Jackson County Community Theater schedules auditions

Staff Reports

Jackson County Community Theatre will hold auditions for the spring production of the comedic drama “Driving Miss Daisy” at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 at the Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St. in Brownstown.

“Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Joel McGill, is the last show of the 2015-16 season, with performances on April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7.

“Driving Miss Daisy” is about Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of 72. The setting is Atlanta, Georgia in 1948, before the beginning of the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy is informed by her son, Boolie, that she must rely on the services of a chauffeur.

The person Boolie hires for the job is a thoughtful, black man named Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. In a series of scenes spanning 25 years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other.

Roles to be cast for the Jackson County Community Theatre production are: Miss Daisy, an elderly white Southern woman; Hoke, an African-American man, also elderly, but somewhat younger than Miss Daisy; and Boolie, Miss Daisy’s middle-aged son.

The actors portraying Miss Daisy and Hoke do not necessarily have to be elderly, but should be in the middle-age range or beyond. No preparation for the audition is necessary.

Anyone wishing to work on the production in an offstage capacity (lights, sound, set building, painting, ushering, costuming, etc.) is welcome to attend auditions or contact the theater by calling 812-358-5228 or sending an email to mail@jcct.org.

For more information, visit the theater’s website at jcct.org.