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It's a Wonderful Life, Scarborough Players

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It's a Wonderful Life, Scarborough Players

**Non-Paying, Non-Equity**

It’s A Wonderful Life
Adapted by Doug Rand
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
Directed by Lorraine Kimsa

SHOW DATES: December 1,2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 2017
All shows at 8 p.m. except December 3, 10, and 16 at 2 p.m.

** A copy of the play will be on hold at the Arts Information Desk, Toronto Reference Library - 5th floor .

The Play: This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film features fluid scene changes and scores of beefy roles. It is not only a joyful Christmas tale- it’s the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the greatest generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.

This play has a large ensemble of characters that includes 20 principle roles more than 30 minor roles.
Actors may be asked to double various characters.

The Principle Roles include:

George Bailey – the protagonist
Mary Bailey - George’s wife
Mrs. Bailey- George’s mother
Uncle Billy – Building and Loan
Cousin Tilly- Building and Loan
Cousin Eustace- Building and Loan
Clarence- a low ranking angel
Annie – the maid for Ma and Pop Bailey
Harry Bailey – George’s younger brother
Violet Bick – an attractive young woman
Mr. Potter – the most powerful business man in Bedford Falls
Bert – the cop
Ernie – the cabbie
Mr. Carter- the bank examiner
Mr. Gower – the owner of the drugstore
Mr. Martini – owner of the tavern
The Children
Peter Bailey – the oldest
Janie Bailey – oldest daughter
Zuzu- youngest daughter
Tommy – the youngest

Other young roles are the children from 1919
Young George, Young Harry, Young Sam, Young Mary and Young Violet

Adult Audition Dates
Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 13 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Saturday, September 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Requirements: Please prepare a short monologue no more than 2 minutes you feel best relates to the time period, location and characters captured in this play. You may be re-directed. You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the play. Please read the play. A copy of the play will be on hold at the Arts Information Desk, Toronto Reference Library - 5th floor . Please bring photo (photocopy will do) and resume.

Children’s Audition

Sunday, September 10, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
We are looking for children 5 – 14 years-old
This is a group audition – a monologue is not required. Please wear comfortable clothes.
If absolutely necessary, if a child cannot attend the group audition, we will book child's audition into a 10-minute slot during the adult times. Please note: the director would rather see children working together in the group audition.

Booking Your Audition
Auditions must be booked in advance.
TO REQUEST AN AUDITION, SEND AN E-MAIL TO OR by phone (416) 439-1104 (Option #2) - Please leave your name & number VERY clearly.
By email or telephone please indicate your preferred audition date and time(s).
Please note: Email is the most efficient way to book an audition.
Auditions are booked in 10 minute slots. Please indicate the role(s) in which you are interested.

Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at 780 Birchmount, Unit 5 (West side of Birchmount, south of Eglinton, beside the Low Carb Food Outlet. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station). 

Some rehearsals and all performances are at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Road).
Most Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1:00 – 5 p.m.
First read-through will be Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 pm.
Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to the production opening.  You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from September 19 to December 16, 2017 on your audition forms.

Scarborough Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from
all back grounds to audition. Those auditioning must be Non-Equity performers and understand that this is a non-paying production. We do not enter into any contracts or agreements with CAEA or ACTRA.

Evelyn Strange, Village Players

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Evelyn Strange (Village Players


(Non-Union, Non-paying)
Evelyn Strange
by Stewart Lemoine
Directed by Barbara Larose
Performance Dates: November 3-25, 2017
AUDITIONS will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station) at the following times:
· Sunday, August 13 - 11 am -5 pm
· Monday August 14 -  6:30 - 10 pm
· Tuesday, August 15 -  6:30 - 10 pm
· CALL BACKS: Friday, August 18 – 6:30 – 10 pm
NOTE: Rehearsals & Performances are at 2190 Bloor St. West.
· Rehearsals are planned to
commence on September 5th, and are generally Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-10 pm, and Sundays 1-6 pm, but are flexible depending on actor availability.  
· Actors MUST be available Tech Weekend (Oct 28-29) and every night of tech week (Oct 31 -Nov. 2)
· Actors must also be available for all performance dates:  November 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (matinee), 16, 17, 18, 19 (matinee), 23, 24, 25.

