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rebecca

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"

morethanmeetstheeye

"More than Meets the Eye"

HAVE YOU EVER SAID, "I'D LIKE TO TRY THAT!" Our actors come from all walks of life and live all over the community.

The Barn Playhouse is a community theatre. All our actors are amateur actors who have other occupations. You don't need any experience, just a willingness to try and to learn!

In fact, a number of our familiar faces on stage started out watching in the audience and one day decided to be brave enough to come to an audition!

Most community theatres don't re-imburse you, but because it requires travelling to the barn for all rehearsals, we help you out with that. We have all actors keep track of their mileage and re-imburse .10 per km. There is also a $50 honourarium for all cast and crew members.

We rehearse for 4-5 weeks before the show begins, 5-6 days a week. Not all actors are scheduled for all rehearsals. A reheasal schedule is worked out that takes us from the 1st rehearsal to the last performance.

Christmas Belles

"Christmas Belles"

The Crazy Quilt Club

"The Crazy Quilt Club"

The rehearsal schedule is worked out based on the schedules of the actors involved. We try to accommodate as much as we can, but once the rehearsal schedule is made, we ask that you work around that. Depending on the show, not all actors are scheduled for all rehearsals, but it is a big committment.

It makes life quite busy for the summer, but the experience is WELL WORTH IT!

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"Jake and the Kid" based on the stories of W.O. Mitchell

Looking for up to 6 men -- ages 20 through seniors

Looking for up to 4 women -- ages 20 through seniors

Looking for up to 4 boys -- ages 10 through 17

Looking for up to 3 girls -- ages 10 through 12

(Note: Girls ages 10-16 can audition to play the "Kid", but will be asked to have short hair for the performances)

MONDAY, APRIL 10, at THE BARN PLAYHOUSE

Anyone wishing to audition, but unable to make the scheduled audition date, please call 239-4600 to arrange for another time.

REGISTRATION - 6:00 PM AUDITIONS - 6:30 PM

SHOWDATES: JUNE 21 thru JULY 2 (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays). We may hold the show over to JULY 3rd depending on ticket sales. (All shows begin at 7:30 pm except for Sundays. Sundays the show begins at 2:00 pm)

STANDARD REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Three to four nights/week plus week-ends (varies depending upon how often each character is required and cast members prior commitments) - Rehearsals may begin as early as MAY 10th. Specific rehearsal schedule will be decided after casting is complete.

General Audition Guidelines:

SYNOPSIS:

Mitchell's imaginary town of Crocus in 1944, comes alive with an entire community of richly eccentric characters. There's Jake and his friend and rival, old man Gatenby who seem to be in a constant contest to come up with the most outrageous tall tale. Consequently, the history lessons that the Kid learns from them get him in trouble at school with Miss Henchbaw.

Then there's Clinton Godfrey, Gatenby's soon-to-be son-in-law, who has come to Crocus on a grant to collect tall tales from Saskatchewan's best "liars", only Gate isn't so particular about being called a "liar" and things begin to unravel in the most hilarious way.

As things escalate Jake is called on to make good on his promise made during the telling of one of his stories. Jake is going to have to make it rain!

This adaptation of "Jake and the Kid" combines a number of W.O. Mitchell's short stories. It combines the story about Jake making it rain, and Molly Gatenby's boyfriend coming to gather tall tales, and the auction sale, as well as the Kid writing an essay about Crocus's citizen of the year.

THE CHARACTERS

JAKE TRUMPER - (50s thru 60s) -- Jake has a mind of his own, and a little rough around the edges. Jake feels a responsibility to take care of Ma and the Kid while Dad is away during WWII. Jake is a hired man and has a solution and a story for every occasion. According to Jake he's knows an awful lot of historical figures and has a story to tell about each one of them. Apparently Jake has been pivotal in a number of historical events, well, according to Jake! Jake is also a great "tinkerer". He creates a mechanical "Rain Machine" and putting his entertainer/medicine show hat, Jake gives a moving speech gathering everyone's faith together like an electrical charge that brings down the rain on a very dry prairie.

OLD MAN GATENBY - (50s thru 60s) -- A lot like Jake only a little older. He loves to stretch the facts to any story he tells. When he and Jake get going there is quite a rivalry. Gatenby is also very protective of his daughter Molly who is home from University for the summer.

CLINTON GODFREY - (20s thru 30s) -- Molly Gatenby's boyfriend, who hopes to be her fiance, if all goes well. Godfrey is there on a government grant to collect oral stories, the taller the tale the better. He is very diligent in his work and offends all the storytellers referring to them as "liars". Godfrey is somewhat socially awkward, he finds it hard to explain the importance of his work and doesn't realize that people are reacting badly. Molly breaks up with him and he has to stay at the local hotel until is project is finished. During a conversation with Jake at the General Store, a conversation the Molly overhears, Jake gets Godfrey to explain himself in rather a noble way. Molly forgives him and Jake once again has saved the situations.

MA - (30s thru 40s) -- Ma is an energetic, strong woman. She is doing her best to keep the farm going while her husband is at war. She is good natured about Jake and appreciates all his help with the farm. But mostly she appreciates all the time Jake spends with the Kid. There is a very touching series of scenes between Ma and the Kid about Dad being away. We see how hard that is for the both of them.

