THE BLACKER THE BERRY
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: EVERY ACTOR IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE VERY 1ST MEETING/REHEARSAL SCHEDULED FOR YOUR GROUP.
- NO SHOWS, FOR ANY REASON, WILL BE REPLACED.
MAIN CHARACTERS - Rehearsals Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 6pm
Beginning Tues. April 23rd and all Saturdays in May
Hattie Clark (female, 17-33) the story begins when Hattie is 17 years old. She’s a very smart girl with two major problems; low self-esteem and her mother. (Must be African-American, of dark complexion, Size 8-11 or so and willing to give up your life through May 25 – (This role is cast, but needs a great understudy)
Naomi (female 17-33) she’s Hattie’s best friend who happens to be the daughter of a preacher. She’s more attractive than Hattie, but certainly not as book smart. (Must be able to sing and be uninhibited when it comes to acting, as she has a really physical scene with Hattie when she is working hard to save her life.
Delores Mae Clark(female, late 30’s) she’s mean and addicted and “Damn” should be her middle name. All Delores cares about is getting high and having a good time. Yet somehow, you still manage to like her! (This role is cast but could use a great understudy).
CJ(male, 25 to late 30’s) he’s a slick dude who supplies Delores’s drugs while pretending to love her, so she’ll continue to break the law for him. (Average build, doubles as a stage hand in Act 3)
Bowtee (male, 40’s to mid-50’s) this sharply dressed man is the owner of his own bar and has a special affection for his dishonest barmaid; Delores Mae Clark. Bowtee is a charming and kind man with southern charm.
Eddie(male 17-19) he’s a real cutie pie, but he’s a typical boy who uses Hattie for sex. He goes from charming and convincing to down right verbally abusive in let’s say….one missed period. (must be 5’8” or more, doubles as a stage hand in Act 3, could be one of the dancers in the bar scene or an extra)
Rehearsals 5:pm Thursdays Beginning 5/25 and Every Saturday in May
Ariele (female, 15-19) typical teenager at the crossroads of her life. (must have a decent singing voice)
Loreal (female, 10-12) adorable, smart, whitty
Magee (female 50-65) this wise and beautiful silver-haired woman has found a very clever way to teach her granddaughters a great deal about life. (This part is cast, but can use an understudy, must be a darker complexion.)
1-2 SCENE ACTORS - Flexible Schedules on Tuesdays & Wed.
and All Saturdays in May
Ms. Quilly(female, mid 50’s to 60) this charming, southern belle certainly gets Bowtee’s attention with her lovely smile and floral print dress that just kinda swings when she walks away, but not for long. It’s one scene with lines that any lovely lady would take pride in performing.
Otis (male 30-40’s) he was only out to have a good time when the Lady decides she’s had enough of life. He quickly sobers up when he finds his date sprawled out in the floor and not responding. One scene with lines and a quick exit! (Can double as one of the male dancers)
Professor Winner(late 30’s-40’s) He’s just that; a winner! This handsome, singing man has a voice that can sweep any lady off their feet, and He knows it. He’s got it all; handsome, great smile, the voice and kindness, and a great monologue and lines.
Detective Ryan(Male, Mid 30’s and up) He’s got one job and it takes a few lines to get it done!
Alfred (Male, 40-55) This Butler puts the icing on the cake of this amazing drama with a great surprise ending.
BAR SCENE ACTORS - Rehearsals on Thursdays at 6pm and All Saturdays in May
When all the characters of this show come together for the Biggest Bar Scene, it is the most entertaining and thrilling scene of the night! If you’re in the show, you’re in this scene, and we promise, you’ll have a ball doing it!
Larry(male, 40-55) a comical character who is a regular at Bowtee’s Bar. Everybody knows he carries an “old rusty knife” that’s probably left over from his hay days! (This character can also fill two additional roles...
Detective Ryan – He makes one arrest (1 scene) and Alfred the Butler (1 scene)
Sally(female, 40-55) is one of those lively, fun women who helps to keep a party going and speaks for drinking women everywhere! Sally is a regular at Bowtee’s Bar. (should be on the thick side with an infectious laugh)
Ann(female, 40-55 she really ought to quit drinking, but then she probably wouldn’t be any fun. Ann is a frail woman who’s not too drunk to know what’s really going on at Bowtee’s Bar. (petite woman, but 5’5” or more, could be played by “Naomi”)
Gil(male, 40-55) he’s got some funny things to say, but it takes him a little time, because…well, he stutters. Just like all the other regulars, he’s still a fun guy to be around.
Ednah the Barmaid(female 40-55) is Bowtee’s sister and everybody knows her name. Problem is, they all call her at the same time! Ednah knows how to handle this busy little bar, by making them wait! (must have darker complexion, size 16 or more, and a beautiful smile!
Heather(female ages 21-30) how dare she show up at Bowtee’s with Mama’s man, CJ? And not only is she cute, she’s a ‘cracker’ at that!!! Oh, this can’t be good. Heather’s only got one line, but if she says it just right, there’re going to be some real problems in the bar that night! (must have a nice build and be light-skinned or caucasian)
Drunk(male, 35-55) What kind of bar would it be if the town drunk didn’t show up? This old Joe has only got one line, but he certainly gets to act up!! (must be a real comedian!)
The Big Deal Girl(female obviously! 25-30’s) just her very presence is causing some problems for the regulars! All of her talking is done with her hips and the men folk, don’t miss a word! (must be light-skinned or caucasian, & super fine, and at least 5’8”, a bigger girl would make a stmt.)
Bartender(male30-40’s) he may not have anything to say, but he’s got plenty to do in the bar and elsewhere in the play. This role is perfect for the man who loves to help in anyway because he usually doubles as a stage hand.
BAR SCENE DANCERS - Rehearsals on Thursdays at 7pm and All Saturdays in May
Dancers(4 males, 4 females, 25-40) these extras in Bowtee’s Bar can slap the flo’, bring it back up, hit the 4-corners and shimmy like it’s 1964!!! Let’s take it all the way back to the red lights in the basement and the jukebox with just a little bit of ‘not-too-dirty’ dancing’! (females, up to size 16, males-medium build, shortest female height is 5'-4”, shortest male height is 5’8”, tallest height for male and female 5’10”. (We hope to find our choreographer out of this bunch. So, if you’re interested, let us know!)
Please Note: All characters must at least have good rhythm.
Also, all men are in an additional pantomiming scene entitled “The Sex Game” –
sounds bad, but it’s all good and makes our point in a very tasteful way. ~
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
- TECH WEEK IS MANDATORY FOR ALL, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS
TECH WEEK SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 18th @ 6p, Sunday May19th @ 4p
and weeknights at 6pm through the SHOW dates.
- PRODUCTION MTG/READ THROUGH for MAIN CHARACTERS and any one else cast by this date
on Sunday 4/14/2019 @ 4pm at HTCAC
- THERE IS A FULL CAST REHEARSAL EVERY SATURDAY IN MAY, TIMES VARY
The small print: People in this production receive first dibs on traveling with the national tour, scheduled to launch in February 2020.
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