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Center to hold auditions for premiere of a new play

Auditions are now open for the senior center’s play “We Were So Young” and you could be a part of it.


The Jonesborough Senior Center will host auditions for a new, original play based on the stories collected from members of the Jonesborough Senior Center. The play, “We Were So Young,” produced through support from the Town of Jonesborough and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, features dozens of true-life stories about the extraordinary people from this community.

The play is written by the McKinney Center’s outreach program director, Jules Corriere, who wrote last year’s play, “Not All That I Carry.”

It will be directed by Lucas Schmidt, actor and director from the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.

The auditions will take place September 11 and 12, from 2-5 p.m. at the Senior Center. Please be prepared to possibly do cold readings from the play. Rehearsals will take place at the Senior Center on Wednesday and Friday afternoons during regular business hours.  Roles are being sought for senior actors and actresses and there are some roles for children and young people. This experience is an ideal opportunity for home schooled children to participate in a theatrical production.

The stories in the play include a young woman and her husband who served overseas at Okinawa during Vietnam, and the difficult days they faced in the aftermath of the TET Offensive; a young teacher and her students caught in the difficult days of the Pittston Miners Strike; a family who loses their mountain view while still living in the same home; and other exciting, often perilous adventures during the Cold War Era.

The play will open at the Jonesborough Senior Center at noon on Nov. 15 for its’ members, and performed for the general public Nov.16-17 at 6 p.m..

To sign up to audition or to find out more information, contact Shawn Hale at the Jonesborough Senior Center at (423)753-4852. The Jonesborough Senior Center is located at 307 East Main Street in Jonesborough.