The Center for the Arts announces Video Auditions for the hilarious all female comedy,
‘The Savannah Sipping Society’
Looking for 4 middle aged women
This will be a Girls Night Out/Mother’s Day Weekend event May 7-9, 2021. Performances will be outside with socially distanced seating...and wine!
Directed by Mark David Williams
Assistant Director/Stage Manager - Keri Boe
Fill out the online audition form and choose a monologue below and send in a video following the directions on the form. If the file is too big you can send a Dropbox link to
Memorization is not required, but is encouraged. Please show character and not a caricature. We want the audience to connect with these women - but they are funny!
Actors should be able to look the age of the part with minimal aging make-up. You may send in a video for more than one character.
DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 11:59pm.
CALLBACKS (IF NEEDED) will be Monday, March 1 at 6:30pm. You will be notified by Sunday, February 28 if you are called back or not.
REHEARSALS - MARCH 8 - MAY 6
MONDAYS - 6:30-9:00pm
TECH WEEK - MAY 3-6 Mon, Tues, Wed 6:00-10:00pm
Questions? Email Mark Williams at email@example.com
Rehearsals will be held at the Center for the Arts. Actors and Crew Members will be required to wear masks, have temp checks and adhere to the CFTA Covid Guidelines.
A delightful laugh-a-minute comedy, The Savannah Sipping Society has depth and poignancy that touches on the true meaning of friendship and what it means when circumstances force us to adjust to the uncomfortable changes and twists and turns that life brings.
We meet four unique Southern women: Randa, Dot, Marlafaye and later, Jinx, their new “life coach.” They agree to meet on Randa’s verandah on Friday nights for cocktails. They all desire to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, as they each are going through a dramatic and difficult change in their life. They are each very different people with seemingly nothing in common, but are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour! With a little encouragement, they decide it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for the life they’ve lost throughout the years. Over the course of six months, which are filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment. Most importantly, they realize it’s never too late to make “old friends” new. So, raise your glass to these strong women and their fierce embrace of life and say, “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, and Wooten comedy!
Randa Covington (stage age 45-55)
Randa is a perfectionist and workaholic, struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one.
Dot Haigler (stage age 60-70)
Dot is still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement. She also faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch — and all alone.
Marlafaye Mosley (stage age 50-60)
Earthy and boisterous, Marlafaye is a good ol’ Texas gal. She has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a 23-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex.
Jinx Jenkins (stage age 45-55)
Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she overlooks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice.
The Savannah Sipping Society Monologue Selection **Please choose one of the following four options for your audition**
It’s been said, “The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.” Grandmother died on her 91st birthday — obviously even He couldn’t take it anymore. Come to find out she had every cardiac issue imaginable, but, being Grandmother, she didn’t bother telling anyone in the family about it. Frankly, it was a surprise to me to find out she had a heart. But die she did, and this began the endless tributes over the past six weeks that elevated her in death, to sainthood. Being the dutiful doormat granddaughter, I showed up for all of it —- the wake, the funeral, the memorial, the renaming of the park, and, today, the final indignity, the reading of the will. And because no Covington Family gathering is complete without “helpful” comments on my unrelenting single status, my eccentric Aunt Juliette cornered me with more words of wisdom. She said, “Miranda, darling, you must keep this in mind — it’s important to have a man in your life who can repair things; it’s important to have a man in your life who can make you laugh; it’s important to have a man in your life who’s good in bed. (Lower.) And it’s very important that these three men never meet, or you could end up dead.” (Sighs.)
Ross was always fond of saying, “Never ask a question if you really don’t want to know the answer.” Kind of like when the preacher’s wife asked the little girl, “And why are we quiet in church?” The little girl whispered, “So we don’t wake anybody up.” (Laughs.). So, when I went to the specialist — well, three specialists, but who’s counting — I knew the answer to my question wouldn’t be a good one, but the phrase “going blind” was not one I’d counted on hearing. I couldn’t have faced this on my own....and I am so lucky I don’t have to. (Rallies. Pleasant, no trace of self-pity.). Heavens, I’ve been around quite a while, maybe I’ve just seen my share. I’ve started memorizing faces, studying maps, trying to remember images of all the things I don’t want to forget. So, time for me to adapt and change.
Absolutely! And any joker knows “drink responsibly” means don’t spill it! (Laughter.) I guess this is the way it happens — life, that is. One day you’re locked in a sweatbox so with some health nuts thinking” you’re either gonna blow your groceries or stroke out. Next thing you know, you’ve got yourself a handful of potential friends. Funny how that works. It’s been a few months since we started gettin’ together and I gotta say, all four of us seem to be “re-energizing” our lives —- which is a loosely-goose way of sayin’ “gettin off our cans and takin’ care of business.” ‘Course Jinx forcin’ the four of us to traipse off to the opera one night was nothin’ but a bust. I mean, who sings for 20 minutes when they’re dyin’?! And it wasn’t even English! Other than that, it’s all been pretty good.
Okay, this would be a good example of why I get to be the life coach and you two don’t (Randa, Dot and Marlafaye exit.). Randa continued to be a little doubtful about my idea of the birthday party. But eventually, she got on board and we threw ourselves into it, spent the week getting ready for the big do in Randa’s elegant dining room —- we laid in caviar, the finest oysters, salmon mousse, all of her old granny’s faves. Oh, and champagne, of course —- doesn’t hurt knowing a certain Texan who gets a steep discount. And I’ve got a great feeling about this. We’ll have a ball and maybe, just maybe, Randa can finally win the old girl over. Look, I’m not kidding myself, it’s a serious responsibility when someone puts her trust in you, but I was born for this! And it’s a fantastic feeling that I might actually be able to help change people’s lives for the better...which is topped only by the thrill of getting good liquor on the cheap! Wooo-hoo!
Safety Precautions and Guidelines
Subject to Change with updated CDC Information and Guidelines
The Center for the Arts is following guidelines set forth in the Tennessee Pledge and CDC Guidelines to keep all performers, volunteers and staff safe while taking part in rehearsals/performances.
Temperature checks and screening questions must be answered prior to entering The Center.
Volunteers, Performers and Staff will wear facial coverings at all times. Masks must be provided from home but can be purchased for $2 if lost or forgotten.
Reduced class capacity to allow for social distancing.
Food and water fountain access will not be provided. Each performer is encouraged to bring a water bottle.
Additional guests not working on the production will not be allowed in the Center.