The play:   In Evelyn Strange, Stewart Lemoine brings us humour and razor-sharp dialogue as we follow the title character, a beautiful amnesiac, whose quest to discover her identity exposes a tangled web of deceit, betrayal and murder.  Set in 1955, and opening at the opera to the strains of Wagner’s Siegfried, the play is a fascinating “film noir” tale of mystery and intrigue.    

CHARACTERS (age ranges refer to the characters, not the actors – and are approximate): 
1.       Nina Ferrer –  35-50:  She is the boss’s wife; a socialite; elegant and assured.
2.       Perry Spangler – late 20’s – 45:  A sub-editor at a publishing house. Mild mannered, and thoughtful.
3.       Evelyn Strange–  late 20’s - early 40’s:  A beautiful & mysterious amnesiac, struggling to discover her identity
4.       Lewis Hake – 35 – 50:  A co-worker of Perry’s, he is a bit of a “man about town” and very clever.

PREPARATION:  Please prepare a short (2-3 minute) monologue if the Director is not familiar with your work..   Please also be familiar with the play as you may be asked to do cold readings from the script. A hardcopy of the script will be available at the desk of the 5th floor of The Toronto Reference Library. A script is available upon request.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION:  Please email a copy of your headshot and resume tovillageplayersauditions@gmail.comwith your preferred date, time, interested role(s), and contact information. Please also bring a hardcopy of your resume and headshot to your audition(photocopies are acceptable

New Ideas Festival 2018 - call for scripts, Alumnae Theatre

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New Ideas Festival 2018, Alumnae Theatre


New Ideas Festival 2018 — March 7 to 25, 2018 —

Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of up to four plays, as well as a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon, is presented. The 2018 festival, NIF’s 30th season, will run from March 7 to 25, 2018, as part of Alumnae Theatre Company’s 100th anniversary year.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

When to submit

We are now accepting scripts and proposals for the 2018 festival. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2017; September 10 for Alumnae members. Preference will be given to Canadian scripts and scripts with challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested.

Submission guidelines

Scripts or proposals should be submitted electronically in PDF or Word format to Scripts must be original works that have not been previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be in any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Submissions longer than 40 minutes will be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development accomplished during the rehearsal period. Each playwright may submit a maximum of two scripts.

No identifying information should be on the script/proposal; please include a cover page providing: • play title; • list and description of characters (including age); • short play synopsis (max 50 words).

Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions.

NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks, and scripts/proposals will be sent to the NIF reading committee. The 2018 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by a creative exchange on November 5 to meet and choose directors, and cold reads of all chosen plays on December 6 to 9.

Playwrights must be available for the creative exchange and for at least one of the December cold reads dates.

Alumnae Theatre Company • 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W6

Thirteen Hnads, Alumnae Theatre Company

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Thirteen Hands, Alumnae Theatre Company


By Carol Shields
Directed by Claren Grosz
PERFORMANCE DATES:  October 20th to November 4th, 2017

The play is available for in library use at the Toronto Reference Library, Arts Dept. 5th fl.

Thirteen Hands is a witty and vibrant play-cum-musical that explores the nuances of life and womanhood. One of Alumnae’s most revered and successful premières, Thirteen Hands returns this season as part of the theatre company’s 100th anniversary retrospective series. It follows the lives of four women, along with their daughters and granddaughters, who find connection and support through a weekly game of bridge.

Thirteen Hands will feature a group of 9 diverse women from many generations who will play multiple bit parts in addition to one main role. We strongly encourage women of all backgrounds to apply.

Clara (Age 70-80)
Four women aged 40-60 (The Edge of Nighters)
Four women aged 20-40 (The Granddaughters)

Sunday, July 9th (12 to 6pm) Monday, July 10th (5 to 10pm), Tuesday, July 11th (5 to 10pm)


Be sure to include your RESUME, HEADSHOT and your PHONE NUMBER.  Candidates selected to audition will be contacted and asked to bring in one contemporary comedic monologue of their choice.  They will also be given sides.

Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)

​The script is available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor, Performance Desk, 789 Yonge Street.


