General Audition Information
Auditions are “open auditions,” meaning that all are welcome to try out for any of our productions and all are welcome to come and watch any of our auditions.
Auditions are typically “cold reads,” meaning those auditioning will go onstage and read excerpts from the script of the show they are auditioning for. In most cases scenes require multiple people reading, so it is rare that anyone is onstage alone during the audition process. Auditions are held in a friendly atmosphere and directors explain all information needed before the readings begin.
Scripts for each production may be checked out during box office hours (noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) up to two weeks before the audition date. There is a $6 deposit fee that will be refunded if the script is returned by the night of auditions. If you decide not to audition bring the script back before the audition date, please. Audition applications and rehearsal schedules will also be available to pick up at the box office. We ask that you take the time to go over the rehearsal schedule and mark any and all conflicts on your application.
If you have any questions concerning auditions you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and directors will be available to answer any and all questions at the auditions.
Cast List for “Merging Rivers & Merging Lives”
The cast for “Merging Rivers & Merging Lives” has been selected, according to playwright and director Ron Boutwell.
Cast of Characters
STORYTELLER / DENA KEITHLEY (Age 62) Dena Boutwell
YOUNG DENA (Age 10, 13) — Hannah Brown
YOUNG FLORENCE ANNE (Older sister of Dena, age 15, 18) — Sydney Louderback
YOUNG FRANCIE (Older sister of Dena, age 12, 15) — Emily Medlin
YOUNG CHRIS (Younger brother of Dena, age 8, 10) — Judah Louderback
IMOGENE KEITHLEY (Age 38) — Martha Howard
IMOGENE KEITHLEY (Age 83) — Reneé Marchand
FLORENCE ANNE CASE (Age 62) — Pat Burnett
FRANCIE MEDLIN (Age 59) — Ginny Severs
CHRIS KEITHLEY (Age 55) — J.R. Taylor
FLOYD HANKS (Evangelist) — Rick Copeland
LEO KETCHEL (Evangelist) — Tom Young
HUREL MERRITT (Uncle of Imogene) — Leroy Workman
PERRY KEITHLEY (Age 16, 18, 19) — TBA
IMOGENE TURNER (Age 15, 16, 17) — Marin Stiles
HUSTON KEITHLEY — Randall Ivie
TOBE WHITE — Mark Jenkiins
INA WHITE — Michelle Rifenburg
HENRY JEFFERSON TURNER (Age 61, 65) — Dick Marchand
GERALENE TURNER — Faith House
PERRY KEITHLEY (Age 41) — Steven Brown
SINGERS AT WAR RALLY — Steven Brown, Michelle Rifenburg, Edda Prater
CHORUS and EXTRAS — Morgan Crawford, Heather Rash
Merging Rivers & Merging Lives is the true story of World War II veteran Perry Keithley and his wife, Imogene. It is written to pay tribute and to honor their humble and extraordinary lives—lives of service to God and family. The world might consider them as just ordinary people, but to God and those who have known them, they are far from ordinary. This drama is written with the highest respect and regard for the lives they lived.
Merging Rivers & Merging Lives will open January 8 and play through February 7. Performances will be on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there will be one Sunday matinee on January 25 at 2:30 p.m. To make reservations, call the Box Office at 417-581-9192 on Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. For additional information, click on the Ticket Information tab above.
Cast List for “Toys of War”
Mary Gilbert—Deanna Caringer
A.C. (Gilly) Gilbert—Lance Ogden
(Kris Hulsey, understudy)
F.W. (Frank) Gilbert—Jake Epler
Dad Gilbert—Steve Abercrombie
Ben (store manager)—Josh Breedlove
Lucinda Ransom Gilbert—Katie Blackburn
Jonas Jr—Evan Polley
Jonas Gilbert—Mark Jenkins
Council of National Defense
- Newton Baker—Leroy Workman
- Josephus Daniels—Phillip Workman
- Franklin Lane—Rick Copeland
- William Redfield—Jeffrey Rule
- F. Roosevelt—Nathaniel Polley
Thomas (toy factory manager)—Gary Kyle
Lady 1—Marsha Stiles
Lady 2—Morgan Crawford
Factory Workers—Reagan Braker, Riley Braker, Annie Epler
*Chorus—Reagan Braker, Riley Braker, Josh Breedlove, Kyla Byers, Marty Clayton, Morgan Crawford, Annie Epler, Mary Epler, Lydia Fieker, Faith House, Michael Phillips, Kinderly Stiles, Marsha Stiles
Children—Allie Brown, Hannah Brown, Jonah Brown, Keagan Stiles, Sonya Stiles
*Chorus members may be assigned additional roles, such as factory workers and townspeople.
The directors of “Toys of War” would like to thank all those who came out for auditions. Everyone did a wonderful job.
The first rehearsal for the cast will be held Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. till noon. We will be doing a read-through of the entire show and discussing expectations and character development. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Joseph or Tom.
Joseph Ransom………………………………………… 417-773-9191
Tom Young, co-director…………………………….. 417-761-1047
A musical, true story of A.C. Gilbert, a toy maker who became a national hero in his battle to save Christmas.
Toys of War will open November 13 and play through December 20. Performances will be on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there will be one Sunday matinee on November 30 at 2:30 p.m. To make reservations, call the Box Office at 417-581-9192 on Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. or click on the Ticket Information tab above.