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Anti/Social- A Comedy

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 ANTI/SOCIAL:  A Comedy

to be performed at the InspiraTO Festival, Toronto:

Produced by WATERCOURSE THEATRE


Producer: Catherine Frid


Director: ML Dodick


Written by Catherine Frid & ML Dodick


Our website: 

https://www.watercoursetheatre.com/auditions.html



THE STORY:


Welcome to Aleesha’s world, her Social Work paper is due –
​and Aleesha desperately needs to find the perfect “Human Subject” to write about.
Enter a woman who’s a panhandler in the City Park. Perfect!
If only Aleesha could convince her to co-operate.
Things get messy – and then there’s the Police Officer…



PRODUCTION INFORMATION:


PLAY REHEARSALS

  • There are 10 Play rehearsals (rehearsals are approx. 1.5 - 2 hours)
  • Play rehearsals begin in March 2020 and continue until the end of May 2020.

 

TECH & CUE-TO-CUE REHEARSALS

  • There are 2 Tech rehearsals at Alumnae Theatre (Thurs. May 21 at 1:00pm, and  Sun. May 24 at 11:00am).
  • And there is 1 Cue-to-Cue "dress rehearsal" at Alumnae Theatre (Wed. May 27 at 1:30pm).
  • Tech Rehearsals & Cue-to-Cue “Dress Rehearsals” will be at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street

 

PERFORMANCES 

  • There will be 7 performances
  • Performances will be at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
  • Performances will run May 28 - June 6, 2020
  • The play is 10 minutes long and is a part of a 1-hour show, comprised of 6x10-minute plays.


AUDITION DATES/TIMES:


Auditions are by appointment.

AUDITIONS 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
4:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
4:30pm - 8:30pm

CALL BACKS


Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

A copy of the play will be on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th Floor Arts, Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge St.



COMPENSATION:

This year, the InspiraTO Festival works on a profit-sharing model. 
Our show's 3 Actors will share equally with the Director and Producer in the play’s profits from InspiraTO. 


 
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:


ALEESHA: Stage age is early-20s. Any ethnicity. Any gender.
Seeking an excellent comedic actor.
​She’s like Alexis from the TV series Schitt’s Creek.
And Aleesha livestreams her life on Social Media – she’s a Social Media star.


 
WATERCOURSE THEATRE encourages submissions from all ethnicities & genders.
 
WHO CAN BE CAST:

  • Non- Union Actors can be cast
  • “Apprentice  Members” of ACTRA/Equity can be cast.

 
Please Note:
“Full Union Members” of ACTRA/Equity are not able to be cast in this production.


 
TIME COMMITMENT:


Please assess whether you are able to make this time commitment before you audition.
The success of our production requires actors who are able to give this their full attention.

Thank you -
WATERCOURSE THEATRE


 
HOW TO APPLY:


Please submit your Resume and Headshot to:
WatercourseTheatreCasting@gmail.com

  • Our Team will contact you to schedule an Audition
  • Audition Sides will be emailed to you ahead of the Audition
  • Auditions will be held in Downtown Toronto, audition location will be confirmed in our response email
  • Please bring your headshot and resume to the Audition

The Government Inspector

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The Scarborough Players:

The Government Inspector

adapted by Jeremy Hatcher

 

 From the original by Nikolai Gogol

 

Produced by special arrangement with

Dramatists Play Service Inc.


Directed by Marisa King. Produced by Todd Davies 

 

**Non-Paying, Non-Equity**

 

SHOW DATES: Evenings May 29, 30,

June 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 at 8 p.m.


Matinees are May 31, June 7 and 13 at 2 p.m.

 

The Play: What happens when a rumour spreads that a Government Inspector is arriving undercover in a small Russian town? No one knows who it is so the citizens spiral into a panic of corruption and greed to impress a visitor newly arrived. Is he the Inspector or is he not? This spirited and uproarious adaptation of Gogol’s original is witty and satirical with a contemporary feel.

 

ROLES:


Ages listed are a guide for how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor.


The following roles will be doubled:


Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow
Waitress/Locksmith’s Wife
Abdullin/Constable/Imperial Messenger
Pentelaeyev/Constable
Chernaeyev/Constable


The Constables are non-speaking roles.

 

Russian accents are not required.


Mayor (M) (40s-70s) – Self-important, pompous, venal. The Mayor is terrified at thethought that his little fiefdom of greed and corruption might be brought down by some random official from Moscow. Almost diabolical in his scheming and planning, he will stoop to any level and sell anything or anyone to ensure that he holds onto his power and influence and the luxury these afford him. He is the consummate large fish in a small pond.


Hlestakov (M) (20s-30s) – Low-level government clerk trying to prove something to his father. A man-child, completely spoiled and self-absorbed, vain, pompous, has an eye for the ladies. Ability to sing and play piano/guitar/ukulele is an asset.


