News and Auditions


The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Fag – Jacob Alexander

Thomas – Calvin Lehman

Lydia Languish – Dallas Stark

Julia - Emily Graham

Lucy – Carrie Rozar

Captain Absolute – James Alder

Sir Anthony Absolute – Scott Strahan

Faulkland – Aaron Tapley

Mrs. Malaprop – Chelsea Holland

Bob Acres – Andrew Neal

Sir Lucius O’Trigger – Josh Winscott

David – Thomas Glanville

I appreciate everyone who came out for the auditions. If you were not cast but expressed interest in working in some other capacity on the production you will be contacted shortly.

Our first cast meeting will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm in the Backdoor Playhouse. Scripts and schedules will be distributed and measurements taken. 

We will have our first read-through at this time. If you are unable to attend, please contact me at

I am looking forward to working with you.



Audition Notice-Spring Production 2019
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Directed by Mark H. Creter

Monday, February 18, 6:00-9:00pm at the BACKDOOR PLAYHOUSE

Open casting for 8-9 men, 4-5 women, ages 18 and up.

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script and are open to all.

Scripts are available for 24-hour loan of Mark Creter’s office.

The Rivals, a comedy in five acts by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, produced and published in 1775.

The story- The Rivals concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is determined to marry for love and into poverty. Realizing this, the aristocratic Captain Jack Absolute woos her while claiming to be Ensign Beverley. But her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, will not permit her to wed a mere Ensign, and Lydia will lose half her fortune if she marries without her aunt’s permission. Among the play’s many plot complications is the appearance of Sir Anthony (Jack’s father). The situations and characters of the play were not entirely new, but Sheridan’s rich wit and remarkable sense of theatrical effect gave them freshness. Mrs. Malaprop proved to be one of the most  popular caricatures in English drama.

Available roles:

Male roles:                                                                 Female roles:

Sir Anthony Absolute, a wealthy baronet                 Lydia Languish, a wealthy young heiress, in love with "Ensign Beverley"

Captain Jack Absolute, his son, disguised               Mrs. Malaprop, Lydia's middle-aged

as Ensign Beverley                                                                 guardian

Faulkland, friend of Jack Absolute                           Julia Melville, a young relation of the Absolutes, in love with Faulkland           

Bob Acres, friend of Jack Absolute                           Lucy, Lydia's conniving maid

Sir Lucius O'Trigger, an Irish baronet

Fag, Captain Absolute's servant

David, Bob Acres' servant

Thomas, Sir Anthony's servant

For further information call the Theatre office at  931-372-6595 or Mark Creter at 931-372-3478. 

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