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Romantic comedy by Matthew Barber (playwright of Enchanted April)

From the novel Eleanor and Abel by Annette Sanford


Directed by Terry Veal


When:  2-5:00 pm Saturday, February 17, 2024 – Readings from the script. Plan to arrive no later than 3:30 pm. If needed, callbacks will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 18. If you have any questions, email


Where: At the theatre, located at 1009 W. Reno.  Parking is free on the street. Do not use the parking lot for The Horn Trader on the northeast corner of Western & Reno. 


What: Bring a recent photo and theatrical résumé. Be prepared to list any definite or possible conflicts on your audition form through April 27.2024.


Please read the script before auditions! Hard copy perusal scripts are available to check out.  Call CST at 405-232-6500 or email to decide to check out a script. Call or contact us in the office before dropping by. 


Office Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm. Rhonda Clark is usually in the office until at least 7:30 pm if someone needs to come late, but please text or call her at 405-205-2446 before coming by. 


Performance dates: April 5 - 27, 2024

April 5-6,12-13, 18-21, and 25-27 with brush-up rehearsal and archive photos likely on April 11. Most rehearsals are scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with Saturday or Sunday rehearsals scheduled only if needed to accommodate week-night conflicts. 1st tech is the afternoon or early evening of Sunday, March 31, 2024. 


CAST OVERVIEW:  2 Women, 2 Men. West Texas dialects.


ELEANOR BANNISTER (appears 60s-early 70s) A retired schoolteacher; a very modest, private person. Can be impatient – especially with her nosy neighbor. Was considered strict when she was teaching.

ABEL BROWN (appears 60s) A handyman ‘drifter” who shows up in his pickup interested in working on Eleanor’s property. At one point Grace calls him “The Groverdell Stalker.” An amiable, capable guy, and maybe a bit cocky, too. Eleanor hires him to work on her rental house. 

GRACE SCOTT (appears 55-70s) Eleanor’s neighbor. A busybody, but well-intentioned. Often offers unsolicited advice. 

EUGENE CLAYMIRE (30s-early 40s) A local police officer who is a former student of Eleanor’s. He comes to investigate when Eleanor thinks Abel has cheated her out of money.



Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, set in her routines and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman—until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. Can the unexpected sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn’t all that he seems to be? Either way, the whole town is talking. For more information on FIREFLIES, visit:

“…perfection…[a] beautiful and moving play…” — “…winsome, warm…a charming, quiet love story [that will] warm the cockles of your heart.” —New Haven Register. “…Barber writes in the cadences of classic romance…a well-told story of tentative, late-life love.” —The Hartford Courant. “…Perfection…an absorbing piece of storytelling with vibrant characters experiencing a wide range of human emotion…a play that reminds us how great theater can be…” —Connecticut Arts Connection.

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