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Audition: Packing Up Polly


Packing Up Polly

By Leslie Kimbell

Directed by Jill Stapleton Bergeron

Show Dates:
July 26th-August 11th, 2024
Audition Dates:
  • Saturday, June 8th at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 9th at 7:00 PM

Polly Porter, famous 1970s gospel singer of the group Polly Porter & the Praise His Name Singers, has gone on up to heaven. Her daughter, Caroline, has come home to Savannah, Georgia, to pack up Miss Polly’s house, but there is just one little problem (or two or three): Miss Polly was an extreme hoarder of epic proportions, Caroline’s useless siblings are totally MIA, and her three best friends from high school, former co-cheerleaders, have all shown up… unannounced! Lizzy now owns the Miss Georgia Belle Pageantry system, Donna Jo is the local community theatre diva, and Becca is having a late-in-life geriatric pregnancy with baby girl number five. The gospel music plays and the margaritas pour as the four ladies laugh, cry, scream and come together to pack up Miss Polly’s house, heal old wounds, and make new plans for their future.

With humor, wit and vulnerability, Packing Up Polly delves into themes of forgiveness, acceptance and the transformative power of letting go… unpacking the layers of our own lives to find healing and redemption.

Audition Requirements

  • No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • A headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
  • Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for the next 3 months.


Available roles: 4 Female Roles (All women are 40+ and must be similar age. African-American actors encouraged to audition.)

  • Caroline: The daughter of famous gospel singer, Polly.
  • Lizzy: Owner of the Miss Georgia Belle Pageantry.
  • Donna Jo: Community theatre diva.
  • Becca: Wife and homemaker, having a late-in-life “geriatric” pregnancy.

This project is being supported in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance