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Fantasy Playhouse

The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963

Fantasy Playhouse announces auditions for "The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963".

Date and Times:

  • August 12 @ 1:30 pm
  • August 13 @ 1:30 pm
  • Callbacks to be held after auditions on 8/13

Auditions will be held at Fantasy Playhouse Arts Center, 3312 Long Ave, Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is a historical fiction book by Christopher Paul Curtis, written in 1995, and republished in 1997. It is about an African American family from Flint, Michigan that goes to visit their grandmother's home in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The book was Curtis' first novel, and it received a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Golden Kite Award. The book includes the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, a critical catalyst of the American civil rights movement. Seeking an ensemble of strong African American actors to bring life to the stage adaptation of this critically acclaimed story about the power and love of family, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

Directed By: Mark B. Moore

Cast Requirements: 6 yrs – Adults ( Must be minimum age by audition date) Seeking an ensemble of strong African American actors.

Looks 10. The protagonist and the middle child of the Watson family. He is bright, drawn to reading, and level-headed, though he occasionally gets picked on by his older brother and schoolmates for his personality. He has a lazy eye, something else he often gets teased for.
Looks 13. Kenny’s older brother and the eldest child in the Watson family. Byron is a bit of a bully, and everything he does is done in order to make him appear “cool.” He also has a tendency to disobey his parents and misbehave; as a result, his parents decide to send him to live with his strict grandmother for the summer.
Looks 6. Joey, whose real name is Joetta, is the youngest child in the Watson family. She cares deeply about her brothers, and is a stickler for following the rules. She is also very religious.
30s. Wilona Sands Watson is the children’s mother. She is originally from Alabama, but she moved to Flint to be with her husband. She loves her children deeply; however, this quality often causes her to be overprotective. When mad or excited, she slips into her thick Southern accent.
30s. Wilona’s husband, father to the three Watson children. He loves his children and has a good sense of humor — although, when the children misbehave, he can be a disciplinarian.
Looks 14. Byron’s partner in crime, who also likes to make fun of Kenny. Just like Byron, he is not a particularly good student.
Larry Dunn
Looks 12. A fourth-grade bully, who particularly loves to pick on Rufus, and occasionally Kenny.
Looks 10. A boy who comes from the South and who becomes close to Kenny. Otherwise, Rufus has difficulty making friends.
Looks 8. Rufus’s little brother, another new student who moved to Flint from the South.
These roles may be doubled:
Grandma Sands
50s. Wilona’s mother, and the children’s grandmother, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is known for being incredibly strict, and Daniel and Wilona want to send Byron to live with her in order to correct their son’s rebellious ways.
Mrs. Davidson
50s. Sunday School teacher The Watsons’ neighbor, who often babysits Joey; before the Watsons leave for Birmingham, she gives Joey a little angel doll as a goodbye present.
These roles may be doubled:
Mr Alums
50s. School teacher is a strong man who encourages Kenny.
Mr. Robert
50s. Grandma Sands calls Mr. Robert her “friend,” but it appears that they are in a romantic relationship. He lives with her in Birmingham.
Mr. Mitchell
50s. The grocer who allows the Watsons to sign for their food and pay at the end of the week.
Weatherman/DJ (voice only)
These roles may be doubled:
Girl (stylized)
Wool Pooh (movement only)
Smoke Pooh (movement only)

Be Prepared: Actors must come with a prepared one-minute monologue. Actors will also be asked to read from the script.

Contact: or 256-539-6829

Show Dates: February 16-18 & 23-25, 2018

Other Info: Simple Helix and PROJECTXYZ. Send questions to and more info may be found a Click on Auditions.

Added 7/24

Bank Street Players

Humbug: A Christmas Carol

Bank Street Players announces auditions for "Humbug: A Christmas Carol" by Chuck Puckett.

Date and Times:

  • Thursday, August 24 @ 6pm
  • Saturday, August 26 @ 10am

Auditions will be held at Ft. Decatur Rec Center, 610 4th Ave, Decatur

Synopsis: "Humbug" is a new musical adaptation of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." The familiar story of Scrooge, the ghost of his partner, the Christmas spirits that haunt him, and the poor but hopeful Cratchit family is told in song and dance. This will be the world premiere of this show, presented at the Princess Theatre.

Directed By: Carol Puckett

Cast Requirements: 15 Men, 12 Women, 4-8 Boys, 4-5 Girls, plus Ensemble. Ages from 7 up.

Ebeneezer Scrooge. The well-known miser.
Betsy Littleton. Flower-seller
Fotheringay. Butcher.
Fred Hollister. Scrooge's nephew. Well-intentioned and positive.
Bob Cratchit. Scrooge's clerk. Browbeaten at work, but upbeat and happy at home.
Jane Cratchit. Cratchit's loving and gentle wife.
Tiny Tim Cratchit. Their youngest crippled son.
Belinda Cratchitt. Bob's younger daughter.
Peter Cratchit. Bob's elder son.
Martha Cratchitt. Bob's elder daughter.
Beggar. A beggar.
Danbridge. A business man.
Barnsworth. His partner.
Ghost of Jacob Marley. Scrooge's dead partner
Christmas Past. An elfin sprite
Boy Scrooge. Scrooge as a boy
Fan. Scrooge's younger sister
Scrooge's Father. A stern, unforgiving man
Scrooge's Mother. Loving and kind
Mister Fezziwig. Scrooge's joyful, life-loving employer when he was a young man
Mrs. Fezziwig. Fezziwig's wife, equally happy.
Felicia Fezziwig. His daughter.
Phyllis Fezziwig. Another daughter
Dick Wilkins. Scrooge's friend as a young man
Young Scrooge. Scrooge as a young man. Always has his eye on his livelihood.
Belle. Scrooge's sweetheart when he was a young man.
Christmas Present. Full of life, the spirit of revelry
Lydia Hollister. Fred's Wife
Topper. Fred's friend
Elizabeth. A girl who Topper fancies.
Ignorance. A child who signifies ignorance.
Want. A child who signifies poverty
Old Joe. A fence for stolen goods
Charwoman. A cleaning woman
Mrs. Dilber. Scrooge's housekeeper
Undertaker. Another grave robber.
A Lad. Street Urchin.
Fezziwig & Fred guests, townspeople
Entourage for Christmas Present. Fauns, elves, leprechauns

Be Prepared: You'll need to bring and sing a few bars of a song of your choice (you'll want to chose something that shows off your voice). Please supply a karaoke CD or music from your phone or iPad. There will be cold readings from the script.

Contact: or phone (256) 318-3265

Show Dates: Nov 30-Dec 2.

Other Info: NOTE: Rehearsals do not begin until September 28.

Added 7/24

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