“Moonshine and Magnolias” Director Kathryn Wood (left) and Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc. President Barbara Emert show off a sign for the historical play on Monday. The Historical Jonesboro-commissioned production is set for a 2013 revival.
JONESBORO Twenty actors willing to dabble in a little moonshine under the magnolias will be sought during auditions for a play depicting Clayton County’s history next month.
The directors of Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc.-produced “Moonshine and Magnolias” will audition metro area thespians for the play at Stately Oaks Plantation schoolhouse, located at 100 Carriage Lane in Jonesboro Jan. 6 and 7. The play is a representation of historical events from the county’s past as told through a series of short vignettes, said director Kathryn Wood.
Wood said actors will be expected to attend the auditions ready to channel Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara while putting on their best family-friendly southern charm.
“We are asking everyone come prepared to perform a one-minute monologue — preferably something southern and nothing offensive because this is a family-friendly production and there will be children present at the auditions,” Wood said.
“Moonshine and Magnolias” will be performed in March and this is the second time it has been put on for the public. Last year, a rough version of the play was staged in a trial run to see how audiences would react to the production. It has since been tweaked to accommodate audience feedback from that run, Wood has previously said.
The auditions will run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 and from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, Wood said. Actors will be auditioning for Wood and co-directors Randy Dawkins and Karen Ferrell-White.
Directors are seeking four males between 35 and 65, two males between 20 and 25, three boys between 8 and 15, three girls between 8 and 15, two females between 35 and 65, two females between 20 and 25 and “one male — African-American — age 20 to 55” and “one female — African-American — age 20 to 55,” according to the cast list.
Wood said actors who have résumés and head shots are asked to bring them to the auditions. She said scripts will be handed out to the actors and they should be prepared to do cold reads of scenes with other actors.
“We’re looking for people of all ages, from young to old, and most everyone will have multiple parts because the play is being done in vignettes,” Wood said.