The Theatre Department at Maryville College serves the aspiring theatre professional or future graduate student through curricular programs for majors that provide experience in the art, history, and literature of theatre. The theatre studies major is designed to stress the intrinsic value of a broad study of theatre within the liberal arts tradition. The opportunity for individual expression, development, and specialization in a specific area of interest (acting, directing, dramatic literature, or theatre history) may be explored through production, Senior Thesis, Theatre Practicum, as well as additional work done via a minor in a related field (such as, but not limited to, Music, Art, or English.)


“To Know You”

A play based on the life and legacy of MC benefactor Susan Wiley Walker.

Auditions are scheduled for Sat., Sept. 21 and Sun., Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Those who would like to audition will be asked to read a portion of the scene from the play in which their character appears.

The roles of the Archivist and Susan Wiley Walker are already cast. Roles are still available for:

  • Sam: teenager, cocky, spirited, cousin to Roy
  • Roy: teenager, less confident than Sam
  • Hal: teenager, a tag a-long
  • Girl #1: about nine years old, bossy
  • Girl #2: about eight years old, sensitive
  • Brownie: man, 40s-50s, handsome, smart, strong, with a sense of humor
  • Peggy: mid 20s, (with ability to pantomime playing a piano)
  • Viola Lightfoot: early 20s, delicate and frail
  • Agnes Henry: African American woman, mature, warm and wise

Actors MUST be available to rehearse Oct. 9-13 and Oct. 25-30, as well as a dress rehearsal the afternoon of Nov. 1 (times to be determined).

Actors should prepare the following pages:

  • Sam, Roy, Hal:  pages 9-12
  • Peggy:  pages 26-28
  • Brownie:  pages 33-35
  • Girl #1 and Girl #2:  pages 40-42
  • Viola Lightfoot:  pages 46-47
  • Agnes Henry:  pages 53-54

Download the script »

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For more information, please contact Dr. Heather McMahon, professor of theatre, at 865.981.8161 or