You'll get used to it: The War Show, Curtain Call Players

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You'll get used to it:  The war show  (Curtain Call Players)

Auditions:  June 12th, 17th

Call backs:  June 19th


You'll Get Used to It: The War Show


Monday June 12 from 7 -10pm
Saturday June 17, from 1-5pm


Glen Rhodes United Church at 1470 Gerrard Street East, Toronto (Coxwell and Gerrard) basement


To book an audition contact Janet Flynn:

Audition Requirements:

Auditions will be booked in 10 minute intervals.  Please Prepare One song from the 1930’s or 1940’s or a Broadway Classic.  Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

Please choose One of the audition sides to read in the audition.  You do NOT have to be off book, but should be familiar with the reading.  You will be re-directed.

Call backs: Monday June 19th, 7-10pm

All performers receiving a call back will be sent a specific song and audition side to learn.  You do NOT have to be off book but should be familiar with both the song and the reading.  You will also participate in a group dance session.  Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing.

The cast will consist of 8 men and 6 Women.

The Story:

“You’ll Get Used to it” traces a squad of Canadian Soldiers and the women in their lives, from the beginning of their enlistment, to the final victory of World War II.  From the rambunctious comedy of their boot camp days, to chasing girls in England, to the terrors of D-Day, this play captures the essence of the era though humor, songs, dance and drama.  It is not your typical musical.  It is very emotional, full of tears and laughter.  It’s a potpourri of the war years, a unique combination of comedy and tragedy, devastatingly funny and beautifully shaded.

Main Characters:

DUSTY – early 20’s.  An “everyman” type of character.  A farm boy with many innocent delusions about the war. We follow his progress from raw recruit to cynical veteran.  Strong Acting and Singing required.

JEAN-PIERRE – early 20’s.  French Canadian.  A bit of a dreamer and drifter, although pretty street-wise.  Joined the army to find some direction in life.  French Canadian accent required. 

DUD – early 20’s.  Very naïve and just a bit dumb.  Probably lived at home right until he joined the army.  Strong comedic skills required.

SHARKY – Late 20’s.  An ex-con, tough, cynical and always on the look-out for something to steal or a girl to make a pass at.  Joined the army because he was fed up being harassed by the police.

SARGE – Late 40’s.  Career soldier.  Tough and Loud, but with a deep-seated fondness for his men.  A serious “straight man”.

POPS – Mid 50’s.  A WWI veteran with a vast repertoire of corny jokes.  He joined the army to re-live his youth and get away from his wife.  Vaudeville style comedy required. (Also plays Smythe, a very upper class British, uptight, by-the-book zealot – English accent required)

The Ensemble:

TWO MEN – to play over 20 characters ranging in age and nationality.  Strong acting skills, and ability to do accents required.

TWO WOMEN (Charlene) – early 20’s.  Soprano vocal range.  Pretty, ingénue types.  Strong dramatic acting and singing required.

TWO WOMEN (Jill) – early 30’s.  Contralto vocal range.  Strong comedic skills, accents and versatility. 

TWO WOMEN (Dancers) – any age, any vocal range.  Strong dance skills, including Swing/Jive, comfortable doing lifts.

Rehearsal Dates:

First read through – Wednesday June 21, 7:30-10:30pm @ Glen Rhodes United Church
During July and August each performer will attend TWO music rehearsals and TWO acting/accent rehearsals, and (with support materials such as recordings) be asked to learn their individual parts at home. (Note: NOT at Glen Rhodes United Church)
Second read through - Wednesday Sept 6, 7:30-10:30pm @ Glen Rhodes United Church
After September 6th, a regular schedule of Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7:30-10:30pm will commence. All @ Glen Rhodes United Church

Show dates:

Thursday November 2 – 8pm Preview
Friday November 3 – 8:00pm Opening Night
Saturday November 4 – 2pm – Matinee
Saturday November 4 – 8:00pm Show
Sunday November 5 – 2pm – Matinee

Thursday November 9 – 8:00pm Show
Friday November 12:30pm – School Matinee **Pending School Board approval
Friday November 10 – 8:00pm Show
Saturday November 11 – 2pm Matinee CLOSING

All Shows performed at Fairview Library Theatre located at 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York


All cast members MUST become members of Curtain Call Player:  membership fee of $35.

