Audition Notice

In- Person Auditions

Dates: July 15th, 2024
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Farr-Best Theater
Venue Address: 109 N. Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063

***Callbacks (if needed) will be held Monday night, April 22nd, at 7pm.

Rehearsals will begin the week of April 29th. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. exact dates and times will be determined based on availability and director scheduling – these will be communicated at the cast meeting. Not every actor will be required to attend every rehearsal. A specific rehearsal schedule will be discussed at read-through.

To sign up for auditions, please click on one of the “Audition Form” buttons.

All rehearsals will be held in Mansfield. Performances will take place at The Farr-Best Theatre in downtown Mansfield.

Auditions are going to be at Farr-best Theater on Sunday, April 21st. Please bring a 1 minute cut of music within the style of the show for singing roles. There will not be an accompanist, so bring the track on your device or be able to send a youtube link. If you cannot attend in-person auditions, you may submit a video before April 21st. Video auditionees may be asked to attend in-person callbacks on Monday. Audition slots are grouped as follows:

2pm – Male presenting roles (Ted, Charlie, Danny, Ensemble)
*Danny is a speaking only role and does not need to sing. You will be asked to read from the script.

3pm – Female presenting roles (Linda, Lila, Ensemble)

4pm – Dance Call (Required for Ted, Linda, Lila and Ensemble) – The dance call will include a jazz combo and a tap combo.

All roles are non-equity, volunteer. 

To sign up for auditions, please click on one of the “Audition Form” buttons.

All rehearsals will be held in Mansfield. You must be available for all tech week rehearsals and performances to participate in the show.
All performances will be at The Farr-Best Theater (109 N. Main Street, Mansfield, TX). 

Please complete the audition form and attend auditions having prepared the appropriate paragraph (from the Audition Packet – highlighted in yellow) for the character you are interested in – memorization is not required but encouraged. After everyone has read their prepared line, we will do readings from the sides provided below.

Wanna know more?

Download the Audition Packet

Tech Week

September 30 – October 3

Performances

Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 13, 2:30 pm

Venue: Farr-Best Theater
Venue Address: 109 N. Main Street, Mansfield, TX 76063

Synopsis

The Big White Lie is the story of a family gathering for the funeral of their beloved patriarch they call Pop Pop. As his wife Frannie, their adult kids James and Emily, and the grandkids share happy memories, a mysterious woman arrives and a family secret is revealed. It turns out Pop Pop and Frannie have been telling a lie for years.

After the funeral raises even more questions, and chaos rises, Frannie finally confesses the truth and everyone is left to deal with the fallout. It’s a fast-paced comedy that reminds everyone what being a family really means.

Roles

LIBBIE

Elizabeth White (“Libbie”), college age / female (108 lines)
Daughter of James and Julie, granddaughter of Pop Pop and Frannie, sister of Nic, Ben’s girlfriend. Libbie is a music major, she greatly looks up to Frannie, and wants to be there for her family any way she can. She wears her heart on her sleeve.

JAMES

James White, 45 years old / male (103 lines)

Pop Pop and Frannie’s son, Emily’s twin brother, married to Julia, father of Libbie and Nic. James is a bit of a goofball. He’s a fun-loving prankster like his father. He’s much easier going than his twin sister, Emily.

FRANNIE

Frances White (“Frannie”), late 60’s or early 70’s / female (101 lines)

The matriarch of the family, Frannie is always kind, gentle, and extremely dedicated to her family. She is the glue that holds the family together.

MELBA

Aunt Melba, late 60’s or early 70’s / female (96 lines)

Frannie’s older sister, she is fiercely protective of Frannie, opinionated, bossy, and blunt.

BEN

Ben Owens, college age / male (93 lines)

Libbie’s boyfriend, also a music major, has good manners, is normally easy going, and is doing his best to
support Libbie and fit into her family, who he is meeting for the first time.

NIC

Nicolas White (“Nic”), 17 years old / male (91 lines)

Son of James and Julia, grandson of Pop Pop and Frannie, brother of Libbie. Nic is quick witted and funny, with a sharp tongue, and he loves pranks with his dad.

EMILY

Emily Hampton, 45 years old / female (79 lines)

Pop Pop and Frannie’s daughter, James’ twin sister, married to Brian, mother of Connor. The wife of a wealthy businessman, on the outside she can be all about appearances, but on the inside, she feels things deeply and can be emotional.

JULIA

Julia White, mid 40’s / female (74 lines)

Married to James, Pop Pop and Frannie’s daughter-in-law, mother of Libbie and Nic. Julia looks up to Frannie and was very close to Pop Pop, especially since her parents died when she was young. She loves being a part of this family.

PASTOR GREG

Pastor Greg, 20’s / male (58 lines)

A young inexperienced pastor, he’s meeting with the White family to plan Pop Pop’s funeral. He’s been around Nic at church, but doesn’t know the rest of the family very well.

CONNOR

Conner Hampton, 10 years old / male (40 lines)

Son of Emily and Brian, grandson of Pop Pop and Frannie. Connor is a fairly spoiled only child, always on his tablet or handheld video game. Though a bit of a know-it-all, he’s mature for his age.

KATHRYN

Kathryn, 70’s / female (1 monologue)

A mysterious woman who appears after Pop Pop’s death.

NADINE

Nadine, 40’s to 70’s (2 lines; 1 song)

A singing telegram singer.

Questions?