Fun Home Auditions

The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s Alternative Theatre Group, is proud to announce Audition Dates for the SC Community Theatre Premiere of FUN HOME: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL.

Please note this show contains mature themes.

Contact Director Kate Roark at or Proud Mary Artistic Director Sandy Staggs at with any questions.

Auditions will be held two weekends in February:

– Saturday, February 16 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (adults only)
– Sunday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.-Noon (youths only)

SCTA Upstate Unified Auditions at Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St. in Greenville
(Register at

– Saturday, Feb. 23, (2 pm for youth, 3:30 for adults) at West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St. in Spartanburg (No appointment necessary)

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-5 p.m. ALL CALLBACKS at West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg

For SCTA auditions please follow SCTA audition guidelines with the 90 second option of music/monologue.

For Spartanburg auditions, please prepare 16 Bars of a musical theatre selection (verse/chorus).

SEE ROLES BELOW for Additional Audition Song Requirements.

Adult actors should also prepare a one-minute monologue.

Please provide headshot, resume, sheet music for accompanist, and any conflicts.

Performances: June 7-16, 2019
Rehearsals: April 1- June 6, 2019

Director: Kate Roark
Music Director:
Janice Issa Wright
Sandy Staggs
Stage Manager:
Costume Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: TBA

All performances and most rehearsals (Monday-Thursday with occasional weekends and tech week) will be held at WMAC in Spartanburg.

SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old              RING OF KEYS
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old

ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist               TELEPHONE WIRE
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old,                   CHANGING MY MAJOR
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s fatherHELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother                DAYS & DAYS
ROY – a young man                                        RAINCOAT OF LOVE
JOAN – a college student

Stewart, Davis Lead ‘Parallel Lives’ in Proud Mary Comedy

Proud Mary Theatre Company is proud to announce the stars of our winter comedy show spectacular PARALLEL LIVES: Tiffany Stewart and Caroline Davis.

Stewart, veteran of New York and Upstate stages, and Davis, Furman University Adjunct Professor and co-star of our hilarious “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche,” will play multiple characters in the sketch comedy classic written by the dynamic comedy duo Mo Gaffney (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act” and “Hocus Pocus”). 
“Parallel Lives” is directed by Ellen Jones. Sandy Staggs is producer and Alyssia Chaplin is Stage Manager.    

“Parallel Lives” opens March 2-3 at the West Main Artist Co-Operative in Spartanburg and March 9-10 at Coffee Underground in Greenville. Visit

Audtions Set for Parallel Lives

 AUDITION NOTICE: The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company is seeking 2 Amazing, Drop-Dead Funny-as-H-E –double Hockey Sticks, Risk-Taking, Kick-Ass Women who are up to the challenge of playing partners in multiple roles in this comedic classic: PARALLEL LIVES by the dynamic comedy duo Mo Gaffney (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act” and “Hocus Pocus”). Directed by Ellen Jones.

Prepare a brief comedic monologue and be prepared to read from the script (available by request from our wonderful stage manager Alyssia Hazel Chaplin  by email at

Please bring Resume, Headshot & Conflicts/Calendar.

Monday, December 17 @6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

 SHOW DATES: March 1-14 (Fridays & Saturdays @8 p.m. and Sundays @3 p.m.) in Spartanburg (& possibly Greenville)

REHEARSALS: Start Jan. 26 in Spartanburg (generally Friday evenings, Saturday & Sunday mornings/afternoon & some Monday evenings)


Announcing the Cast of THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Proud Mary Theatre Company is pleased to announce the cast & creative team of THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Michael – Brady Coyle-Smith
Harold – Jon Kilpatrick
Donald – Charlie Hyatt
Emory – Brandon Mimnaugh
Hank – Benjamin Abrams
Larry – Holt McCarley
Bernard – Kevin Ray Cohen
Alan – Luke Browder
Cowboy – Zachary Urban

Director – John Fagan
Stage Manager  – Katherine Rausch
Costume Designer – Brook Nelson
Producer – Sandy Staggs

The award-winning PROUD MARY THEATRE COMPANY is now casting for THE BOYS IN THE BAND.


