Auditions Announced for DARK OF THE MOON at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoCenterStage Players and director John Vanderplough announce the auditions for DARK OF THE MOON.

Since the successful publication of the book TWILIGHT a few years ago, the topic of a love triangle of a girl, a vampire, and a werewolf still captures the public’s imagination.

Based on “The Ballad of Barbara Allen” and set in southern Appalachia about 100 years ago, DARK OF THE MOON tells the story of John, a witchboy, who falls in love with Barbara Allen and wants to become human so he can marry her. The Conjur Woman allows him to do so provided that Barbara remains faithful to him for a year. As the townfolk start to realize John’s true nature, they begin a witchhunt for a real witch.

Audition location: North College Hill City Center, 1500 West Galbraith Road at Marvin Avenue

Dates: Sunday, August 6, 2-5PM; Monday, August 7, 7-9PM.  Callbacks: August 9, 7-9PM.

Auditionees are ​​​required to complete the show’s audition form:

Then email your acting resume and headshot to by August 5th.

If you did not fill out an audition form online, you can do so at the auditions.

Full cast meeting: Sunday, August 13, 2-5PM

Full cast read-through: Sunday, August 20, 2-5PM

Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Rehearsals may be 1-3 nights per week depending upon role. The week of October 8 is a “no miss” tech week.

Performances: 6 shows– October 13, 14, 15 (matinee), 19, 20, 21, at Lockland High School Theatre (249 W Forrer, Cincinnati, OH 45215)

Auditions will be cold readings from the script which is written in the Appalachian dialect. Note that this is not “southern”. Because the script is challenging to read, it is suggested that– in advance–everyone auditioning review the video of a high school production to get a feel for the play and how its language is used poetically at: and

In addition to the roles listed below, there are the minor roles of the townfolk. Altogether there are 25 speaking roles in the show. Everyone gets lines and hymns.Ages 17+ only– no children’s roles.

Cast of characters and stage age
(*indicates principal roles)

Female Roles

  • Barbara Allen – 18-21 (sings the Ballad of Barbara Allen)
  • Dark Witch – 20-23 (some dance experience preferred)
  • Mrs. Allen – 35-50 (sings duet with Floyd)
  • Conjur Woman – 50+
  • Fair Witch – 20-23 (some dance experience preferred)
  • Mrs. Allen – 35-50 (sings duet with Floyd)
  • Ella Bergen – 17-20
  • Edna Summey – 17-18
  • Mrs. Summey – 35-40
  • Miss Metcalf – mid-20s

Male Roles

  • John (Witchboy) – 20-23
  • Conjur Man – 50+
  • Preacher Hagler – 30+
  • Mr. Allen – 35-50
  • Floyd Allen – 16 (strums guitar chords & sings duet)
  • Marvin Hudgens – 20-25 (large mountain man– “the bad guy”)
  • Hank Gudger – 17-20
  • Mr. Summey – 35-40
  • Greenie Gorman – 60+

NOTE: The director is looking for actors who can carry a tune– mainly Mrs. Allen, Barbara, and Floyd. The entire cast sings hymns together in Act 2. These are downhome mountain folk, not professional singers and dancers. The “dancing,” in fact, is a total of about three minutes in the whole show, and it’s more movement than dance.

For questions or information, contact the director via email:


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