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Dear Ruth Auditions: Sugar Factory Play House

Did you know the Sugar Factory Play house is holding auditions for, "Dear Ruth"?!

January 25th & 26th: 7:00-9:00 PM West Jordan City Hall 800 South Redwood Road


Dora - The Maid, Any Age - Very Comedic

Mrs Edith Wilkins - The Mother, Early To Mid Sos - Dithery But Very Nice

Miriam Wilkins - The Little Sister, 13-15

Judge Harry Wilkins - The Father, 50s - Bossy And Blustery With A Heart Of Gold

Ruth Wilkins - The Big Sister, Early 20s - A Romantic

Lt. William Seawright - The Soldier, 20s -A Bit Dreamy Eyed

Albert Kummer - The Fiance, 20s - A Stuffed Shirt

Martha Seawright - The Soldier's Sister Early 20s - Eccentric, Comedic

Sgt. Chuck Vincent - The Soldier's Best Friend, 20's - Straight Shooter

Harold Kobbermeyer - The Sailor, 20's

This play will be directed by Michelle Groves, chairperson for Sugar Factory Play house and the Cultural Arts Society of West Jordan. Michelle Groves has been involved on the stage and behind the scenes for several decades at theater venues throughout Salt Lake County and beyond. She has been active in the Sugar Factory Playhouse since 1998, long before the organization bore that name, and has served as chair of that theater group for several years. She is an experienced planner and organizer, director and set builder, actress, seamstress, designer, and painter.

Rehearsals for this play will begin February 1, 2022. The performances will run March 31st-April 8th at Pioneer Hall.

What do you need to audition? Not much, just your resume, a headshot (if you have on available, and prepared for a cold read). Auditions are now available In Person or Virtual!!

Email to set up a phone call or zoom audition.

The History of Dear Ruth:

Dear Ruth is a successful 1944 Broadway play written by Norman Krasna. It ran for 680 performances.

Krasna had written a serious play, The Man with Blond Hair, which received a tepid response. He said that Moss Hart suggested he write a commercial comedy instead along the lines of Junior Miss. Krasna based the family in the play on that of Groucho Marx, who was a good friend and occasional collaborator. The play was named in honor of Krasna's first wife, Ruth.

The original production of the play was directed by Moss Hart and starred John Dall. It was a big success, running for 680 performances.

Film rights were sold for a reported $450,000 with the proviso that a movie not be made until the play finished a two-year run. The film, also titled Dear Ruth, premiered on June 10, 1947.

Dear Ruth was also published as an Armed Services Edition, distributed to American servicemen during WWII.


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