Auditions for Tending to Grace

Swamp Meadow Community Theatre is proud to be producing a new adaptation of Kimberly Newton Fusco’s young adult novel, Tending to Grace. Auditions are August 11, 6-9 pm and August 12, 2-5 pm, with callbacks August 14, 6-9 pm, at the Eddy Building in Foster.

We are looking for actors who can explore the range emotions found in this dramatic play. Ages 8 to adult are needed. If you are interested in auditioning, it is recommended that you read the novel to get a good understanding of the characters.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Show dates are November 10 to 18.

Audition descriptions

(Character ages are what we are playing them in the production. Some minor roles could be played by the same actor.)

Cornelia – sensitive, withdrawn girl, 14 yrs. old, has had a tough life with her mom and boyfriend, people think she’s a dimwit because she stutters, but she’s very bright (435 lines)

Teacher – woman or man, any age (1 line)

Allison – 14 yr. old girl, Cornelia’s classmate (3 lines)

Sam – 14 yr. old boy, Cornelia’s classmate (4 lines)

Betsy – 14 yr. old girl, Cornelia’s classmate (4 lines)

Lenore – fragile woman in her 30’s, smokes & drinks, Cornelia’s mom, can’t take care of her daughter (30 lines)

Joe – irresponsible, selfish man in his 30’s, Lenore’s boyfriend, doesn’t understand or like Cornelia (11 lines)

Agatha -Cornelia’s strong, eccentric great aunt, in her 50’s, who takes Cornelia in (330 lines)

Moss – a man in his 40’s or 50’s, knows Agatha (14 lines)

Warm Milk (librarian) – a soft, kind woman, any age (19 lines)

Waitress – impatient, lacks compassion woman or man, any age (11 lines)

Bo – a friendly girl, 14ish, who befriends Cornelia, afraid of her pa, can’t read (127 lines)

Pete – abusive, gruff man in his 30’s, Bo’s pa, doesn’t want Cornelia around his daughter (27 lines)

Bank Clerk – kind woman or man, any age (4 lines)

Frog Race Commissioner – impatient boy or girl, 10ish, MC of frog race (7 lines)

Kids – 4-5 kids in frog race, ages 8-10 (could be same actors as Cornelia’s classmates and Bo’s siblings)

Bo’s ma – kind, compassionate woman in her 30’s, afraid of her husband (24 lines)

Bo’s brother & sister – young boy & girl under 10 (no lines)

Principal – man or woman, any age, dealing with one more problem (23 lines)

Mrs./Mr. Paul – woman or man, new English teacher, by the book personality (3 lines)

Mrs./Mr. Browne – man or woman, Honors English teacher, willing to give Cornelia a chance (9 lines)

Secretary – woman, any age (no lines)

Download audition script

  • Dates & Times

  • August 11, 2017 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Benjamin Eddy Building
  • August 12, 2017 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Benjamin Eddy Building
  • August 14, 2017 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Benjamin Eddy Building