Auditions for QCT production will be next week

Quincy Community Theatre will cast both adults and students grades 3-12 in its top-secret auditions for HARRIET THE SPY.

Nearly 30 roles are available in Leslie Brody’s adaptation of the Louise Fitzhugh novel, making this production one of QCT’s largest fall student theatre plays. Of the roles listed, prominent youth roles include Harriet M. Welsch, an aspiring writer and spy who takes careful notes about everything she observes about the people around her; Sport, Harriet’s best friend and a sports fan; Janie, Harriet’s other best friend and a budding chemist; and up to 16 additional roles.

Adult roles include Mother and Father, Harriet’s fashionable yet busy parents; Cook, the Welsch family’s overwhelmed cook; Mama and Papa Dei Santi, the temperamental matriarch and patriarch of the Dei Santi family; Harrison Withers, a jazz musician who lives with 25 cats; and Ms. Agatha K. Plumber, a lady who chooses to stay in bed until she picks a profession.

There are also five roles that can be played by either students or adults, including the iconic roles of Ole Golly, Harriet’s beloved nanny; Mr. Waldenstein, Ole Golly’s fiancé; and Miss Berry, the free-spirited dance teacher who arrives to aid Harriet’s class.

HARRIET THE SPY is the story of a young, aspiring writer named Harriet. Every afternoon, Harriet practices by following a spy route and writing down everything she sees. But when Harriet’s private notebook is read by her classmates and her snooping is exposed, she learns that her brutally honest opinions can hurt her friendships and others’ feelings.

“I love the idea that the characters within HARRIET THE SPY embody people from all corners of her community,” said Director Kelsey Celek, “Harriet has to create her own answers about honesty, research, judgement, pursuing a goal, and what to do with what she knows. Among her many lessons is the idea that ‘there are as many ways to live as there are people on earth.’ HARRIET THE SPY is a story about discovery, community, and finding your own path – making it a story I can’t wait to share with our students.”

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, currently available online. To access the script, please call QCT for the password.

Rehearsals will easily work with most schedules as performers may not be called for every rehearsal or for the full length of rehearsal. A detailed schedule will be determined based on actor availability.

HARRIET THE SPY is under the direction of Head of Education Kelsey Celek with stage management by Mason Ellison. Performances are October 26-29 with school shows on October 24 and a sponsor performance on Oct. 25.

Online registration, detailed audition requirements, audition tips, and character descriptions are available at www.1qct.org/on-stage/auditions. Audition appointments may also be made by contacting the QCT Box Office at 217-222-3209.