Coming Fall / Winter 2022

Auditions: November 14 & 15 at 6:30 PM
at the home of director Rachel Fennell, 3010 51st St S, Gulfport

Please plan to spend an hour or so with us open call auditions, which affords actors multiple opportunities to read. No appointment is necessary.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script and are open to anyone in grade 8 through adult.

Need help preparing for auditions? Reach out for some advice!

About the show

THE STORY: In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

About the Characters

Notes about casting: The ages noted next to the character should be used to imagine who that character is, but we are not necessarily seeking to cast actors that are the same age as the character. We are seeking to cast actors that can portray those ages.

The Ghostlight Young Company is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community: on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our house. The audition notices include brief descriptions of the characters as they are depicted in the script. Actors of all genders, races, and/or ethnic backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to audition for any role that they are interested in portraying.

The Laramie Project includes more than 60 characters portrayed by an ensemble of 8 or more actors.
Familiarity with the script and content is strongly encouraged.

Contact for a perusal script.

AARON KREIFELS- University student. 19 years old. He is the one who found Matthew Shepard. He can't get the image out of his head and doesn't know why he had to be the one to find him.

AARON MCKINNEY- One of the perpetrators. 21 years old. A roofer.

ALISON MEARS- Volunteer for a social service agency in town. 50s. Very good friend of Marge Murray.

AMANDA GRONICH- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

ANDREW GOMEZ- Latino from Laramie. 20s. ANDY PARIS- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

ANONYMOUS FRIEND OF AARON MCKINNEY'S- 20s. Works for the railroad.

APRIL SILVA- Bisexual university student. 19 years old.


BAPTIST MINISTER- Originally from Texas. 50s.

BARBARA PITTS- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

BILL MCKINNEY- Father of Aaron McKinney. 40s. Truck driver.

CAL RERUCHA- Prosecuting attorney. 50s.

CATHERINE CONNOLLY- Out lesbian professor at the university. 40s.

CONRAD MILLER -Car mechanic. 30s.

DENNIS SHEPARD- Father of Matthew Shepard. 40s. Wyoming native.

DOC O'CONNOR - Limousine driver and local entrepreneur. 50s.

DR. CANTWAY- Emergency room doctor at lvinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. 50s.

DOUG LAWS- Stake Ecclesiastical leader for the Mormon church in Laramie. 50s. A professor at the University of Wyoming.


FATHER ROGER SCHMIT- Catholic Priest. 40s. Very outspoken.

GIL AND EILEEN ENGEN- Ranchers. He's in his 60s, she is in her 50s.

GOVERNOR JIM GERINGER- Republican Governor. 45 years old.

GREG PIEROTTI- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

HARRY WOODS- Gay Laramie resident. 52 years old.

JEDADIAH SCHUL TZ- University student. 19 years old.

JEFFREY LOCKWOOD- Laramie resident. 40s.

JEN- Friend of Aaron McKinney. She is a slacker. Early 20s.

JON PEACOCK- Matthew Shepard's academic advisor. Late 30s. Political science professor

JONAS SLONAKER Gay man. 40s.


KERRY DRAKE- Reporter with the Caspar Star Tribune. 40s.

KRISTIN PRICE- Girlfriend of Aaron McKinney. 20s. Tennessee accent.

LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

LUCY THOMPSON- Grandmother of Russell Henderson. 60s. Working class woman who provided a popular day-care service for the town.

MARGE MURRAY- Reggie's mother. 70s. She has had emphysema for many years but continues to smoke.

MATT GALLOWAY- Bartender at The Fireside Bar. 20s. Student at the University of Wyoming.

MATT MICKELSON- Owner of The Fireside. 30s.


MERCEDES HERRERO- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

MOISES KAUFMAN- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.


MURDOCK COOPER- Rancher. 50s. Resident of Centennial, a nearby town.

PHIL LABRIE- A friend of Matthew Shepard. Late 20s. Eastern European accent.

PHILIP DUBOIS- President of the University of Wyoming. 40s.


REBECCA HILLIKER- Head of the theatre department at the University of Wyoming. 40s. Midwestern accent.

REGGIE FLUTY- The police officer who responded to the 911 call and who takes Matthew Shepard down from the fence. Because Shepard is HIV positive, she is exposed to HIV. 40s.

REVEREND FRED PHELPS- Minister from Kansas. 60s.

ROB DEBREE- Detective Sgt. for the Albany County Sheriff's department. 40s. Chief investigator for the Matthew Shepard murder.

ROMAINE PATTERSON- Lesbian. 21 years old.

RULON STACEY- CEO Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. 40s. Mormon.

RUSSELL HENDERSON- One of the perpetrators. 19 years old.

SGT. HING- Detective at the Laramie police department. 40s.

SHADOW- DJ at the Fireside. African American man. 30 years old.

SHANNON - Friend of Aaron McKinney. Early 20s.

SHERRY AANENSON- Russell Henderson's landlord. 40s.

SHERRY JOHNSON -Administrative assistant at the University. 40s.

STEPHEN BELBER- Member of Tectonic Theater Project.

STEPHEN MEAD JOHNSON- Unitarian minister. 50s

TIFFANY EDWARDS- Local reporter. 20s.

TRISH STEGER- Romaine's sister. 40s.


WAITRESS- Looks like Debbie Reynolds.

ZACKIE SALMON- Administrator at the University of Wyoming. Lesbian. 40s. Texas accent.

ZUBAIDA ULA- Muslim Woman in Laramie. 20s.

NOTE: When a character's name is not given (e.g., "Friend of Aaron McKinney" etc.), it is at the person's request.