Huck Finn versus The World – Audio Drama

It’s true! We are producing a new audio drama, Huck Finn versus The World, that is an abridged adaptation of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but here is the twist: it’s set in a steampunk world!

The scripts for the 5 episodes have been written, and we have a few characters that we need to fill for the first Episode. Some of the characters are reoccurring which are identified by an [R] located next to the character name.

If you are interested in playing one of the roles please use the audition lines below, save your files as at least 128kpbs MP3 files. Please use the following format for your filename and subject line of your email: “YOURNAMEHERE-CharacterName”. Send them to HuckFinnPunked@gmail.com.

ACCEPTANCE WINDOWS FOR AUDITIONS:

  • EPISODE 1: October 9th – October 30th, 2017
  • EPISODE 2: October 30th – November 13th, 2017
  • EPISODE 3: November 13th – November 29th, 2017
  • EPISODE 4: November 29th – December 13th, 2017
  • EPISODE 5: December 13th – December 29th, 2017

EPISODE 1: MISSOURI

CAST OF CHARACTERS

[R] HUCK FINN, fourteen year old boy from Missouri. Generally good natured, semi-analytical, sarcastic. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

  1. Fine by me. Just you don’t get caught either – and no gloating. Everyone knows you can’t lie to your Aunt Polly to save your life.
  2. If I can get you working, I’ll be able to fix nearly anything I’ve a mind to. What’ll I call you? Huck Finn’s Pocket Sized Multi-Tool? No. Someone might die before they get the name out of their mouth.
  3. (grumbling)Ugh… Pap. All I learned about cogworking and coggers was from him. Well, save what I’ve taught myself. He was the one who taught me all coggers – all cogmen – still have their souls. They are still people, unlike an all machine cogwork. All this nonsense about the 62.5 percent is just that – nonsense. Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, don’t make it right.

[R] JIM, thirty-eight year old cogman (steampunk cyborg) from Tennessee. Runaway cogman indentured to Miss Watson. Humble, mild, anxious, kind – especially to Huck. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.

  1. (in a low voice)The Widda Douglas is real nice. A shame the way you sneak abou’.
  2. (heavy sigh)Miss Watson’s been talkin’ abou’ her finances. She-She… She’s thinkin’ of sendin’ me down the river to a chap I hear is the devil to his cogmen.
    (pause)
    I can’t help Clem if I’m sent away to an evil man down the river!
  3. (grunting as they trudge)Oh, yes, sir. I have all manner of cookin’ utensils, a blow torch I can run almos’ any temperature you want, and some cuttin’ devices.

JUDGE THATCHER, mid 40s man from Missouri. Local judge. Kind, professional, polite. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

  1. Oh, Mr. Finn. Just a moment. Uh…
    (beat)
    Don’t worry, Mr. Clements. We’ll get it looked into straight away.
  2. Mr. Finn, that is your gold, for your future. No man – not your pa, not me – is going to take it from you.
  3. (kindly)Contingencies. For instance, we can request the bank not allow either of us a withdrawal unless the other is also present and likewise nobody can make a withdrawal, not even your pa, unless we are both in attendance.

MISS WATSON, mid 60s wealthy woman from Missouri. Sophisticated, curt, opinionated. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT, STUCK UP VOICE.

  1. Our reputations are connected! You know I have a difficult time as it is keeping my cogmen and cogworks current with their repairs and maintenance schedules!
  2. (offended and irritated)What a thoughtless suggestion! And have people talking?
  3. (snide)You know it’s true! And the boy doesn’t even like it here! Why else would he sneak around at night?

MR. CLEMENTS, mid 20s man. Worker at the local factory. STRONG SOUTHERN ACCENT. (One Line)

  1. Thank you, sir.

One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Pap.

[R] PAP, thirty-four year old man with a drinking problem. Abusive, rude, selfish. STRONG SOUTHERN ACCENT, GRUFF VOICE.

