Announcing Auditions for Bus Stop,
our 2019 Winter Play
Eden Prairie Players will be holding auditions for Bus Stop, written by William Inge and directed by Stephen Houtz.
When: Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14. You can sign up for one night or the other in the audition form. Callbacks will be on November 15 if needed.
Time: Sign-ins begin at 6:30 pm. You will receive a script side to read for your audition when you sign in. You must sign in by 7:30 pm to be considered. Plan to stay at least an hour; you may be asked to read more than once.
Where: Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, in the Garden Conference Room on the lower level. Sign in in the Garden Room. (Map)
What: Auditions will consist of readings from the script. You will be given time to prepare an assigned scene with other actors.
The Play: In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana …" As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
Sign Up To Audition: Please fill out and submit an audition form. Our audition form is an online form. You will be asked to upload a picture of yourself and a theatrical résumé if you have one. The picture can be a headshot or informal photo of just you, preferably of just head or head and upper torso, in portrait orientation. It should be a JPEG file. The résumé should be a PDF file. If you don’t have either of these files you can still submit the form. Check your calendar and be prepared to enter rehearsal conflicts.
If you cannot upload either a photo or a résumé, you can bring them with you to the audition. If you do not have a résumé, please fill out the “recent theatrical experiences” section of the form.
Rehearsals: Monday, February 4 through Thursday, March 7
Monday through Thursday, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm.
Load-in and set build: Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. 3-4 hours required.
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14, call time 6:30 pm.
Strike: March 24, immediately after the matinee performance.
March 15, 16, 7:30 pm
March 17, 2:00 pm
March 22, 23, 7:30 pm
March 24, 2:00 pm
PiM Arts High School
7255 Flying Cloud Dr.
The Loading Dock Theatre
Roles to be cast:
Grace Hoylard - Owner of the diner, a "grass widow". She is fortyish, and pretty in a fading, hard-bitten way. She has a passionate side to her nature, loving a good fight and the attentions of a good man.
Elma Duckworth - An intelligent, but naive and impressionable high school girl. She is Grace's waitress.
Will Masters - The local sheriff. Tough as nails and brusque in manner, but goodhearted and a staunch Christian, described as a "deacon of his church". A highly "moral" man in the general sense of the word.
Dr. Gerald Lyman - A college philosophy professor who is articulate and charming but cannot hold a position, partially due to his resistance to any kind of authority, and partially due to his unfortunate taste for young women. He also has an obvious drinking problem.
Cherie - A pretty young woman who comes from a difficult "hill folk" background, and has left her innocence far behind. She is an aspiring nightclub singer, but has never worked in any establishment above the level of "cheap dive".
Bo Decker - A brash young cowboy with boorish manners that hide a naivete almost as profound as Elma's. He has convinced himself that Cherie will be his bride, though Cherie wants nothing to do with him.
Virgil Blessing - An older, wiser cowboy who has become a father figure to Bo (who was orphaned at the age of ten) as well as Bo's head ranch hand.
Carl - The bus driver, who has an ongoing "just passing through" relationship with Grace. As referenced repeatedly, this is purely sexual in nature.
For more information visit EdenPrairiePlayers.com.
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