Osip (M) (20s-70s) – Hlestakov’s manservant. Much smarter than Hlestakov, fed up with being his servant but needs the money, very dry humour, would love for Hlestakov to have an unfortunate accident


Postmaster (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important, likes to lord it over the other villagers that he has unfettered access to their mail and thus their secrets


Judge (M) (50s-70s) – Completely corrupt and at the Mayor’s beck and call. Only interested in maintaining his lifestyle and his power, easily swayed to whatever point of view is most convenient at the time


School Principal (M) (30s-70s) – Defensive of his school but just as corrupt as the rest of the bunch, ready to do whatever the Mayor demands


Hospital Director (M) (30s-70s) – As corrupt as everyone else, willing to compromise everything to go along with the gang


Dobchinsky (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important Country Squire. Yin to Bobchinsky’s Yang, joined at the hip and always wanting to be the first to spread news and gossip whether it’s good or bad


Bobchinsky (M) (20s-70s) – Self-important Country Squire. Yang to Dobchinsky’s Yin, joined at the hip and always wanting to be the first to spread news and gossip whether it’s good or bad


Doctor (M) (30s-70s) – The smartest of the bunch but plays dumb very well


Abdullin (M) (30s-70s) – Has more self-respect than most characters in the play but, in the end, only out for himself (doubles as Constable and Imperial Messenger)


Pentelaeyev (M) (30s-70s) – Tailor with many grievances but not above bribing the mayor when it works to his advantage (doubles as Constable)


Chernaeyev (M) (30s-70s) – Draper who has grievances but has also been guilty of bribing the mayor (doubles as Constable)


Imperial Messenger (M) (30s-70s) – A dignified government functionary (doubles as Abdullin)


Svetsunov (M/F) (20s-60s) – Chief of Police, a toady, goes along with whatever the Mayor wants


Anna Andreyevna (F) (30s-60s) – Mayor’s wife, vulgar, vain, hates her husband but enjoys the trappings of her position. Attracted to almost anyone of the opposite sex, cares little for her daughter apart from the wealth she might attract


Marya (F) (20s-30s) – Mayor’s daughter, smarter than her parents, hates her mother but defers to her father out of misplaced affection, desperate to get away from the small town life she leads, can give as good as she gets


Grusha (F) (40s-70s) – Mayor’s servant, simple, salt of the earth, good sense of humour

Waitress (F) (40s-60s) – Simple, plainspoken, gruff, doesn’t tolerate fools (doubles as Locksmith’s wife)


Locksmith’s Wife (F) (40s-60s) – Has suffered much but not worried about pointing the finger for her troubles at her neighbours (doubles as Waitress)


Innkeeper’s wife (F) (20s-30s) – Daughter of the Waitress, slovenly, sullen, hates her mother (doubles as Corporal’s Widow)


Corporal’s Widow (F) (20s-30s) – Desperate to unload her woes on someone else but revels in being worse off than her neighbour (doubles as Innkeeper’s wife)


BOOKING AN AUDITION


AUDITION DATES:

Monday, February 24th, 2020 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Saturday, February 29th – 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS)


Requirements: Please prepare a comedic monologue of no more than one minute…something you love. Please be prepared for some redirection of your monologue; there may also be cold readings from the play. Please bring a recent photo (photocopy will do) and resumé.


Those asked to return for callbacks will be emailed a few scenes to review. There will be mixing and matching of the actors by the artistic staff.

 

Please read the play.

 

A copy of the play will be on hold at

the 5th floor Information Desk,

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

 


                           Auditions must be booked in advance

 


TO REQUEST AN AUDITION, SEND AN E-MAIL TO audition4sp@gmail.com


OR by phone (416) 439-1104 -

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 Alison’s Fine Foods. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station). However, Eglinton is under construction and traffic is very slow from Kennedy. Some north/south streets like Birchmount and Warden can be closed at Eglinton causing transit to re-route. Please check with TTC for updates.


First read-through will be Sunday, March 8th at 5:00 p.m. with rehearsals beginning on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.


Most rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 5-9.


All actors will be required on Sunday, May 17th which is the Victoria Day long weekend. However, there will be no rehearsals Easter Sunday, April 12th.


Some dates and times can be flexible as needed.


Some rehearsals and all performances are at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Road)).


Scarborough Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds 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.

Comic Potential

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Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn

The NAGs Players

Directed by Brian Russell

Show datesMay 14,15,16 & 21,22,23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (The 2nd weekend is Victoria Day long weekend, so actors must be available for those dates.)

Show & audition locationTranzac Main Stage, 292 Brunswick Ave (at Bloor St W), Toronto

Audition dates: Tues. Feb. 11th, 2020 from 7-10 pm. Call backs are Thurs. Feb. 13th, 2020 at 7 pm.

The auditions will consist of reading sections of the script and interacting with other actors in various roles. A prepared monologue is not required.

Please contact auditions@nagsplayers.com to lets us know you will be attending.

Please also include headshots and resumes if you have them. While not essential, they could be useful.

Rehearsals are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm.

You must be able to make all the dates for the Tech Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal and show dates before applying for an audition.

