Audition information for Tuck Everlasting

Show description: Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Audition Date:

Monday, January 6, 2020 | Callbacks Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Each day beginning at 3 PM in the PAC
Monday will start in the PAC and move to the choir room. Tuesday will be solely in the choir room.

Audition workshops: We will hold audition workshops on Monday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 18 in the PAC and choir room to teach the audition dance and music. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended–materials will only be run through once or twice on the day of auditions, and will not be taught that day.

Audition information: Please prepare one audition selection. Women, choose either piece labeled “Women Vocal Audition 1” or “Women Vocal Audition 2.” Men, choose either piece labeled “Men Vocal Audition 1” or “Men Vocal Audition 2.” Audition materials are available here.

Auditions are not required to be memorized, but memorization can only help you with your audition preparation, and will help you make a better impression on the audition panel.

Audition material availability: All audition materials and applications will be made available in the choir room as soon as possible. There will be an announcement in school when physical materials are ready for pickup. You can also print your own materials (including applications) from the folder above if you wish to get an early start on preparation.

Casting: We are casting 10 named roles for this show, and a flexible ensemble size for what we expect to be a large cast. Here is information about each of the named roles.

WINNIE FOSTER (Female, Lead, Soprano)
11-year-old Winnie Foster is the main character of Tuck Everlasting. She is sick of being cooped up in her boring home and dreams of being able to go on adventures and see the traveling fair. Large role with lots of lines and singing. Moderate to heavy dance.

JESSE TUCK (Male, Lead, Tenor)
17-year-old Jesse is the youngest member of the Tuck family and the first to meet Winnie. He is enthusiastic and energetic, and thrilled to finally have a friend somewhat close to his age to be his “partner in crime.” Belting tenor. Large role for lines and singing. Moderate to heavy dance.

MAE TUCK (Female, Lead, Mezzo)
Mae is the mother of Jesse and Miles and wife of Angus. She has grown weary of her eternal life and sees in Winnie and Jesse a spark that she misses in hers and Angus’s relationship. Emotionally broad role. Minor dance.

ANGUS TUCK (Male, Lead, Baritenor)
The father of the Tuck family, Angus has been spending years in the absence of his sons sleeping the days away with little zest for life. Immortality has given him wisdom, but has potentially damaged his relationship with Mae. Kind, wise and giving. Minor dance.

MILES TUCK (Male, Lead, Baritone)
Miles is much more serious and mature than his younger brother, Jesse, in large part because immortality has cost him much more than any of the other Tucks. Miles comes across as stern, but it is because he bears a deep pain. Emotionally crucial role. No dance.

THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SUIT (Male, Lead, Baritone)
The nameless Man in the Yellow Suit has been working for a traveling carnival all his life in hopes of chasing down the rumor of immortality. It has brought him back to Treegap, and he is willing to do anything it takes to unlock the Tucks’ secret. Maniacal and comedic. Moderate dance.

HUGO (Male, Tenor, Supporting)
The disappearance of Winnie’s foster marks young Hugo’s first case as an aspiring deputy under his father, Constable Joe. He’s goofy and neurotic. Moderate to heavy dance.

CONSTABLE JOE (Male, Baritenor, Supporting)
Treegap’s entire law enforcement, the Constable Joe is bumbling and out of his depth in a missing person case. Comedic role. No dance.

BETSY FOSTER (Female, Supporting, Mezzo/Non-Singing)
Betsy Foster is Winnie’s mother, who is serious and strict, but clearly loving of her daughter. No solo singing, but sings Mezzo in group.

NANA (Female, Supporting, Alto/Non-Singing)
Winnie’s grandmother, who, despite her age and habit of falling asleep in her rocking chair, still has plenty of sharp wit left in her. No solo singing, but sings Alto in group.

Student crew and staff: As with all SMHS theater company shows, we are seeking plenty of people to help out with the stage crew, lighting and sound. There are also leadership positions available.

For this show, we will be specifically looking for:

  • Assistant director/Stage manager
  • Deck chief
  • Head of lights and sound
  • Head of construction
  • Head of props
  • Head of costumes
  • Head of hair and makeup
  • Publicity captain(s)

These positions are available by application, with interviews to occur the day after auditions.

Rehearsals: There will be an initial show meeting the day after auditions to pass out scripts and discuss the show. This first meeting will also include the SMPAC safety seminar, which is required for all students to participate in the show in any capacity, regardless of whether or not you have gone through the seminar before.

A full rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the first meeting, but expect to rehearse every Monday through Friday and occasional Saturdays. There is a required all-day Saturday rehearsal on Saturday, March 7 that will feature a cue-to-cue for tech purposes and a run of the show in the afternoon.

Performances: Performances will be March 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM and March 15 at 2 PM in the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Questions?: Email smhstheatrecompany@gmail.com for more information.