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The Melville Boys, Village Players

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The Melville Boys, Village Players

Auditions will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station) at the following times:
Auditons:  Feb. 4,1-5 pm   Feb. 6, 7 - 10 pm
Callbacks:  Feb. 8, 7-10 pm

NOTE: Rehearsals & Performances are at 2190 Bloor St. West.
• Rehearsals are generally Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10 pm, and Sundays 1-5 pm, but are flexible depending on actor availability. 
• Actors MUST be available Tech Sunday (April 23) and every night of tech week (April 25 -  27)
• Actors must also be available for all performance dates:  April 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (matinee), 11, 12, 13, 14 (matinee), 18, 19, 20.
About the play:  A poignant comedy. Lee and Owen arrive at their uncle’s lakeside cabin at cross purposes. Lee needs to have a serious conversation with  his brother but Owen just wants to party and pretend nothing is amiss. Enter Mary and Loretta – invited off their boat into the cabin by Owen – and let the fun (and a little bit of heartbreak) begin.

CHARACTERS (ages refer to characters, not actors):
Lee – Mid-thirties. The responsible one. A worrier. Has cancer. Foreman at the local plastics factory. Practically raised Owen after their father died.

Owen – Late twenties. Immature. Cocky and overconfident. Coasting through life. Not as smart as he thinks he is. Works with Owen at the factory.

Mary – Early thirties. Smart. The original nice girl. A bit uptight. Life has thrown her some curves. Runs the local corner store.

Loretta – Mid-twenties. Blonde. Also smart. A bit dainty. Flirty. Carefree. Aspiring actress.

 PREPARATION:  Please prepare a short (under 2 minutes) comedic monologue. Please also be familiar with the play as you may be asked to do a cold reading 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 to: with 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).

The Lady in the Van, Theatre at Eastminster

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The Lady in the Van, Theatre at Eastminster

Theatre at Eastminster is a newly established company on the Danforth. Following our successful production of Agnes of God in 2016, we are pleased to announce our upcoming production of The Lady in the Van, to be performed June 27-29, including a matinee. This is a non-unionized and unpaid community theatre production.   

Theatre at Eastminster’s creative team brings over twenty years experience in professional and community theatre. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with a developing theatre company committed to fostering creativity in our communities. As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Theatre at Eastminster welcomes participation from artists from diverse backgrounds including LGBTQIA communities.

About the play
Lady in the Van tells the true story of Mary Shepard, an elderly woman who lived for fifteen years in a rundown van on playwright Alan Bennett’s driveway. The play offers a thoughtful and amusing take on the virtue of charity, and the way in which this can benefit both giver and receiver.

To be performed June 27, 28, 29, with the possibility of additional dates. 

To audition, click here to sign up. Please bring a one-minute monologue as part of your audition. Text from the play will also be provided.

Call backs to be scheduled as needed.

Lady in the Van is a play with thirteen cast members. We are seeking non-union actors  who reflect the diversity of Toronto. The list of characters is as follows: 
Miss Shepherd - age 63. Strong Catholic, lives in a van.

Alan Bennett 1 - The public Alan. Age 40-60. Well-educated academic. Introvert. Closeted homosexual.

Alan Bennett 2 - Alan the writer. Age 40-60. Alan Bennett 1’s inner voice

Mam - Alan's mother. 60 - 75.  

Rufus & Pauline - well-meaning, nosy neighbours. 30+ 

Social worker – Female, 22+

Underwood – Male, 55+.

Leo Fairchild - Male, 55+. 

Lout/Ambulance driver – Male 20+

Miss Shepherd's Doctor - Male. Any age.

Interviewer - Female. Any age.

Various - Council workmen, undertakers, etc. 

Rehearsals will be held weekly, starting in early February, on Saturday afternoons from 3:30-6:30. A call schedule for all parts will be provided. Additional rehearsals on Tuesday and Friday evenings will be scheduled, beginning Friday April 28.

Auditions will be held:
Tuesday, January 24, (6pm - 8pm in Auditorium)
Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Av, Toronto, ON

Saturday, January 28, (3pm - 5pm in the Hurndale room)
Eastminster Church , 310 Danforth Av, Toronto, ON

Volunteers interested in other aspects of theatre, including stage management, set painting, props, costuming, publicity, and front of house are also invited to email for more information.

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library


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