The Spoon River Project

adapted by Tom Andolora
Directed by Damon Barnett

Script Review: January 26, 2020

Audition: February 09, 2020

Performance Dates

May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2020 at 8:00PM
May 3 & 17, 2020 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the May 3 matinee.

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

6m; 5f

This production will utilize a cast of 11 talented actors that are able to bring life to multiple characters. There are approximately 50 characters throughout the show and each actor will be expected to take on characterizing multiple personas. Each actor will be required to sing albeit this is NOT a musical. This show is a play with music. Actors should be comfortable singing hymnals, folk songs, and singing A Capella in some cases. There will also be light choreography required of all Actors.

In order to portray the wide array of characters in the show, please look to the below casting guidelines for each actor. You will see some attributes of the roles to be played, however, other characteristics are likely to be required as well. The roles will be completely open to non-traditional casting and all talent of various ethnicities and race are strongly encouraged to audition.

  • Actor 1 – (Male, 50 - 79) Wealthy, educated, esteemed.
  • Actor 2 – (Male, 30 - 49) Working man, laborer.
  • Actor 3 – (Male, 18 - 30) Soldier, youthful, innocent. Strong singer.
  • Actor 4 – (Male, 30 - 49) Strong, businessman, educated, manipulative.
  • Actor 5 – (Male, 30 - 49) Amiable, scampish, and quirky.
  • Actor 6 – (Male, 30 - 49) Upper class, plotting.
  • Actress 1 – (Female, 18 - 30) Scorned lover, youthful. Strong singer.
  • Actress 2 – (Female, 30 - 59) Upright, moral. Strong singer.
  • Actress 3 – (Female, 50 - 69) Humorous, likeable, good-natured. Strong singer.
  • Actress 4 – (Female, 20 - 30) German accent required. Strong Singer.
  • Actress 5 – (Female, 30 - 49) High energy, wild. Strong Singer.

In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated.

Damon Barnett is making his Curtain Players directorial debut with The Spoon River Project. He is excited to bring this show to the CP stage and looks forward to a great production process. Damon strongly believes in the Community in Community Theatre and will make that the primary focus of this process. This show varies as an ensemble show and as such, building a strong Community is incredibly important to make this show succeed.

Damon has approximately 16 years of Community Theatre experience and looks forward to applying that knowledge to bring this show to life. If you have any questions for him prior to the Script Preview, please email him at



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

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.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. 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.

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

Actors should come prepared to auditions with 2 1-minute monologues of different characterizations. Actors will also be expected to sing a folk or hymnal song A Capella. A Music Director may also ask a few sight reading or range tests of you as well. Please be vocally warmed up for your audition, we will not warm up together at the audition.

There will not be a movement audition but you will need to indicate on your audition form your level of dance/movement experience. The choreography in this production is very light.

Requests for an early audition for The Spoon River Project must be made no later than January 26, 2020.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to

Typically the rehearsal schedule is Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thurs. 6:30-9:30pm. Rehearsals are likely to begin February 23rd. Additional rehearsals may be asked of you if needed towards the end of the process. We will try and be as flexible as possible with scheduling and making it so that your precious time is used as eloquently as possible as well as our own.

Please keep in mind that for this show, all actors are consistently on stage and as such will still be blocked into scenes during which they may not have dialogue.

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