Auditions Held For “Tuck Everlasting”

Ace Smith


Ace Smith

Noah Wetzel auditions for Mrs. Hodge. Dec. 9 is the final day for aufitions for the CHS production of “Tuck Everlasting.”

Haley Hoskin, Sting Reporter

The auditions for Tuck Everlasting were held Dec. 7 and 9.

Auditions were held for the roles of Mae, Winnie, Miles, Tuck, Jesse, Granny, Voices, Stranger, and Constable.

Tuck Everlasting is about a girl, Winnie, who falls in love with someone who is immortal. His name is Jesse. All kinds of things happen. It is a book by Natalie Babbitt.

Character info:
Winnie: the main character. Winnie is sheltered and lives a quiet, comfortable life. In the play, she is 10 years old. We will change her age to 16. She is innocent, yet strong and confident. When the reader first meets Winnie, she’s deliberating about running away to escape the stifling care of her mother, father, and Granny, whom she believes pay her too much attention. She tells all of this to a toad. Though Winnie loses her nerve overnight because she’s afraid of being alone, she does decide to take a walk in her family’s wood. There, she meets a young man named Jesse drinking from a stream, and she’s immediately attracted to him.

Mae Tuck: Mae is a kind, homely woman. She’s more than 100 years old because, 87 years before the start of the novel, she and her family unwittingly drank water from a magical brook that made them immortal.

Tuck: Tuck is Mae’s husband and the father of Jesse and Miles. He’s a sad and withdrawn man, which the narrator suggests is because he’s unhappy with his life as an immortal.

Miles Tuck: Miles is Tuck and Mae’s oldest son. He’s 22, strong, and he’s worked as a carpenter and a blacksmith. In the years after he and his family drank the water, Miles got married and had two children, one of whom was his daughter, Anna. After 20 years of marriage, Miles’s wife got suspicious because he never aged and ultimately left him, taking their children and eventually going west.

Jesse Tuck: Jesse is Angus and Mae’s younger son. He’s 17 and Winnie is immediately attracted to him when she comes across him drinking from the stream in her family’s wood. Of all the Tucks, Jesse seems the most relieved to finally share the secret with Winnie. After he, Miles, and Mae tell Winnie their story, he suggests that life should be enjoyed and remarks that he’s seen all sorts of things and, because he’s immortal, will get to see much more. He shows off for her and gives her a small flask of the brook’s water so that when Winnie is 17, she can drink it and join him in enjoying life eternally. He also suggests that he’d like to get married.

The Stranger in the Yellow Suit: The villain of the novel. He’s never named but is described as being in constant motion and moving like a marionette. He travels to Treegap from the west in search of the Tucks, whom he heard about from his grandmother, who knew Miles’s wife, and his mother; his mother played with Anna, Miles’s daughter, as a girl and told the man in the yellow suit stories about the family that never aged. He dedicates his life to finding them and when he discovers the Tucks with Winnie, he offers to bring them in on his business plan to sell the water to “deserving” people. The way he talks about this betrays that he’s extremely classist, as he suggests that the Tucks–who are very poor–aren’t deserving people and refers to them as “illiterates” when he speaks to Winnie’s parents. He strikes a deal with Winnie’s father to bring Winnie back in exchange for assuming ownership of the wood.

The Constable: The chief law enforcement official in Treegap. He is a friendly and good-natured person who takes pride in his work.

Granny Foster: Winnie’s grandmother. Though she’s proper and orderly, like Winnie’s mother, Granny is a bit more free-spirited and believes that the elves are responsible for the song she hears coming from the woods every once in a while.

The Voices: narrators of the story who inform the audience of what has happened and what is happening. The voices will be several people, any gender presentation. There will not be a lot of lines for each actor, but actors playing “the voices” should be prepared to do some fun and interesting things on stage.