Script Review: January 4, 2018

Audition: January 14, 2018

The Trip to Bountiful

by Horton Foote
Directed by James F. Petsche
Produced by Booth Muller & James F. Petsche
Stage Manager Carolyn Jakubczak


Set in the late 1940s, Horton Foote's play tells of an aging widow who runs away from her son and daughter-in-law and their cramped Houston apartment to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. What starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery.

Meet the Director

James F. Petsche is current (and a former) Curtain Players president. Petsche directed Curtain Players stagings of The Outgoing Tide and The Dining Room, and had featured roles in such productions as The Diary of Anne Frank, Dinner with Friends, The Boys Next Door, and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. He is a recipient of the Near Award, presented to an individual demonstrating "continued dedication to the advancement of Curtain Players." Outside Curtain, Petsche acted in Art and I Hate Hamlet with Columbus Civic Theater, and was on directing teams for the Theatre Daedalus short-play festivals.

Performance Dates

Mar. 23, 24, 30, 31, Apr. 6, & 7, 2018 at 8:00pm
Mar. 25 & Apr. 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the March 25 matinee.



Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

What to Expect at the Script Review

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

What to Expect at Auditions

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. In the event that someone wishing to audition is not available to attend on the appointed date, an early audition may be requested of the director. The early audition will be granted solely at the director's discretion.

The request for an early The Trip to Bountiful audition must be made no later than Sunday December 31.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to


Actors should expect to meet three, four, and eventually five times a week beginning as soon as January 21, and should be flexible to accommodate rehearsal schedule changes caused by winter weather. Rehearsals for The Trip to Bountiful will begin offsite, likely at Friendship Village of Columbus. Rehearsals will move into the Harlem Road playhouse beginning February 26. A draft rehearsal schedule - available at the script review and at the audition - will be finalized once any actor conflicts are considered.

Character Descriptions

These roles are available for this production of The Trip to Bountiful. Ages listed are suggested for the characters, not necessarily the actors portraying them.

  • Carrie Watts – (Age 60+) An aging widow who longs to return to the country home of her youth, Bountiful. She is certain this change will carry her through her waning years. She's feisty, indomitable and endearing. There is no doubt she will get exactly where she wants.
  • Ludie Watts – (Age 38-48) After working for a company for eight years, he became ill for two years and lost his savings. He has been working for six months, but still requires the assistance of his mother's pension check. Residing in a small apartment with two women has equally taken its toll.
  • Jessie Mae Watts – (Age 38-48) She would love to be going out doing things for herself, but feels trapped by life's circumstances and by taking care of her mother-in-law. Jessie Mae doesn't dislike Carrie, just the behavior and dislike she feels from Carrie.
  • Thelma – (Age 20-24) A new bride returning to her family home while she waits for her husband's return from his duty overseas. Riding on the bus to Harrison, Texas and their separate destinations, her acquaintance with Carrie provides the opportunity to hear and to understand why Carrie must go home.
  • Sheriff – (Age 40s-60s) Small town sheriff. Responding to Carrie's pleas, he helps her complete her pilgrimage to Bountiful.
  • Roy, the Harrison Texas Ticket Man – (Age 25-40) Not familiar with the Bountiful of Carrie's memory, he shares time before daylight with Carrie as she continues her journey.
  • Two Houston Ticket Men – (Ages open) Exchange lines with Carrie and Ludie respectively at the Houston bus depot.

There are also walk-on character roles available for the Houston bus scene. They do not have scripted lines. They will be blocked into the scene and likely will be used as an in-character stage crew members changing physical stage settings. One of these actors will be cast as the Bus Driver whose voice is heard only from off stage.