Upcoming Auditions & Workshops

Tarpon Arts will be holding auditions for the hilarious comedy, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, by John Patrick.  


Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister—who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” (really Myra in disguise) and some of her neighbors decide it is their duty to save the poor demented Sadie’s soul. In desperation, Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston—which brings on the sheriff and the suspicion of murder! Needless to say, all is straightened out in the end, but the uproarious doings will keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain.

Roles Available:

Myra: A successful actress since the age of three (playing mostly character roles), she wants to discover who she really is and lead a normal life… but the town of Beaver Haven will have many surprises for her. 

Tom: Myra’s agent of many years.

Piney: A backwoods handyman who chops wood, sells manure, kills hogs, and develops a crush on demented Sister Sadie.

Willa Mae: The witch of Beaver Haven, she reads palms & tea leaves and cures the demented with mugwort.

Reba Harper: One of the hospitality ladies, doesn’t believe in gossip but gossips continuously.

Cora Gump: Another hospitality lady, her elevator doesn’t quite reach the top floor, she never met a bottle of scotch she didn’t like.

Sheriff: He’s just a small town sheriff.

Time Commitment:

Show Dates for A Bad Year for Tomatoes are: April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 2021, with a Friends & Family Night on April 8, 2021, at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs.  Friday Shows are at 7:00 PM, Saturday shows are at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, and Sunday shows are at 2:00 PM. Additional performances have been added to accommodate for significantly reduced audience capacity in order to comply with social distancing and safety guidelines.

If interested in any of the roles, please submit a video audition of anything you like (monologue, something from this show, etc.), but no more than 2 minutes in length.  Please email the director, Jamie Bierchen, at jamiebierchen@gmail.com with your audition or any questions you might have.  Auditions must be submitted no later than Sunday February 7, 2021. 

Directors Dee O’Brien and Graham Jones will hold auditions for Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum (100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689) on Sunday, Feb 7th and Monday, Feb 8th, 2021. Auditioners must call (727) 942-5605 or email mschumacher@ctsfl.us  to book a one-hour time slot (6:00 PM-7:00 PM, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, or 8:00 PM-9:00 PM) for either day. Audition reservations will be first come first served. Video auditions may be submitted by email to mschumacher@ctsfl.us if anyone interested is unable to audition in person. Callbacks may be required.

All auditioners must wear a face mask (neck gaiters and face shields are not acceptable) and practice social distancing. At the directors’ discretion, actors may be asked to briefly remove their face masks while auditioning.

Performances are scheduled for June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 19, 2021, with a Friends & Family Night on June 3, 2021. Friday shows are at 7:00 PM, Saturday shows are at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Sunday shows are at 2:00 PM at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Additional performances have been added to accommodate for significantly reduced audience capacity in order to comply with social distancing and safety guidelines.

Stage Manager will be Charlie Cronk.


Steel Magnolias, by American writer Robert Harling, is a dramatic comedy about the bonds between a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The action is set in the 1980s in Truvy’s beauty salon, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Humor, love, and tragedy unite the ensemble cast in this memorable show. In addition to thousands of performances on and off Broadway, the play has been adapted into two films.

All successful auditioners will use their best southern accent.

Roles Available:

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (approximately 19-25) is the daughter of M’Lynn and Drum Eatenton. The play opens on the day of her wedding to Jackson Latcherie. A pediatric nurse, she very much wants to have children, but has been advised against it because she is a diabetic. Shelby hopes her life with Jackson will be romantic and peaceful unlike the chaotic relationship her parents have. She loves pink.

M’Lynn Eatenton (forties). Her main priority is her daughter Shelby and at times her overprotectiveness toward Shelby can lead to disagreements. M’Lynn is the administrator of the Mental Guidance Center and while she is seen as strong and together/unruffled/composed, underneath she fears for her daughter’s health.

Ouiser Boudreaux (late fifties to mid-sixties) is a wealthy but eccentric woman whose arguments with Drum Eatenton are legendary. She is prone to outbursts even against her dear friends at the beauty salon. The loves of Ouiser’s life are her dog, Rhett, and her property.

Clairee Belcher (late fifties to mid-sixties) is the widow of the town’s former mayor. She collects recipes and dishes advice and gossip with a wry sense of humor that is often directed at herself. Shelby convinces her to buy the local radio station.

Truvy Jones (late thirties to early forties) is the owner of the salon where all the play’s action takes place. Her husband, Spud, has turned their former carport into a beauty salon. Truvy’s philosophy is “There is no such thing as natural beauty.”

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (approximately 19-25) is looking for a new life in a new town away from her abusive husband. She is also desperately short of money. Proud of her cosmetology studies at a trade school, Annelle applies for a job at Truvy’s salon, and Truvy is sufficiently impressed to give the young woman a chance. Annelle loves arts and crafts.