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The Originals
Claribel Gross

  • The Originals
  • Claribel Gross
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union; Open to All
  • Olympia , WA
  • Project Begins: Aug 24, 2019
  • Project Ends: Oct 26, 2019


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  • Contact Person: Claribel Gross
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This script, written by local playwrights Tamara Keeton and Katherine M. Kelly is inspired by the true story of the heroic women pilots who formed the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) during World War II. This play tells the tale of an elite squadron of women pilots who battle prejudice, betrayal, sabotage and personal loss to prove they belong in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Their story is one of love, duty, sacrifice, and the perseverance of the human spirit.

This piece is set against the backdrop of America at war in the 1940s, it is a woman’s story that features a love of flying, a love of country and the sacred bond of friendship. The Originals is a poetic retelling of a history that has been all but forgotten, based on and inspired by the real events, real women and the real history that they made.

***We will perform this piece at the Olympic Flight Museum on OCTOBER 26th, 2019
And other dates TBD

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
PROJECT NEEDS/CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

BARBARA (BJ) ERICKSON: 22 – a competent, no nonsense pilot who sees the world in black&white. She became the president of every club she joined.

EVELYN SHARP: 22 – a smart, athletic, free-spirited beauty who'd rather fly any plane anywhere than be the president of anything. But, she'll be the best friend you ever had.

TERESA “JAMSIE” JAMES: 26 – a live-wire jokester with a Pittsburgh accent. You're either sweetie or honey to her. You can count on her – in the air and in a fight.

NANCY BATSON: 22 – a charming Alabama tomboy who sees the world through rose colored glasses. To her, life is a movie. Voice: Southern

CORNELIA FORT: 22 – a tall, lanky rich girl from Tennessee. She is seen by the other girls as remote. She is the poet laureate of the WAFS.

NANCY LOVE: 28 – the confident and refined leader of the WAFS. A pilot’s pilot. Respected and admired by men and women alike.

DREW PEARSON: 50 – a balding muckraker who wears a fedora and chews on a cigar. He uses his radio program to defame the women pilots. His goal: stop them from flying military. Voice: Hooky old-time fast-paced newsreel voice.

COLONEL TUNNER: 38 – a career Army man who already knows and respects Nancy Love.

JACK LONDON: 25 – a tall, charming, gum-chewing Air Corps lieutenant.

ANDY JOHNSON (HOUSE MOTHER): 60s – Warm and friendly.

VERA ERICKSON: 50 – a reserved, reverent woman who loves her daughter and wants her to follow her heart.

MR. JOHN SHARP: 60s - Evelyn's father. Drinks too much and dreams too big, but he loves his daughter.

MRS. MARY SHARP: Evelyn's mother. A practical, hardworking woman. She is the glue that holds the family together.

OTHER ENSEMBLE ROLES INCLUDE: GUARD/ HOTEL CLERK/ FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS/ AIR CORPS PILOTS.


Audition/Interview Dates:
June 29 and June 30th 4pm - 6pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
TBD

Audition Requirements:
AUDITIONS WILL BE CASUAL, NO NEED FOR HEADSHOT OR RESUME, NO PREPARED MONOLOGUE REQUIRED. We will be doing cold readings from the script.

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