NAGs Players is an inclusive community theatre company, and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

This is a non-equity, non-paying production

 

A copy of the play is on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th floor, Arts Dept. Toronto Reference Library.  789 Yonge St.

DESCRIPTION

A sensation in London and New York, this is one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain’s grandmaster of comedy. Largely set in a television studio in the foreseeable future where actors have been replaced by low cost androids (known as “actoids”), this hilarious satire and touching romantic comedy tells the story of Adam, an aspiring writer, and his relationship with Jacie Triplethree (JC333), one of the leading “actoids” on an appalling and terribly cliched television soap opera. When Adam discovers that Jacie can not only carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, also has the ability to learn from experience and has a creative imagination, he begins putting together a pitch to build a new television series around her. But the studio, including villainess department head Carla, will not hear of it. Adam soon finds himself falling in love with Jacie and the two of them embark on a quest that takes them into the heart of the city where comedy and tragedy seem to be at every turn. A story filled with both humour and heart, Comic Potential explores the notion that if comedy, laughter, and love are what separates humans from machines yet is mostly subjective, does that make it a fault in the human being experiencing it? And can it be taught?

CHARACTERS

Adam Trainsmith (male, age 20-35) A pleasant and affable dreamer. He has an appreciation for the classics of American cinematic comedy and an earnest desire to bring it back.

Jacie Triplethree (female, age 20-35) An “actoid”, which is to say an android programmed to serve in a variety of low-budget TV series, she has begun to develop human qualities, the most prominent of which is a sense of humor.

Chandler Tate (male, age 40-60) A once proud director of American films now reduced to ordering around robots and technicians instead of actual actors. Bitter and sarcastic with a scathing tongue, he’s nonetheless inspired by this chance to bring back the golden age of comedy.

Carla Pepperbloom (female, age 30-55) A power hungry corporate executive with a taste for younger men and no sense of humor. She’s used to getting her way and not particularly fond of being challenged.

Prim Spring (female, age 25-40) A computer programmer responsible for programming the various actoids. Polite, perhaps even to a fault, and a tad bit skittish under pressure. Currently involved in a lesbian relationship with her co-worker Trudi.

Trudi Floote (female, age 20-35) The on-set technician, she’s in charge of the more mechanical aspects of the actoids and overall studio environment. A bit more jaded and cooler under fire than her life partner, Prim.

ENSEMBLE ROLES

This is a play that requires various actors to take on multiple smaller speaking roles of various character types. Three or four people (both male and female) will be cast in these roles and they will be divided up into as many as four roles per person. All of these roles will be cast based on the number of people and who we have audition:

Doctor/Farmer: A soap opera actoid featured in two distinct roles, LM05623 plays the Doctor who delivers bad news in very “soap opera” style, before a glitch causes him to mix up his vowels. He also plays the Farmer, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project.

Mother/Farmer’s Wife: A soap opera actoid playing two distinct roles, CW77502 plays Mother who sits weeping while the Doctor gives the tragic news about her son. She also plays Farmer’s Wife, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project for Jacie.

Dress Shop Assistant: A snooty and snobby dress shop assistant who is left aghast by Jacie’s antics.

Prostitute: A threatening and agitated sort who threatens Jacie in her hotel room, thinking that Jacie is trying to steal her business.

Man in Dress Shop: A rich but exasperated customer who has to deal with his high maintenance girlfriend in both in a department store and a hotel restaurant.

Girl in Dress Shop: The spoiled and high-maintenance girlfriend of Man in Dress Shop, never satisfied, yet expressing amazement in the boutique and the restaurant when she sees things that seem out of the ordinary.

Turkey: A seedy, aggressive, and violent but ultimately cowardly pimp.

Lester Trainsmith: Head of the TV studio, Lester is Adam’s uncle and is aided by his assistant Marmion who does almost all of his speaking for him. A man of steel and purpose who is used to getting what he wants.

Hotel Desk Clerk: Questions and queries Adam and Jacie with both suspicion and intrigue.

Hotel Waiter 1: Efficient in preparing tables and drinks in the restaurant eventually revealing a nasty and bigoted side.

Hotel Waiter 2: Takes part in the smooth arrangement of tables and drinks in the restaurant scene.

Son: Soap opera actoid LJM 54823, reacting with true “soap opera style” stiff upper lip dignity to the bad news about his state.

Marmion: Lester’s assistant and translator who speaks for Lester via a futuristic earpiece. Fastidious but easily flustered when others become confused as to whether he is speaking for himself or for Lester.

Technician: Helps lead Jacie away in a very poignant moment of the play.

In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

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Alumnae Theatre


In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
by Sarah Ruhl 

Directed by: Victoria Shepherd

Performance dates:  April 17 – May 2, 2020


 Summary: In late 19th century America, an enterprising young physician takes advantage of the dawn of electricity to employ a new mechanism to ease female “hysteria”.  Meanwhile, his devoted but desperately unhappy wife takes charge of her own fulfillment and awakening.  This daring play explores the subjugated world of an upper middle class wife and mother with humour, compassion and enlightenment.
 
