Friday November 30 - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday December 1 - 11:00 AM - 1:30 pm
800 No. Old Crystal Bay Road, Long Lake, Minnesota 55356
A faded Southern belle, abandoned by her husband, who is trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions. Amanda yearns for the comforts of her youth and also longs for her children to have the same comforts, but her devotion to them has made her – as she admits at one point – almost "hateful" towards them.
Amanda's son. Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support his family but is frustrated by his job and aspires to be a poet. He struggles to write, despite sleep-deprived and irritable. Yet, he escapes from reality through nightly excursions, apparently to the movies but also to local bars. It is loosely implied that he is a closeted homosexual and his excursions might actually involve anonymous encounters with random men. Tom feels both obligated toward yet burdened by his family and longs to escape.
Amanda's daughter and Tom's older sister. A childhood illness has left her with a limp, and she has a mental fragility and an inferiority complex that have isolated her from the outside world. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines. The unicorn may represent Laura because it is unique and fragile.
An old high-school acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete and actor during his days at Soldan High School. Subsequent years have been less kind to Jim, however, and by the time of the play's action he is working as a shipping clerk at the same shoe warehouse as Tom. His hope to shine again is conveyed by his study of public speaking and ideas of self-improvement that appear related to those of Dale Carnegie.
Sign up for auditions at Theatre Forms Auditions - Glass Menagerie
Resume, headshot and conflicts schedule needed at auditions (or submitted through Theatre Forms). The rehearsal schedule will attempt to take into account cast conflicts, but will include a minimum 4 days a week from January 14-March 7, 2019. All rehearsals are in the evening up to March 1-3 (tech weekend). Please check your calendar and check any dates when you cannot attend a rehearsal, so we can schedule rehearsals for specific scenes to minimize conflicts.
No monologues required. Auditioners will be asked to read cuts from the script.
Performances will be March 8-10; 15-17; and 22-24, in the Long Lake area, with a possible added weekday matinee performance.
Note also, some of these performances will be "sensory friendly" performances with an invited audience. One or two may be weekday matinees. Further scheduling information will be available at auditions.