The Royal Players has set auditions for its next production, "Little Women," based on the well-known novel by Louisa May Alcott.
The auditions are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 27 at the Royal Theatre, 211 S. Market St. in Benton.
Actors should be prepared to note any scheduling conflicts as there will be a mock schedule available at the auditions. Actors will be asked to read from the script.
Production dates are Oct. 11-14 and 18-21.
Director is Lisa Goodrich. Additional information is available on the website, theroyalplayers.com.
The characters are:
*Jo March (age 16-22): The main character in Little Women, who stands up for everything she believes in and becomes the author of a novel.
•Meg March (age 16-22): The oldest March girl. She is the most proper and inexperienced.
•Beth March (age 15-20): The second youngest March girl who dies. She is very sweet, giving and caring.
•Amy March (age 16-22): The youngest March girl who is always jealous of Jo and has a bit of an edge.
•Laurie Laurence (male age 16-22): The next door neighbor of the March girls who strikes up a strong friendship with all the girls and who develops a crush on Jo.
•John Brooke (age 17-22): The young soldier whom Meg falls in love with at her first ball.
•Marmee March (age 40-55): The mother of all of the March girls.
•Aunt March (age 42-60): Cecilia March is the uptight, old-fashioned aunt of the March girls. She believes good manners and breeding are everything.
•Mr. Laurence (age 55-70): Laurie's grandfather who lives next door. He is slightly crotchety.
•Hannah (40-60) Hannah is the March family servant. She has lived with them and served them since Meg's birth, and even though the family has fallen on hard times, she feels loyal to them and continues to work for them, possibly sometimes without wages.
•Mr. March (45-60): He is serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. When he does return home, he proves to be a quiet, thoughtful man who busies himself with philosophical issues.
•Professor Bhear, 40, an expatriate German professor working as a tutor in New York in order to support his orphaned, half-American nephews. Jo meets him while she is working as his landlady's governess at the boarding house and quickly comes to respect his intellect and strong principles.
Actors should go by appearance of age, rather than actual age.
Auditions for the Royal Players Christmas production of Annie" are set for Sept. 23 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Director is Justin Pike.
Additional details will be announced.