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Hot Summer Nights 2012 Auditions Announced

2012 SEASON AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED! Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy Extends Its Season

RALEIGH – Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy is holding auditions for their 2012 season. The season includes Boeing-Boeing (June 13-24), Dames at Sea (July 5-15), Race (July 25-Aug 5), Avenue Q (Aug 15- 19), Oh What a Night II (Aug 31-Sept 2), Souvenir (Oct 3-14) and August Osage County (Nov 29-Dec 9).

Auditions will be open to men and women 14 years and older. To be considered for any show, all those auditioning must be available for both production and rehearsals dates (which run two weeks prior to each production’s opening). No conflicts allowed.

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, February 18th from 2PM-8PM at the NCT Studios, 3043 Barrow Drive in Raleigh. Callbacks will be held on Feb 19th and 20th

Those interested in auditioning will be given a total of five minutes and should prepare either two contrasting monologues or a monologue and song and provide a headshot/resume. Accompanist will be provided. To schedule an appointment, please email hotsummernights[at] Space is limited.

2012 Hot Summer Nights Character Breakdowns


(25-40) – an American architect and swinging bachelor. He is a combination of Don Draper and Jack Tripper. A ladies man who thinks he has the fairer sex completely figured out.

(40s-60s) – Bernard’s long-suffering housekeeper, cut from the cloth of the comedy of manners.

(25-40) – Bernard’s old friend. Not a worldly chap. Jerry Lewis to Bernard’s Tony Curtis.

(25-35) – the Italian fiancée, with a casual sensuality. A stewardess.

(25-35) – the American fiancée, possibly southern, with an upbeat disposition. A stewardess.

(25-35) – the German fiancée blessed with an aggressive nature. A stewardess.


Beverly Weston
Husband of Violet / Father to his three 40-something daughters. A one-time world class poet and full-time alcoholic. Polite, soulful, melancholy, and ultimately suicidal.

Violet Weston
The devious matriarch. She has lost her husband. She is addicted to painkillers (and any other pill she can pop). She suffers from cancer of the mouth. But that doesn’t stop her from spewing her cynicism or her hilariously sinister insults.

Barbara Fordham
The eldest daughter. In many ways, Barbara is the strongest and most sympathetic character. Throughout the play she tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, her dilapidated marriage, and her pot-smoking 14 year old daughter.

Ivy Weston
The middle daughter. A quiet librarian, stereotypically mousy. Ivy has stayed close to home, unlike the other errant Weston sisters. This means Ivy has had to endure the acid tongue of her mother. She has been maintaining a secret love affair with her first cousin. (And if you think that sounds like a Jerry Springer episode, just wait till you read Act Three!)

Karen Weston
The youngest daughter. She claims to have been unhappy her entire adult life, prompting her to move away from the family and reside in Florida. However, she returns to the Weston home bringing along a fiancé in tow – a successful 50 year old business man who, unbeknownst to Karen, turns out to by the most loathsome character within the play.

Johnna Monevata
The Native-American live-in housekeeper. She is hired by Beverly just days before his disappearance. She may not have many lines, but she is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all the characters. She claims to stay in the caustic household simply because she needs the job. Yet, there are times when she swoops in like a warrior-angel, saving characters from despair and destruction.

Bill Fordham
49 years old. Husband of Barbara and father of Jean. Physiology professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Bill has been having an affair with a student, and him and Barbara are currently separated.

Jean Fordham
14 years old. Daughter of Barbara and Bill. Smokes marijuana and cigarettes. Loves old films.

Charlie Aiken
60 years old. Husband of Mattie Fay and father of Little Charles.

Mattie Fay Aiken
57 years old. Sister of Violet. Wife of Charlie and mother of Little Charles.

Little Charles Aiken
37 years old. Son of Mattie Fay and Charlie. Unmarried. Having a secret love affair with Ivy who turns out to be his half-sister.
Steve Heidebrech
50 years old. Engaged to Karen. Businessman. Lives in Miami, Florida.

Sheriff Deon Gibeau
47 years old. Friend of the Weston family, who reports the discovery of Beverly’s drowned body to the family. Barbara’s high school boyfriend.



McM (Cosme McMoon)
The former accompanist to Florence Foster Jenkins.  At the time of the play he is a dapper young man in his late 50s.  He has been the resident pianist at an elegant supper club in Greenwich Village for some years.  His audience comes to be entertained as much by his abrasive asides as his music.

FFJ (Florence Foster Jenkins)
A wealthy society woman who, though she believes herself to be a great soprano, has no voice and is incapable of singing two notes in tune.  Her belief is in her talent, however, and her dedication to music and the art of singing is absolute.  She behaves at all times as if she is a major vocal artist. There must be no hint of mockery.


Mona Kent
temperamental diva star

a sailor and aspiring song writer

The naive Ruby arrives from Utah, with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart” [8], determined to be a Broadway star.

a wise-cracking chorus girl

Disgruntled producer/manager/director


another sailor and Joan’s former boyfriend


BRIAN (human character)
A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve. B2 – F#. Baritone

CHRISTMAS EVE (human character)
A therapist who moved here from Japan. B3 – F#5

GARY COLEMAN (human character)
Yes, that Gary Coleman. He lives on the Avenue, too. He’s the superintendent. D3 – Bb5. Belt voice or Alto

KATE MONSTER (puppet character)
A Kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton. F#3 – F5. Soprano

LUCY (puppet character)
A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge. F3 – F5. Alto – Belting

MRS. T  (puppet character)
Ancient, Kate’s boss.

NICKY (puppet character)
A bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod. B2 – B4. Baritenor

PRINCETON (puppet character)
A fresh-faced kid just out of college. Bb2 – G4. Baritenor

ROD (puppet character) –
A Republican investment banker with a secret. A2 – G4. Baritenor

THE BAD IDEA BEARS (puppet characters)
Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types. 1 female voice (Mezzo-soprano) and 1 male voice (Baritone)

TREKKIE MONSTER (puppet character)
A reclusive creature obsessed by the Internet. Bb2 – Eb4

RICKY (puppet character)
A Nicky look-a-like

NEWCOMER (puppet character)
A fresh-faced kid


25-40 Young, African American associate at the firm.
Henry Brown
Jack Lawson
(35-50) Straightforward lead defense attorney.
Charles Strickland
Wealthy businessman accused of a sexual assault ageist an African-American

Hot Summer Nights at The Kennedy began in the summer of 2005 in an effort to bring a smaller and more intimate professional theatre to Downtown Raleigh. By having a strong group of producers who each have an extensive background in the arts, we are able to share an array of shows with our audiences by combining some of the best talent from both North Carolina and New York. From musicals to comedies to thought provoking dramas.

For more information about the 2012 season, character breakdowns for each show and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, please visit us on Facebook or website

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