Auditions and Registrations

UPCOMING AUDITIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

Auditions are held Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol. Additional details will be added to this page by each director for the auditions, such as the audition music selected, so please check back prior to auditions. Auditions are open to anyone. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes to move in. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all of your conflicts. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or performances.

See below for Theatre Bristol’s COVID-19 Policy


To Kill a Mockingbird – December 5, 6, and 7, 2022


The classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” directed by Camille Gray, takes the ARTspace stage March 3-19, 2023. Auditions are December 5-7, 2022 for men, women, and children.

Please come to the audition having recently read Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The script is very close to the book and it is important to be familiar with the content and language. If cast in the show, actors are requested to read the book again during the first week of rehearsals. In addition to the heavy topics of racism, and murder, the n-word is used by some characters at different times in the show. Due to legal obligations the script is used as written. Rehearsals and performances will be a safe, academic space and we will be diligent in separating actor life from character life. Theatre Bristol is working with community groups and individuals and will be hosting talkbacks on the production.

Please fill out the online audition form before auditions begin. Readings will be provided and no preparation is necessary. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all of your conflicts. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or performances. Break a leg!

AUDITION OPTIONS (please arrive 15 minutes early to check in on the day of your choosing):

  • December 5 at 6:30 PM
  • December 6 at 6:30 PM
  • December 7 at 6:30 PM

Callbacks are December 12-14 in the evening as needed.

Beginning January 15, Rehearsals are Sundays at 2:30 PM, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 PM. Although you may not be needed for all rehearsals, please prepare to be present. Tech week is February 26-March 2 and performances run Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 3-19. Potential school show days include Thursday and Friday mornings. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or the performances.

Auditions and rehearsals are held at 512 State Street, Bristol, TN, 37620, USA.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Character descriptions with assistance from Dramatic Publishing Company:

Need a refresher on the opportunities available in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and how you can be involved in this important classic? Here are the roles and a few details:

To Kill a Mockingbird calls for strong child actors in three principal roles and adult actors of different races who can play principal and supporting roles as young as 19 years old and as old as 70 or 80 years old:

  • Scout Finch: A young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.
    • Age: 8
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Jem Finch: Scout’s older brother. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father. He is protective and brave.
    • Age: 12
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Dill: Small, blonde, and wise beyond his years. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy.
    • Age: 9
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Jean Louise Finch: She’s Scout, grown older, looking back on the time she was the young Scout.
    • Age: late 20’s-early 30’s
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Atticus Finch: He’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, and civilized. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him – “We trust him to do right.”
    • Age: early 50’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Calpurnia: Black, proud, and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.
    • Age: 50-60
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: African American
  • Heck Tate: Heck is the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor.
    • Age: 40+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Maudie Atkinson: A lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of that period.
    • Age: 40’s
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Judge Taylor: The judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
    • Age: 60+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Mr. Gilmer: He is a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful. And yet under all this, he too has expressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction.
    • Age: 30+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Tom Robinson: Robinson is black, handsome, and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity, and consideration.
    • Age: 25
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: African American
  • Mayella Ewell: The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship has overwhelmed every other emotion.
    • Age: 19
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Bob Ewell: Ewell lives with his large family by the town dump. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration border on paranoia.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Reverend Sykes: Sykes is the black minister of the First Purchase Church. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.
    • Age: 50+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: African American
  • Walter Cunningham: Cunningham is a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Stephanie Crawford: She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Mrs. Dubose: She is an old woman who is ill and walks with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry.
    • Age: 65+
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Nathan Radley: He is a thin, leathery, laconic man. Nathan is Arthur’s brother and a neighbor of the Finch family.
    • Age: early 40’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Helen Robinson: She is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband Tom; she’s someone caught in a nightmare.
    • Age: 21-25
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: African American
  • Arthur (Boo) Radley: Arthur Radley is a recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years.
    • Age: late 30’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White


Theatre Bristol COVID-19 Policy

Your safety is our priority. As a non-profit organization that receives a state project grant each year, we are unable to require vaccinations and masks. However, Theatre Bristol encourages vaccines and boosters.

Performers speak and sing in close proximity for extended periods of time. In order to keep the cast and crew healthy and make sure our production gets to the stage, vaccination is encouraged. Although the cast being exposed to COVID-19 is inevitable, vaccination and boosters are proven to reduce the risk, severity, and length of being infected.

Theatre Bristol devotes a great deal of time, energy, and money to each production and requests that our volunteers support that effort by being vaccinated, boosted, and taking care of themselves during the rehearsal process.

Theatre Bristol cannot be held responsible for exposure to COVID-19.

This policy is updated as more information becomes available.

If, at any point, the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors determines that it is not prudent to proceed with the production, the show will be cancelled.