  1. (coughing and scratching at himself)I come back for ya. I figured ya’d be prayin’ the good Lo’d would bring me back. Figured ya was prayin’ I’d come back and be yer pa.
  2. (shouting angrily)The fact’ry terminated me! I put in ten good years and they dump me on the street for their upgrades! ‘Tisn’t right! ‘Tisn’t fair!
  3. (attempt at kindness, pleading)Listen, boy – err, Huck, I want to do right by ya. I just need a small bit of help is all. A spot of coin to get back on my feet, see?

[R] TOM SAWYER, twelve year old boy from Missouri. Friends with Huck. Creative, impulsive, prone to wild ideas. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

  1. (scoffs)
    I bet I could if I set my mind to it!
  2. Well, you’re the one who needs to be careful. Miss Watson’s the one with all those coggers about the house. Living with her must be something awful.
  3. I don’t see how Widow Douglas doesn’t mind it. I mean, a cogwork being all machine, you can’t hurt their feelings, but a cogger… Well, I’d think a kindly sort like Widow Douglas would care about the feelings of a human – no matter how much of the body has been replaced by machine.

WIDOW DOUGLAS, mid 60s wealthy woman from Missouri. Sophisticated, kind, maternal, caring. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

  1. There you are, dear! I was afraid you’d…
    (pause)(continues with concern)
    Did you fall asleep with the lamp on again?
  2. (gasps)(continues in sharp tone)
    Huckleberry Finn! Cogger? In this house? I should think not! We use good manners and call them cogmen. And, besides, what would Jim know?
  3. Well, you are not gracing us with your presence, so I do not understand what the trouble is. You speak of benevolence, but you put out no effort to lend a hand where you can.

 
EPISODE 2: ILLINOIS AND JACKSON ISLAND

CAST OF CHARACTERS

[R] HUCK FINN, fourteen year old boy from Missouri. Generally good natured, semi-analytical, sarcastic. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

[R] JIM, thirty-eight year old cogman (steampunk cyborg) from Tennessee. Runaway cogman indentured to Miss Watson. Humble, mild, anxious, kind – especially to Huck. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.

JUDY, twenty year old woman from Illinois. Works at the café Huck stops at. Spunky, friendly, smart. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.

OWNER, late 50s man. Owner of the café Judy works at. MILD TENNESSEE ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Jim.

PAP, thirty-four year old man with a drinking problem. Abusive, rude, angry. STRONG SOUTHERN ACCENT.


 
EPISODE 3: KENTUCKY

CAST OF CHARACTERS

BUCK GRANGERFORD, fourteen year old boy from Kentucky. Generally good natured, inventive, kind. MILD KENTUCKY ACCENT.

CHOIR, five or six voices singing a hymn.

[R]HUCK FINN, fourteen year old boy from Missouri. Generally good natured, semi-analytical, sarcastic. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

[R]JIM, thirty-eight year old cogman (steampunk cyborg) from Tennessee. Runaway cogman indentured to Miss Watson. Humble, mild, anxious, kind – especially to Huck. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.

MR. GRANGERFORD, forty-four year old man from Kentucky. Father to Buck, owner of local cogworking factory. Professional, pleasant, confident. MILD KENTUCKY ACCENT.

PREACHER, mid 50s man from Kentucky. Preacher at the local church. STANDARD KENTUCKY ACCENT.
Two lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Train Man One.

SOPHIA GRANGERFORD, eighteen year old girl from Kentucky. Sister to Buck. In love with boy from feuding family. Sweet, thoughtful, a little sad. MILD KENTUCKY ACCENT.

TRAIN MAN ONE, train worker checking out a report of stowaways. STANDARD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
Two lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Preacher.

TRAIN MAN TWO, train worker checking out a report of stowaways. STANDARD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
Two lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Mr. Grangerford.


 
EPISODE 4: ARKANSAS

CAST OF CHARACTERS

BEN ROGERS, ten year old boy from Arkansas. Curious, energetic. STRONG ARKANSAS ACCENT.

CONDUCTOR, middle-aged man. Professional. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Local Man #3 and Local Man #5.

DOC ROBINSON, middle-aged man. Educated, smart, analytical, kind to the true Wilks family. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.