A copy of the play will be on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th Floor, Toronto Reference Library.

 
Important Dates:
 
  • Auditions are on January 25, 27 & 28,  2020
  • Callbacks are January 30, 2020
  • The play runs April 17 – May 2, 2020 on the Mainstage at Alumnae

The Roles:   
       
Alumnae Theatre Company is committed to non-traditional casting and to including talented actors of all races, backgrounds, and ages in our productions.
 
Catherine Givings    
 
Wife of Dr. Givings and mother to Letitia, a woman late 20’s/early 30’s and full of life, but sexually frustrated with her marriage.

Dr. Givings  
              
Catherine's husband, a man in his forties and a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders.

Sabrina Daldry
         
Dr. Givings' patient, a pianist in her early thirties struggling with hysteria and infertility.

Leo Irving   
               
Another patient of Dr. Givings', an English artist in his twenties or thirties.

Annie   
                      
Dr. Givings' midwife assistant, a woman in her late thirties.

Elizabeth
                   
​A housekeeper, and later wet nurse, a Black woman in her early thirties.

Dick Daldry 
              
Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties.

 
Please note that this play deals with sexuality and actors must be comfortable with depicting intimacy (with the support of an intimacy director). Alumnae Theatre members are given preference of casting.
 

 
Audition Dates, Times & Location: 
 

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide Street East) Entry by Stage Door on n Adelaide.
 
Saturday, January 25, 2020                 
10 am – 6 pm

Monday, January 27, 2020               
6 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday, January 28, 2020                   
6 pm – 9 pm
 
Callbacks: Thursday, January 30, 2020  6-9 pm

 
Audition Preparation:      
 
 
Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue. 
​It is highly recommended that you are familiar with the play and the characters.

 
How to Submit for an Audition:
 

E-mail with headshot and resume to: 


Please indicate the role you are interested in and include your phone number so we can contact you! 

Please specify if you are an Alumnae Theatre Member.
 
 
This is a non-union, non-paying production. For over a century, Alumnae Theatre Company's outstanding casts, crew & management have been volunteers who love theatre.

 

Mending Fences

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MENDING FENCES by Norm Foster  Directed by Nicole Arends


THE VILLAGE PLAYERS, BLOOR WEST VILLAGE

Non Union, Non Paying


Rehearsals:  Regular rehearsals will begin mid-February and will continue throughout the months of March and April 2020

- excluding long weekends. Rehearsal schedule will likely be 3 times per week (2 evenings and 1 on the weekend - days TBD).

 

Must be available every night of tech week: April 19-23, 2020.


Performance Dates:   April 24 - May 16, 2020.


AUDITIONS: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00pm Sunday, January 26, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00pm Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 - 9:30pm


CALL BACKS : Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:00 - 9:30pm


LOCATION : All auditions, call backs, rehearsals and performances will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station). 

THE PLAY :
Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen his son Drew in thirteen years, and now Drew is coming to Harry’s Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart. Virginia, the woman next door with her own issues, plays a major role in helping them reconcile. Flashbacks to Harry’s youth, middle age and to Drew’s teens give us insights into the lives of these characters.

 

CHARACTERS:


Harry:
a retired farmer, played at age 59 and at age 46


Drew: a golf pro, played at age 29 and at age 15; plus playing young Harry at age 14


Virginia (Gin): a farmer's widow, age 50 (the actress in this role will also play Drew's mother and Harry's mother in different time periods)


(All roles are open to any ethnicity and the ages listed reflect how the character should appear on stage, not the characters actual age)

PREPARATION:  Please prepare a short (2-3) minute comedic monologue. You will also be asked to read from the script. Sides will be e-mailed to you and will also be available at the audition. Please bring a hardcopy of your resume and headshot to your audition.

 

A hardcopy of the script will be available at the desk of the 5th floor of The Toronto Reference Library.

 

As per the permission of the playwright, an electronic copy of the script is available upon request.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION:  Please email a copy of your headshot and resume to villageplayersauditions@gmail.com with your preferred date, time, interested role and contact information.

Good People

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Good People

 

by David Lindsay-Abaire


Show dates:

February 28 to March 21, 2020


Director: Cliona Kenny


Producer: David Nicholson

 

(Non-union, non-paying. We do not cast full equity or ACTRA members)



AUDITIONS  will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. West (just east of Runnymede subway station) at the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday November 27th  7:30-10:30pm
  • Friday, November 29th  7:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 30th: 11 to 6pm
  • Callbacks. Saturday December 7th   TBD

 

REHEARSALS: Will be held at the Village Playhouse. The first read-through will be Thursday, December 12, with rehearsals Sunday December 15, Tuesday December 17, and Thursday December 19 [subject to availability.] Further rehearsals will resume Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and continue Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons or evenings, exact times to be determined.


  
PLAY SYNOPSIS:


PLACE: The play is set in South Boston’s Lower End, and in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
 
Margie Walsh just got fired, again. She has good friends but no money, the rent is due and her disabled daughter needs full time care.  Margie has known tough times before but her resilience is running dry.  She badly needs a job.
 
