Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Wednesday, January 31 for the upcoming stage production of “Lilies Of The Field,” based on the classic novel by William E. Barrett, and the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film.

Homer Smith is a carefree man living the life of the open road, until he meets a group of German nuns, who believe Homer has been sent to them by God to build a chapel in the middle of the New Mexico desert.  The clash of wills between the ex-soldier and the Mother Superior yields an abundance of gentle comedy and a drama full of modern miracles.

Presented especially for Easter, this contemporary fable joins these unlikely forces and sweeps them up into a plausible miracle that illustrates the basic goodness inherent in all people, regardless of race of nationality.

The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at KCT at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditioners may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Six auditioners will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 42 auditioners will be seen.

There at least 11 available roles.  Large roles are available for both males and females, from ages 12 to 18.

There are at least two roles for actors making his/her KCT debut.

Auditioners should prepare a SHORT one-minute monologue from a play or novel. The monologue should feature  and a theatrical level of volume and expression.

The play’s genre is inspirational drama.  Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing.  Ability of physical transformation is a major plus.  Ability to convey a German accent will also strengthen a female applicant’s chances.

Auditioners should bring their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible.

Rehearsals will begin on or around Wednesday, February 7, continuing through Thursday, March 29.

Rehearsals are held Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and  Thursday evenings.  Actors should expect to attend most, but not all, rehearsals; conflicts may be listed at audition.  Tech rehearsals, on March 22, 25, 26, 28 & 29, are mandatory.

Actors must also be available for all 14 regular performances: March 30 through April 15, Thursdays through Sundays.

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KCT Academy Director, Dennis E. Perkins, will direct the production.