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Auditions for Exit Laughing to be held June 15 and 16

Redlands Footlighters will hold auditions on June 15 and 16 at 7:00 PM for Exit Laughing, written by Paul Elliott and directed by Cindi East. Learn more about the play.

Show1_2015_WebLooking for 3 mature women, a young woman, and a young man (details below).

Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. Setting is Birmingham, Alabama, so Southern accents are preferred.

A rehearsal calendar will be posted at auditions so please come prepared with conflicts. All conflicts must be stated on audition form. If you bring a resume please have it stapled to the theater-provided audition form.

Rehearsals may begin immediately and generally run Monday through Thursday evenings. The schedule will be finalized after casting. Exit Laughing runs August 8-30. There is no pay.
Character breakdown:

  • RACHEL ANN (20’s): A moderately attractive college student who seems to have issues with life and men until bridge night opens her eyes. She has a bit of an attitude.
  • CONNIE HARLAND (Mid-Late 50’s): Rachel’s mother. Discovers on bridge night that contrary to what she believes, life doesn’t end at 55.
  • LEONA (Mid-Late 50’s): One of Connie’s closest friends and long standing member of the bridge club. Beautician by day and caustic lush by preference, which is evident in her voice.
  • MILLIE (Mid-Late 50’s): Another of Connie’s friends and long standing member of the bridge club. She marches to the beat of a different drummer. She is the one who “borrows” the ashes of the fourth member of the bridge club.
  • POLICEMAN/BOBBY (20’s): Rachel’s love interest and male stripper. Must be able to pull off a modified strip tease convincingly.
  • BUTTER-BUT: The cat. Makes a couple of appearances so we need a real cat who can be carried on and off and not be freaked out by an audience.


  1. Emmree Poole says:

    Hello, I was wondering if these auditions were by appointment or just show up basis? Thank you for your help! -Emmree

    • Tom H says:

      No appointment is needed. Arrive around 7, fill out paperwork, then the director will usually audition you with other actors in a sort of round robin format. Audition nights rarely go longer than two hours. I’d estimate 90 minutes is average.

  2. Lola says:

    I was wondering if there is mature language in the script for the character Rachel Anne?

    • Tom H says:

      I don’t recall anything in the script that I’d call “mature” language. There is “PG-13” content in the form of a stripper and a confusing discussion aobut sex. Hope this helps!

  3. Zoe says:

    I was wondering if those auditioning need to bring prepared monologues or if we are going to be auditioned using scripts from the show?

  4. Krista says:

    I am considering auditoning for Rachael Ann and I also have a cat who I would like to audition as well. Would that happen at the same time or differnt date? Also if my cat were to get cast would he have to be at every rehearsal? Thanks!

    • Tom H says:

      No need to bring the cat to auditions. Just let the director know that you have one that is docile in crowds. I expect that it would only need to come to rehearsal during tech week. It only makes two appearances in the show.