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Auditions, Freddy Tree Theatre

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Auditions, Freddy Tree Theatre

Note:  The Arts Department, 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library has an extensive musical theatre collection from which an actor auditioning for Freddy Tree Theatre can select their audition piece. We also have an extensive monologue collection.

Are you an actor with special needs? Would you like to be part of a theatre group that educates others through performance on what it means to have a disability? Are you passionate about performing and would love to tell your story?

We at Freddy Tree Theatre are a new and upcoming company looking for actors with developmental disabilities who would like to demonstrate to audiences just how amazing and ABLED you really are.

We will be holding auditions on Saturday, October 1st from 1pm-5pm at the Storefront Theatre studio, 296 Brunswick St.

Please come ready to perform a short monologue and song (reading from a script is totally allowed).

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. You are welcome to bring a parent or guardian.

Please contact Erin Elizabeth at 416-797-4584 or eappl007@hotmail.ca if you have any questions.

Can't wait to meet you!

 

New Ideas Festival 2017: call for directors, Alumnae Theatre

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New Ideas Festival 2017: call for directors, Alumnae Theatre

New Ideas Festival 2017
CALL FOR DIRECTORS

Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union directors to apply to direct one of the 15 plays (running time 10 to 40 minutes) for New Ideas Festival (NIF) 2017, our 29th annual three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre to be held from March 8 to 26, 2017.

Important dates:
• Fri. Oct. 14, 2016: Deadline to apply to direct one of the New Ideas Festival plays
• Sat. Nov. 5, 2016: (MANDATORY) Creative Exchange: directors meet playwrights
• Dec. 6, 7, 8, or 9, 2016: (MANDATORY) Attend your play’s cold reading on one of these dates
• Jan 4-8, 2017: (MANDATORY) Attend Festival auditions according to casting needs
• Mon., Jan. 30, 2017: Rehearsals begin
• Wed. March 8 - Sun. March 26, 2017: New Ideas Festival. Each show runs one week

NIF provides the following:
• Stage managers, technical crew, and front of house staff
• Festival auditions presenting a large pool of actors
• Rehearsal space, performance space
• Promotional materials and publicity
• Access to Alumnae Theatre’s wardrobe, props, and sets
• A collaborative process with the playwright to continue developing a new work with actors and a dramaturge (if requested)
• A supportive place for directors to experiment and hone their skills
• Production guidelines and mentorship that get all the plays and dozens of performers successfully from audition to rehearsal to stage

New Ideas Festival does not pay fees, royalties, or a box office share to participants. Alumnae Theatre Company retains creative discretion over the festival as a whole. The focus of the festival is script development, so technical requirements for the plays are kept to a minimum. NIF is an exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a playwright to develop a new work.

If you are interested in directing a play in the New Ideas Festival, email newideasfestival@gmail.com by Oct 14, 2016. Please make the subject line “Director Application (your name)” and provide a directing CV or paragraph description of your experience. You will receive further details once you have submitted your application.

As our industry has far fewer female directors, women directors are especially encouraged to apply.

Alumnae Theatre Company ▪ 70 Berkeley Street ▪ Toronto, ON ▪ M5A 2W6
www.alumnaetheatre.com

Gut Girls, Alumnae Theatre

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Gut Girls, Alumnae Theatre
THE GUT GIRLS
By Sarah Daniels
Directed by Maya Rabinovitch

Performance dates: January 20 – February 4, 2017

Surprisingly funny and hard-hitting, this beautifully written piece follows the fortunes of the brash and proud workingclass
gut girls. When the gutting sheds are shut and their way of life disappears, the girls must try and find a place in the new world order of late Victorian London.

Alumnae Theatre is seeking 6 women (ages 15-60) and 2 men (20-60) to play multiple roles in this sharp comedy about rotting meat and workers’ rights, where Margaret Thatcher meets Victorian England.

Please note: all actors must be able to perform with a formal and/or cockney British accent. The ability to sing is an asset.

