Auditions: WASP @ Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department, Fullerton [30 August]

Auditions: WASP

14:00 - 17:00

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Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department
321 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, California 92832
Orientation: Mon, Aug 28 at 2 pm in Rm. 1319 (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)
Attendance at this meeting is not required to audition. This is a time to hear the director discuss the show and auditions. All your questions will be answered regarding auditions, rehearsals and performances at this meeting.

Auditions: Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 2:30 pm in Rm. 1319 (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)
Sign in begins at 2:00pm. No appointments. First come first serve. Please prepare a one (1) minute monologue from the early to mid 20th century. Suggested writers: Lillian Hellman, Agatha Cristie, Sohie Treadwell, Neil Simon, Noel Coward, GB Shaw. Brooklyn/New York and/or Southern accents a plus.

Callbacks: Friday, September 1 at 2:30 pm in Rm. 1319 (Bronwyn Dodson Theatre)
This will consist of readings from the script and sides will be provided at the time of callback notification.

Rehearses Sept 6 – November 17, 2017 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2pm-5:10pm)
Tech Rehearsals begin the weekend of November 18 from 12:30-11pm.

Performances: November 30, December 1-2 and 7-9 at 7pm.

Please note: You must be available for all rehearsals, performances and strike. No conflicts will be allowed. If cast, you must enroll in the course THEA 130F or 131F through Fullerton College. This production will also double cast and rotate between cast/ensemble every other night of performance. All cast members will perform in all shows as either ensemble or in the specific role cast.

Synopsis: Based on historical events, this is a story of seven women who trained with the Women Airforce Service Pilots in Sweetwater, Texas in 1944, who overcame personal and professional conflict as well as battled tremendous military and societal prejudice that believed women did not belong in a man’s world. This play focuses on the struggle, empowerment, and camaraderie of women who’s efforts influenced and encouraged future women to follow untraditional paths and soar beyond expectations.

Directed by Michael Mueller
Assistant Director: Loressa McGowan
Scenic Design: Kevin Clowes
Lighting Design: Steve Pliska
Sound and Projection Design: Zachary Harless

Character Breakdown

Fullerton College Theatre Arts is committed to creating opportunities designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

JACKIE WIGHTMAN – 20s. As a Floridian foster child (slight Southern accent) she had a difficult life in her early poor beginnings but found that a passion for flying made her life purposeful. She is an ace pilot and loves military life. She is a cocky wiseacre but can be an empathetic person because of her own hard-knock life. A deceased mother, a father who vanished soon after her brother was born, she hopes to reunite with her sibling.

DESIREE PATRICIA POST – 20s. A member of the wealthy Post Cereals family, she and her husband owned a flight school before the war. She is a troublemaking snitch who has connections with the military brass because of her elite background. She is indifferent to anyone other than self and thinks she is an ace pilot. The W.A.S.P. training and camaraderie show her that being a part of something bigger than self expands one‘s inner strength.

TSUN-YAN (SUNNY) CHUN — 20s. (Chinese) Very upbeat, funny, always has a perceptive wisecrack. Very self-assured and comfortable with herself in any situation. A hot pilot who was the first (and youngest) woman to fly solo across the U.S. north to south. Born in the Northwest USA.

TERRY MITCHELL – 20s. The naïve greenhorn of the group. Sweet and shy at first but a plucky, determined individual with a youthful zest for flying. She comes from a protective family who sent her away to Ohio State University to study pharmacy. She discreetly spent the surplus money they sent her for charm school on flying lessons. During WASP training she becomes secretly married to a flight surgeon – military suicide if discovered.

INEZ (WHISKY) SANCHEZ — 20s. (Argentinean) Her farming family moved to Wisconsin (thereby the nickname ―Whisky) when she was a child just after the Peron power takeover. A soft-spoken, sensitive, commonsense woman with an understanding ear. JACKIE‘s confidant. She hopes to combine her love of flying with missionary work after WWII.

ALICE (ZIGGY) NEGLEY — Late 20s. A smart-cracking tall beautiful show biz chorus girl from New York who was a former Ziegfeld Follies gal. Getting older and becoming more complacent with the B‘way scene, she wants to help her war-torn country in a unique way. She learned to fly while dating a producer‘s son who owned his own plane and took her on flying trips. She fell head-over-heels in love with piloting (but not him). Tough as nails exterior but a soft exterior, she thinks she can take care of herself until she gets into problems over her head, like an unwanted pregnancy.

BEATRICE (FRANKIE) WILKENS – 20s. She is from Liberty, Indiana and is a daredevil trickster with a sporting way about her. She is naïve but is determined to grow up and understand life and find her place in it (sometimes blundering in the wrong direction). She is a good pilot but her overly eager drive eventually places her as a pawn in the military‘s game of W.A.S.P. program elimination.

For more information or additional questions, please contact Michael Mueller at [email protected]
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