Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By Todd Kreidler

Based on the screenplay by William Rose


Directed by Joe Kemper

Performance dates:   April 17– May 3, 2020


Audition Date:   Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time:                     2:00 pm

Place:                    Theatre Jacksonville

                               2032 San Marco Blvd.

                               Jacksonville, FL 32207


Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Please be prepared to speak with the appropriate accent for your character.

About the Show:

A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family—especially in 1967. But they’re surprised to find they aren’t the only ones with concerns about the match, and it’s not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference sweeps across the Drayton’s idyllic San Francisco terrace.


Available Roles:   4 Men and 5 Women


Matilda “Tillie” Binks, 45-60. Female Has worked 27 years as a domestic for the Drayton’s; is a part of the family. Very funny without knowing it. Not afraid to speak her mind. African-American.

Hilary St. George, 35-50. Female. Associate Director of the Drayton Gallery. Very image-conscious. The type of woman to say “bless their heart” after saying something questionable. Caucasian.

Christina Drayton, 55-65. Female. Mother of Joanna, wife of Matt. Liberal, intelligent. Runs the Drayton Gallery. Caucasian.

Matt Drayton, 55-65. Male. Father of Joanna, husband of Christina. Effusive, amiable. Publisher of San Francisco newspaper, The Guardian. Caucasian.

Joanna “Joey” Drayton, 20-30. Female. Daughter of Matt and Christina, engaged to John. Energetic, strong-willed. Recently interned for a medical research hospital in Hawaii. Caucasian.+

Dr. John Prentice, 30-40. Male. Son of John Sr. and Mary, engaged to Joey. Charismatic, sensitive, level-headed. A medical research doctor. African-American.

Monsignor Ryan, 60-75. Male. Kind, level-headed. Longtime family friend of the Drayton’s. Caucasian.

John Prentice, Sr, 55-65. Male. Father of John Jr, husband to Mary. Schoolteacher. African-American.

Mary Prentice, 55-65. Female. Mother of John Jr, wife to John Sr. Department store clerk. African-American.


Roald Dahl's Matilda, The Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin


Director:                          Ron Shreve

Choreographer:             Curtis Williams

Musical Director:           Aaron DeCicco

Performance dates:      June 5 -21, 2020


            Audition Date:     Saturday February 22, 2020

            Time:                      Children:  10:30am

                                            Adults:  1:30pm

            Place:                     Theatre Jacksonville

                                            2032 San Marco Blvd.

                                            Jacksonville, FL 32207



Auditions will be cold readings from the script, as well as vocal and movement auditions.


Please prepare 16 – 32 bars of an up tempo selection from a contemporary musical for auditions. An accompanist will be provided.  NO ACAPELLA, RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENT, UNPRINTED SHEET MUSIC ON PHONES OR TABLETS, OR MUSIC TRACK AUDITIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.


Bring or wear clothing/shoes that you are comfortable moving in.  You may bring tap shoes if you have them. Tap skills are a bonus, but not required to be cast.


About The Show

A captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.  Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.


Cast Breakdown


Matilda Wormwood (Female) An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.

Age: 6 to 10 (Elementary school ES – Middle School MS)

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3


Miss Agatha Trunchbull (Any Gender) The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children.

Age: 35 to 55

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Miss Honey (Female) Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.

Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F3


Mr. Wormwood (Male) Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3


Mrs. Wormwood (Female) Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3


Michael Wormwood (Male) Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.

Gender: Male

Age: 10 to 15 (MS-HS)


Bruce (Male) Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.

Age: 7 to 14

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: C4


Lavender (Female) Matilda's classmate and friend.

Age: 7 to 10 (ES-MS)

Mrs. Phelps (Female) A nice librarian.

Age: 25 to 45


The Escapologist (Male) A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: C3


The Acrobat (Female) A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D4


Rudolpho (Male) Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner.

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D#3


Doctor (Male) Mrs. Wormwood's Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. 

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3


Children’s Entertainer (Male) A party entertainer at the start of the show.

Vocal range top: Eb4

Vocal range bottom: F#3



Younger Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy)

Teens (ensemble of 7-10)

4 Dads, 4 Moms, Cook, Nurse, Judge, Acrobat’s sister, Sergei (Russian), 3-5 Henchman (Russian)

Theatre Jacksonville Audition Policy:

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.  It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

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