CANCELED: AUDITIONS for the Strollers production of The Trip to Bountiful

ALL ROLES OPEN!! The Strollers, Maplewood's premiere community theater, announces AUDITIONS for Horton Foote's heartwarming drama "The Trip to Bountiful."

Audition dates: Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 at 7:30-10 p.m. Callbacks: Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30-10 p.m.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Script sides will be provided. Sides may be viewed in advance on our website: www.thestrollers.org/auditions

Performance dates: May 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 pm, May 10 (Mother's Day) at 2 pm.

All auditions and performances will be held at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ

Rehearsals will begin around the third week of March and will be held 3-4 times per week until run-thrus at the Burgdorff and other facilities in Maplewood.

About the show: Carrie Watts has accepted the reality of living out her days in a cramped apartment with her unhappy son and daughter-in-law. Her only wish is to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time. Tired of begging and being denied, she resolves to take matters into her own hands. Through feisty determination and the kindness of colorful strangers, she leads us on a bittersweet journey, and reminds us that things are not always as we remember.

Character descriptions (All roles are available, and The Strollers embraces open casting.)

Carrie Watts (woman, plays 70-80)  Kind and loving but frustrated with her situation, determined to satisfy her heart's last desire

Ludie Watts (man, 40s) Carrie's son, trying his best to build a life for himself but caught between appeasing his mother and his wife

Jessie Mae Watts (woman, 30s-40s) Ludie's high-strung and outspoken wife

Thelma (woman, 20s) Sweet and helpful, she shares part of Carrie's journey and the two form a bond

Ticket agent #1 (preferably man, 30+) Carrie gets on his last nerve

​Ticket agent #2 (preferably man, 50+) Folksy local

Sheriff (man, 40+) No-nonsense peacekeeper with soft spot for Carrie's plight

Townsfolk (men and women, all ages) Nonspeaking support in various scenes

Questions? Email us at themaplewoodstrollers@gmail.com


Can you confirm if these auditions and the upcoming Night Watch performances are being postponed/canceled? I've heard recently that all township rec and other buildings will be closing as of tomorrow.


ridski said:

Can you confirm if these auditions and the upcoming Night Watch performances are being postponed/canceled? I've heard recently that all township rec and other buildings will be closing as of tomorrow.

Sadly, we can confirm that Night Watch is indeed canceled due to the closing of Burgdorff Center. We will endeavor to bring the director's vision to life at a future point. 

However, auditions for The Trip to Bountiful WILL take place digitally--auditioners will be asked to record a video of themselves reading a side and submit the video. We'll have all needed information on our web site very shortly--please check www.thestrollers.org regularly for more information. 


3/13 Update: Unfortunately, auditions for The Trip to Bountiful have been canceled due to the closing of the Burgdorff Center. HOWEVER, at this time, the production is still scheduled for May 2020. The Strollers will be accepting digital audition submissions via video--for more information, please visit our website at www.thestrollers.org.




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