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Auditions: A Piece of My Heart


Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, inspired by the book by Keith Walker, on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. The production will will be performed in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre and be directed by Mia Self.

The cast list has been posted.

Important dates

Auditions: Monday and Tuesday March 20 and 21 at 7:00pm in the Gaddy Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Registration from 6:30pm. Please reserve an audition slot.

Callbacks: Wednesday, March 22 starting at 7:00pm in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.

First cast meeting: Monday, March 27

No conflicts after: April 27. No more than 4 conflicts for the entire duration of the rehearsal process.

Preview: May 3 and 4

Opening: Friday, May 5

Performances: May 5 – May 21, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

Strike: May 21 following the 3:00pm show. All actors are expected to participate in strike.

About the Show

Historical drama. A powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: nurses, a Red Cross volunteer and a USO country-western singer. The latter is booked to entertain the troops by an unscrupulous agent. Follow each young woman’s story before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation. It was named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association.

For more information, see the A Piece of My Heart show page.

About the roles

Casting 6 women and 2 men.

While the characters are noted in the text as young women, their ability to tell this story resides within their ability to look back on their lives. I encourage women of all ages, races, and ethnicities to audition for these roles.

Martha – Strong, self-composed, aura of self-discipline, military bearing. A pioneer. Open age/race/ethnicity.

MaryJo – Outgoing with a bubbly personality. A comedienne. A country-western singer and guitarist. Open age/race/ethnicity.

Sissy – Sweet and feminine. She’s warm, gentle and loads of fun. Open age/race/ethnicity.

Whitney – A Vassar graduate. Aristocratic in demeanor. She’s both withdrawn and contained. Open age/race/ethnicity.

Leeann – Strong and determined. She’s both tough and hip. Asian or multi-racial actor, open age.

Steele – Extremely strong with a military bearing. Intelligent with a great sense of humor. A pragmatist. Black or multi-racial actor, open age.

Men – Versatile actor(s) to play multiple roles. Open age/race/ethnicity.

About the Auditions

Please reserve an audition slot on either one of the audition nights.

Please prepare a monologue no longer than one minute in length to perform for the general auditions. Monologues may be comic or dramatic, but should highlight your ability to play vulnerability and connect with others. Please avoid performing monologues from Shakespearean, Greek, or any classic plays written in verse.

Update: Callbacks are not needed. See the note at the top of the page.

Perusal copies of the scripts will be available for a 48 hour check out from the RLT office which is located in the rear of the building and opened from 10:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri. Please call the business office to check on availability (919) 821-4579.

Contact Mia Self at mlself3@nullncsu.edu with any questions.

Production Team

Director: Mia Self

Scenic Designer: Elizabeth Newton

Lighting Designer: Elizabeth Grimes Droessler

Costume Designer: Vicki Olson

Stage Manager: Karyn Aberts

Audition forms

Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions: