Auditions for “The Savannah Sipping Society”
Auditions for “The Savannah Sipping Society” comedy, by Jones, Hope & Wooten, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville,
There will be readings from the script. Auditionees also need to prepare a monologue from one of the four audition selections of the script, which is provided in the audition packet.
An audition form, in the audition packet, should be completed prior to the audition. If you are unable to complete the form prior to the audition, please arrive early to complete it.
Bring a headshot if you have one, and attach it to the audition form. If not, one will be taken at the audition.
All actors will be notified by 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, either by email or phone.
The show’s director is Barcia Miller Alejos. Assistant director is Eric Matters. Co-producers are Jen Otterman and Ka’Lena Cuevas.
Production and audition inquiries: email director Barcia Miller Alejos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehearsals will begin Monday, Dec. 10. Rehearsals will be 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-19, from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Rehearsals will reconvene on Jan. 2, 2019, and will run until Jan. 24, 2019, and follow the Monday-through-Thursday schedule.
Tech Saturday will be all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2019. Tech Week will be Monday, Jan. 28-Thursday, Jan. 31, with call at 6:30 p.m. for full runs of the show.
Full makeup and costumes are required beginning Jan. 26 and until Opening Night.
During the three-week run of the show, there will be brush-up rehearsals on Thursday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Any expected absences for rehearsals should be noted on the audition form. No absences are allowed during the run of the show.
Eight shows will be presented over three weekends: 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 1, 8, 15; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 10 and 17.
While written as a delightful laugh-a-minute comedy that Jones, Hope, and Wooten are known for, The Savannah Sipping Society has depth and poignancy that touches on the true meaning of friendship and what it means when circumstances force us to adjust to the uncomfortable changes and twists and turns that life brings.
We meet four unique Southern women: Randa, Dot, Marlafaye and later, Jinx, their new “life coach.” They agree to meet on Randa’s verandah on Friday nights for cocktails. They all desire to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, as they each are going through a dramatic and difficult change in their life. They are each very different people with seemingly nothing in common, but are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour! With a little encouragement, they decide it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for the life they’ve lost throughout the years. Over the course of six months, which are filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment. Most importantly, they realize it’s never too late to make “old friends” new. So, raise your glass to these strong women and their fierce embrace of life and say, “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, and Wooten comedy!
There are four main characters in the play, plus one non-speaking role:
- Randa Covington (stage age 49) Randa is a perfectionist and workaholic, struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one.
- Dot Haigler (stage age 69) Dot is still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement. She also faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch — and all alone.
- Marlafaye Mosley (stage age 57) Earthy and boisterous, Marlafaye is a good ol’ Texas gal. She has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a 23-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex.
- Jinx Jenkins (stage age 53) Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she overlooks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice.
Randa’s Grandmother (non-speaking role; stage age 81) Grandmother of Randa who appears and dies. Elegant matriarch of powerful, southern family
Tickets for the show are $17 for adults, $14 for children. For reservations, call (317) 773-1085