Auditions for "Dark of the Moon"

Auditions September 20-21, 6-9 p.m.

Red Curtain announces auditions for the tragic Americana play, "Dark of the Moon," written by Howard Richardson & William Berney, directed by Scott Randall & Joe Goins.

Set in the Appalachian Mountains and written in an Appalachian dialect, the play centers on the character of John, a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with a human girl, Barbara Allen. Originally written in 1939 as a dramatization of the centuries-old European folk song "The Ballad of Barbara Allen". John's love for Barbara compels him to give up his immortality so that he can marry her. However, she must stay faithful to him for one year, or else the spell will be broken, and Barbara will die.

This is a large cast show, similar in terms of cast breakdown to "Our Town". The play contains mature content including anti-religious sentiment, rape, occultism, death of an infant (offstage) and sexual situations.

Auditions will be held at the Red Curtain Arts Center at 9315 State Ave, Suite J, in Marysville on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20 and 21, from 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will be on Thursday, August 22. To reserve an audition slot, follow this link:

Actors need to have a prepared dramatic monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length. You are also welcome to sing a traditional folk song or hymn (a capella, or you may accompany yourself on guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc). Callbacks will include reading sides from the play and movement exercises. This is a play filled with traditional bluegrass and Christian hymns, performed by the cast. Actors who can play traditional bluegrass instruments are encouraged to audition. For more information, contact the RCF office at 360-322-7402 or

Performances will be October 18-November 3, 2019, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. All showings are at the Red Curtain Arts Center.

All roles are open, except for Uncle Smelicue, and Red Curtain promotes gender-blind and color conscious casting in all of our shows. Ages noted are for the character as written, not necessarily the actor.

Character Breakdowns

*John (Witch Boy) (M 18-22) A witch who gives up his immortality to love a human girl. Primal and animalistic, yet innocent in a way.

*Barbara Allen (F 18) Young headstrong woman who falls in love with and marries John.

*Dark Witch (M/F 18-30) Mysterious and hypersexual, a former lover of the Witch Boy. Jealous of Barbara Allen

*Light Witch (M/F 18-30) Another witch who has loved the Witch Boy, also jealous of Barbara

*Conjure Man (M 40+) Mystical figure who lives on top of Old Baldy Mountain. Refuses to grant Witch Boy immortality, for fear  or the repercussions

*Conjure Woman (F 40+) Mystical figure who lives on Old Baldy. Agrees to grant Witch Boy's desire to be human, but at a cost.

*Preacher Haggler (M 30+) Powerful spiritual leader of Buck Creek. Fond of moonshine and women.

*Mrs. Allen (F 35+) Barbara's mother. Wants nothing more than to see her daughter married to a good man. Plays guitar or some other instrument

*Mr. Allen (M 40+) Barbara's father. Practical and emotionally distant. Suspicious of John from the start.

*Floyd Allen (M 15) Barbara's younger brother. Mischievous and a tattle-tale. He should be able to play guitar.

*Marvin Hudgens (M 20-25) A suitor to Barbara Allen, and rival to John. He uses his fists more than his brain.

*Edna Summey (F 16-20) Bratty girl who is Barbara's nemesis

*Mrs. Summey (F 40+) the town midwife

*Mr. Summey (M 40+) owns the general store

*Miss Metcalf (F 25+) unwed woman who has her eyes on Preacher Haggler

*Burt (M 16-25) Admirer/friend of Marvin

*Greeny Gorman (F 50+) organist at the church (needs to know how to play piano/accordian/harmonium)


*Jenkins (M any age) should play an instrument
*Atkins (M any age) should play an instrument
*Hank (M any age)
*Ella (F 13-15)
*Mrs. Bergen (F 30+)
*Mr. Bergen (M 30+)
*Leafy (F any age)
*Hattie Heffner (F any age)