All interested applicants should email gutgirls.alumnaetheatre@gmail.com or leave a message on the Alumnae audition line at 416-364-4170 ext 3.

Alumnae Theatre is a nonprofessional (nonunion) theatre company which encourages diversity in its membership and casting.

AUDITION DATES
Wednesday October 5 th from 6:30pm-10pm
Saturday October 8 th from 10am-5pm

CALLBACKS
Sunday October 9 th from 10am-5pm

LOCATION
Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street
(SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)

PREPARATION
Please prepare a 2 minute monologue. You may also be asked to read from the script.

Please read the play before auditioning. Reading copies are available at the 5th floor Performing Arts desk of the Toronto Reference Library.

All auditioners must bring a photo and resume to the audition.

General auditions call/Acting Up Stage Company

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 General auditions call for One Song Glory:  a free musical theatre training program for teens age 13- 19 (Acting Up Stage Company)

Note:  The Arts Department, 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library has an extensive musical theatre collection from which a workshop participant of One Song Glory training program can select their audition piece.

 

One Song Glory is a free musical theatre training program for teens age 13 to19 across Ontario.

Our commitment to building the audiences and artists of tomorrow is focused around our musical theatre training program. Each year, up to forty five 13-19 year-olds from diverse backgrounds and communities across Ontario come together to train under the guidance of Toronto’s top musical theatre professionals in a positive and encouraging environment.

This year, in addition to the month-long training intensive that will take place in the fall, we are bringing a series of one-day One Song Glory workshops into communities outside of the Toronto Downtown core. Workshop participants will be eligible to be invited to our free 4-week training intensive.

Our program is founded on two principals:

  1. The focus, determination and self-discipline that theatre requires, builds character and is of lasting value; and
  2. That this is a no cost program; affordability is not a barrier to participation.

We are proud to report that to date, over 400 young people from across the province have completed One Song Glory, without any costs to the participants.

 

Community Audition Workshops

Acting Up Stage is bringing its free youth musical theatre program to your community for a one day workshop! Join us to take part in our musical theatre workshop and audition master class.

To sign up for a workshop in your community, please email onesongglory@actingupstage.com with:

  • Your name
  • City of Residence
  • School and
  •  Preferred session time (where applicable)

Come ready to have fun and meet like-minded youth who love musical theatre as much as you do! Prepare one musical theatre song for the audition masterclass.

Workshop participants will be eligible to be invited to our free 4-week youth musical theatre training intensive, which takes place in Toronto in the fall.

 

Community Workshop Dates and Locations

 

Sunday October 2nd – HAMILTON

Location: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts
Registration:  Beginning at 11:30am
Workshop: 12pm-4pm
Please use the subject line HAMILTON WORKSHOP when requesting a spot

Tuesday October 11th – ETOBICOKE

Location: Etobicoke School of the Arts
Registration: Beginning at 4:30pm
Workshop: 5pm-9pm
Please use the subject line ETOBICOKE WORKSHOP when requesting a spot

Saturday October 15th – NORTH YORK

Location: Willowdale Christian School
Registration: Beginning at 8:30am
Workshop: 9am-1pm
Please use the subject line NORTH YORK MORNING WORKSHOP  when requesting a spot

Saturday October 15th – NORTH YORK

Location: Willowdale Christian School
Registration: Beginning at 1:30am
Workshop: 2pm-6pm
Please use the subject line NORTH YORK AFTERNOON WORKSHOP when requesting a spot

Sunday October 16th – SCARBOROUGH

Location: The Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto, Scarborough
Registration: Beginning at 8:30am
Workshop: 9am-1pm
Please use the subject line SCARBOROUGH MORNING WORKSHOP when requesting a spot

Sunday October 16th – SCARBOROUGH

Location: The Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto, Scarborough
Registration: Beginning at 1:30pm
Workshop: 2pm – 6pm
Please use the subject line SCARBOROUGH AFTERNOON WORKSHOP when requesting a spot

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, East Side Players

September 23, 2016 | Irene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, East Side Players

