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Interested in volunteering with New Bern Civic Theatre? We have a variety of volunteer opportunities. At the heart of our volunteer program are our Front of House Volunteers, who usher, run concessions, scan tickets, and work in the Box Office.

We also have opportunities throughout the year backstage, onstage, and on our show production teams!


Get ready for a classic tale story of love, acceptance, and IN-LAWS, told like never before, with New Bern Civic Theatre's telling of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".

We're looking for talented and motivated performers to be apart of this amazing community theatre experience. Here is a little Synopsis for the show: Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren’t their only surprise guests coming to dinner.


To secure your audition spot, please click the link below. We will be accepting walk-in auditions but signing up will help us accurately prepare.

For the audition, please prepare a 60 second dramatic or comedic monologue. Be ready to participate in a cold read as well.  Please read the character descriptions below.  

Dr. John Prentice (20s-30s) ( Black) - Dr. Prentice is an accomplished and well-respected medical doctor who has asked Joanna to marry him. He is a black man in 1967 America and Joanna is white. He comes to her parents home to ask them for their blessing to marry their daughter. He is a passionate man who has found meaning out of great tragedy in his life.

Matt Drayton(40's - 60s) (White) - Mr. Drayton is Joey's father. He is quite surprised that his daughter has become engaged to Dr. Prentice, a black man. He owns a newspaper in San Francisco and loves his wife deeply. He is against John and Joey's marriage, but makes sure everyone knows that it is not up to him to decide if they should marry or not.

Christina Drayton (40s-60s) (White) - Christina is a successful business woman in San Francisco who owns an art gallery. She is married to Matt, and the pair have one daughter, Joey. She learns that Joey is engaged to a man she met in Hawaii and he is black. She is surprised, more shocked actually, about his race but eventually understands that love that her daughter has for John and her for her. She backs Joey and John's engagement even against her husband.

Joanna Drayton (20s) (White) - Joanna (Joey) is a 23 year old white woman from San Francisco who has recently become engaged to Dr. John Prentice, a black physician originally from Los Angeles. She brings John home to meet her parents and tell them about the engagement. She is dead set on marrying John and won't allow her parents potentially not allowing their marriage to interfere with her decision.

Mr. Prentice (40s-60s) (Black) - Mr. Prentice is John's father. He worked as a postman in Los Angeles before retiring. He and his wife come to San Francisco in order to have dinner with them after learning that John is engaged. Mr. Prentice is upset to learn that Joanna is white, and does not approve of their marriage.

Mrs. Prentice (40s-60s) (Black) - Mrs. Prentice is John's mother. She is a woman who loves her son and knows him deeply. Her husband won't approve of John and Joanna's marriage, but she trusts her son that he is making his decision based on the great love he has for Joanna. She is able to reveal this greater truth to Mr. Drayton as well which causes him to give his blessing to their marriage.

Monsignor Ryan - Priest and Longtime family friend of the Draytons.

Tillie - “Tillie” has worked 27 years as a domestic for the Draytons.  

Hilary St. George -  Associate Director of the Drayton Gallery and good friend to Mrs. Drayton.


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner AUDITIONS!