‘Come Home It’s Suppertime’ auditions set for next Monday

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Alabama’s Official Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” will open its 24th season at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge in November.

Les Jackson, chair of the theater’s play committee, said “Come Home,” has a cast and crew of about 45 and it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of preserving the cultural history of the rural South, through stories and music.

“We’re like one big family and we take pride in doing something wonderful for our community,” he said.

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Many of the cast members and crew are veterans of “Come Home.” Several are charter members and others have been telling stories of the Great Depression for up to 10 years.

“Sometimes we lose cast members for different reasons and we are always sad to lose members of our family,” Jackson said. “But we’re also excited to welcome new members. This season we have several opportunities for new cast members and we’re looking forward to the contributions they will make to the play.”

Auditions for the 2013 fall production of “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the We Piddle Around Theater.

Jackson said replacements are needed for three adult females, a teenage boy, a teenage girl and possibly two “young’uns.” Musicians for the Suppertime band are also needed.

“Two of the adult women have important supporting roles and are also members of the choir,” Jackson said. “One of the women is spunky and tells it like it is. The other imparts wisdom and direction to the young’uns. While singing is a plus for these parts, it’s not required.”

The other female role to be filled is that of a robust Southern lady who is bold and brash and has been known to gossip.

Jackson said that the teenage boy is prone to tell tall tales and has a tendency to boast and brag. He sometimes needs a punch in the nose. The teenage girl is mischievous –a brat who just might punch somebody in the nose.

There is the possibility of the addition of a couple of young cast members between the ages of eight and 12. Auditions will be held Monday for those possible parts also.

Jackson said musicians who play acoustic instruments, including the fiddle and banjo, are encouraged to attend the audition. Singers are also invited to audition.

For more information about the auditions, call 334-735-0218 or 735-3675.

More than 20,000 people from seven states and three foreign countries have attended “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” which features pre-show music, a full country supper served family style and the award-winning, two act play.

“We like to think that, at $25 a ticket, you can’t get a better live entertainment deal,” Jackson said. “The atmosphere of the We Piddle Around Theater is unique and we can almost guarantee a good time.”

For ticket information, call 334-735-3125. Messages will be returned.