2017-08-09 / Front Page

Swamp Gravy: Listen Here Auditions About to be Bustling


Cast members Betty Bennett, of Chattahoochee, FL, and Jimmie Phillips, of Colquitt, GA, perform a scene from Swamp Gravy: Order in the Court. Cast members Betty Bennett, of Chattahoochee, FL, and Jimmie Phillips, of Colquitt, GA, perform a scene from Swamp Gravy: Order in the Court. Cotton Hall Theater is about to be bustling again, as the Colquitt Miller Arts Council holds auditions for its newest production, Swamp Gravy: Listen Here. Swamp Gravy is a community-based performance that tells stories of our area with a cast made up completely of volunteer actors. This year’s edition of the play is bound to be extra special as it marks the 25th anniversary of the play telling stories about life-changing phone calls, important letters and all the miscommunications in between.

Auditions are open to the general public on August 14 and 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. No acting experience is required, as the roles available are varied and range from large speaking roles to non-speaking roles, dancing, or singing. Artistic director, Kate Willis, said, “The great thing about Swamp Gravy is that as long as you are willing to put in the time, we have a place for you. No matter what your age, no matter what your talents, Swamp Gravy gives you the opportunity to be an important part of a diverse family. You don’t even have to speak if you don’t want to!”

This year’s script is co-written by Will Murdock and Susanne Reynolds, who both started acting in Swamp Gravy in their teenage years. One part of Swamp Gravy that Murdock says is important is the family aspect of the cast, “For so many of the cast members, myself included, Cotton Hall is part of what we call home. It’s a place where we can all be different and goofy, and retain what is unique to who we are, while also creating something that is larger than what we could accomplish alone. I’m so excited to get started on this show.”

As with all Cotton Hall productions, participating in the cast is absolutely free. Arts Council President Krista Ticktin stressed the importance of this, saying, “We don’t want to limit anyone, or keep anyone from joining us. Swamp Gravy is a community effort and the cast gives so much of their time all ready. They really are a family, and it’s exciting when we get to see that family grow year after year.”

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