Fireflies AUDITION set for Jan. 12

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 8:01am

We're holding auditions for our production of Fireflies by Matthew Barber, directed by James F. Petsche, on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.

The play, which runs March 20 to April 5, features roles for four actors:

  • Eleanor Bannister – (mid-60s to 70ish) A retired schoolteacher and spinster. Dignified, proper. Respected in the community and set in her ways. This character is on stage the entire play.
  • Abel Brown – (mid-60s to 70ish) A traveling handyman. A masculine, effortlessly attractive, self-possessed, charming, and slightly mysterious man. Actor must be able to/learn to passably play Beautiful Dreamer on the violin.
  • Grace Bodell – (mid-60s to 70ish) Miss Bannister's neighbor and best friend. A busybody, bit of a gossip, casual but polished, with no pretense.
  • Eugene Claymire – (mid to late 30s) A town police officer. A former student of Miss Bannister's who as a boy was never considered by her to likely amount to anything.

Fireflies centers around retired schoolteacher, Eleanor Bannister, who lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, set in her routines and secure in her position as the town's most respected woman — until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor's house, and possibly her life. Can the unexpected sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn't all that he seems to be? Either way, the whole town is talking.

Performances are March 20, 21, 27, 28 and April 3 & 4 at 8 p.m., and March 29 & April 5 at 2 p.m.

Director James F. Petsche is a former Curtain Players board president and vice president, and he is a recipient of the company's Richard D. Near Award for dedication to continued advancement of the theatre. For Curtain Players, Jim has directed The Trip to Bountiful, The Outgoing Tide, and The Dining Room, and has appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, Dinner with Friends, The Boys Next Door, and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, among others. Jim's theatre resume also includes directing credits with Theatre Daedalus, acting credits with Columbus Civic Theater (I Hate Hamlet and Art) and Little Theatre Off Broadway (The Laramie Project), along with Theatre Roundtable and Ohio Community Theatre Association awards.

For more information, visit our audition page. You can also attend the show's production kickoff info night on Jan. 5 (details available on the show's audition page).