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Auditions set for historic Civic League performance

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Auditions for an upcoming Wilson County Civic League production will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Street Community Center in Lebanon.

For the third time, the Civic League will present a performance during Black History Month to celebrate the richly diverse cultural contribution made by black artists. This year's presentation will be the stage play, "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.

The play, to be directed by Watertown local Michael Vantrease, is scheduled for Feb. 18-20, 2016. Vantrease directed last year's "Soul of Broadway" production.

A "Raisin in the Sun" portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000 - which comes from the late Mr. Younger's life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea of what he or she would like to do with this money.

The cast is comprised of nine characters:

  • Walter Lee Younger - Male, 30-35; Hard-working and wants more from life and is frustrated by lack of opportunities.

  • Lena Younger - Female, 55-60; Walter's mother and the family matriarch; solid in her beliefs; has worked hard to provide and care for her family; wise, though uneducated.

  • Ruth Younger - Female, 30-35; Walter's wife; dutiful, fears that Walter's dream are too far-fetched; a realist.

  • Beneatha Younger - Female, 18-20; Walter's younger sister; bright, intellectual; attends college to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

  • Travis Younger - Male, 8-12; son of Walter and Ruth; hopeful; looks up to his father; loves his mother but often clashes with her.

  • Joseph Asagai - Male, 19-21; Nigerian college students; friend and suitor of Beneatha; the most travelled character and therefore brings a vastly different perspective for Beneatha to consider.

For more information on auditions, contact Production Manager Brady Quisberg at (602) 391-3793 or by email at Director Michael Vantrease may be reached at (602) 697-3519 or by email at

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