TERMS OF ENDEARMENT at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre

About the project and the company

Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for the regional premiere of the Academy Award winning story, Terms of Endearment, adapted by Dan Gordon from the Larry McMurtry novel.   The production will be directed by Kathy Pingel.

Auditions will be held Sunday, December 15th and Monday, December 16th at Tacoma Little Theatre.  Audition appointments will be set starting at 6:00pm on Sunday and 7:00pm on Monday in five-minute increments. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, December 18th.

Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

Auditioners are asked to prepare a short, 1-2 minute, contemporary comedic monologue.

Actors of all ethnicities and gender identities are encouraged to audition and all roles are available: Aurora (female, 50-70) mother of Emma with whom she has a complex relationship; Emma (female, 20-39) realistic, feisty when she needs to be, sees the good in life; Garrett (male, 50-69) next-door neighbor to Aurora, a retired astronaut; Flap (male. 20-39) Emma’s high school sweetheart and now wayward husband; Patsy Clark (female, 18-39) Emma’s best friend who continues to college.  Also plays additional roles; Doctor Maise (male, 40-69) Emma’s doctor, impatient, brusque, and not very forthcoming.  Ages given are playable ages, actors need not specifically fit the given age to audition.

To reserve an audition time, follow this link (http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/qLY6uKhFaYxDxi6), or call our Box Office for assistance at (253) 272-2281.

Once cast, Terms of Endearment will begin rehearsals on March 16, 2020 with the production running from Friday, April 24, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Location of Audition

Tacoma Little Theatre 210 N I Street Tacoma, WA 98403

Audition requirements

Auditioners are asked to prepare a short, 1-2 minute, contemporary comedic monologue.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Female Age Range: 50 - 70 Description: Mother of Emma with whom she has a complex, strong, yet caring relationship. She’s completely involved in her daughter’s family problems. Smart, “hard-to–please,” she is passionate in life and love. Attractive, boldly direct, Aurora has us laughing in her most controlling moments. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Female Age Range: 20 - 39 Description: realistic, feisty when she needs to be, sees the good in life. As smart as her Mom, she has the heart of a lioness and is deeply committed to her husband, her children, and her mother. She navigates the tempestuous waters of family relationships with perceptive understanding and humor. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Male Age Range: 50 - 69 Description: next-door neighbor to Aurora. A retired astronaut. A womanizing alcoholic who has let himself go. Develops a tenuous and surprising relationship with Aurora. Despite his incorrigible behavior he certainly has his charming and endearing moments and has Aurora’s back in the end. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Male Age Range: 20 - 39 Description: Emma’s high school sweetheart and now wayward husband. Inattentive to Emma, except for spontaneous sex. Trying to find his own path he accepts a position of a college professor in Des Moines, Iowa, separating the family hundreds of miles from Emma's meddlesome mother. Tries to step up for Emma in the end. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Patsy Clark/Doris/Nurse
Female Age Range: 18 - 39 Description: Emma’s best girlfriend who continues on to college, eventually becoming successful in New York City. Also smart, full of life, a dedicated friend, she is always there for Emma. Plays additional roles, Doris (young date of Garrett) and the nurse in the hospital. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Doctor Maise
Male Age Range: 40 - 69 Description: Emma’s doctor, impatient, clinical, brusque, and not very forthcoming at first. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Additional information
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Audition/Interview dates

December 15 & December 16

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Audition location

Tacoma WA

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

December 18

Submission instructions

Please follow this link to submit (http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/qLY6uKhFaYxDxi6)

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