The Fly Community Theatre, based in Shelbyville’s Fly Arts Center, 204 S. Main St., will hold auditions at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, June 23) and 6 p.m. Monday for Del Shores’ “Daughters of the Lone Star State.”
Director Sue Thelen is looking for a strong, an all-female cast of 11 actors, ages 20 and up. In fact, nine of the women are over the age of 50. And two roles – a mother and daughter – are available to women of color.
Set in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Lowake, Texas, on the day before Christmas Eve 1992, the play centers on the annual meeting of an all-women’s social service organization dubbed the Daughters of the Lone Star State. The aging group is – literally – dying out, so the effort of this year’s meeting is to attract new members. But these older southern ladies are of an era that predates racial and political correctness, so when the “white trash” and the “coloreds” arrive, chaos ensues.
According to Bedford County Arts Council Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Sherri Frame, Thelen hopes to find actors “who can bring to the stage long-held discrimination, evolving into acceptance and understanding by the end of Act II.” The funny and biting play, she said, will be “a wonderful challenge” for its ensemble.
“Daughters of the Lone Star State” is the third in Shore’s Lowake series, which includes “Cheatin’” and “Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?).”
For the audition, candidates are asked to prepare a monologue and bring a headshot, if they have one. There will also be a cold reading from the script.
The production will run for two weekends, Sept. 6 – 15.
Rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the eight weeks leading up to performance. Additional rehearsal dates and times may be subject to cast availability and conflicts.