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
By Steve Martin

Directed by Ken Stern     

AUDITIONS: Monday, Oct 17 and Wednesday,  Oct 19  starting at 7 p.m.
CALL BACKS: Saturday, Oct 22  - 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
REHEARSALS: Tuesdays, Thursdays: 7 – 10 p.m. and Sundays: 1 - 5 p.m.   Commencing  Oct. 25
PERFORMANCES: February 24, 25, 26, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017

Synopsis: This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter sets the art world afire with cubism.  In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

CAST
Character/age range (ages reflect the needs of the character not the age of the actor)
Freddy:  40, bartender and owner of the Lapin Agile, seems predictable, but capable of surprising insight
Gaston: 60’s, feels his age, misses his days as a ‘ladies man’, a regular at the bar
Germaine: 35, Freddy’s girlfriend, savvy and smart-mouthed, waitress at the Lapin Agile
Albert Einstein: 25, a deep thinker, ambitious and articulate, with a wry sense of humour
Suzanne: 19, attractive, street-wise and in charge, a heart-breaker
Sagot: early 50’s, a bit rotund, nattily dressed, vibrant and energetic;  Picasso’s art dealer
Pablo Picasso: 23, brooding, intense, arrogant, a womanizer
Charles Dabrnow Schmendiman: An inventer, confident, self-centered
The Countess: Einstein’s mistress, sophisticated, exotic, “long, red hair”
A Female Admirer: Typical “fan-girl”
A Visitor: 30’s, Elvis look-alike, affable country boy

Auditions will be by readings from the script.  Sides will be provided.  Please read the script before auditioning.  An electronic copy is available upon request. 

Please note you must be available for call backs if required.  ALSO, ANY CONFLICTS WITH THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE SHOULD BE GIVEN AT THE TIME OF AUDITION.

To schedule an audition date and time, please contact the Producer, Shirley Alcamo either by telephone at 416-229-6389 or by email at salcamo@sympatico.ca stating preferred date and providing a contact number. 

Auditions and rehearsals will be held at East Side Player’s Unit: Unit 10, 746 Warden Avenue, Toronto, M1L 4A2 
Map: http://mapq.st/SVRNbr

PLEASE NOTE:  East Side Players is a non-profit, non-Equity community theatre group.  We do not pay actors for performances or cast ACTRA and Equity members.  If you are cast in the show you MUST become a member of East Side Players.  Membership fees are $20.00 and are due no later than the first rehearsal.

L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), MYOpera

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L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), MYOpera

Auditions for the 2016/17 season production of L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) will be held September 30, October 1 & October 2, 2016. Please send us an email to book your audition or to be added to our Audition Notification List for future opportunities.

Are you a passionate and talented emerging artist in the GTA? MYOpera holds annual auditions for upcoming productions, and if this describes you, please contact us to book an audition!

To book an audition, send us an email stating your preference for the following audition times:

September 30, 2016 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
October 1, 2016 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
October 2, 2016 – 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Roles

Isabella – mezzo or contralto
Lindoro – tenor
Taddeo – baritone
Mustafà – bass
Elvira – soprano
Zulma – soprano or mezzo
Haly – tenor or baritone

Things to know before you audition:
•You should be dedicated to pursuing a career in opera
•You should have significant training in classical voice (undergraduate or graduate degree in voice performance)
•While there is no official age restriction on MYOpera’s artists, we aim to provide experience to promising emerging artists, and so the successful candidate will have limited professional (i.e. paid) role experience

What to Prepare
•1 Italian aria
•2 arias of choice
•1 monologue under 2 minutes

If you are unable to prepare arias as requested, please bring comparable art songs as available.

Fee

There is no fee to audition.

Accompaniment

You are welcome to use the services of Music Director Natasha Fransblow, but you can bring your own accompanist if you choose. The fee to use the accompanist provided is $35.
To book a coaching with Natasha before your audition, send her an email. Coachings are booked independent of your audition at a special rate of $40/hr.

