PCA will be conducting auditions next week for its production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Auditions for roles in plays presented by Prescott Center for the Arts are open to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or experience, Jon Meyer, executive director, said.
"Producing a show with several roles for black actors is new territory for PCA, as casting black actors has always been perceived as problematic given the small population of African-Americans in the community," Meyer said.
"PCA feels this is a very important play to produce and is looking forward to welcoming and inviting all black actors (or actors of any ethnic background) who wish to audition.
"Having black actors on the PCA stage is not new," Meyer said. "Very talented black actors have appeared on the PCA stage, but as far as anyone at PCA can remember, producing a show with multiple black characters has either been very rare or has not happened in the past."
The audition dates and times are: 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 for children's roles, and 6:30 p.m. for adult roles and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 for adult roles
Both dates are on the mainstage at PCA, on the corner of Marina and Willis streets in downtown Prescott. For more information, call PCA at 445-3286.