Cheaper By the Dozen INFO

The Details:

Auditions: May 14th
6:00-9:00 -p.m.
Auditions held at Trinity Church of the Nazarene
3515 Shackelford Road, Florissant, 63033
If cast, there is a $40 Participation fee
Performances August 9th and 10th
Tickets $15
Questions: Use our CONTACT US form on our website

ABOUT PROVIDENCE FINE ARTS CENTER:
Providence Fine Arts Center began in 1989 as a choir. Providence later grew to include instrumental
programs and theatre programs. A lot has changed in the past 35 years, but Providence is still
offering quality theater performance opportunities for youth.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN SYNOPSIS:
Based on a true story, Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of the Gilbreth family. Their inventor
father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve
children running just as efficiently. This play is told from the point of view of two of his children
reflecting on the last few months before his death. He was preparing the family for his imminent departure, but most
of his children were unaware of the fact. It is an extremely funny, heart-warming, and family-friendly
tale.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, August 8, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS:
Tuesday, May 14th
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Callbacks: Thursday, May 16, 2024 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Trinity Church of the Nazarene
3515 Shackelford Road, Florissant, MO 63031

If you are interested in reviewing/reading the play in advance,
copies of the script can be purchased for $11.95 at
https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/cheaper-by-the-dozen-24762

FIRST READ THROUGH:
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

TECH WEEK:
All tech week rehearsals (August 4th – 8th
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) are mandatory.

AUDITION SHEETS AND REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE INFO:
Please complete the audition sheet (pages 6 through 9 of the downloadable packet). Write legibly. Print your
email address very clearly. Your name should be written exactly as you wish it to be published in the
program.

CONFLICT SCHEDULE:
Please list all known conflicts between May 21st and August 10th
(including Saturdays and Sundays).
Summers are busy and kids have vacations, camps, mission trips, etc. We can schedule around
conflicts only if we know about them.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will be from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with some possible
rehearsals on weekends.
Rehearsals will be held at Trinity Church of the Nazarene unless otherwise notified by Production.
Actors will only be called for rehearsals for which they are needed. The schedule will be finalized
after the show is cast.
During the mandatory Technical Week rehearsals (August 4th-9th) the entire show will be run each
night. Cast members will be expected to stay for the entirety of every run through, unless
otherwise noted by the Director

FAQ’s 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU AUDITION:
Actors will be asked to read a monologue. Actors will be called to the stage one or more times to
try different scenes and different actor combinations. Actors may participate in theatre games and
improvisation. Actors should arrive on time for the audition and expect to stay for the entire
evening.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE AUDITION?
Please bring a list of all schedule conflicts and a resume (if you have one). If you have a
headshot, please bring it and we can attach to audition form. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes so
that you can move easily at auditions.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I’VE BEEN CAST?
You will be notified by email whether you are cast or not. You must email back to accept the role.
We will do one follow-up email/call if there is no response. You will be notified by Sunday, May 19th.

I WAS NOT ASKED TO ATTEND CALLBACKS. DOES THAT
MEAN I WON’T BE CAST?
Not necessarily.

I HAVE A CONFLICT WITH REHEARSAL DATES, DOES THAT
MEAN I WON’T BE CAST?
The director will usually work around minor conflicts, which is why it is important to list all
known conflicts on the audition form. Actors must be available for all performances. Conflicts with
performance dates will cause you to not be cast. If you have a conflict with a performance date,
please do not audition.

WHAT IF I GET SICK AND HAVE TO MISS A REHEARSAL?
If you are too sick to go to school or work, we typically don’t want you at rehearsal. Contact the
director as soon as possible if you must miss rehearsal due to an illness or emergency.

ROLE SUMMARY:
(All ages noted are character/stage ages, all ethnicities welcome and encouraged, anyone ages 10-
18 is welcome, but please be aware we will have some late rehearsals):

MR. GILBRETH (DAD) The patriarch of the family. A successful man who is proud of his wife and
family as well as his business accomplishments, and who runs his family like a business. Playable
age: Mid 40’s to mid 50’s.

MRS. GILBRETH (MOTHER) The matriarch of the family. She is a loving, tender mother who is
involved in the affairs of each of her children. Additionally she supports her husband’s efficiency
work and is quite the expert herself. Her family is her life. She is also a psychologist. Playable
age: Mid 40’s to mid 50’s.

ANNE The oldest Gilbreth child. Like most girls her age, she is rebellious and headstrong, eager to
test the boundaries.. Playable age: 15-18

FRANK A GILBRETH child. The Co-Narrator. Named for his father, Frank Jr. feels the full weight of
his name. He tries his best to live up to his dad’s expectations. When all is said and done, he is
a supportive, smart brother to his siblings and a sincere, trustworthy son. Playable age: 15-18

ERNESTINE A GILBRETH child. Also the Co-Narrator. Ernestine is the second oldest. She and Anne
are very close because they both share the bond of being in high school and dealing with social
contempt because of their large, unconventional family. Playable age: 15-18

MARTHA A GILBRETH child. Martha spends much of her time with her brothers. She’s a sweet,
vibrant child who loves to have fun. She plays musical instruments and gets into mischief with the
boys. Playable age: 15-18

BILL, LILLIAN, FRED, DAN, JACKIE, The younger Gilbreth
children. Plenty of stage time, but more limited speaking parts. Each of them holds a special role
within the family. Playable ages variable from age 6-14.

MRS. FITZGERALD The housekeeper. A kind woman that is devoted to the family. 25+

DR. BURTON The family doctor. 25+

JOE SCALES A cheerleader. Very cocky and interested in dating Anne. Playable age: 15-18

MISS BRILL A teacher who has no love for the children. Playable age 20+

LARRY A nice looking, clean cut boy interested in Anne. Playable age: 15-18