Her best buddy Jean suggests a solution. Margaret’s high-school boyfriend Mike is back in town. He has done well for himself. Jean suggests that Doctor Mike might help find her a job or give her some leads.  You never know, right?
 
Good People is the story of Southie Boston where one’s schoolmates end up in prison, homeless or worse. Survival is forged in the school of hard knocks with the side order of hope that the big bingo win might just allow the Good People to finally catch a break.  Or Is Doctor Mike one of the Good People who could be Margaret’s Ace in the hole?  You never know, right?


 
LIST OF CHARACTERS.
 
**The ages refer to the actor’s ability and comfort to convincingly portray the range stated.
** The ethnicity of the characters is as defined by the playwright.

  1. Margaret Walsh: White woman, late 40s-early 50s. Single teenage mother 30 years ago. Quick witted with sharp humour.
  2. Stevie: White, late 20s-early 30s. Margie’s boss at the Dollar Store and fellow bingo player.
  3. Dottie: 50-60. Margaret’s landlady and friend. A little slow on the uptake.
  4. Jean: White, 50s. Margaret’s friend from childhood. Canny and tough talking.
  5. Dr. Michael Dillon: White, late 40s early 50s. Margie’s high-school boyfriend. Married to Kate.
  6. Kate: African-Canadian/American. Married to Mike. 30s and significantly younger than him in appearance.

 PREPARATION:  Working-class Boston accents for Margaret, Stevie, Dottie, Jean are welcome but not essential. Please prepare a short monologue that is in tune with the role you are auditioning for. You will also be asked to read from the script.

 


A copy of the play will be on hold at the 5th floor Audio Desk, Toronto Reference Library. A script is also available upon request from the audition coordinator


TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Please send a photo and resumé with your audition request, date, time, role(s) of interest and contact information to: villageplayersauditions@gmail.com. Please also bring a hardcopy of your resume and head shot (photocopy is fine) to your audition.

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Oh, What a Lovely War !

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Hart House Theatre


OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!

By Ted Allan and Charles Chilton and

Joan Littlewood and Gerry Raffles


Directed by Autumn Smith

 

ABOUT THE PLAY:
A clownish look at the foibles of combat, Oh, What A Lovely War! is a satire with songs that questions humanity’s glorification of battle and the cycle of violence. This modern staging will take this classic, WWI themed play and place it firmly in 2020, within the world of gamers and mega-violent video games, to force a look at how we pass along warlike thinking to the next generation. Presented in association with Hart House’s 100th Anniversary, this show salutes the House’s historic connection to the military efforts in the Great War.

 

ABOUT THE THEATRE:
Since 1919, Hart House Theatre has engaged a broad array of communities in the passion, vibrancy and immediacy of theatrical performance as artists, learners, volunteers and audience members.
Through authentic artistic partnerships that enhance inclusion, pluralism and representation, Hart House Theatre focuses on the development, training and showcase of youth and emerging artists seeking to create innovative opportunities for expression and exploration. It also facilitates audience engagement with shows and programs that inspire thought, laughter and joyous applause.

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - early submissions are encouraged.
Non-union (ACTRA or Equity), Non-paying


Those contacted for auditions will be seen the week beginning December 1, with callbacks taking place on December 8. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen.


Performance run: Feb. 28-March 7, 2020

 

Please send headshots, resumes to auditions@harthousetheatre.ca. Be sure to include OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR in your email subject line and label your attached files firstname_lastname_headshot and firstname_lastname_resume.


Artists of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and gender identities are strongly encouraged to submit.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Performers are asked to prepare:

  • one contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length
  • one acapella song in any style (16-32 bars) to display their choral capabilities
  • If performers are proficient with a musical instrument, they are encouraged to bring that instrument with them and to prepare a short piece
  • If performers are experienced in dance, movement and physical-based theatre, they are encouraged to display that skill in their pieces
  • It is recommended that actors familiarize themselves with the characters and material in the play.

A copy of the play will be on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th Floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

 

Posted by: HART HOUSE THEATRE
For more information: https://harthouse.ca/opportunities/entry/oh-what-a-lovely-war-audition

A Red Plaid Shirt, Scarborough Theatre Guild

October 23, 2019 | Irene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

A Red Plaid Shirt, Scarborough Theatre Guild

A Red Plaid Shirt   By Michael G. Wilmot

Director: Larry Westlake
Producer: Allison Overington
Stage Manager: TBD

AUDITION DATES 
Sunday, December 8  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Monday, December 9  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

CALLBACKS (if required)
Wednesday, December 11    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

AUDITION & REHEARSAL LOCATION
Scarborough Theatre Guild Rehearsal Unit – 2105 Midland Avenue, Unit 16, Scarborough, Ontario
(the building is immediately north of the Midland LRT station on east side, south of Progress. The unit and both driveway exits face Cosentino Dr.)

