The Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro is set to begin work on its third community theatre production since opening as a performing arts venue in 2011.
“The Trip to Bountiful” will play for six performances in May, with a cast that includes seven speaking roles plus extras. Auditions, which are open to residents of Anson County and surrounding areas in North and South Carolina, will be held at the theatre, 112 S. Rutherford St., in Wadesboro on Monday, Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“The Trip to Bountiful” is the poignant story of Carrie Watts, an aging widow living with her son and her shrewish daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind — if only her failing heart will allow her the journey. This theater and film classic is a funny, touching tale of the human spirit.
The following roles will be filled: Carrie Watts (late 50s - 60s), Ludie Watts (Carrie’s son, late 20s - 40s), Jessie Mae Watts (Ludie’s wife, late 20s - 40s), Thelma (a young traveler, early 20s), Houston Ticket Attendant (20s - 60s), Harrison Ticket Attendant (40s - 60s), Sheriff (30s - 50), and bus station travelers of all ages.
The play will be directed by Tommy Wooten, a Marshville native and professional actor and director, who has recently returned to the area. Wooten spent 15 years as an actor at Universal Studios, Florida, and has directed for 20 years. He also appeared in three off-Broadway productions and has his own production company, Potluck Productions.
Audition materials are available at the Anson County Arts Council, 110 S. Rutherford St., Wadesboro, Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. If these times aren’t convenient, call the Arts Council at 704-694-4950 to arrange a pick-up time.