Audition Information Form

Once you’ve emailed us to book your audition time, we’ll respond with a confirmation and send you an Audition Form to fill out. This form must be completed 48 hours before your designated time.

Expected Commitment

MYOpera rehearses on Saturdays and Sundays from February – April  Unless noted below, all cast members must be available between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Sundays. It is a very condensed timeline, and we require great commitment from all of our singers. MYOpera’s rehearsal and performance dates for 2017 are listed here.

 

Toronto Irish Players Seeks Director for The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down

September 20, 2016 | Irene | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down, Toronto Irish Players

TORONTO IRISH PLAYERS

Celebrating 41 years of Irish Drama in Canada
Seeks Director for:

The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down
By Padraic McIntyre


It's an intense St. Stephen's night in the tiny Glenaduff pub run by Barney. Young Jane and her pals are throwing a birthday party, at her insistence, for Horse Munley, an older bar regular. Not so settled married couple, PJ and Angela, are trying to have fun. And Steve, the one-man-band, is trying to get coverage because his wife's about to go into labour. Secrets and underlying tensions wait to explode. This comedy with an eerie twist. 

The cast ranges in age from early 20's to 50's. 

Three women (two 20s; one 40's), nine men.  

The production will run February 16th to March 4th, 2017 at The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto

Rehearsing from early December @ Kimbourne Park United Church, Danforth and Coxwell

Toronto Irish Players are a community theatre company and this is a volunteer position, with no honorarium.

If interested, please send a letter, attaching your resume and a brief statement about the play to torontoirishplayers@gmail.com

Deadline:  October 8th 2016

Interviews are anticipated in the week of October 16th. 

The Drawer Boy, Scarborough Players

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The Drawer Boy, Scarborough Players

The Drawer Boy
by Michael Healey
Produced by special arrangement with The Gary Goddard Agency
Directed by Katherine Turner
Produced by Carolyn Williamson and Katherine Turner

SHOW DATES:
January 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2017
All shows at 8 p.m. except January 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

The Play:

On the surface, the story of Angus, Morgan and Miles takes us back to the summer of 1972 when a collective of artists arrived in rural Ontario to create a play reflecting the real life experiences of farmers. Through living with farm families and capturing their stories, The Farm Show was born. Initially the story is funny and charming as the farmer, Morgan, gets the better of Miles, the naïve actor from Toronto. The other farmer, Angus is more of a mystery. Injured during WW II while stationed in England, Angus still has the pain though his memory is gone. All he has is the story Morgan has repeated for almost those many years. Miles, the actor, just wants to “get your history and give it back to you.” He wants Morgan and Angus to see their lives through art, through theatre. What is unexpected is the impact of storytelling on Angus. As Angus begins to remember and becomes “starved to know”, the lies are revealed and the story is re-told.

Characters:  3 Men
Ages listed are a guide for how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor.

Morgan: 50’s It is important that Morgan be played by an actor who looks to be in his mid-50’s (1970’s like – so up to 60ish). He went to war in his early 20’s and has been on the farm for the last 30 years. He has worked hard but he is sharp.  He has a wicked sense of humour. Morgan protects his friend Angus.

Angus: Like Morgan, he needs to be played by an actor who looks to be in his mid-50’s. He should never become a stereotype. He is wounded, he has lost his memory but it has not affected his voice and stature. He is strong and able. He was the drawer boy-skilled, creative, the poet. He needed to keep the poems and say the Hopkins just once when it mattered. He was the boy who stayed in the trees to watch the world.

Miles: In his mid 20’s. He has attended U of T and Rochdale managing to rack up $3600 in tuition debt in 1972. So Miles has lived the great Toronto, urban, hippie scene. He has a good heart and some acting experience as he has already played Hamlet and a hedgehog in a show about dead animals. Miles is loosely based on Miles Potter who was part of the farm show and founding member of Theatre Passe Muraille.


