CHURCH & STATE Auditions – May 9

MCP Company Be announces auditions for Jason Odell Williams’ new play, Church & State to be presented at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse August 16-19, 2018.

Auditions:
– HOPE Center, 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury
– Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 9:00pm
– Auditioners will read from the play. There is no need to prepare material.
– A perusal copy of the play is available at the Town Hall Theater Box Office.
– We are also looking for a Stage Manager! Please email Director Leigh Guptill at lmguptill@hotmail.com if you are interested.

THE STORY: Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

THE ROLES:

SENATOR CHARLES “CHARLIE” WHITMORE (R-NC): Male. 40s—50s. Born and raised in North Carolina, he is a former state senator, now incumbent junior U.S. Senator up for reelection. His father was governor of North Carolina for many years before he died. Charlie’s two older brothers are members of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Though not gunning for it himself, the party is grooming Charlie for a presidential run in a few years. Charlie is a man filled with doubt. But he has plenty of charisma and sex appeal. He’s a rare honest politician and gifted public speaker. A real family man who loves his wife, sons, and constituents.

SARA WHITMORE: Female. 40s. Charlie’s wife. A big, brassy, former real estate agent, now stay-at-home mom to their boys. She is sweet, charming, and instantly likable. Even when she’s bossing you around, she does it with an irresistible smile. More “street smart” than “book smart,” but can still hold her own with the big boys. Also born and raised in North Carolina. Loves her family, Jesus, and the Bible. She’s a tough Southern woman with a soft underbelly.

ALEX KLEIN: Female. 30s—40s. Charlie’s campaign manager. A fast-talking, no-nonsense liberal from New York whose star is on the rise as a go-to campaign manager. Hired by the Whitmore campaign so she wouldn’t defeat him working for the other side. She is great at her job, but knows her career is on the line if this election goes badly. Her self-doubt bubbles to the surface at times, but she’s clearly a professional at the top of her game.

TOM/MARSHALL/REPORTER/SECURITY GUY: Male. 20s—30s. Tom is a paid intern with the campaign. Simple with a good heart. Tom is an NC State graduate and North Carolina boy through and through; more “country,” while Marshall is more of a “Southern gentleman.” Marshall is a blogger with Christian values but not much journalistic experience. Reporter is a smart, charming, on-the-scene news reporter. Security Guy is a typical non-speaking bodyguard.