Auditions scheduled for bicentennial play, “To Know You”

Auditions scheduled for bicentennial play, “To Know You”

Aug. 27, 2019

The Maryville College Theatre Department is inviting community members to audition for the fall 2019 production of “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 script will be available on the Maryville College Theatre Department website by Sept. 2.

 “To Know You” is a partially imagined play based on the real life of Walker by Nashville-based playwright Mary Donnet Johnson, in honor of Maryville College’s Bicentennial.

About the play: “A few weeks before the Maryville College Bicentennial, an earnest young archivist races against the clock to flesh out the bare facts she’s found about an almost forgotten figure in the college’s history -- Susan Wiley Walker. Though Mrs. Walker was a generous benefactor in the 1930s and 40s, clues to her life at the College are surprisingly scarce. Just as the archivist makes an important discovery, the benevolent ghost of Mrs. Walker appears and conjures a series of entertaining characters from her era who emerge from the dusty files to bring their stories to life. As this mystical journey unfolds, we are taught important lessons about the value of connection and the wisdom of preserving our precious past.”

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The performances are free and open to the public, though a printed ticket is required.

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).

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

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2019 semester is 1,148.