Show Dates: October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21.
Audition Dates: Monday August 27 & Wednesday August 29 @ 7:00 PM
Rehearsal Period includes mandatory tech week from October 7 to October 11.
Those seeking to audition will be asked to read from the script and may prepare a short monologue if they wish. Age-appropriateness will be a strong factor in casting. If you have any questions, please contact the director via email (adamrandis @ gmail.com) or by phone (570-926-0393)
Loosely based on the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925, Inherit the Wind is one of the most moving and meaningful plays in American theatre. The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. The chief gladiators where the two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked into mortal combat they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat, barely able to restrain themselves. It was the original “trial of the century,” and at stake was the freedom of every American.
(Please note that all townspeople should be able to speak with a serviceable Southern/Tennessee accent)
Henry Drummond (50s-70s) The defense attorney engaged by the Baltimore Herald for Bertram Cates. A Northeastern man of urbane sensibilities who was hailed as the pre-eminent defense lawyer of his day. He is old, abrasive, sly, cunning, and exasperated. He must have a strong gravitas and moral center as well as a hint of impishness.
Matthew Harrison Brady (50s-70s) The prosecuting attorney. He is a talented orator originally from the Midwest and an experienced politician, having run for President three times. He is commanding and charming, if bull-headed, and is completely convinced of the rightness of his cause and the dangers of moral decay on America.
Rev. Jeremiah Brown (40s-60s) A fundamentalist preacher. As the spiritual leader of Hillsboro, he zealously believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible and is willing to go to extremes to assert his views, even with his own family.
Rachel Brown (20s-early 30s) Second-grade schoolteacher who is the daughter of Reverend Jeremiah Brown and a close friend of Cates. Rachel experiences personal growth through the course of the play.
E.K. Hornbeck (late 20s-40s) A newspaper columnist for the Baltimore Herald who is sent to Hillsboro to cover Cates' trial. Speaks in blank verse as if composing his latest article, Hornbeck is at once the Greek chorus of the play and a Mephistophelean figure of pure cynicism.
Bertram Cates (20s-early 30s) The defendant in the trial, a quiet, modest science teacher who has been arrested for teaching evolution to his sophomore science class.
Judge (40s+) He tries to remain impartial in the “trial of the century” in spite of his beliefs and facing mounting political pressure.
Mr. Meeker (30s+) The bailiff at the Hillsboro courthouse for many years. He is nonjudgmental and kind to Cates.
Mrs. Brady (40s-70s) Matt Brady's wife. She mothers her husband, watching over his health and diet, and has a warm relationship with Drummond.
Melinda Loomis (elementary school-jr. high aged) Young girl who opens the show with Tommy. Upon seeing Drummond, she screams that he's the devil.
Howard Blair (jr. high/high school aged) A student in Cates' science class. He testifies against Cates.
Mrs. Krebs (20s+) A member of the Hillsboro community. She plans a community picnic for the celebration of Brady's arrival and voices her opinions in the courtroom during the trial.
Tommy Stebbins (elementary school-jr. high aged) Young boy who opens show with Melinda. He later announces the arrival of Brady’s train
Mr. Barrister (20s+) A local man who is selected to be a member of the jury.
Elijah (20s+) A hermit who fashions himself a prophet. He sells Bibles and voices his religious beliefs to the crowd of people awaiting Brady's train.
Mayor (30s+) He gives a speech welcoming Brady and bestows upon him the title of Honorary Colonel in the State Militia.
Tom Davenport (30s+) District Attorney who assists Brady during the trial. Self-assured and professional.
Mr. Goodfellow (30s+) The owner of a general store near the courthouse. He is more interested in running his business than in the arrival of Brady or the upcoming trial.
Jesse H. Dunlap (20s+) A farmer and cabinetmaker who is interviewed for jury duty.
Townspeople, Reporters, Storekeepers, Jury Members, etc (male & female, various ages)