Big Dawg Productions looking for black actresses for an upcoming play

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WILMINGTON — Big Dawg Productions is holding auditions for its summer play, “Schoolgirls; or, The African Mean Girls Play.

Written by Jocelyn Bioh, the play will run from Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19, as well as from Thursday June 23 to Sunday June 26. Auditions will be held April 18-19 at 7 p.m. at the Old Castle Street Playhouse, 613 Castle St.

Performances will take place at the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts at the Ruth and Becky Stein Studio Theater and will be directed by Fracaswell Hyman.

The timeline of the play is 1986. Paulina, eager to win the Miss Global Universe pageant, noticed her competition: the beautiful and talented Ericka. The play addresses the similarities and differences seen in teenage girls around the world and tackles internalized racism.

The roles to be filled include six black women of high school age, ages 16 and older, and two black women who appear to be in their 40s. Here is the cast breakdown:

Paulina: 18 years old, popular and beautiful high school student

Ericka: 18, biracial, fair-skinned and able to sing

Ama: 18, Paulina’s best friend, but doesn’t always agree with how Paulina treats others

Nana: 16 years old, calm, and often becomes Paulina’s target because of her weight

Mercy: 16 years old and does everything to stay in Paulina’s good graces

Gift: 16 Year Old Mercy’s Best Friends, Always Trying To Look “Cool” To Others

Headmistress Francis: Woman in her 40s, Headmistress of Aburi Girls’ Boarding School and loves her students

Eloise Amponsah: 40s, classmate with Francis, as well as Miss Ghana 1966, but currently remains a recruiter for the pageant


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