CoRK East, 2689 Rosselle Street
(signs will lead you to Al Letson’s office)
This wonderful play, fresh from an acclaimed run in London and on Broadway, tells the true story of a group of Newcastle (UK) miners whose lives were changed when they found themselves taking an art class by mistake in the 1930’s. They went on to gain worldwide attention as artists known as the Ashington Group. Like Hall’s acclaimed film and musical Billy Elliot, this script tells another inspiring story of what happens when working class laborers (or any disenfranchised group) are exposed to the arts and have the opportunity to realize their potential. The action of the play takes place between 1934 and 1947.
PRESENTED BY The 5 & Dime and The Cummer Museum
DIRECTOR: Lee Hamby and Staci Grant
AUDITION DATE & TIME: Monday, April 15 at 6:30pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: July 26 thru August 4, 2013 at The Cummer Museum
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin in May.
The 5 & Dime is committed to casting considerations which reflect the diversity of the people of Jacksonville, while recognizing that a specific gender, ethnicity and age is often a crucial aspect of a particular role or of the piece as a whole. We will include gender, ethnicity and age in the breakdown, where needed, and encourage all actors to audition where none is stated.
Needed: 7 MEN / 2 WOMEN | All characters are caucasian and British. Most of the characters are based on real people and age through the piece. Note: The miners must all have GEORDIE ACCENTS. We will work with dialect in rehearsals, but actors are encouraged to take a “stab” at the accents in the readings.
GEORGE BROWN: M, 40-60’s. The oldest & leader of the group, a stickler on details, bossy labor representative.
OLIVER KILBOURN: M, mid 30-40’s. Thoughtful, becomes the most famous and accomplished of the miner/artists.
JIMMY FLOYD: M, 40-60’s. A regular hard-working bloke, timid, curious, always surprised by life.
YOUNG LAD: M, 20’s. Youthful, eager to find regular work in the mines, to find out where he fits in.
HARRY WILSON: M, 45-60. Not able to work as miner since being gassed in WWI, a dental engineer, a Marxist.
ROBERT LYON: M, 40-55. British painter and Art professor, upper class, unintentionally self-involved & elitist.
SUSAN PARKS: F, 20’s. An earnest young art student and life model, later in her 30’s. (very brief nudity)
HELEN SUTHERLAND: F, 40-50. Wealthy, cultured, and influential patron of the arts, posh, beautiful, well-meaning.
BEN NICHOLSON: M, 30-40. (1 nice scene) a famous young British artist, helped found arts colony at St. Ives.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available for downloading. Please fill out form below and you will be emailed a download link as soon as the sides become available.
The 5 & Dime’s commitment to our community is reflected in our mission: The 5 & Dime tells stories that engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences, nurturing a rich artistic culture in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. We’re dedicated to fulfilling that mission but, as you know, we can’t do it alone. The pursuit of excellence and the ability to introduce new audiences to the power of live theatre takes the support of members from the community like you, whose very lives we seek to enrich.
The 5 & Dime is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and ticket revenue covers only a small portion of our operating costs. In an effort to make The 5 & Dime as accessible as possible to everyone by keeping ticket prices affordable, we rely on charitable contributions for a major part of our operating income. Without it, we simply wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be able to bring you the kind of high-quality productions our community has come to enjoy.