St Thomas Players and Lee Street Theatre
Shiloh Rules by Doris Baizley
Directed by David Pulliam
When: April 22 & 23, 2019 7-9p.m.
Where: Lee Street Theatre, 329 N Lee Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 (Please check in with the stage manager when you arrive.)
Who: All are welcome.
What: You don’t need to prepare a monologue, we will have selections from the script for you to read.)
Questions: Contact David Pulliam (Director) at email@example.com (704-798-8474) or Kathy Pulliam (Stage Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org (704-798-8473)
Synopsis: A dedicated Union nurse and a mysterious Confederate refugee meet on the Shiloh battlefield to compete for the title of Best Female Reenactor of the Year. With their young trainees trying to outdo each other in "authenticity," and a concessionaire egging both sides on, their competition leads them into real conflict with Ranger Wilson, an African-American female park ranger who would rather be anywhere than the year 1862, imaginary or not. As the re-enactment rages out of control and the battle for the comfort station heats up, all six women discover that some conflicts of the Civil War weren't left behind in 1862.
Roles: (Listed ages are character age ranges; actor age may vary J)
The Northern Nurses:
Clara May Abbott- Female, 40-70 Clara has the will and determination to fight for a worthy cause and is ready to support the men in the field. As a union nurse Civil War reenactor she won the title of “Angel of Antietam” due to her relentless quest for authenticity. She is determined to win the title of best reenactor at Shiloh, defeating her rival Mrs. Pettison.
Meg Barton‐ Female, 18-30 Meg Barton is a struggling nursing student hoping to get extra credit by participating in the Shiloh reenactment. While not fully committed to reenactment she is willing to learn from Mrs. Abbott. When the time comes to tend real wounds she pulls it together to help someone in need. Meg keeps slipping into modern comments that at times are reminiscent of the witty remarks from television’s “The Gilmore Girls”.
The Southern Refugees:
Cecilia Delaunay Pettison - Female, 40-60 She is a character that almost doesn’t seem real; from her perfect posture to her perfect southern lady composure Mrs. Pettison is a dedicated reenactor or perhaps a true ghost of the Civil War living the battle of Shiloh one more time. She seems to live in the past and she never drops character.
Lucygayle Scruggs - Female, 18-30 LucyGale Scruggs is full of spunk and eager to get into the fighting. A newcomer to the reenactment scene she is mentored by the mysterious Mrs. Pettison. She is itching for the action that only men get to see. She is not happy that women are banned from the fighting at the Shiloh reenactment. There is honesty and hope in Lucygayle.
Ranger Wilson – African American Female, 20-40 Ranger Wilson is here to do her job of protecting Shiloh Military Park. In the beginning, Ranger Wilson reminds the other women that what they are doing isn’t real. She wants the reenactment to be over and all these crazies to leave her in peace. Ranger Wilson starts uptight and angry about the invasion of the reenactors but after inadvertently joining the reenactment as a union soldier she becomes grateful for the boy that “took up her side” and didn’t come home. Full of the highs and lows that come with being a black woman at a Civil War reenactment, she is constantly delivering reality checks to the other characters.
Widow Beckwith - Female, 30-60 Widow Beckwith is here to make a buck. A concessionaire with goods to sell she is not interested in understanding or reconnecting with the past. With a wry sense of humor she adroitly breaks park rules selling both real and fake historic items and modern comforts to all comers. Her irreverent nature and nose for opportunity has her looking forward to heading west to create a Donner Party reenactment after she is finished at Shiloh.
First Read-Through: Monday April 29 at 7pm @ Center for Faith and the Arts
CFA Rehearsals: April 29-May 23 – Sunday-Thursday 7-10:00pm as called (the final schedule will be determined after casting. Not everyone is called for every rehearsal.)
LST Rehearsals: May 28-May 31 – Tuesday-Friday 7-10:00pm (off book)
Work Day: Saturday, June 1 – 10am-5pm @ Lee Street Theatre (come when you can, leave when you must.)
Tech Week: June 3-10 (Hold evenings and Saturday/Sunday days available; the final schedule will be determined after casting.)
Tech/Cue: Saturday June 8 – 10am-5pm
Dress Rehearsals: Sunday June 9 & Monday June 10 - 6:30pm Call, 7:30pm Curtain
Volunteer Preview: June 11 – 6:30pm Call, 7:30pm Curtain
Sponsor Preview: June 12 – 6:30pm Call, 7:30pm Curtain
Performances: Thursday June 13-Saturday June 15 - 6:30pm Call, 7:30pm Curtain Sunday June 16, 2019 – 1:30pm Call, 2:30pm Curtain Thursday June 20-Saturday June 22 – 6:30pm Call, 7:30pm Curtain Strike follows the last performance.
General Audition Information • Auditions for St Thomas Players productions are open to all. • Production participants are expected to clear their schedules and commit to attending most regular and all technical/dress rehearsals and performances. • If you have a conflict with a rehearsal make sure it is on your conflict calendar at the beginning of the rehearsal period.
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