Alabama Story

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website GhostlightETC Ghostlight Ensemble

Ghostlight Ensemble asks questions that challenge the status quo

Pay Rate: Main cast: $300 stipend for production. Understudies: $150 stipend + $25/show performed.
Audition Date and Time: General: July 13: 1–4:30 p.m.; Callbacks: July 20: 1–4 p.m.
Audition Location: General: Merlo Branch, Chicago Public Library, 644 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. Callback location will be provided as needed.
Contact Person Email:
Contact Person Name: Jean Mueller-Burr

Ghostlight Ensemble is casting for its fall production of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones. Alabama Story is based on the true story in the 1950s about an Alabama state librarian facing an effort to ban a children’s book about a white bunny and a black bunny who get married. This is a timely and moving story that weaves together historical occurrences with fictional characters to drive home the real-world implications of censorship and book-banning that we still face today.

Material to Prepare:

Please submit your headshot and resume to Jean Mueller-Burr, Casting Director. Please clearly indicate if you have any conflicts during indicated audition times on July 13 or callbacks on July 20. Sides will be provided.

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals will be 3-4 times/week on weeknight evenings and/or weekend days in September 2024. A table read and/or table work may be scheduled for a few dates in August. Final dates will be confirmed after review of cast conflicts.

Cast members and understudies MUST be available the following dates:
— Tech week: Sunday, September 22 in the afternoon and Monday,
September 23 through Thursday, September 26 in the evenings.
— Performances: show will run Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon
matinees from Friday, September 27 through Sunday, October 20, 2024.

Please note that performances will be held at two site specific locations: After-Words
Bookstore Event Space, 23 E. Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611, September 27-29 and October 4-6 (6 performances); and Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena, Chicago, IL 60613 October 11-13 and October 18-20 (6 performances).

Character Type/Restrictions:

Ghostlight will be casting for the following roles and understudies. Please note that some understudies may cover more than one role. Casting for the following:

  • Emily Wheelock Reed: 50ish, white female, State Librarian of Alabama, born in North Carolina, raised in Indiana
  • Thomas Franklin: 28, white male reference librarian, Emily’s assistant, from Montgomery, Alabama
  • Senator E.W. Higgins: 50ish+, white Alabama state senator
  • Joshua Moore: 32, upwardly mobile middle class African American man who left Alabama years ago*
  • Lilly Whitfield: 32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege*
  • Garth Williams/Others: 50ish+. A white writer and illustrator from the East Coast. This role will act as narrator, as well as embodying multiple other roles including aged state representative Bobby Crone, segregationist columnist Henry Branch, radio announcer, and passersby.

*Please note that that characters Joshua and Lilly have one brief scripted kiss. An intimacy choreographer will be available to stage this scene.

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