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by Jan Buttram

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Things you need to know:

The true story of a tragedy, a trial, and Trout Shue’s wife, ZONA, THE GHOST OF GREENBRIER, is a lovely ensemble piece, set in 1890s West Virginia. Told with traditional Appalachian folk music, it is based on the only known case in American legal history where the testimony of a ghost helped to bring about a conviction.

There is a sense of dark comedy, deep love, and, of course, a supernatural element running through the piece.


Diversity in casting is desired. Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

All actors must sing.  The music is simple traditional Appalachian folk music.

Ideally, seeking 2 or 3 actors who also play acoustic instruments: guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, etc.

(NOTE: Since this is an ensemble piece and several actors play multiple roles, the ages listed below are character-specific not actor-specific.)



ZONA HEASTER SHUE–19, a lively, pretty mountain girl

MARY JANE HEASTER–45, Zona’s mother

WOMAN #1 plays:

Jim Gardner, 35, assistant to the defense, black
Naomi Shue, 10, Trout’s niece
Andy Jones, 11, Aunt Martha’s son
Aunt Martha Jones, 40, Andy’s mother
Estie Shue, 30, former wife of Trout Shue

WOMAN #2 plays:

Sue, 19, Zona’s best friend
Lucy Tritt Shue, 20’s, former wife of Trout Shue
Dr. McClung


TROUT SHUE–35, dark, handsome, charismatic, Zona’s husband.

MAN #1 plays:

John Preston, 50, prosecuting attorney
Elizah Shue, 50, Trout’s mother
Albert Carr, 18, town boy

MAN #2 plays:

William Rucker, 60, Trout’s defense lawyer
James Crookshanks, 40, the blacksmith
Dick Watts, 18, town boy
Dr. Rupert

MAN #3 plays:

Young Joe Heaster, 14, Zona’s little brother
Sheriff Nickell, 35
Girta Shue, 7

MAN # 4 plays:

George Woldridge, 19, Zona’s old boyfriend
Judge McWhorter, 60, respected circuit judge
Dr. Knapp

Production dates are October 7 and  October 11-13 and October 18-20.

The October 7 date is a free preview performance at 7pm as part of the CalaVida Music and Arts Festival. It will be presented in the Historic Courthouse, 915 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL.

The ticketed run of the show will be 8 performances over the following two weekends: October 11-13 and October 18-20.  Show schedule will be Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  4 shows per weekend.

Yes.  There will be a small stipend of at least $100 per actor, payable at the end of the run. We may be able to increase that if ticket sales are good enough.

Auditions will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

We are booking people in groups of eight (8) with a new group starting every hour.

You will audition individually in 5 minute slots in the order in which you sign-in on the 17th.

You will be expected to stay at least until everyone in your group has auditioned.

You may be asked to stay a little longer to read with other actors.  (If you’re not asked to stay, it doesn’t mean we’re not interested.  It just means we’ve seen what we needed to see.

Crossroad Lutheran Church
5101 Lakeshore Drive West (just off County Rd 220)
Fleming Island, FL 32003

Here is a map.

There is ample on-site parking and a comfortable waiting area.  Sign-in will be in the lobby of the main church building.

[Note: We ask for a headshot and resume, but if you do not have one, please do not let that stop you from auditioning.]

A headshot.

A resume.

All your conflicts from audition date through closing show (October 20).  We will have a form for you to mark all dates/times you are regularly unavailable and list any one-off conflicts.  This is critical for us to create a workable rehearsal schedule.

If you play an acoustic instrument, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, etc. and can bring it to demonstrate, please do so.

A 1 minute monologue.  (Sides and a reader will be available but a monologue is preferred.)

32 bars of a folk song (to be sung a cappella unless you can bring the aforesaid guitar, banjo, fiddle on which you can accompany yourself).

Also, be prepared for possible cold readings from the script.

Give us a hint of your best Appalachian/West Virginia accent.  Not sure what West Virginians sound like? There are samples at the International Dialects of English Archive.

Director: Elaine Smith

Musical Director: Brooks Clarke

Reader:  TBD

Board members of Clamour Theatre Company may attend some of the auditions.

After your initial audition, you may be asked to stay to read with other actors.

Yes.  Email for a link to view the script.

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