By David Botrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Paul McKenzie
Run: April 25 – May 10, 2014
Mesquite Community Theatre will hold open auditions for their second show in their "Season of Fan Favorites", Dearly Departed, in the Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway, Mesquite, Texas, at 7pm on February 24 and 25, 2014. Callbacks (if needed) will be held on February 26. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If one cannot make the open audition dates, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition appointment with the director.
Performances for Dearly Departed are April 25 – May 10, 2014, Fridays @ 8:00 p.m., Saturdays @ 8:00 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 8 @ 8:00 p.m. For more information, please call 972-216-8126 or visit our website, www.mesquitecommunitytheatre.com.
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
List of Characters:
Bud Turpin - an elderly man
Raynelle, his wife - no nonsense woman, quiet and unassuming
Ray-Bud, their son - recovering alcoholic, the responsible son
Lucille, Ray-Bud's wife - desperate to have children, motherly to everyone around her
Junior, Bud and Raynelle's other son - a dreamer and schemer, failed businessman
Suzanne, Junior's wife - a woman scorned, who reminds Junior of his shortcomings constantly, sings
Marguerite, Bud's Sister - pious, take charge type, must sing
Royce, Marguerite's son - unemployed and unmotivated, a freeloader and free spirit, sings briefly
Delightful, Bud and Raynelle's only daughter - a 'childlike' girl, Delightful is nothing like her name. Eats constantly
Reverend Hooker - A pastor who is done tending to his flock
Veda, an elderly woman - not all there, takes care of her husband Norval as best she can
Norval, Veda's husband - one foot in the grave, kept alive by oxygen and medication
Nadine, a young woman - a very pregnant woman who loves children and celebrities
Clyde - a friend - Ray-Bud's boss with a dark side
Juanita, a cousin by marriage - rich, expensively dressed. Thinks she is better than most people.
The Joy Of Life Singers - Singers
Doubling: The play was written to be performed by 10 actors doubling in the roles. Director is willing to consider single casting roles, and using those actors in other ways during the script, since many parts appear only once.
The Setting: In and around the towns of Lula and Timson, somewhere below the Mason-Dixon Line. The time is the present. Director is leaning towards Georgia, perhaps the Savannah area as the location. Southern dialects encouraged.
Director's Notes: Rehearsals will begin Monday, March 10, and will typically be Monday - Friday evenings, from 7 to 10 p.m. Weekends will be necessary closer to performance dates.
All performers in the final scene sing together a cappella. The Joy of Life Singers and others who sing (separate from the final scene) are noted in the character descriptions.
Monday, February 24th ( Time : 07:00 PM )