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Woodford Theatre to host auditions for future Huck Finn production

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By The Staff

The Woodford Theatre recently announced it would be hosting auditions for its upcoming production “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Production dates have been set for April 25-27, May 2-4 and May 9-11.
Auditions are scheduled to be held Saturday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
Callbacks are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20 from 7-9 p.m. Other dates and times will be by appointment.
Auditions will be held at the Woodford Theatre, 275 Beasley Drive in Versailles.
For more information contact the office at 859-873-0648.
Performers are encouraged to prepare 16 bars of a song from a similar style of musical (American, folksy) or a country or gospel song. Please do not sing from the show. Bring sheet music with you for the accompanist, as well as a schedule of your conflicts between Feb. 1 and the closing performances, May 11. Dress to move. Scripts may be perused at the Woodford Theatre.
Instrumentalists are encouraged to audition and bring their instrument with them. The theater is specifically looking for a harmonica player.  Roles to be filled include:

Men
Huckleberry Finn – a wild young man, adventurous and brave (15-30)
Jim - escaped slave and loyal friend to Huckleberry. African-American (20-40)
Tom Sawyer – Huckleberry’s best friend, similarly young and wily (15-30)
Ben, Jo, Simon, Dick – Huckleberry and Tom’s “gang”-mates. Fun, brash, scamps. (15-30)
Pap Finn – Huckleberry’s abusive father, uneducated and boorish (40-60)
Judge Thatcher – a stately and wise man of the law (40-75)
The King and The Duke – theatrically deceptive rascals. (30-70)
Mark Twain – the author himself! He steps into the play now and then to play other characters. Stern in appearance, but with a warm – if cynical – wit. (45-75)
A young fool – loves, and I mean loves Arkansas. (12-30)
Silas Phelps – a farmer with a mysterious connection to Huckleberry. (35-70)
Other townspeople, posse-members, lawmen and citizens of all ages.
 
Women
Widow Douglas and Miss Watson – the nagging older ladies Huckleberry escapes from (40-75)
Strange Woman – a strange woman. (20-80)
Mary Jane Wilkes – a young woman in Hillsboro AK, on whom Huckleberry is a little sweet. (15-35)
Susan and Joanna – Mary Jane’s sisters (15-35)
Alice – The Wilkes family slave. African-American. (30-60)
Alice’s Daughter – African-American. (15-30)
Sally Phelps – a farmer’s wife with a mysterious connection to Huckleberry. (35-70)
Other townspeople, posse-members and funeral attendees of all ages.