Chattanooga Theatre Centre celebrates 90th Season with the staging of a Youth Theatre production of Wiley and the Hairy Man. Here’s more from the CTC press release:
Auditions for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre production of “Wiley and the Hairy Man” will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 29 & 30, at 4:30. The production is the first of the 2013-2014 season for the Youth Theatre as well as the first under the leadership of new CTC Youth Theatre director, Scott Dunlap.
The show will be double-cast with one cast directed by Scott Dunlap and one by Rodney Van Valkenburg. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre (CTC) encourages everyone to audition, even those who have never been on stage before. Youth Theatre productions feature actors in 4th to 12th grades.
About “Wiley and the Hairy Man”
Set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, created through rhythm and rhyme by a mysterious chorus, this delightful spine-tingling tale follows a young boy named Wiley, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams. The magic of this play is not fairy dust – it is soil: the magic of the earth and mud of the swamp…the magic of survival. In a final, exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear. “Wiley and the Hairy Man” is by Susan Zeder.
“Wiley and the Hairy Man” will be performed September 20 through October 6 and includes some daytime school performances.
For more information, visit the CTC website at TheatreCentre.com or call the box office at 423-267-8534 Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre – located at 400 River Street on the banks of the Tennessee River in the city’s NorthShore – is celebrating 90 years as one of America’s longest-running community theatres. The CTC is supported by Arts Build, Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, generous local corporations and donors as well as tickets sales.
Roles Available in “Wiley and the Hairy Man“
The following is a character breakdown list for the show:
Wiley: He can be played by a boy or a girl. He is a precocious, young boy about 10 or 11 years old. He is extremely imaginative, sometimes overly so. His Pappy has mysteriously disappeared and he is left with his Mammy, a conjure woman, and his dog – his only friends in the deep, scary swamp. His greatest fear is the Hairy Man, who is credited with the disappearance of his Pappy. He is fine as long as he has his Mammy’s magic and his faithful dog to protect him, but through the course of the play, he finds himself alone with only his wits to protect him from the Hairy Man.
Mammy: Wiley’s mother, played by a girl in this production (older teenager 14-18.) She is a talented conjure woman who is able to protect her family with her magic. She is tough and sassy, but loves Wiley dearly, even though at times, she displays it through her no-nonsense parenting. She encourages Wiley to think for himself and face his fears.
Dog: Wiley’s best and only friend, a dog. Dog can be played by either a boy or a girl of any age. Dog’s character will be almost entirely movement based – and often this character will be on all fours. Still, Dog also must be able to display human characteristics – he/she must be compassionate and a friend to Wiley. This is a super fun part!
The Hairy Man: The Hairy Man will be played by an older teen boy (14-18.) The actor should be able to be menacing at times, but also not too scary. He should be more of a bumbling, goofy character with a strong presence. He’s sort of a bully, all brawn and no brains, as he is easily tricked by Wiley.
The Swamp Creatures: 5 to 8 boys and girls of various ages. The chorus and backbone of the show! Movement based, these characters will essentially create the swamp, Mammy’s magic and the wild world of Wiley’s imagination! A really fun, physical part.
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