Jeremy Benjamin via NEohioPAL neohiopal at lists.neohiopal.org
Mon Aug 31 10:29:49 PDT 2015

Lorain County Community College Theatre Department announces
Auditions for "The Diviners" by Jim Leonard Jr.
Directed by Dave Cotton

Audition Dates:
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 - 5 pm
Monday. Sept. 14, 7 - 10 p.m.
LCCC¹s Cirigliano Studio Theater

Performance Dates: November 19-21, 2015

According to the Samuel French catalogue, ³Šthis marvelously theatrical play
is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted
preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he
almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident
has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away
from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what
he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy's father. The town doesn't
have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries
to persuade the child to wash. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the
river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism.
They descend on the event and, in the confusion, the boy drowns.²

Monologues are welcome, but the focus of the auditions will be on cold
readings of scenes from the script.

Please plan on staying for the entire audition session.

Those wishing to audition should email or call Director of Theatre Jeremy
Benjamin (jbenjami at lorainccc.edu - 440-366-7120) indicating which date they
plan to audition.  A copy of the script is on reserve at the LCCC Bass
Library circulation desk.

The following roles are available. Nothing has been precast.

BUDDY LAYMAN ­ an idiot-boy. Buddy is 14 years old. He needs to be
physically fit and very agile. Ideally, the actor playing this role will be
small of stature. 

JENNIE MAE LAYMAN ­ his sister. Jennie Mae is 16 years old. She has been
shouldering the burden of keeping the house since the death of her mother.

FERRIS LAYMAN ­ their father, a mechanic. Late 40¹s - early 50¹s. He is good
hearted, opinionated and not much of a disciplinarian.

C.C. SHOWERS ­ a backsliding preacher. C.C. is 30. For 12 years he has been
a hellfire and damnation preacher in Kentucky. He discovered that ³thinking
and preaching don¹t mix² so he left that life and has been walking and
thinking for three months searching for a new life.

NORMA HENSHAW ­ owner of the Hoosier Dry-Goods, a true believer
40¹s - 60¹s. She is a very determined woman. She knows what¹s right and she
will do everything in her power to see that it happens.

DARLENE HENSHAW ­ her niece. 17-18 She is anxious to get out and live life
in spite of her aunt¹s oppressive ways.

GOLDIE SHORT ­ owner of the Dine-Away-Café. 40¹s - 60¹s. She is more
interested in business than religion, but she is as devout as she can be.

BASIL BENNETT ­ a farmer, the local doctor of sorts. 50¹s - 60¹s. He is full
of solid, country wisdom. He cannot tolerate new-fangled machines like
tractors and automobiles.

LUELLA BENNET ­ his wife, a doubter. 40¹s - 60¹s. She is an eternal skeptic,
but follows the crowd.

MELVIN WILDER ­ a farmhand. 21 - 22 A young man who ³knows it all². After
all, he has been through the Army¹s basic training - twice!

DEWEY MAPLES ­ a young farmhand. 17 - 18 Young , impressionable. He is
easily led by Melvin.

Jeremy K. Benjamin
Director of Theatre
Production Manager/Technical Director/Designer
Lorain County Community College
(440) 366-7120
jbenjami at lorainccc.edu

³After all of our studies we acquire only that which we put into practice.²

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