CPCC Theatre Auditions for The Trip to Bountiful

             The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

Auditions August 10 or 11 at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium on the CPCC Central Campus. Director: Charles LaBorde

The Trip to Bountiful is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas in 1953. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. First presented on television and then produced on Broadway, this award winning play is “…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory… “—NY World-Telegram

The role of Carrie Watts has been cast. All other roles are open. Age ranges are character not actor specific. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of conflicts for the August 17th through October 1st time period.  Rehearsals begin August 17th. Rehearsals run Monday – Thursday evenings 7:00p to 9:30ish. Performances September 25, 26, October 2, 3 8pm, September 27 & October 4 2:30p, October 1 7:30pm.

We are also looking for people interested in working backstage, set crew, props, etc.

Character Breakdown

Mrs. Carrie Watts—an aging woman who now lives in a cramped apartment with her adult son and his wife.  African-American—60.  Role has been cast.

Ludie Watts—the son who has recently returned to work after a lengthy illness.  He is devoted to his mother, but is growing weary of acting as referee in the conflict between his mother and his wife.  African-American—30-50 years.

Jessie Mae Watts—the daughter-in-law, who would rather go to the corner drugstore to drink Cokes and spend her days at the beauty parlor with her friends than serve as monitor of her aging mother-in-law.  African-American—30-40 years. 

All other roles are non-race-specific.  The play is essentially about family, not race.

Thelma—a young woman who befriends Mrs. Watts at a bus station and on a bus trip.  She is a newlywed facing the prospect of being separated from her husband for an extended period of time.  A fragile, intelligent, and caring woman in her 20′s.

Houston Ticket Man #1—a somewhat impatient station employee with a long line of customers, who tries to remain civil to Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Harrison Ticket Man—another station agent at a small-town bus station who goes out of his way to help Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Sheriff—competent and rather business-like small-town sheriff who treats Mrs. Watts with the respect that her age commands.  He is anything but the clichéd Southern sheriff.  Indeterminate age.

There are also several non-speaking characters who appear in the Houston bus station.  These include a second ticket man, janitor, people waiting for their buses, and others purchasing tickets.  The people come and go and interact to give realistic atmosphere to the busy bus station.  These do require acting ability and development of characters and their backstories.  A good role for someone looking to get into acting or back into it after many years away.

If you have any questions contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6534 or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu