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The Last Night of Ballyhoo  

By Alfred Uhry

Directed by Curtis Williams

Performance dates: January 12 – 28, 2018

 

Audition Date:  Monday, November 13

Time:  6:30 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:

The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah's opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala's cousin, Reba's daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.  Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

 

Available Roles:  3 Men and 4 Women

 

Boo Levy (Female, Southern accent, 40’s) – Lala's mother and Adolph's sister. A widow that struggles with wanting her daughter to be socially successful and will use all of her cunning to make sure it happens.

Sunny Freitag (Female, Southern accent, 20’s) – Reba’s daughter, Lala’s cousin and niece of Boo & Adolph. A junior at Wellesley College, interested in the works of Eugene V. Debs and Upton Sinclair. She struggles with her Jewish identity.

Adolph Freitag (Male, Southern accent, 40’s) – A bachelor who adores his niece Sunny, but has little tolerance for his niece Lala. Adolph is a kind soul with a sharp sense of humor and owns the Dixie Bedding Company.

Lala Levy (Female, Southern accent, 20’s) – Somewhat childish, awkward and obsessed with Gone With The Wind. Lala is always afraid of her past demons making reappearance in her current life.

Reba Freitag (Female, Southern accent, 40’s) – The widow sister-in-law to Adolph & Boo and Sunny’s mother. Reba never seems to be “quite there,” but is shrewder than others truly realize.  Reba knits onstage frequently (knitting skills not required for audition).

Joe Farkas (Male, Brooklyn accent, 20’s) – Works for Adolph Freitag at Dixie Bedding Company.  A transplanted New Yorker, Joe challenges the family to reassess their ideas of identity and family.

Peachy Weil (Male, Southern/Louisianan accent, 20’s) – Known for his obnoxious behavior, outspokenness and signature hair, Peachy is a guest from Lake Charles, LA.

 

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.

Showcase Performances

Our Show and Tell Showcase is designed to relieve some of the stress from the students and yet provide the opportunity for them to be in front of an appreciative audience. We encourage each individual to work at their own pace and do not want them to feel rushed into something that is already pretty brave. All students will be encouraged to do their best, learn that mistakes are okay, and realize that standing in front of an audience is a SUPER accomplishment. In the end, students put what they've learned to the test the test and have shared their stories.

DATES:

 FALL: November 2018

SPRING: March 2019

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