AUDITION DATES:
Monday, October 17, 2016 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS)
Requirements: Please prepare a short monologue – less than 90 seconds – something you love.  You may be re-directed. You will 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 5th floor Audio Desk, Toronto Reference Library. Please bring photo (photocopy will do) and resume.

Booking Your Audition
Auditions must be booked in advance
TO REQUEST AN AUDITION, SEND AN E-MAIL TO audition4sp@gmail.com
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.
We will be booking individual auditions in 10 minute slots. Please indicate the roles 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).
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 Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. with rehearsals beginning Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to the production opening.

This production will be adjudicated for the 2016-2017 Act-Co Festival.

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.

Carrie: The Musical, Hart House Theatre

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Carrie: The musical, Hart House Theatre

AUDITIONS: Hart House Theatre. Toronto, Ontario

Hart House Theatre is now accepting submissions for:

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed by Richard Ouzounian
Music Direction by Giustin MacLean

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - early submissions are encouraged.

Non-union (ACTRA or Equity), Non-paying

Those contacted for auditions will be seen the week of October 11, with callbacks on Sunday, October 16. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen. Performance run: January 20-February 4, 2017

Please send headshots and resumes to auditions@harthousetheatre.ca

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

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Actors are asked to prepare a song approximately two minutes in length. The material can be either from the world of contemporary rock/pop music or from musical theatre that utilizes those forms. No Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, etc. Because of the nature of the show, this song should be highly emotional in nature, dealing with feelings on the darker end of the spectrum. It is preferred that you provide sheet music for the song in question. We will provide piano accompaniment.

Although the musical is slightly different from the original novel and film, it is still very close and it is strongly recommended that you access either the script / score of the musical, or read the book, or revisit the film and familiarize yourself with the characters and situations.

PLEASE NOTE: the show may contain nudity.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Tormented at school by her peers and smothered at home by her religious zealot mother, Carrie is a true outcast. When her persecutors push her over the edge, she gets back at them in the only way she can. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Carrie: the musical shows us just what happens when bullies push too far.

ABOUT THE THEATRE: Established in 1919, Hart House Theatre is the University of Toronto's Performing Arts Leader. Since its inception, the theatre's unique mix of young professionals, alumni and students has garnered the theatre a reputation as a cultural destination for not only the community of U of T but also the city of Toronto.

A Man for all Seasons, Oshawa Little Theatre

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A Man for all Seasons, (Oshawa Little Theatre)

Auditions:  October 4, October 11

Callbacks:  October 16

 

Show: “A Man for all Seasons” by Robert Bolt
Genre: Play/Historical drama
Director: Geoffrey Coulter
Producer: Claire Crossman
Stage Manager: Ellie Patte


SHOW SYNOPSIS: A re-telling of the historic events surrounding Sir
Thomas More, the Chancellor of Medieval England, who remained silent
regarding Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Because More
would not take an oath which essentially endorsed the king’s separation
from the church in Rome, the Chancellor was imprisoned, tried, and
eventually executed. The play asks, “How far would you go to remain
honest to yourself and would you stake your life on it?”


AUDITIONS DATES:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 7:00 – 10:00
Tuesday October 11, 2016 from 7:00 – 10:00
CALL BACKS:
Sunday October 16, 2016 from 7:00 – 10:00


All auditions are booked timed auditions – please log onto the Theatre
Website at www.oshawalittletheatre.com and click on the “Auditions” tab
to register. If you experience any difficulties or have any questions, please
contact the producer, Claire Crossman, at cacrossman@bell.net


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Please prepare a 2 - minute dramatic
monologue from any piece of classical literature (no Shakespeare, please!)
written before the 20th century (e.g. works by Aeschylus, Plato, Jonson,
Marlowe, Chaucer, Dante, Dafoe, Bronte, Dickens etc…) There will also be
cold readings from the script.


Location: Oshawa Little Theatre, 62 Russett Ave., Oshawa, ON


REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-
10:00pm and Sunday afternoons 1-5pm beginning on Thursday October 20,
2016.


