The Weatherford College Fine Arts Department is hosting auditions for “An Enemy of the People” from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Alkek Fine Arts Center theatre.
Written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Arthur Miller, the story takes place in a small town in 19th century Norway where people have been mysteriously dying of typhoid fever. When Dr. Peter Stockmann discovers that the source of the infection is the town's therapeutic spa baths, he tries to alert the community. His brother, a local politician who does not want their town's main tourist attraction shut down, turns the community against Stockmann and his family by painting him as an "enemy of the people."
Those who wish to audition should arrive before or at 4:00 p.m. to fill out paperwork. No headshot or resume is required. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
Once the show is cast, rehearsals are 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The show dates are April 16-19.
Characters in the play are as follows (Note: You do not have to be the same age as the character to be cast in the role):
- Dr. Thomas Stockmann, age 40-50 – He comes from humble roots, but now has a well-paying job. He is idealistic almost to a fault.
- Katherine Stockmann, age 35-45 – Dr. Stockmann's wife. She is practical, puts her family first and often reminds Dr. Stockmann to think of the family when he is being incorrigible.
- Petra Stockmann, age 16-22 – Thomas and Katherine's daughter. She is a local teacher and a bold young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind.
- Peter Stockmann, age 35-55 – Dr. Stockmann's brother and the mayor. He is oddly resentful of his brother, despite procuring him a job at the spa. A ruthless politician who looks out for his own best interests.
- Hovstad, age 25-35 – The editor of the local newspaper. He is cautious but a radical deep-down.
- Aslaksen, age 30-40 – The paper's printer. He has some degree of editorial control, as he prints the newspaper on credit. He is highly influential with both the town's business class and Temperance Society. Moderation is at the center of his philosophy.
- Billing, age 20-25 – A journalist at the newspaper and a radical like Hovstad. He is romantically interested in Petra.
- Morten Kiil, age 65-70 – A wealthy man and adoptive father of Katherine Stockmann. His will states that there is a large sum of money to be allocated to Katherine and her children after his death. He is cantankerous and corrupt.
- Ejlif Stockmann, age 12-15 – The Stockmanns' young son/daughter. Impressionable and full of teenage bravado.
- Captain Horster, age 50-60 – A retired army officer. He is a loyal friend to the Stockmanns and speaks no more than is necessary. Strong and silent.
- Town Drunk, can be man or woman, 25 or older – He heckles the people at the town meeting but turns out to be one of Dr. Stockmann's only allies.