MOLLY - (20s thru 30s) -- Molly is Old Man Gatenby's daughter. Molly is vivacious and energetic. She knows more about the outside/city world than her Dad but she is fiercely loyal to her Dad. That means she clashes with her boyfriend, Godfrey, when it comes to the "collection of tale tales". Molly is thek kind of girl that is everyone's friend.

MISS HENCHBAW - (20s thru 60s) -- A good teacher, but very strict. She finds it frustrating to have to compete with Jake for the position of authority when it comes to history.

KID - (12 thru 17) -- The Kid idolizes Jake. He follows Jake everywhere and believes that Jake knows everything. The Kid is energetic and always wants to please Jake. The Kid is also thoughtful and works hard to get things to turn out right for other people.

THE CHARACTERS in small roles

ANGUS STEWART (General Store Owner and Mayor of Crocus)

COLONEL HEPWORTH (Auctioneer)

REPEAT GOLIGHTLY (Philosophical Barber)

MR. RICKY (a big businessman in a small town)

REV. CAMERON (local pastor)

MRS. FOTHERINGHAM (trades Jake for items at the auction)

NUMEROUS FOLKS AT THE AUCTION SALE

SCHOOL KIDS (2-3 boys, 2-3 girls)

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"Cotton Patch Gospel" based on the works of Clarence Jordan, music by Harry Chapin.

ACTOR / SINGER roles

Looking for up to 8 Actors (male or female) -- Ages 16 thru Adult

All roles are singing roles. Mostly chorus, but there are some solo lines.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, at THE BARN PLAYHOUSE

Anyone wishing to audition, but unable to make the scheduled audition date, please call 239-4600 to arrange for another time.

REGISTRATION - 6:00 PM AUDITIONS - 6:30 PM

MUSICAL AUDITION:

--Adults (16 and older): Be prepared to sing a verse and/or chorus of any song you choose. Preferably from the bluegrass, old-tyme, country or gospel genre.

--You will be singing with no accompaniment. Choose a key that is comfortable for you.

--It's important to show us your "belt out the song" voice, so have fun and "go for it"!

SHOWDATES: AUG 23 thru SEPT 3 (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays). We may hold the show over to SEPT 4 depending on ticket sales. (All shows begin at 7:30 pm except for Sundays. Sundays the show begins at 2:00 pm)

STANDARD REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Three to four nights/week plus week-ends (varies depending upon how often each character is required and cast members prior commitments) - Rehearsals may begin as early as JULY 10th . Specific rehearsal schedule will be decided after casting is complete.

General Audition Guidelines:
  • Auditions are open to everyone.
  • No appointments are necessary, auditions are conducted on a first-come first served basis.
  • If the audition date does not suit you please call 239-4600 to make alternate arrangements for an audition.
  • Casting can take up to two weeks. You will be notified if your presence is required at a call back audition.
  • Auditioners will be asked to read from the play - it will be a "cold reading".
  • Please take note of performance dates and standard REHEARSAL SCHEDULE. Bring any conflicts to note on your audition form.
  • We are a community theatre. All actors are volunteers, but because everyone will need to travel out to the Barn for all rehearsals we try to help out with the cost of fuel. Should you be cast in a roll you will be asked to keep track of the kilometers your vehicle has accumulated driving out to the Barn and will be reimbursed 10 cents per kilometer. There is also a $50 honorarium.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The inspiration for this musical was born out of the lives of real people. It is based on the writings of Clarence Jordan who was one of the founders of "Koinania Farm", an interracial commune near Gainesville, Georgia begun in 1946, at a time when segregation was law. In response to the persecution they faced; harassment by day and violence at night, Clarence wrote the "Cotton Patch Gospel".

Jordan's passion was to make his neighbours realize that they were all sisters and brothers. For inspiration, he went to the "greatest story ever told" and re-told it set it in their current time and circumstance. He re- told the gospel setting it in Georgia in the 1950s. The fit is amazing!

Decades later Clarence Jordan's work is still making a difference. "Koinania Farm" is still in operation. And Jordan's other great work, "Habitat for Humanity", has grown worldwide.

SYNOPSIS:

The Cotton Patch Gospel is the Book of Matthew performed in a very vibrant manner. All actors are on stage most of the time. All actors take on different roles as the "Jesus" character calls them forward to participate in different parts of the story. If they are not involved in the telling of a particular part of the story they are involved as a part of the "audience" that is actively listening to the story.

This telling of the biblical story is transported to Gainesville, Georgia, to the segregated southern United States. So a light accent is preferable. But is important not to become "cartoony", which means it is important the the accent stay "light".

The show has a light and joyful manner, but never mocking. The characters all believe in what they are a part of. The energy of the show becomes more somber and intense as it builds toward the crucifixion (a lynching in this script).

The show ends on a very bright note imagining how much the world could change if each of us gave our all to make the world a better place.

This show is a very uplifting experience.

ANY QUESTION? Contact the Barn Playhouse 239-4600