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White Theatre: Auditions

Open Call Auditions for Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
Directed by William J. Christie

Auditions: January 4, 2015 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Callbacks by invitation only: January 5, 2015 - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center and will be open call. Those auditioning should select and prepare the sides of the character you wish to audition. Sides from the show are available in the Audition Material Packet. No prepared monologue necessary. Those asked to read for callbacks will be supplied with sides following the initial audition. Please note: any characters you are wishing to audition for may be listed on your audition form upon arrival, but you need only prepare one of the character pieces in the audition material packet.

Audition Material Packet (download)

Additional Dog Audition: We are looking to audition medium sized dogs with a shaggy like appearance.  Dog must be well behaved with an even temperament. 

Of Mice and Men performs at the White Theatre located at 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Performance Dates:

April 11, 16, 18 at 7:30pm
April 12 at 2:00pm and April 19 at 4:30pm
TBD Student Matinee: April 15 and/or 16, 2015 @ 9am, - Actors will be notified 1 month before performance of times, but we ask that those auditioning be available on either of the two dates until otherwise notified.

Rehearsals begin March 2nd, 2015.

Rehearsals will take place at the White Theatre/Jewish Community Center and will typically run in the time frames of Sundays 1-5pm and Monday through Thursdays 6-10pm.


The Best Laid Plans...

The Nobel Prize-winning American writer John Steinbeck brings his birthplace, California’s Salinas Valley, to memorable life in this touching and tragic play. Two friends, George and Lennie, drift from farm to farm, dreaming of a piece of land to call their own. When Lennie runs into trouble, George must choose between his friend or staying the course to fulfill his dreams. A story of friendship, loneliness, racism and the struggle for personal independence, Of Mice and Men is the tale of the poignant journey of two people striving for a better life and a little piece of the American Dream.  Rated PG-13

Character Descriptions:

George Milton: The protagonist and main character of the play. He is a caring, compassionate, and understanding human being who dreams of owning his own piece of land. Physically, he is a small and intelligent man with strong features. He is Lennie's cousin.

Lennie Small: The obedient friend of George. He has a child’s mind and a giant’s body. He is mentally retarded, and relies upon George. It is these contrasting qualities and his impulsive nature that cause him problems.

Old Candy: One of the lonely ranch workers.  He is a cripple (missing a hand), working as a “Swamper”.

Crooks: A black ranch hand. He is sensible and neat with a mind of his own.  He is a lonely character, who is discriminated against, due to his race.

Slim: A ranch worker with leadership qualities. He commands respect from all on the ranch.-

Curley: The boss’s son who was a boxer.  He is short, stockey and thinks he is better than all of the others.  He picks fights with everybody on the ranch.

Curley’s wife: The only woman on the ranch. She is very flirtatious.

Carlson: A brutal man. He objects to Candy keeping his old dog.

Whit: A ranch worker. He is sent to town to fetch the Sheriff after Curley’s wife is murdered.

The Boss: A “mice fella” (in Candy’s words). He is more concerned about his work on the ranch than anyone else.

For more information on auditions, please contact Jayson Chandley, Facility and Production Coordinator, at 913-327-8074 or 

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