REHEARSALS
             Commence: Wednesday, December 18 (Read through):  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
             Continue: Tuesdays &Thursdays: Starting January 2020  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
                             Sundays:7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

PERFORMANCE DATES - 2020
April 3-4  Friday, Saturday – 8 pm
April 5  Sunday Matinée – 2 pm
April 9-12  Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 pm
April 13  Sunday Matinée – 2 pm
April 23-24  Thursday, Friday – 8 pm
April 25  Saturday Matinée – 2 pm

All performances at Scarborough Village Theatre (3600 Kingston Road at Markham Road, Scarborough).

SYNOPSIS
How do you cope with retirement? Even more pressing, how do you cope with your husband’s retirement? Join Marty, Deb, Fred and Gladys in this light comedy as they seek out new interests to occupy their now abundant leisure time.  Choices range from art classes and wood-working projects to rediscovering your youth on a motorcycle, or becoming an obsessive hypochondriac. Middle ground may seem hard to find, but that’s what teamwork – and marriage -- is about, right?


REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare a two-minute comedic monologue. Cold readings from the script may also be required. If called back, you will be asked to read from the script with other actors. Please bring a resume and recent head-shot.


SCRIPT
If you would like to read the play before auditioning, the script is on reserve at the Arts Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and at the Community Desk of the Toronto Public Library, Cedarbrae Branch, at 545 Markham Road in Scarborough.


BOOK AN AUDITION
For information, or to book an audition time, email Alison Overington at alison@singulardesign.ca

If you must cancel on your audition night, please call the STG unit at 416 439 5349.

This production is Non Paying/Non Equity

Roles Available
Role Description
Marty  
Late 50’s, early 60’s – Recently retired English teacher. Has not planned any activities for his retirement
and is fighting boredom. Seriously considering buying a motorcycle.
Deb   Late 50’s – Marty’s wife. Has taken on a few hobbies of her own to cope with retirement, and is definitely against Mary’s wish to have a motorcycle.
Fred   Late 50’s, early 60’s – Retired. Fred has convinced himself that he has every disease known to man – a moaning hypochondriac.
Gladys   Late 50’s – Fred’s wife. Much like Deb in her dealings with a newly retired husband.

 

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

October 12, 2019 | Karen | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

adapted by Christopher Baker

Directed by Katherine Turner

Produced by Darlene Thomas

(Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc.)

 

The Story:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

The brilliant opening sentence of Jane Austen’s novel, captures the spirit of this story – clever, witty and bright while focusing the reader/audience on the realities of the day, be it social class, the role of women, the need for marriage and the perils of being alone. Lydia Bennet’s reckless behaviour is as serious today as it was in 1800.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice certainly has its romantic moments but there is such sharp wit, good humour, social commentary that even a modern audience delights in the final moments as the couples are engaged to a true life partner – Jane and Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth and Darcy.

Christopher Baker’s adaptation of the novel makes some bold choices in eliminating Kitty, the 5th sister and making Mary only 12 so the “Janeites” may be up in arms. However, he has captured the spirit, the youthful energy and exuberance of the story while honouring some of Austen’s best lines. The play moves like an English country dance. The country dance was a part of the social fabric of the community – where everyone knew everyone and what were the accepted norms- the proper steps. The country dance is comprised of the repeated execution of pre-defined sequences or figures designed for a length of music, which provide interactions with a partner but also the other dancers through a progression so that by the end, a dancer has interacted with everyone in the set. The scenes in the play move quickly and seamlessly from one sequence to the other.

So what happens when the sequence is disrupted? How will they recover and will the dance be changed?

 

SHOW DATES:

Evenings March 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Matinees are March 8, 15 and 21, 2020 at 2 p.m.

 

CAST:

(the ages noted do not need to reflect the age of the actor- spirit is what counts!)

The play has 20 speaking roles - 11 f/9 m

 

The Bennets:

Elizabeth Bennet, early 20’s, bright, lively, intelligent, witty, lovely. Jane Austen delighted in her creation and so she should. Lizzie is the one literary character who many young women aspire to be. Though with few prospects for marriage, she is confident in her values, feelings and choices. Lizzie does not want to settle for an unhappy union even if it means losing Longbourn. Lizzie is confident when speaking to Darcy or Miss Bingley or Lady Catherine. As real truths are revealed, she is prepared to reconsider her opinions and prejudices.

 

Jane Bennet, the oldest sister, mid 20’s, beautiful, kind and graceful. Jane loves her sister, Lizzie for her spirit. Jane walks through the world seeing as much good in people as she can. She is careful and measured when considering Lizzie’s criticisms and will caution her. Jane does love Bingley but as she is measured and not as open, her true feelings can be mistaken.

 

Mrs. Bennet, was a beauty in her youth, charming and irresistible but from the merchant class and, therefore, not a “lady”. Her imperative – find husbands for her daughters. They will inherit little so they must seduce suitors with their charms - as she did! Mrs. Bennet does not have a filter whether in public or private. She says what she feels without consideration of its impact.

