Auditions for “All My Sons” planned

The Tribune staff reports

Jackson County Community Theatre will conduct auditions for the final show of the 2017-18 season, Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 and 20 at Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown.

Miller’s 1947 drama was the winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for best play.

During World War II, Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a shop that made airplane parts. Because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men and possibly that of Keller’s eldest son, Deever was sent to prison.

Keller went free, however, and became a wealthy man. The action takes place four years after the end of the war in a small Midwestern town.

Chris Keller is preparing to announce his engagement to Ann Deever, who previously was engaged to Keller’s missing-in-action brother. What unfolds is a web of secrets that may destroy both families all over again.

This is a powerful story of conflicts — responsibility vs. accountability, patriotism vs. economics and love vs. devotion.

Miller’s many notable dramas include “The Crucible” (produced by JCCT in 1998), “Death of a Salesman” and “A View from the Bridge.”

“All My Sons” will provide an opportunity for actors who want to stretch their abilities in a classic drama.

Jeremy Hendrix will direct. Rehearsals will begin Feb. 26.

There are parts available for five men, four women and a young boy. Men’s roles (and approximate ages) are Joe Keller (around 60), Chris Keller (late 20s, early 30s), George Deever (30s), Dr. Jim Bayless (40s) and Frank Lubey (30s). Women’s roles are Kate Keller (around 60), Ann Deever (late 30s, early 30s), Sue Bayless (40s), and Lydia Lubbey (20s). The young boy, Bert, should be 8 to 11.

Show dates are April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5. As always, there are many backstage jobs to be filled for anyone who would like to be involved in the production offstage. These include costuming, props, set-building, painting, lights, sound and stage crew. Persons interested in working in nonacting jobs may come to auditions or contact the director at [email protected].

No preparation is required for auditions, except to bring a list of dates that would possibly conflict with rehearsals.

Anyone who is unable to attend the scheduled auditions but would like to be considered for a part may contact JCCT at [email protected] or 812-358-5228.