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All characters in Greater Tuna may be played by comedic performers regardless of age, race, faith, gender identification, and sexual orientation.

AUDITIONS: September 8 and 9 at 7:00pm

Greater Tuna is a comedy lampooning the attitudes, conventions, and customs of a deep-south small town community with rich, biting satire. Some language and themes expressed by characters may be upsetting to some performers.

Performance dates: December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 at 8:00pm and December 5 and 12 at 3:00pm

  • PLEASE NOTE:
    • Performers must be vaccinated to participate in Greater Tuna.
    • The director and creative team are vaccinated against COVID-19
    • Proof of Vaccination will be asked for at the in person auditions by the Audition Proctor
    • Masks are to be worn in the lobby of the theater, but may be removed during the audition

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be a combination of virtual, physically distanced, and masked. The show will be staged as physically distanced so no 2 performers are less than 6 feet away.

Audition Directions

Sides

CHARACTER BREAKOUTS:

  • All performers will play multiple characters from the town of Greater Tuna.
  • Southern dialect a plus

Performer 1: Arles Struvie / Chad Hartford / Vera Carp / R.R. Snavely

  • Arles Struvie: A disc jockey at radio station OKKK; he and Thurston have hosted the morning report for as long as anyone can remember.
  • Chad Hartford: A reporter from ‘the big city’ (Houston) who comes to interview Bertha
  • Vera Carp: Town snob and vice president of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order
  • R.R. Snavely: UFO believer, town drunk, and husband to Didi

Performer 2: Thurston Wheelis / Elmer Watkins / Leonard Childers / The Reverend Spikes

  • Thurston Wheelis: A disc jockey at radio station OKKK; he and Arkes have hosted the morning report for as long as anyone can remember.
  • Elmer Watkins: Sheriff who is dedicated to making the town safe “for the right kind of people”
  • Leonard Childers: Station Manager of OKKK for his talk show, “Leonard on the Line”
  • The Reverend Spikes: President of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order; charismatic southern preacher who loves his flock but doesn’t look too deep into the scriptures.

Performer 3: Jody Bumiller / Phinas Blye / Coach

  • Jody Bumiller: Youngest child of Bertha Bumiller, followed constantly by “8 to 10 dogs” Apple of his mother’s eye.
  • Phinas Blye: A polite, optimistic politician from Indiana who runs for City Council every election, despite losing every year.
  • Coach – former high school football star who probably took too many blows to the head.

Performer 4: Petey Fisk / Charlene Bumiller

  • Petey Fisk: Volunteer of the Greater Tuna Humane Society – an “Eagle Scout” who always thinks the best of everyone.
  • Charlene Bumiller: Daughter of Hank and Bertha Bumiller, and sister to Stanley and Jody; going through an awkward adolescent phase.

Performer 5: Didi Snavely / Bertha Bumiller /Hank Bumiller

  • Didi Snavely: Owner of Didi’s Used Weapons (“If we can’t kill it, it’s immortal”) Strong business woman.
  • Bertha Bumiller: – Wife of Hank and mother to Jody, Stanley, & Charlene; member of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order; matriarch of the family, strong, sweet and a trifle dramatic
  • Hank Bumiller: Husband of Bertha

Performer 6: Harold Dean Lattimer / Stanley Bumiller

  • Harold Dean Lattimer: OKKK’s weatherman; indecisive but thorough
  • Stanley Bumiller: “Bad boy,” and possibly a killer. Just returned home from reform school; angry at the world; twin to Charlene