All cast members MUST commit to TWO Promotional events or activities (not exceeding 3 hours each).  These may include small performances for media, Legion Halls, Retirement facilities or at community events; and handing out flyers.

All cast members MUST commit to some administrative functions including contacting potential sponsors, getting donations of items for baskets and social media advertising as requested (not exceeding 4 hours total)

All cast members MUST sign permission for their image to be used for promotional materials.

Non-paying, non-equity.

Erika, Street Fighter Collective

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Erika (Street Fighter Collective)

Auditions:  June 24th 1-4 PM

The Street Fighter Collective Presents auditions for a forthcoming production of an original play, 'Erika'.
Looking for a Non-Equity Indigenous Actress in her 30's or an Indigenous Actress who can play that range.
Auditions are in fifteen minute slots and sides from the play will be provided.
Collective Studio
664 Lansdowne Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 3Y8
Questions as well as headshots and theatrical resumes should be directed to
Thank you,
The Street Fighter Collective



Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hart House

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Hedwig and the angry inch (score only), (Hart House Theatre)

Auditions:  the week of July 4th, 2017

Callbacks:  July 8-9 (only those contacted for an audition will be seen.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, June 29, 2017 – early submissions are encouraged. Non-union (ACTRA or Equity), Non-paying

Those contacted for auditions will be seen the week of July 4, with callbacks on July 8 and 9. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen. Performance run: September 22-October 7, 2017

Please send headshots, resumes and character(s) for which you wish to be seen to

Artists of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and gender identities are strongly encouraged to submit. In particular, we encourage submissions from those who identify as trans, non-binary, gender fluid and/or two-spirited.

Audition requirements: Actors are asked to prepare one contemporary monologue (max. two minutes) and be prepared from some improvisation. Candidates should be prepared to show some proficiency with accents – German (Hedwig), Eastern European (Yitzhak). In addition, actors are asked to prepare two contemporary pieces (approximately one to two minutes per piece) in the rock/pop vein. These do not need to be from the musical theatre canon. Please ensure that one piece is a ballad and the other an up-tempo piece. Actors are expected to bring sheet music for their song and an accompanist will be provided. A capella auditions are strongly discouraged.

It is recommended that actors familiarize themselves with the characters and material in the play.




The Humans, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

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The Humans (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)

Auditions:  June 6,  June 7

 Book is available for reading purposes and is kept at the Arts Desk on the 5th Floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

12 Angry Men, Toronto Stage Company

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12 Angry Men, Toronto Stage Company


The Toronto Stage Company is holding open call Auditions for our upcoming production of Reginald Rose’s Drama 12 Angry Men.
Questions: Candidates with Questions may contact us through email at:

About 12 Angry Men
The play concerns the deliberations of the jury of a homicide trial. At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty, with a single dissenter of not guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt.
12 Angry Men requires a cast of 12 men (ages 30 and up) who spend the entire show on-stage in an ongoing conversation and real-time deliberation.

12 Angry Men is the inaugural production of The Toronto Stage Company. Presented in the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, 12 Angry Men is Directed by Patrick Stiles.

Audition Location & Dates
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts Distillery Historic District 50 Tank House Lane,
Toronto, Ontario

Open Call registration begins at 8:45am Saturday May 27, 2017.

Callbacks will be held Saturday June 3rd by appointment only.
Audition Information – Equity Members

Equity Members (or their agent) may submit a resume, headshot, part of interest and their Equity number to Selected equity members will be given appointments to meet with the director.
Equity members not given an appointment may appear at the open call auditions where they will be given priority. Please bring your resume, headshot, part of interest, Equity number and prepare for the reads below.

Audition Information – Non Equity Members (Open Call)
Non-Equity Members may appear at the Open Call at 8:45 am and will be seen by the director on a first come first serve basis beginning at 9am. When you arrive at the Young Centre – look for our signs and the registration table in the lobby. Please bring your resume, headshot, part of interest and prepare for the reads below.

What to Prepare
The Director has provided two selections from the play for candidates to prepare PRIOR to the audition. Please select ONE. Selections do not need to be memorized – you may keep a copy in your hands while you read.

