Come Audition

We want you! The Argenta Community Theater exists to provide dramatic storytelling that illuminates our collective human journey. We are a community theater that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds.

All auditions will take place at:

Argenta Community Theater
405 Main St
North Little Rock, AR 72114

A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire, a play by Tennessee Williams, is considered one of the greatest plays in American history. Since first opening on Broadway in 1947, the play has had several revivals winning 13 Tony Awards and the film which made Marlon Brando a legend, was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning 4. Blanche DuBois, a woman whose fortunes have changed for the worse, comes to live with her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley in New Orleans. Blanche faces alcoholism, faded beauty, and lost status; she tries to cover up past scandals both as a teacher and in her marriage, all while desperately trying to keep up the appearance and her own delusion that she’s still attractive to men. Stanley, meanwhile, is a primal force, all emotion, passionate, and abusive. The conflict between Stanley and Blanche is inevitable.

Audition Information

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 – 4:00 (by appointment)
Email: casting@argentacommunitytheater.org for an audition slot
Callbacks: (if needed) Monday, July 22, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

You will receive an email notice confirming your appointment. ACT encourages all ethnicities and genders to audition! Rehearsals will begin on August 12, 2019. Evening rehearsals will generally run 6pm to 9pm. There will also be rehearsals on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but not both. All actors should expect to be called for every rehearsal the 2 weeks prior to tech week. Rehearsals will be broken up by scene and call sheets will be provided to the actors at the first rehearsal. Every effort will be made to maximize the time actors are at rehearsal. A Streetcar Named Desire will be directed by Ben Grimes.

Character Breakdown

Stanley Kowalski: (m 30-35) Muscular, well-built, NOT looking for an imitation Marlon Brando. Stanley is shrewd and manipulative, always “working an angle.” He isn’t as “sure” of himself as he projects. Blanche represents a “reminder” of what Stella gave up to be with him, and thus a threat to his life as he knows it. He is lean, vibrant, radiates energy; has dirt under his nails. Unshakeable world view and must be the king of his castle.

Harold “Mitch” Mitchell: (m 35-45) Tall, solidly built, shy, clumsy, but gentle and kind; devoted to his ailing mother; Stanley’s buddy from the war, work and poker; finds himself drawn towards Blanche. Frustrated at still being single, Mitch wants someone who’s “genteel and a lady,” so he can “marry up.” He thinks he’s found that in Blanche. He sweats through his awkwardness, but is sensitive and a gentleman – until he learns the truth about Blanche’s sordid past.

Eunice Hubbell: (f 35-45) A bit crass and rough around the edges. She’s a good friend to Stella and finds Blanche’s “I’m better than you” airs annoying and insulting. She is Stella’s friend, upstairs neighbor, and landlady.

Steve Hubbell: (m 35-40) Same demeanor as his wife – on the crass side and very earthy and friend of Stanley.

Pablo Gonzales: (m 25-40) Pablo Gonzales is one of the poker players, who punctuates games with Spanish phrases.

Young Man: (m 16-17, but will cast someone who is at least 18 years old, because of the nature of the scene) A Teenager who comes to the Kowalskis’ door to collect for the newspaper when Blanche is home alone. The boy leaves bewildered after Blanche hits on him and gives him a passionate farewell kiss.

Ensemble Men: Play multiple parts. Doctor and others.

Ensemble Women: Play multiple parts. Nurse and others.

A Christmas Carol

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This is the third annual production of A Christmas Carol. The 2019 production of A Christmas Carol is presented by Centennial Bank in partnership with The Tenenbaum Foundation, the City of North Little Rock and the NLR Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This is the 3rd original stage production presented by ACT which includes the acclaimed stage adaptation of the Academy Award winning film Mrs. Miniver by Judy B. Goss in 2015 and the original During Wind and Rain by Michael Rice and Margaret Bolsteri. Shows of this size involve many members of our community – acting, singing, building sets, and more.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is adapted for the ACT stage by Judy Goss. It is directed by Vincent Insalaco. It is produced by Judy Tenenbaum with set design and technical direction by Sara Cooke. Costumes are designed and built by Shelly Hall. Stage Manager is Maggie Simpson. Set Construction is by Jimi Brewi. Lighting Design is by Dena Kimberling, Choreography by Christen Pitts, Sound effects by Nathan Abshire and Props Master is Lauren Nicholas.

Audition Information

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 6 – 9 pm (by appointment)
Email: casting@argentacommunitytheater.org for an audition slot
Callbacks: (if needed) Monday, July 22, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

You will receive an email notice confirming your appointment. ACT encourages all ethnicities and genders to audition! Rehearsals will begin November 4, 2019. Evening rehearsals will generally run 6pm to 9pm. There will also be rehearsals on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons, but not both. All actors should expect to be called for every rehearsal the 2 weeks prior to tech week. Rehearsals will be broken up by scene and call sheets will be provided to the actors prior to rehearsal beginning. Every effort will be made to maximize the time actors are at rehearsal. A Christmas Carol will be directed by Vincent Insalaco.

*Auditions are for all ages – note the age suggestion by the character
*Parents, now’s your chance to be on stage with your child!
*All roles will be in distinct British Accents – A dialect coach is part of our team
*Most roles will be part of the ensemble and several actors will play multiple characters
*All ethnicities are encouraged to audition
*Some roles will require limited dancing or singing
*Audition sides for cold readings will be available at auditions. To prepare we suggest you become
familiar with the story. You will be asked to sing a verse of We wish you a Merry Christmas

Character Breakdown

Ebenezer Scrooge –  The miserly owner of a London counting-house (age mid 40’s – 60s but looks older than his years)

Bob Cratchit  –  Scrooge’s clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family (age 30 – 40)

Tiny Tim –  Bob Cratchit’s young son, crippled from birth (age 7 – 10 but must be small for his age)

 Jacob Marley –  In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally greedy partner (age 30 – 50)

The Ghost of Christmas Past  –  The first spirit to visit Scrooge (Female – age 25 – 35)

The Ghost of Christmas Present  –  The second spirit to visit Scrooge (Male – age 35 – 60)

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come  –  The third and final spirit to visit Scrooge (Male – nondescript)

Fred –  Scrooge’s nephew, a genial man who loves Christmas (age 20 – 30)

Fezziwig –  The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed (age 30’s – 50’s)

Belle –  A beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man (age 30’s – 40’s)

Peter Cratchit –  Bob’s oldest son (age 12 – 16)

Martha Cratchit –  Bob’s oldest daughter, who works in a milliner’s shop (age 17 – 25)

Fan –  Scrooge’s devoted sister; Fred’s mother (age 12 – 18)

 Ensemble will also include children and adults of all ages and genders – 2 young children are needed ages 7+