Auditions for Theater Bartlesville’s production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath are scheduled to take place at the theater, located at 312 S. Dewey, on Monday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Callbacks will be the next evening on Tuesday, December 13 at the same time and place. The Grapes of Wrath stage production is adapted from the original novel by Frank Galati and will be directed by Theater Bartlesville’s Artistic Director, Shelby Brammer.
Winner of the 1990 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, The Grapes of Wrath is a powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to all. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. The Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination. Despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit and of the essential goodness and strength that—then as now—reside in the hearts and minds of the "common man" throughout the world.
According to Artistic Director, Shelby Brammer, “We are looking to create a large and diverse ensemble of actors and musicians and will need performers of all ages (children, young people, middle aged, and seniors). We are also interested in all ethnicities to tell the story of our ancestors, and of the Joad family specifically, as they make their way from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl. Many of the male roles require double casting, meaning that you may play two or three characters throughout the play, which can be fun. We are also looking for people with musical talent – singing or playing an instrument. We are looking for a boy around age 8-10 years old, and a girl, 11-14. These roles will have lines. We also need a young woman, 17-20 to play Rose of Sharon, a pivotal and important role.
We are going to work hard and have fun while creating a deep and moving stage production”, said Brammer.
Actors will be asked to read specific parts "cold" with other actors, and those interested in perusing the script in advance may call the theater at 918-336-1900 or email Shelby Brammer directly at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Auditions will be prior to the Christmas holiday but show rehearsals will not begin until Monday January 3rd. The cast will rehearse for 6 weeks and the production will run for two consecutive week-ends, beginning February 9, 10 and 11 and again February 17, 18 and 19.
For further information you may call the theater at 918-336-1900 or just show up the night of auditions. We are looking forward to casting this large show and are excited about anyone who would like to try their hand at being involved in Community Theater.
For more information please view the audition event.