AUDITIONS: Monday, Sept. 10,  7-9 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 582 West Main Street in Spartanburg
SHOWDATES: Oct. 26-28 & Nov. 1-3
All rehearsals SUNDAYS-THURSDAYS will be at the West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg.

Bring Resume & Headshot.
No monologues, please. You will read from the script.


MICHAEL – 30, average face, smartly groomed.
DONALD – 28, medium blond, wholesome American good looks.
EMORY – 33, small, frail, very plain.
LARRY – 29 with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Dark eyes, dark hair, extremely handsome.
HANK – 32, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.
BERNARD – 28, African-American, tall, gaunt, nice-looking, dressed in Ive-League clothes.
COWBOY – 22, light blond, muscle-bound, too pretty.
HAROLD – 32, dark, lean, strong limbs, unusual face.
ALAN – 30, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.

In his Upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked, Jew fairy,” complete with surprise gift: “Cowboy,” a street hustler. As the evening wears on – fueled by drugs and alcohol – bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”).
In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors including Jim Parsons, Zach Quinto, Matt Bomer and more. “Its reappearance now is a triumph of liberation.” -Jesse Green, The New York Times

Questions? Please call John Fagan at (864) 787-4016 or Sandy Staggs at (864) 787-4016.

Fun Home, Boys in the Band Headline Proud Mary 2018-19 Season

2018-19 Season Subscription: $40 for ALL 4 SHOWS

THE BOYS IN THE BAND by Mart Crowley
Oct/Nov 2018
Regional premiere of the new updated script and the 50th anniversary of the original modern gay play that is actually (believe it or not) making its Broadway premiere right now with an all-gay cast starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer. Set in 1968 just before Stonewall, The Boys in the Band has a cast of 9 men at a birthday party where the insults flow as freely as the booze. It’s a “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?” meets “La Cage Aux Folles.”
And the play will be directed by one of the Upstate’s finest directors, John Fagan, now approaching his 20th year as producing director of the Warehouse Theatre’s Upstate Shakespeare Festival.

BLOWN YOUTH by Dipika Guha
Jan/Feb 2019
An aspiring actress and founder of a feminist commune, Celia wants one thing: to play a great role. But despite her sophisticated education and commitment to helping women, Celia, like Hamlet before her, cannot act. Inspired by Shakespeare and set in those hazy post-college years, Blown Youth examines what happens to the universe when a woman is at its center. This play features a cast of 7 women.

BOY by Anna Ziegler
June 2019
Our trans play, Boy, inspired by a true story, a well-intentioned doctor In the 1960s convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a botched circumcision. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.amongst the tricky terrain of finding love and the confusion of sexual identity.

August 2019
Our first musical and the South Carolina community theatre premiere, Fun Home is based on Allison Bechtel’s graphic novel and set in her family’s  FUNeral home. Shifting in time, this heartbreaking and affecting musical depicts her at three different ages as she remembers and confronts her relationship with her gay father and her own coming of age. Fun Home will be directed by Kate Roark, who helmed 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche in February and Spamalot at Spartanburg Little Theatre last year.


Join us for Proud Mary Theatre Company’s LAVENDER CABARET & SEASON TWO REVEAL. Enjoy selections from some of your favorite gay-themed Broadway musicals including LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, FALSETTOS, FUN HOME, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH and more while sipping wine and nibbling on light hors d’oeuvres. There will be fabulous items to bid on in our silent auction, Raffle prizes, and we will be revealing our exciting line-up of shows for our 2018-19 Season including our very first musical production. Doors open at 7 p.m. at show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Aug Smith on Main, 174 E. Main St. in Spartanburg

Tickets at–season-two-reveal-2138960037

Proud Mary to Hold Auditions May 9 & 12 for The Kiss and Southern Baptist Sissies

The award-winning PROUD MARY THEATRE COMPANY is casting for two plays THE KISS and SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Actors of all sexual identities and actors of color encouraged to audition.

