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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.

To Kill a Mockingbird – July 9-11, 2022

The classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” directed by Camille Gray, takes the ARTspace stage August 26-September 4, 2022. Auditions are July 9-11, 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 several characters multiple times in the show. Due to legal obligations and the importance of its educational use, the script will be 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.

In order to audition and participate in the production, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the same day as the audition/rehearsal. Alternatively, you may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or proof of a current positive antibody test. Please wear a mask during your audition/callback unless asked to remove it.

Please fill out the online audition form before auditions begin. Readings will be provided and no preparation is necessary. Please wear closed-toed shoes. 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 TIMES (please arrive 15 minutes early to check in)

July 9 at 10:30 am

July 10 at 2:30 pm

July 11 at 6:30 pm

Callbacks are July 12, 13, & 14 in the evening as needed.

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 August 21-25 and performances run Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 26-September 4. 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.

The creative team, by their own volition, is vaccinated. Theatre Bristol devotes a great deal of time, energy, and money to each production and invites our volunteers to support that effort by being vaccinated.

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

Character descriptions from Dramatic Publishing Company:

Jean Louise Finch (Scout as a grown-up woman): She’s Scout, grown older, looking back on the time she was the young Scout, looking for answers to questions that still exist in her memory of that time. She isn’t connected directly to the people in the play, though on occasion there’s almost a communication between them.

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.

Jem Finch: He is a few years older than his sister, Scout, and like his sister – perhaps even more than his sister – he’s reaching out to understand their unusual and thus not conventionally-admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father.

Atticus Finch: He’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized, and nearly fifty. He wears glasses and because of the poor sight in his left eye, looks with his right eye when he wants to see something well. It’s typical of Atticus that when he found out he was an extraordinary shot with a rifle, he gave up shooting – because he considered it gave him an unfair advantage over the animals. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him – “We trust him to do right.”

Calpurnia: Black, proud, and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She’s a self-educated woman and she’s made a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.

Maudie Atkinson: Younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s 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 the South of that period.

Stephanie Crawford: She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.

Mrs. Dubose: She is an old woman – ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry. However, she’s fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware, and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout.

Nathan Radley: He is a thin, leathery, laconic man. Nathan is Arthur’s brother and a neighbor of the Finch family.

Arthur (Boo) Radley: Arthur Radley is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary.

Dill: Small, blonde, and wise beyond his years, he is about the same age as Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. Obviously there is a lack in his own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship.

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. The key to this man’s actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.

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.

Reverend Sykes: Sykes is the black minister of the First Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by the freed slaves. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.

Mayella Ewell: The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival.

Bob Ewell: Ewell is a little bantom-cock of a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. As Harper Lee describes their situation – “The town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money, and the back of their hand.” Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration border on paranoia.

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. He also has seeds of leadership, for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the others with him.

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. Still – he goes after it, and it’s a hard thing.

Tom Robinson: Robinson is black, handsome, and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent in him on kindness, sensitivity, and consideration.

Helen Robinson: She is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband Tom; she’s someone caught in a nightmare.



elf The Musical – September 3-6, 2022

The holiday movie favorite “elf The Musical” comes to the Paramount Bristol stage under the direction of Kenn Naegele November 11-20, 2022, and the ARTspace stage December 2-18, 2022. Auditions for men, women, and children for this production are September 3-6, 2022. Rehearsals begin September 12, 2022.

Theatre Bristol COVID-19 Policy

Your safety is our priority. We are taking a cautious leap with our 2022 productions, keeping in mind how it affects our community and local hospitals. 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 vaccination, especially while Tennessee has high transmission risk and the fourth highest case count per capita.

In order to audition and participate in the production, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the same day as the audition/rehearsal. Alternatively, you may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or proof of a current positive antibody test.

***Please wear a mask during your audition unless asked to remove it.***

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 is proven to reduce the risk, severity, and length of being infected. Unvaccinated cast members can seriously jeopardize the production.

The creative team, by their own volition, is vaccinated. 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.

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

These requirements are 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.

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