No rehearsals will be scheduled after the 20th of December for the
Christmas Holidays. Rehearsals will resume on January 3rd, 2017. Additional
rehearsals may be scheduled for December 27 and 29 based on availability
and director’s discretion.


PERFORMANCE DATES: February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12 (matinee), 16, 17, 18
Cast must be available for all performances and must be members of
Oshawa Little Theatre in order to rehearse and perform.


CASTING INFORMATION:
THIS SHOW WILL REQUIRE ACCENTS (ENGLISH, FRENCH).


The Common Man (35 – 55 years)
Portrays a variety of small characters – Tavern owner, jailer, servant, jury
foreman, and executioner. When not a separate character, the Common
Man helps set the scene for the audience. He talks to the audience directly,
like a narrator.


Sir Thomas More (45 – 55 years)
The protagonist, or main character. He is incapable of sacrificing his moral
conscience to save his life. His conscience is more important to him than
life itself. He is more existential than religious, definitely not eager to be a
martyr. More loves the world of the law. He knows that laws are what keep
everyone safe. Without agreed upon laws men would have no protection.
To More, only God is ranked higher than society’s laws.


Richard Rich – 30s
A young nobleman. Mostly interested in gaining riches and stature. He has
no interest in listening to his conscience. His focus is on material gains of
power and riches and will do what he must to achieve his ends. His fortunes
rise at the same time that More’s fall.


Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard, uncle to Anne Boleyn) (55 – 65 years)
Nobleman and friend to More. Concerned with More’s welfare. Doesn’t
understand that it would be impossible for More to defy his own
conscience and sensibilities. Ultimately, he aids in his friend’s destruction.


Alice (45 – 55 years)
More’s wife. She’s illiterate and happy that way. She is unable to
understand why More won’t just do as the king demands. She finally
accepts his reasons without understanding them.


Margaret (20 – 30 years)
More’s daughter, sometimes called Meg. Unusually well-educated by her
father and others, given that few females received a classical education in
this time period. She comes closest to understanding him. During the
timeframe of the play, Margaret marries the man she loves, Will Roper.


Cardinal Wolsey (50 – 65 years)
A commoner who rose to be a powerful church official in the reign of King
Henry VIII. He has powers equal to the King but is not trusted by the
common people or the King himself.


Thomas Cromwell (40 – 55 years)
A lawyer who worked for Wolsey before being taken in by the King. He has
no sense of guilt or shame. Upon command of the King, he happily
performs “unpleasant deeds” to others.


Eustace Chapuys (55 – 65 years)
The Spanish Ambassador to England. Although born in Belgium, he is a
good friend and supporter of Queen Catherine, pressing for her rights and
privileges. He frequently masks his political agenda with an interest in
religion.


Attendant of Chapuys (25 – 30 years)
The attendant of Chapuys appears to have a lot in common with the
Common Man characters. He is basically someone to whom Chapuys can
speak his mind.


William Roper (25-35 years)
Suitor and then husband to Margaret. He is anti-Catholic (Lutheran) in part
of the play, but then becomes a Catholic like his wife.


Henry VIII (late thirties)
King of England, he is fit and robust, before his appetite got the better of
him. Some of his actions are those of a man without a conscience. But, he
does have a conscience. He just turns the world upside down and inside out
in order to make his actions moral. What Sir Thomas More thinks of him is
extremely important to him because he knows that More is a moral man.
More’s acceptance of what the King does would make the King appear to
be a moral man also. He is only in one scene of the play, but much of the
play’s dialogue centers around him.


Woman (35 -55 years)
The person who tried to bribe Sir Thomas More with a silver cup causing
him to want to get rid of it immediately.


Thomas Cranmer (40 – 55 years)
Archbishop of Canterbury (1533-1555) because King Henry VIII liked the
course of action that he promoted to assure that the King succeeded in
divorcing Queen Catherine. A “yes man” in all senses.

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7157

trlarts@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Scripts available for reading on a first-come basis

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