THE KISS by Barry Whitfield
2 males

Seeking two male actors for “The Kiss” by Barry Whitfield, USC Upstate Theatre Professor.
THE KISS is a one-act play with very little dialogue, so blocking and subtext is paramount.
Roles require male-on-male intimacy and acting in underwear (or less).
ACTOR 1: early 20s
ACTOR 2: Prefer 30s-40s, but not necessary

Please prepare a 1-minute monologue and be prepared to read from THE KISS.

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 am – 1 p.m

WEST MAIN ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, 578 West Main Street in Spartanburg
Email: Sandy Staggs at
Call: (864) 580-8385
If you can’t make these dates, an appointment is possible, as well as video auditions.

Only a one-week rehearsal plus Tech Week May 21-24, 2018
Show Dates are May 25-June 3 (Thurs-Sunday) at USC Upstate Studio Theatre

7 males, 2 females

“Southern Baptist Sissies” follows the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church.
(This play does contain adult language and situations)

Narrator Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage.
The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears.

With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, as well as multiple LA Weekly Theater Awards, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.


MARK LEE FULLER: 20’s, the sissy who thinks too much and dreams of a perfect world.

TJ BROOKS: 20’s, the masculine sissy, who believes and clings tightly to God’s Holy Word.
(This actor also doubles as a stripper, so must be in good shape and appear in tight undies.)

ANDREW THOMAS FORD: 20’s, the conflicted sissy who can’t pray away the feelings.

BENNY/IONA TRAYLOR: 20’s, the effeminate sissy who has escaped in a world of drag.
This part requires singing several songs in DRAG.

PREACHER-40-60: He preaches what he believes-hell, fire and brimstone.

RESTON “PEANUT” LEROY: 55-year-old tragically funny alcoholic queen. (Age is negotiable). Original role played by Leslie Jordan of “Will and Grace” fame.

BROTHER CHAFFEY/HOUSTON: Brother Chaffey is the latent church pianist and Houston the gay bar pianist. Both are the same actor/musician. Few lines and Must play piano/organ as we are performing in a real Church.


MOTHERS (THREE ROLES): Mark’s is sweet and saccharine; Benny’s is beyond trailer trash; Andrew’s is older, worried and kind. All three mothers are played by the same actress.

ODETTE ANNETTE BARNET: 40’s-50’s, a loudmouth bar fly who has a sad secret.

Please be prepared to read from SIDES available at
And if you’re auditioning for the 4 leads, please be prepared to sing a short hymn verse.
If you’re auditioning for BENNY/IONA (the Drag Queen), please prepare a 1-minute Diva song


Wednesday, May 9 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 am – 1 p.m

WEST MAIN ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, 578 West Main Street in Spartanburg
Email: Sandy Staggs at
Call: (864) 580-8385
If you can’t make these dates, an appointment is possible, as well as video auditions.

Approximately 6-weeks of rehearsal in Spartanburg (Mid June – Late July)
Show Dates are August 2-12, 2018 in Spartanburg and Greenville

Proud Mary Comes Out on Top in State Competition

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first LGBTQ theatre, came out on top at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s Community Theatre Festival in Aiken and will represent the Palmetto State in March 2018 at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Alabama.

Proud Mary’s inaugural production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning trans-themed play “I Am My Own Wife” by Doug Wright will move from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg and The Ninjaplex in Greenville (venues with seating of 60-100 people and two lights and speakers) to the 1921-seat Saenger Theatre in Mobile.

“We are still in disbelief,” said Proud Mary Artistic Director Sandy Staggs about the theatre’s unexpected sweep this weekend. “We were admittedly keeping our fingers crossed for Dave LaPage in the Best Actor category, because this part (or these parts, all 35 of them) is such a meaty, demanding role both physically and mentally. And Dave is so fantastic; he is truly a tour-de-force.”

Dave LaPage did win Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German Transwoman (a self-described transvestite) who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German Communist regime, as well as operate a museum and an underground gay and lesbian bar and social club.

And top honors also went to Director Robert Fuson and to Staggs, who won for both Set and Sound Design.

Staggs said Proud Mary and the boys (including Technical Director and Lighting Designer Caleb Patterson) will embark on fundraising activities beginning in December to cover the journey to Mobile.