HARVEY WILKS, middle-aged Englishman. Kind, mild mannered. EDUCATED ENGLISH ACCENT.

[R]HUCK FINN, fourteen year old boy from Missouri. Generally good natured, semi-analytical, sarcastic. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

[R]JIM, thirty-eight year old cogman (steampunk cyborg) from Tennessee. Runaway cogman indentured to Miss Watson. Humble, mild, anxious, kind – especially to Huck. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.

JOANNA, ten year old girl from Arkansas. Third of the three Wilks nieces. Nice, skeptical, curious. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.

KING, sixty-eight year old man. Traveling conman. Ill-tempered, arrogant, completely selfish. NEW YORK ACCENT.

LOCAL CHILD, nine year old girl. Curious. STRONG SOUTHERN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Joanna.

LOCAL MAN #1, middle-aged man in the crowd. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.
Two lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Jim.

LOCAL MAN #2, young man in the crowd. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Doc Robinson.

LOCAL MAN #3, old man in the crowd. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Conductor.

LOCAL MAN #4, middle-aged man in the crowd. NEW ENGLISH ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Harvey Wilks.

LOCAL MAN #5, young man in the crowd. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Conductor.

LOCAL MAN #6, middle-aged man in the crowd. STANDARD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
Three lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Harvey Wilks.

LOCAL WOMAN #1, middle-aged woman in the crowd. STANDARD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
Two lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Miss Naomi.

LOCAL WOMAN #2, young woman in the crowd. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Mary Jane.

MAN FROM HETRIANA, middle-aged man. Friend of deceased Peter Wilks. A bit drunk. Pleasant, sad. STANDARD ARKANSAS ACCENT, DRUNK.
Played by the actor who plays Conductor.

MARY JANE, fifteen year old girl from Arkansas. First of the three Wilks nieces. Proper, kind, thoughtful. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.

MEN IN THE CROWD, a collection of onlookers.
One line, played by the actors who play Local Man #1, Local Man #2, Local Man #3, and Local Man #4.

MISS NAOMI, a middle-aged woman. Takes care of the Wilks nieces. Skeptical, polite, nice to the family. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.

SUSAN, thirteen year old girl from Arkansas. Second of the three Wilks nieces. Nice, mild mannered, sincere. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.

THE DUKE, thirty-one year old man. Traveling conman. Clever, charming, arrogant. STANDARD TEXAS ACCENT.

TOWNSPERSON #1, middle-aged woman in the crowd. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.
One line, possibly played by the actor who plays Miss Naomi.

WILLIAM WILKS, middle-aged Englishman. Deaf mute.
No speaking lines, possibly played by the actor who plays Harvey Wilks.

WOMEN IN THE CROWD, a collection of onlookers.
Two lines, played by the actors who play Miss Naomi, Mary Jane, Susan.


 
EPISODE 5: PHELPS FARM

CAST OF CHARACTERS

AUNT POLLY, middle-aged woman from Missouri. The aunt of Tom and sister of Sally. Well-humored, kind, maternal. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

DOC, thirty-something man. Professional and kind. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.

HUCK FINN, fourteen year old boy from Missouri. Generally good natured, semi-analytical, sarcastic. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

JIM, thirty-eight year old cogman (steampunk cyborg) from Tennessee. Runaway cogman indentured to Miss Watson. Humble, mild, anxious, kind – especially to Huck. STRONG TENNESSEE ACCENT.

KARPINSKI BROTHER #1, thirty-something year old man. Inventor neighbor to the Phelps farm. RUSSIAN ACCENT.

KARPINSKI BROTHER #2, thirty-something year old man. Inventor neighbor to the Phelps farm. RUSSIAN ACCENT.

SALLY, middle-aged woman from Missouri. The aunt of Tom and sister of Sally. Well-humored, kind, maternal. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.

SILAS, middle-aged man from Arkansas. The uncle of Tom and husband of Sally. Kind, educated, and patient. MILD ARKANSAS ACCENT.

TOM SAWYER, twelve year old boy from Missouri. Friends with Huck. Creative, impulsive, prone to wild ideas. MILD SOUTHERN ACCENT.