MAMA WON’T FLY
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MAMA WON’T FLY
March 23 & 24, by appointment
FOR ADULTS 18+
Callbacks, if necessary, are March 25
Call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209 to schedule a 50-minute audition appointment.
Company Meeting and Read Through: March 31
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be Monday-Friday, typically from 6:00-10:00 PM. Actors may not be called for every rehearsal, or the full length of a rehearsal. A more detailed schedule will be determined based on actor availability. Rehearsals will not conflict with Easter.
Tech Weekend: April 25 & 26
Dress Rehearsals: April 27 & 28
Performances: April 30-May 3, 8-10
Preview performance April 29
Materials To Prepare
- READ: Please come prepared to read selections from the script. We suggest that auditionees read the entire script before auditioning. CLICK HERE to view an online copy of MAMA WON’T FLY. NOTE: Password information is required. Call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209 for more information.
- REVIEW: Please review the following AUDITION TIPS.
- BRING: Please come with a full list of any conflicts you may have during the rehearsal and performance periods.
- PRINT: If possible, please print the following QCT AUDITION FORM. QCT will have audition forms at the theatre if you are unable to print.
- CALL: To schedule an audition appointment time, please call the QCT Box Office at 217-222-3209.
- ARRIVE: Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out an audition form if you have not already done so.
- ENTER: Please enter through the STAGE DOOR on the south side of the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Auditions are in the Lab Theatre.
- REMEMBER: Make strong choices and take risks!
Director | BRANDON THOMSEN
Mama needs to go to her son’s wedding across the country but she won’t fly, so she and her daughter are forced to take a road trip accompanied by a surprise guest: the bride-to-be. Hilarious catastrophe in the making!
The play is written in two acts – 8 scenes in Act I, 7 scenes in Act II. All the scenes are akin to “blackout” skits—think “Laugh-In”–setup of situation, setup of joke, punch line and Blackout. The authors have recommended doubling of roles which makes it fun for actors who are adept at switching voices, posture, walk, etc. to suggest a different character along with wigs, beards, hats, etc.
THERE ARE THREE LEAD WOMEN:
Norleen Sprunt: 70ish, spirited, tenacious, is a meddler by nature; Savannah’s mama
Savannah Honeycutt: 40-50ish, Southern businesswoman, feisty, owns an upscale accessories shop and is Norleen’s daughter
Haley Quinn: 30-50, about to marry Norleen’s son; loveable, high-energy, nervous about meeting her future family and has a history of the worst luck in the world
NEED A MINIMUM OF THREE MORE WOMEN TO PLAY MULTIPLE ROLES:
As you can see, the roles are divided up by the authors into a 40-ish category, a 50-ish category, and someone to play 60-90—REMEMBER you do not have to be these ages, just be able to play them convincingly!
Tanya (40) big-haired, flashy realtor, acts in local community theatre, “trash”
Aunt Rema Jean (50) fun-loving country matron at a backyard barbeque
Edweena (50) church lady leading a protest march
Kiki (40) Vegas bimbo, excited: she’s hooked an older man who’s got money!
Essie (80) Tour guide at a Bra Museum (she’s a hoot!)
Great-Aunt Pawnee (90) she’s the matriarch at the backyard barbeque, sits in a wheelchair; no lines but plenty of physical comedy!
Fanny (50) church lady leading a protest march
Sybil (60) well-dressed wife (for 2 more weeks) who has catfight with Teeta about her husband marrying the bimbo, Kiki
Aunt Ardale (50) Bible-totin’ golddigger at the backyard barbeque
Juliette (50) hard-livin’, tough-as-nails tipsy woman in the only bar (aka the only business) in Nickle Bone, TX; jaded costumer of the Little Theater
Teeta (60) tough, ex-showgirl in Vegas, licensed to marry couples, has catfight with Sybil and one with Kiki!
MEN NEEDED FOR “MAMA WON’T FLY”:
The script indicates that two men play multiple roles, but the roles can be divided to suit the talents of the individual actors.
MALE ACTOR ONE:
Denton Crocker (70) Norleen’s friend who takes care of odd jobs for her; tunes Mama’s Buick
Cousin Chicken (60) Western dude at the backyard barbeque; carries his wife’s ashes in a huge mayo jar dressed in a square dance costume—it’s their 35th anniversary today
Mitch (50) a cowboy charmer, gregarious, rugged, brother to Mickey with whom he is having a fight about whether the bar should be an Irish pub or a Western bar in a Texas wide-spot in the road.
Officer Dugger (60) world-weary trooper, all business, makes the mistake of stopping the three women on the road
Ronald (60) well-dressed and well-heeled groom for Kiki, until his soon-to- be ex-wife shows up
Kelvin (50) oh-so-haughty, well-dressed concierge who feels our three ladies need to get to the swap meet they’re obviously dressed for
MALE ACTOR TWO:
Uncle Ferd (70) an oddball and dancing fool– part of the family at the backyard BBQ
Mickey (40) effusive brother to Mitch, complete with Irish brogue, leprechaun hat and apron—this bar is going to be an Irish Pub
Red (50) trucker, over-caffeinated, intense, an expert on dreams
Spud (40-50ish) the man Savannah was going to marry 20 years ago until Mama meddled! They meet again—except he’s in “drag”—life took him in a different direction!