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Director, Julie Walkins, has announced auditions for the May 4-7 performance of “Greater Tuna.” 

Auditions take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 22-23, in the opera house theater both evenings. Audition scripts are available at the art gallery front desk during business hours. The art gallery is open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Audition – Play Details

Full-Length Play, Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period – 1980s

Settings Of Play – The fictitious town of Tuna, Texas, located in west Texas, about half-way between San Angelo and Hell. Though the action takes place in the early eighties, nothing has changed since then.

Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas, by authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters and Howard directed. One year after its premiere, Greater Tuna opened Off-Broadway, ran for over a year and went on to tour major theaters all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty some years. It became one of the most produced plays in American theater history.

CASTING – 2-6 adults, both male and female

CASTING ATTRIBUTES – Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES – In the original production of “Greater Tuna,” all the denizens of Tuna, Texas, were played by two actors. This show will have more actors taking on several roles each.

CHARACTERS 

THURSTON WHEELIS, folksy radio host
ELMER WATKINS, head of Klan 249
BERTHA BUMILLER, beleaguered housewife
YIPPY, half rat terrier, half chihuahua
LEONARD CHILDERS, radio station owner and talk-show host
PEARL BURRAS, chicken farmer known for poisoning dogs
R.R. SNAVELY, drunken UFOlogist
REV. SPIKES, cliche spouting preacher
SHERIFF GIVENS, clueless long arm of the law
HANK BUMILLER, Bertha’s philandering husband
ARLES STRUVIE, wise-cracking radio host
DIDI SNAVELY, owner of Didi’s Used Weapons
HAROLD DEAN LATTIMER, the weatherman
PETEY FISK, the one-man Greater Tuna Humane Society
JODY BUMILLER, Bertha’s youngest son who collects stray dogs
STANLEY BUMILLER, Bertha’s other son, a reform school graduate
CHARLENE BUMILLER, Stanley’s twin sister, a cheerleader reject
CHAD HARTFORD, a reporter from Houston
PHINAS BLYE, a near-sighted perennial political candidate
VERA CARP, society matron and vice-president of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order