What: Open auditions for Yellow, written by Del Shores. Directed by Heather Dunkin Toller.

When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.

Where: Pentacle Theatre
324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22
About 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon

Casting: Three adults and three teens. For a full list of parts, genders and ages, please scroll down.

Auditions: Actors will read from the script, copies of which are available on loan at the Pentacle Theatre Business Office, 145 Liberty St. NE in downtown Salem for a $10 refundable deposit. Call 503-485-4300 to arrange for pickup. A list of sides, with those highlighted being top priority is available here.

  • Lobby doors open at 12:30 p.m. Open auditions for all roles begin promptly at 1 p.m. and may run as late as 5 p.m.
  • Plan to arrive early to fill out an audition form. We encourage you to download a copy at pentacletheatre.org/auditions and complete it in advance. Please write clearly, especially your contact information. Headshots and resumes are not required, but always appreciated.
  • We encourage parents of minor children who are auditioning to download and read our guidelines concerning minors at Pentacle Theatre. Please note that this play contains mature language and adult situations.
  • Please bring a list of calendar conflicts through May 4. If you have a conflict on the audition date, please contact the director, below.

Callbacks:  TBA if needed.

Rehearsals:  Generally, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Feb.11 at Pentacle Theatre’s rehearsal studio in downtown Salem. The director will set weekend rehearsals and work sessions as needed.

Rehearsals will be scheduled to make the best use of everyone’s time, especially kids in school. Only actors needed for scheduled scenes will be required at rehearsals, and we’ll release the kids first and as early as possible. We understand your kids are in school and that’s a priority. As we get farther into rehearsals, we’ll need everybody there so we can run the whole show. If you have questions or concerns about rehearsals, please contact director Heather Dunkin Toller, below.

Cast members may be required to make special appearances for marketing purposes in the weeks before the show opens.

Show dates: Friday, April 12, through Saturday, May 4.

About the show:  Yellow chronicles a year in the life of the perfect family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Bobby Westmoreland, a high school football coach, and his wife, Kate, a respected therapist, have two ambitious children in high school. Their son, Dayne, is the golden football star while their daughter, Gracie, is an overly-dramatic actress. Gracie’s best friend is a young gay boy, Kendall, who is at constant odds with his abusive, fundamentalist mother, Sister Timothea. The play opens with the start of the football season and high school auditions for “Oklahoma.” Everything falls apart when an unexpected tragedy rocks the Westmoreland family to the breaking point. Yellow explores the themes of cowardice, intolerance and the damage caused to families by secrets, rejection and the difficulty of forgiveness.

A departure from the comedy of his earlier works, Del Shores’ Yellow is the award-winning playwright’s most dramatic play to date. The play was one of the most awarded Los Angeles plays of 2010, winning Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Production and Best World Premiere Play.  — Source: Samuel French

Suitability:  This comedic drama is suitable for audiences who can handle its profanities, sexual references, religious epithets, derogatory terms and a depiction of family violence.

Cast of Characters: Six actors able to play the following roles and ages:

Bobby Westmoreland — 40-50. A football coach and family man. Easy-going, laidback, still handsome and in shape.

Kate Westmoreland — 40-50. A therapist. Strong-willed, opinionated, smart, sexual and pretty. A great mom who runs her household.

Dayne Westmoreland — 17. A high school senior. His family’s golden boy. Confident and very handsome. The best fullback to come out of the state of Mississippi.

Gracie Westmoreland — 15. An overly-dramatic high school sophomore who is consumed with acting and sibling rivalry.

Kendall Parker — 15. Effeminate, too pretty to be a boy. Wise beyond his years. He escapes his fundamentalist mother through his love for theatre.

Sister Timothea Parker — 40-50. A conservative, crazy religious fundamentalist.

Information: If you have questions or a conflict on the audition date, please contact director Heather Dunkin Toller at dunkinheather@gmail.com.

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