 

Mr. Bennet, a gentleman, current “owner” of Longbourn- He inherited Longbourn – the land makes him a gentleman. On his death, the estate must go to a male heir, Mr. Collins. This accounts for the number of daughters – 4 in the play, 5 in the novel – the hoping for a son.

 

Mr. Bennet needs his books, library, intelligent conversation. Elizabeth is his favourite. However, too often he gives into the pleadings of his daughters and wife for the sake of his peace and quiet.

 

Lydia, late teens, a flirt and her mother’s daughter. She cares about the latest fashion, dancing, being the centre of attention and a man in uniform. There is no self-reflection or concern about the impact of her behaviour on her family. With little fortune, she can be and will be taken advantage of by the likes of Wickham.

 

Mary, early teens, studious, reads, serious-minded and plays the piano. (If older, she should be the potential choice for Mr. Collins but not in this adaptation.) As she is the youngest, she observes all the goings-on and is not yet truly out in society.

 

The Others:

Mr. Darcy, a handsome, proud, VERY rich man – single – He is the archetype of the romantic ideal but with Austen twist. He is proud but within his world at Pemberley, he is known as the best man and master. He loves his sister and looks after her. He is also capable of great love and generosity. He utterly understands the impact of Lydia and Wickham’s behaviour on the Bennet family and on Elizabeth. He did what needed to be done to make things right even with the prospect that Elizabeth would not accept him.

 

Mr. Bingley, a lovely, sweet, handsome rich man – single – He is just what a young man should be –kind, generous of heart and spirit and rich. He truly is taken by Jane and does love her. However, both Darcy and Caroline can convince him that he will be broken hearted as his love is not reciprocated. He is then convinced of the truth and returns to Netherfield and Jane.

 

Miss Caroline Bingley, Mr. Bingley’s sister who prefers London society - Caroline is the realist in the family. She also likes having status and wealth. She can appreciate the goodness of Jane but is happy to participate in separating her from her brother. The Bennet family is unacceptable. Does she have designs on Darcy? Does she want Bingley to marry Georgianna Darcy?

 

Mr. Collins, Mr. Bennet’s cousin, a clergyman who will inherit Longbourn- oh, such a man. He is not a clergyman because of a deep spiritual calling but because it was what was available. A chance recommended him to Lady Catherine. “His veneration of her rank… mingled with his very good opinion of himself…made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.”

He manages to embarrass and bore his cousins. Lizzie will not marry him but he finds a partner in Charlotte Lucas.

 

Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s close friend who marries Mr. Collins – Charlotte does not have romantic notions. She is an intelligent young woman and Lizzie’s equal in many ways. Her home is more settled as her father’s estate will not be lost. But she is getting older and there are not many choices out there.

 

Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy’s wealthy aunt and patroness to Mr. Collins – She is steeped in her status, her place in the world and is an authority on all things. Her direct manner does not deem to take in the feelings of others. She is not to be crossed. She believes her daughter is to marry Darcy and join the two households. She cannot fathom that Darcy might see something in Elizabeth – not possible!

 

Mr. Gardiner, brother to Mrs. Bennet, uncle to the Bennet girls – Mr. Gardiner is a very successful business man with a lovely home in London though not up to Caroline Bingley’s requirements of a suitable address. He is a good father, a good husband and a good uncle who will look after his family. He is not at all like his sister.

 

Mrs. Gardiner, married to Mr. Gardiner, aunt to the Bennet girls – Mrs. Gardiner is a cherished aunt who is the opposite of Mrs. Bennet, her sister-in-law. She enjoys the company of her nieces, Jane and Elizabeth and will provide thoughtful counsel.

 

The Militia:

The army or navy was a position for a young man to aspire to in order to have standing- a respected manner to earn a living. Wickham, Denny and Brandon are Militia which means they are not regular army and only called upon in times of war but confined to home defence. There were not barracks, so the Militia was billeted in towns like Meryton.

 

If to go into the regular army as an officer, they would need to purchase their commission. This was often the path of the 2nd or 3rd son who would not inherit property.

 

Mr. Wickham, a new militiaman and known to Darcy and his family – he is very charming and seductive that even Lizzie could not see through him at first. He will seem very romantic. He is looking for an easy way out and will lie and cheat though seeming to be the best of men. Heaven only knows his real intent in running off with Lydia- perhaps he thought someone would rescue her resulting in money for him.

 

Mr. Denny, a militiaman, a friend of Lydia’s

A genuine young man trying to make his way in the world. He is enjoying his time in Meryton

 

Mr. Brandon, a militiaman, a friend of Lydia’s

Another genuine young man like his friend Mr. Denny.

Both Denny and Brandon would have been disturbed by Wickham’s behaviour. They likely also enjoyed Lydia’s vibrant personality but would have been respectful.

 

The Servants:

 

Mrs. Hall (the Bennet’s housekeeper), Mrs. Reynolds (Darcy’s housekeeper), Hopkins (Bingley’s servant- male in livery) – The servants could also be part of the dances and balls.