Selection One:
8th Juror: It’s very hard to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth. Well, I don’t think any real damage has been done here. Because I don’t really know what the truth is. No one ever will, I suppose. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we’re just gambling on probabilities. We may be wrong. We may be trying to return a guilty man to the community. No one can really know. But we have a reasonable doubt, and this is a safeguard that has enormous value in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it’s sure. We nine can’t understand how you three are still so sure. Maybe you can tell us.

Selection Two:
10th Juror: I will like hell quiet down. There is not one of them, not one who’s any good. Now, d’you hear that? Not one. Now let me lay this out for you - ignorant - bastards. You at the window, you’re so goddamned smart. We’re facing a danger here. Don't’ you know it? These people are multiplying. That kid on trial, his type, they’re multiplying five times as fast as we are. That’s the statistic. Five times. And they are - wild animals. They’re against us, they hate us, they want to destroy us. That’s right. Don’t look at me like that! There’s a danger. For God’s sake, we're living in a dangerous time, and if we don’t watch it, if we don’t smack them down whenever we can, then they are gonna own us. They’re gonna breed us out of existence.

Candidates may also read the script. We are using the Penguin Classics edition of the script (ISBN: 9780143104407) which is available through Indigo Chapters.

A copy is also available at the Arts Desk on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Juror #1: Head juror/foreman of the jury. Takes his responsibilities seriously and is non-confrontational

Juror #2: Shy, timid. Not good at explaining himself when put on the spot and tends to vote with the group to avoid attention

Juror #3: The main antagonist to Juror #8. He has a history of sitting on many juries and comes across as jaded, impatient, over-it, and gets annoyed when asked to explain his reasons for wanting to send the defendant to the electric chair. He takes a tough stance on kids, possibly because of issues with his own son. He stands alone as the last guilty verdict until Juror #8 points out that it’s not his own son on trial, it’s someone else’s. Weather he’s tired, wants to go home, or realizes that there really is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt, he is the last juror to vote not guilty.

Juror #4: A rational, logical and well-spoken stock broker. He is very robotic, routine and customary with a great eye for detail

Juror #5: From the slums and is likely more sympathetic to the defendant in this murder trial, or at least doesn’t immediately judge him for where he’s come from. He only changes his vote to notguilty after a witnesses’ account creates a reasonable doubt for him. Also, his experience with knife fights helps the other juror members to form an opinion of “not guilty”

Juror #6: Convinced of the defendants’ guilt right at the start of deliberations, but he is willing to admit that he could be wrong. He’s not used to thinking for himself

Juror #7: Selfish. Doesn’t care about justice. He thinks that having to deliberate in this case is a waste of time. He’s impatient as he is a Yankees fan and has tickets to the game that night and doesn’t want to miss it due to jury deliberations.

Juror #8: Gentle and thoughtful, he believes that there is a reasonable doubt and wants to talk it out with the jury. He’s the only one to vote “not guilty” in the beginning. He is the solid hero of the jury/play, probably the smartest one in the room, and cares deeply about justice and the consequences of the juries’ decision in the fate of a young mans life.

Juror #9 Much older than the other members of the jury, in his 80’s. He is the last person to raise his hand on the first vote, and the first person to change his mind at the next vote, and vote “not guilty”.

Juror #10 The most angry of the 12 Angry Men. He is bigoted, racist and has a case of the “hot weather (man) cold” which could affect his patience with being on jury duty. He thinks that spewing out more and more racist remarks will help others see his point of view, but it alienates him, largely thanks to a comment from Juror #9. He eventually gives up, and votes not-guilty.

Juror #11 The only foreigner in the jury, he is from Germany, with a thick accent. While he is well-spoken and polite, he takes his jury duty seriously and gets mad at other members of the jury (#7) that have no respect for democracy or justice, and whom take their freedoms and liberties and their civic responsibility for granted. 4

Juror #12 A true New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Works for an advertising agency. He’s a brainstormer who throws his thoughts out there. He appreciates a good pitch, but may be incapable of making one himself.

Availability Requirements: Rehearsals are Monday to Friday beginning July 10th (Saturdays at the discretion of the director). First preview is Tuesday August 1st, Opening night is August 3rd. Cast members must be available through Mid September.

The Aliens, Coal Mine Theatre

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The Aliens (Coal Mine Theatre)

Auditions:  June 9th, 10th



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