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The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

December 6 - 15


Written by Reginald Andre Jackson

Based on the book by

Christopher Paul Curtis

Directed by Crystal Lassiter & Tina Turley


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It’s 1963 in Flint, Michigan, and ten-year-old Kenny’s peaceful world is about to turn upside down.  His parents are planning a family road trip to take his rebellious older brother, Byron, to Birmingham to learn some manners from strict Grandma Sands.  In this relatable, funny, and touching story of an African-American family, tragedy turns to hope and faith.

Production Credits

Directors – Tina F. Turley & Crystal Lassiter
Choreographer – Chandler Brown
Scenic Design – Andy Fitch
Costume Design – Jeanette Waterman
Lighting Design – Lyndell McDonald
Stage Manager – Alexandra (Alex)Smith
Sound Design – Wheeler Kincai


KENNY-10 years old
BYRON - His brother. A 13-year-old juvenile delinquent
JOETTA - His sister. 6 years old
WILONA -The mother. 30s
DANIEL - The father. 30s
BUPHEAD - Friend to Byron. 14 years old
GRANDMA SANDS - Mother to Wilona. Has suffered a slight stroke. Late 50s.
MRS. DAVIDSON - A Sunday school teacher
MR. ALUMS - A school teacher
LARRY DUNN - A bully. 12 years old
RUFUS - Friend to Kenny10 years old
CODY - Brother to Rufus. 8 years old
MR. ROBERT - Friend to Grandma Sands. 50s
MR. MITCHELL - A store owner
WEATHER MAN / DJ (Voice only)
\GIRL (Stylized) small
WOOL POOH (Movement only)
SMOKE POOH (Movement only)
Some roles may be doubled. 



Auditions are planned for October 14 & 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall at Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405). Those coming to audition should prepare for cold readings. A perusal script is available in the ticket office. Rehearsals are planned to begin October 21.


Click here to download the audition form.


Thursday, December 5 @ 7:30 p.m. *Pay-What-You-Can Dress Rehearsal

Friday, December 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11 @ 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 14 @ 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 @ 2:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?
    Approximately 90 minutes.
  • Will there be an intermission?
    Yes - there will be one 15-minute intermission.
  • Should I bring the kids?
    Yes - this is a family-friendly production.
  • What themes are explored in the play?
    Family dynamics, faith, Civil Rights
  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?
  • Does the play contain violence?
    Not directly on stage, but the 16th Street Church bombing is referenced as an off-stage occurrence.
  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?

Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-12pm
One hour prior to performances

9500 Old Greensboro Road #135
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405


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