Auditions for The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Tuesday September 27th and Wednesday, September 28th


Auditions held at the Rochester Rep

Reserve your audition slot by emailing Director Amanda Leyawiin at


The Last Night of Ballyhoo

A Charming Holiday Comedy by Alfred Uhry

Directed by Amanda Leyawiin

It’s December, 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s Jewish families are more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family, who struggle to find their place in America, and with each other, in this charming holiday comedy about family, identity and celebration. 

Needed: 7 Actors (3 Male Presenting, 4 Female Presenting) 

Roles being cast include:

  • Lala Levy (20s-early 30s) – Obsessed with Gone With The Wind. Somewhat childish and awkward, Lala finally finds a “husband” in Peachy. Lala fights with her mother over their Jewish identity and her social status.
  • Reba Freitag (40s-early 50s) – Sister-in-law to Adolph and Boo. Reba is somewhat simple, but is more shrewd than others give her credit. Like the other characters, Reba is oblivious to what it means to be Jewish.
  • Boo Levy (late 40s-50s) – Lala’s mother, Sunny’s aunt, and Adolph’s sister. Her husband is dead, and she struggles with wanting her daughter to be socially successful. The main character driving the play’s inter-Jewish racism.
  • Adolph Freitag (40s-50s) – Adores Sunny, but has little tolerance for Lala. Adolph is a kind soul, who understands the good impact Joe has on the family.
  • Joe Farkas (20s-early 30s) – Works for Adolph Freitag, and finds an intellectual match in Sunny.  Challenges the family to reassess their ideas of identity and family.
  • Sunny Freitag (20s-early 30s) – A junior at a well-to-do liberal arts college. She struggles with her Jewish identity, but faces this through her relationship with Joe.
  • Peachy Weil (20s-early 30s) – Finds a match in Lala. Known for his obnoxious behavior and outspokenness.

*Georgian dialect for all characters, except for Joe who has a Brooklyn dialect

Auditions will consist of readings from the script

Important Dates:

  • Rehearsals start October 3rd (Final rehearsal schedule will be set once the show is cast)
  • Performances will be held November 25-26,  Dec 1-4,  8-11
  • Please contact Amanda if you would like to audition but cannot attend the aforementioned dates

It is the Rochester Repertory Theatre’s current policy to require anyone involved in a production (director, stage manager, cast, crew, technicians) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate.