The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
Tillie prepares a science experiment involving marigolds and gamma rays against the backdrop of her abusive mother and her unstable sister. Mom takes out her own frustrations on her daughters and strives to keep them from success. Tillie must find a way to mimic her marigolds and rise from a barren landscape in order to thrive.
This show will be directed by Cara Schuster and Jen Connon
April 9 and 10, 2017 at 7:30pm
April 11, 2017 - by invitation only
The Albright Theatre Company
100 N. Island Avenue
June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
Beatrice Hunsdorfer (age mid 30s - mid 50s) Beatrice is the central figure around whom the play revolves. She is a single mother who was left by her husband years ago. This event has fostered a deep distrust of men. She vents her hostility primarily upon her two teenage daughters. Beatrice has always yearned to be popular, but she has always been an outcast. She is desperate to escape her circumstances and constantly dreams of a better life.
Ruth Hunsdorfer (age 15-20) Ruth is Beatrice’s older daughter. She is an epileptic whose seizures are brought on by anxiety or stress. Ruth is somewhat promiscuous and is very concerned about her appearance. Ruth has a quick temper and is not afraid to talk back to her mother. Her attempts to lash out and hurt her mother are what drive much of the action of the play.
Tillie Hunsdorfer (age 15-20) Tillie is Beatrice’s younger daughter. She is an outcast at school and is teased by the other students. Tillie is very intelligent, and her teacher, Mr. Goodman, encourages her interest in science. The title of the play comes from the experiment Tillie enters in the school science fair. Tillie is a dreamer who yearns for a better world. She is quiet and thoughtful. She is also somewhat awkward and is often chastised by her mother for this.
Nanny (age 70+) **This part has no lines yet it is a great character role**
Nanny is the boarder who lives in the spare room. She is nearly blind, deaf, and can barely walk with the aid of a walker. Nanny’s daughter has given up responsibility for her care.
Janice Vickery (age 14-20) Janice is Tillie’s main competitor at the science fair. She gives a gruesome but funny presentation in which she describes boiling a cat and collecting the bones to reconstruct the skeleton. Janice’s speech provides comic relief right before the dramatic climax of the play.
The Albright Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit organization that relies solely on volunteers for our productions. Our auditions are open calls that consist of cold reads from the script. If you are interested in auditioning, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to complete paperwork. No appointment is necessary. Rehearsals take place on evenings and weekends. The rehearsal schedule is determined by the availability of those cast. No rehearsals are scheduled prior to casting.
The rehearsal schedule will be determined by the Director(s) and is subject to the availability of the cast and crew.