 

Others – militia, dancers and ball guests

 

Booking an Audition:

 

AUDITION DATES:

Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 

CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Saturday, November 23 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS)

 

Requirements:

Please prepare a short comedic monologue or light dramatic monologue – no more than 90 seconds.

Be prepared to be re-directed. There will be cold readings from the play.

 

Please read the play. A copy of the play will be on hold at the 5th floor ARTS Desk, Toronto Reference Library.

 

Please bring headshot/photo (photocopy will do) and resume.

 

Auditions must be booked in advance:

TO REQUEST AN AUDITION, SEND AN E-MAIL TO audition4sp@gmail.com

OR by phone (416) 439-1104 - 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 Alison’s Fine Foods. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station. However, Eglinton is under construction and traffic is very slow from Kennedy. Some north/south streets like Birchmount and Warden can be closed at Eglinton causing transit to re-route. Please check with TTC for updates.

 

First read-through will be Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:30 p. m.

Most rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.

Some rehearsals and all performances are at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Road).

Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to the production opening. There may also be the need to incorporate other rehearsal days to schedule other parts of the play, i.e. Dancing rehearsals

You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from December 3, 2019 through March 21, 2020

This production will be entered in the Act-Co Festival for adjudication.

 

Scarborough Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

Those auditioning must be Non-Equity performers and understand that this is a non-paying production.

 

 

 

Shakespeare in High Park 2020 call for submissions, Canadian Stage

October 10, 2019 | Irene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Shakespeare in High Park 2020 call for submissions, Canadian Stage
The Comedy of Errors


Call for Actor Submissions
Shakespeare in High Park 2020: The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Pasyk

Please submit a resumé and headshot to the address below by 5 p.m. on October 28, 2019. Early
submissions encouraged.

Shakespeare in High Park rehearsal begins June 1 2020, previews begin July 7 2020,
and closing is September 6 2020. All dates are subject to change.

Canadian Stage is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We encourage submissions
from artists who self-identify as diverse (e.g. Indigenous, age, disability, ethno-cultural identity,
gender, or sexual identity).

Shakespeare in High Park is an exclusive 16 week contract and the pay scale for
this venue is a CTA “E” house. It should be noted that these productions rehearse
and perform outdoors in all safe weather conditions.

Submission Notes:
• Please include ACTRA or CAEA status, training, and the roles for which you wish to be
considered in your submission.

• If submitting by email, please include your resume and headshot as a single PDF attachment.

• Email submissions should have subject lines in the following format:
o Name / Equity status (union or non-union) / Role for which you are submitting

• We are looking for actors with experience/proficiency with Shakespearean text

• Please indicate in your submission if you have any “"street performance" talents. (ie. playing
instruments/magic/break-dancing and so forth. Surprise us!) If submitting by email, please
include this info in the body of your email. If submitting on Casting Workbook, please include
this info as a submission note.

** A reading copy of the play is available at the information desk of the Arts Dept. 5th floor Toronto Reference Library.
We are casting the following twelve (12) roles:
1. EGEON & DR. PINCH M, 50-70. An aging merchant with a sense of gravitas and maturity. Experience with MAGIC (for Pinch)
an asset.
2. DUKE & BALTHASAR M, 30-60. The Duke of Ephesus carries authority and can be intimidating when necessary. Would fit in
well with corrupt politicians, crooked cops.
3. ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE M, 25-40. Twin to Antipholus of Ephesus. Has been searching for his lost family for many years.
4. DROMIO OF SYRACUSE M, 25-40. Twin to Dromio of Ephesus. Friend and assistant to Antipholus of Syracuse. Clown/Physical
theatre experience an asset.
5. ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS M, 25-40. Twin to Antipholus of Syracuse. A respected and established businessman and society man of
Ephesus.
6. DROMIO OF EPHESUS M, 25-40. Twin to Dromio of Syracuse. Assistant to Antipholus of Ephesus. Clown/Physical theatre
experience an asset.
7. ADRIANA F, 25-40. Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus and sister of Luciana. Adriana is bold and righteous, and runs her
household.
8. LUCIANA F, 25-40. Sister of Adriana. Lives with her sister and is her sisters best friend. She is unmarried but has
strong opinions on marriage.
9. ANGELO Any gender, 40-60. A goldsmith and merchant.
10. LADY ABBESS F, 50-70. Wise, intelligent, and measured.
11. LUCE & OFFICER Any gender, 20-30. Performers should be prepared to play multiple roles.
12. COURTESAN & MERCHANT Any gender, 20-30. Performers should be prepared to play multiple roles.

We thank everyone for their interest; however, only those selected for an audition will be contacted.
Auditions take place starting November 12, 2019.

Applications can be e-mailed to Casting Associate Emily Johnston at casting@canadianstage.com or
submitted on: www.castingworkbook.com. Please note the roles for which you wish to be considered.
Deadline: October 28, 5 p.m.
No late submissions will be considered.
No phone calls or hard copy submissions please.

For those interested in Canadian Stage General Auditions please note we will make an announcement in
early January.

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7157

trlarts@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Scripts available for reading on a first-come basis

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