AUDITION SIDES AND SYNOPSIS

Hi,

I was trying to add these on the Facebook page and the formatting is so off and it’s not a separate tab, it’s just a note. So to help you be ready , there is an audition form and sides for most of the roles on this page.

Synopsis:

A young lady in a desert town  lives by the land and work of her own hands. She cares for her aging mother and sibling since her father died long ago in an accident of il repute. In the small community that she lives in, Jael works hard, keeps her chin up and her life clean while trying to get ahead and provide for her family while also furthering her dreams of leaving to the city. The local sheriff has been rode hard and put away wet though his heart is good and keeps a watchful eye out for Jael and her family, while hiding a secret of his own. Times are hard and when a stranger, new in town, asks Jael for help, she does so, reluctantly, while wanting to go the second mile for someone and uphold her family legacy of charity, commitment, and kindness. Her big heart and good nature take a turn for the worse when the stranger has a deviant plan behind the simple request for help. Her mother is tired and broken while holding on to the dream that Jael will make it out of the one horse town. Jael’s older sister is promiscuous and trying to land a husband from any willing man in town to no avail. She doesn’t believe in Jael and her pure ways of upholding the law, the family name and working.  Will this be the end of Jael and her family? Will she be able to repay the debts of her father while also surviving this new tragedy? The town is divided. The family is breaking apart. The story of Jael is one of personal commitment, courage and the timeless principle of faith.

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Sides for Jael, Leah, Naomi

A small wooden table in the center of the kitchen area. Clean, and worn that is set for three places. Modest plates with a touch of crack and wear on them are set with knife and fork.

Small glasses, chipped and used are set next to them and a pitcher of water half way filled rests in the center of the table.

Enter Leah, the older sister of Jael.

 

LEAH (sarcastically)
Something smells

NAOMI
Thank you. It’s the mesquite bean flower biscuits I made.
LEAH
No. It’s horse.  (sideways mean glance to Jael)

NAOMI
No, It’s mesquite bean flower with a touch of honey.

LEAH

No. It’s dirt, sweat, tack, horse,  tack and dirt.
JAEL

(from off screen)
Does anyone want butter? I made some special last night.

NAOMI
No. It’s opportunity.

(calling out)

Did you wash up?
Off screen

JAEL

Yes.
NAOMI
Let’s eat. There is something I want to talk about.
Jael comes from outside to the table and joins her sister and mother. They hold hands and do a moment of silence to bless the food.
LEAH
Oh what ever could it be, pray tell Mother?  (sarcastically)

NAOMI
Well, I think I may have found a buyer for the back forty of land and with that sale we can pay off your father’s debt and have a little set aside to move.

 
LEAH
Move?
JAEL
Pass the water please

NAOMI
Yes. Move

 

LEAH
It’ll just follow us where ever we go.

 

NAOMI
No, it will be a fresh start.

 

JAEL
The biscuits are delicious Momma.

LEAH
How can moving solve anything? Change anything?

 

JAEL
I made the butter from the cactus flower. That’s why it’s pink.

NAOMI
Yes honey. You did good. Now about moving

 

LEAH
The only person who benefits from moving is you and you want to leave because you are embarrassed and ashamed and have nothing left here, or should I say, no one left here?

 

JAEL
Moving could be good. Better soil. Stronger cattle stock. Maybe even office work?

 

NAOMI
The only way out of this is to leave now, leave it behind, and start again. Maybe even change our names? Sell all of the stock, leave the farm, leave everything. Forget this town. Even if it means a mighty long walk for a short drink of water.

Jael is looking sadly at her plate because leaving means  dreams come true while abandoning her roots.

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Sides for Sheriff Jeremiah

SHERIFF JEREMIAH

Miss Naomi, Jael, this is Mrs Conrad, she is from back East. She and her family are traveling further west and were stopped here for repairs and supplies on their coach.

JAEL

I know your face.

SHERIFF JEREMIAH

Jael, calm down

Sides for Myles & Millie

The General Store is a source of pride and hard work for them. A place where strangers can get a helping hand, those in need can get a small advance on goods and sometimes find work.

Millie

Did you get the canned goods inventory count? Don’t be sneaking beans!

Myles

How can I sneak anything with you always on my back, in my hair?

Milliie

Kaw, last time I was in your hair it had rats and knots in it!

Myles

(laughing)

That’s because you chased me through the barn with a clown doll!

Both ladies laugh out loud as they count the inventory and care for their store.
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Sides for Henry

The band changes songs and the new one is slow. Henry’s large hands envelope Jael’s small waist and they begin a clumsy two step.

HENRY

I saw you riding yesterday. Does your horse need shoes? I can help with that?

JAEL

Thank you for the offer. No Amos doesn’t.

HENRY

OH. OK. Umm, do you need help with the fence? I thought I saw a brace down, might need mending.

JAEL

No. No thank you.

Sides for Mrs Conrad

d, you have the floor

MRS CONRAD

My husband and I were traveling through this town, and while on our way to the train station, we needed to stop for supplies for the journey, and just outside of town, that’s where this (motioning towards Jael) thing attacked us. We’ve missed the train to our future and now have to wait until the next west bound train arrives. The ticket change fee and inconvenience on our family waiting for us is tremendous.

Crowd gasps. Murmurs.

1 thought on “AUDITION SIDES AND SYNOPSIS”

  1. I was trying to give you my resume /headshot at http://www.facebook.com/JaelAWesternTale without success. I am interested in your project. I do have long wild hair and can follow some dance steps. I just finished a local production of “Jesus Christ Super Star”. I am over 45 but like fine wine-have aged well. Let me know if you are interested.
    Thank-you,
    Audrey

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