Muskegon Civic Theatre sets auditions for ‘The Old Settler’

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 for Muskegon Civic Theatre’s 2019 production of the African American comedy/drama “The Old Settler.”
Tryouts for the four-character play that will run Jan. 18-26 will be held in Johnson Hall on the third floor of the Hilt Building in the downtown Frauenthal Center, 427 W. Western.

If necessary, callbacks will be 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

MCT is requesting that auditionees arrive 15 minutes early, to have their photographs taken and to fill out paperwork.

“The Old Settler” is being directed by Jeanette Casson. Auditionees will read from the script. Scripts may be checked out for 24-hour perusal, for a refundable deposit of $10. They are available at the MCT office on the fourth floor of the Frauenthal Office Building, 425 W. Western. For further information, call the office, (231) 722-3852.

Rehearsals will begin Nov. 26. They will run from 7-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Written by playwright John Henry Redwood, “The Old Settler” centers on Elizabeth “Bess” Borny, a 55-year-old spinster (a.k.a. an Old Settler) living in Harlem, N.Y., during World War II.

Living with Bess is her 53-year-old sister, Quilly McGrath. Elizabeth takes in a young male boarder, Husband Witherspoon, to help with paying the rent. Husband has come from South Carolina to search for his girlfriend, Lou Bessie Preston.

A cloud of tension hangs over Elizabeth and Quilly’s relationship, and is exacerbated when Elizabeth and Husband develop a romantic relationship. Quilly doesn’t like Husband living in the apartment, and does not approve of Bess and Husband’s relationship. During the course of the play, a 35-year-old rift between the sisters is exposed.

“The Old Settler” will be performed at the Frauenthal Theater in the Black Box format, with the audience and actors both on stage.

 



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