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Auditions December 12 & 13

The Nerd - by Larry Shue


Aspiring young architect Willum Cubber has often told his friends in Terre Haute, Indiana, about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a man he has never met. Rick, a fellow ex-GI, saved Willums's life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam.

Willum has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, "you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you". Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party.

His delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" — a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. Rick stays on and on; his continued presence among Willum and his friends leads to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence — a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising "twist" ending of the play.

Roles (5 Men / 2 Women):

All roles are available and all auditioners are welcome.

Willum Cubbert: Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover. He's kind and intelligent, but Tansy says he "could use a little gumption." He lacks the backbone to stand up for himself.. He rents two rooms in his house to Tansy and Axel.
Age: 34

Tansy McGinnis: A smart woman who is as attracted to Willum as he is to her, but who has been offered her dream job as a television weather forecaster in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. Idealistic, perky, and just as kind as Willum.
Age Range: late 20’s-mid 30’s

Axel Hammond: Willum's best friend and Tansy's ex. He's a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment.
Age range: Mid-30’s

Rick Steadman:The titular "nerd." He's oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity. He tells Willum that he works as an inspector at a chalk factory in Wisconsin.  Actor should be prepared to use a thick Wisconsin accent as well as standard American and Southern American.    
Age Range:  Mid 30’s

Warnock Waldgrave:A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact. He never smiles.  
Age:  40’s -50’s

Clelia Waldgrave: Mr. Waldgrave's high-strung, put-upon wife. She holds back all of her emotions, and only releases her stress when she can break "something small."
Age Range: 40’s-50’s

Thor Waldgrave:The Waldgraves' terror of a son. "Poster child for planned parenthood," as Axel calls him. Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom.  
Age Range: Should be convincing as an 8 yr.old


As part of the audition process, you will be reading selections from the script (sides) listed below:


Willum, Tansy and Axel

Rick, Clelia, Waldgrave, Willum, Tansy and Axel

Rick, Clelia and Willum


You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the play script prior to auditions. Auditions will include selected readings (sides) from the show.

Audition Dates & Times:

Please attend one:

Friday, December 12th: 7-9 PM
Saturday, December 13th: 2-4 PM

Callbacks will be held on Sunday December 14  from 2-4pm.  Be prepared to be there for the full 2 hours. 


Discovery Auditorium (Map)
301 2nd Ave NE
Buffalo, MN 55313

Note: The auditorium entrance is on the SW corner of the building on the 1st Ave side of the school. We recommend parking on 1st Ave or the parking lot across from the auditorium on 1st Ave (next to the police station).

Rehearsal Information:

Rehearsals will be conducted at the Discovery Audition in downtown Buffalo, MN Monday through Friday, 6:00-9:00 pm and some occasional Saturdays. There will be one or two rehearsal dates in December and regular rehearsals will begin the first week of January, 2015. Please be sure to bring a list of potential conflicts with you!

Performance Dates:

Performances will be held at the Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo, MN February 6th through February 15th, 2015.  

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