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Audition for New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre Company

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Audition for New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre Company

Actors (non-union) of all ages (18+) and ethnicities are needed for New Ideas Festival 2018, a three-week juried festivalof 15 new works. A program of 4 different plays will be presented each week, running from Wednesday to Sunday,
with a staged reading at noon on each Saturday. Learn more about the 30th annual New Ideas Festival.

NIF encourages actors from diverse communities to audition; this year NIF has roles calling for non-binary actors.

  • Performances run March 7–25, 2018 
  • General Festival Auditions will be held during the day on January 6 & 7 and during the evenings on January 8, 9 & 10.
  • Callbacks the second/third week of January. 
  • Auditions will be in the Studio Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street.
  • Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.
  • Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep all the audition dates free until they receive an audition time.
  • Actors will perform a two-minute monologue of their choice and a side from one of the plays. (Alumnae members have the choice of reading two sides rather than presenting a prepared monologue.) View sides here. 
  • Please print an appropriate side and bring it to the audition along with your résumé and headshot. 
  • All directors and many playwrights attend the general auditions, so be prepared for a full house.
  • NOTE: NIF does festival casting, so you are not auditioning for a specific play or role.

To book an audition, email: NIFauditions@gmail.com with your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number, and state whether you are an Alumnae member.

Queen Marie, Alumnae Theatre

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Queen Marie by Shirley Barrie, Alumnae Theatre

This larger-than-life musical explores the life and times of actress Marie Dressler, an Ontario native. Marie Dressler was a Canadian-American stage and screen actress, comedian, and early silent film and Depression-era film star. Queen Marie celebrates her life from leaving home to start her career on the vaudeville stage at the age of 14, to success in comic operas and film. In 1914, she was in the first full-length film comedy and later won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931. Her career declined in the 1920s, and Dressler was reduced to living on her savings while sharing an apartment with a friend. In 1927, she returned to films at the age of 59 and experienced a remarkable string of successes. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1930–31 for Min and Bill and was named the top film star for 1932 and 1933. She died of cancer in 1934. While not conventionally beautiful, she learned early to appreciate her talent in making people laugh. We are looking for 10 "Marie Dressler" s, to depict her at different points in her life, and many people to portray the people she came in contact with. This play with music will be epic and unforgettable just like the lady herself.

The Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-professional (non-union) theatre company which encourages diversity in its membership and casting. All applicants should email: atcauditions@gmail.com  The ability to sing old show tunes and some movement or tap dancing is an asset.

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 13 - 28, 2018

AUDITION DATES: Monday, January 22nd from 10:00 am-6 pm, Tuesday, January 23 from 9 -12, Saturday January 27 from 10 - 6 pm.
CALLBACKS: Sunday January 28th from 5 pm - 9 pm and Monday, January 29th from 10 am - 6 pm

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 Arts Department desk of the Toronto Reference Library.

All auditioners must bring a photo and resume to the audition

There are roles for everyone in this play.  We are looking for a parent-child combo as we need a young Marie – playing a 5 years old, and 10 women (20 – 70). There are roles for 10 men (30 -60).  Actors will be asked to perform multiple roles. Breakdown follows.

Character Breakdown

Marie Dressler 1933 – Oldest Marie (Age 70’s)

1873 Marie Dressler - Age 5

Marie Dressler 1883/ Claire Dubrey (Age 14 – 18)

Marie Dressler (Early 20’s)

Marie Dressler (Late 20’s)

Marie Dressler (30’s)

Marie Dressler (early 40’s)

Marie Dressler (50’s)

Marie Dressler (60’s)

Marie Dressler (70’s)

Nella Webb (20’s)

Nella Webb (50’s)

Jenny 1883/ Frances (30’s)

Mamie Steele – Maid (25 - 35)

Mamie Steele – Maid (45 – 55)

Richard Ganthony/ Lee Shurbert/ Actor 2 Young (30’s – Attractive)

Dapper Dan/ Actor1/ Main Stage Hand and Good Dancer (40’s)

Stage Hand/ Terry/ Chorus/ Butler Man 

Audience 2/ Edgar Smith/ Studio Hand Man (40’s)

Louis B. Mayer – 1933 /Abe Elanger Reporter (1 Older Man)

James Rolf Jr 1933/Conductor/MC/ May Tolliver/Chef Reporter 2/Clarence (Oldest Man)

 Marie Dressler’s Mother/ Woman of Questionable Virtue/ Racist Woman (40’s)

Marie Dressler’s Father/Bouncer/ Jim Dalton (40’s)

Boy/ Flyer boy/ Stage hand/ Joe Webber/ Schnritz (youth or small man)

Ladies Man/ Reporter/ Nevada/ Audience One/ Sennet Man (30’s)

Soldier/Doctor/various Emcees/ Stage Hands (any age)

Managers, Reporters, Audience Members (any age)

Chorus Girls, Camera Assistants (20’s)

Nurse, Norma Shearer, Mabel Normand (30’s)

Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore (20 - 30’s)

 

 

I hate Hamlet, Scarborough Players

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I hate Hamlet (Scarborough Players)

Auditions:  February 4 and 5, 2018, 7-10 PM

Callbacks (if needed):  February 7, 2018, 7-10 PM

Non-Paying, Non-Equity


I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service,Inc.

Directed by Harvey Levkoe

Produced by Susan McQueen

SHOW DATES:
June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 2018 All shows at 8 p.m. except June 3, 10 & 16, 2 p.m.

The Play

I Hate Hamlet is a deliberately over-the-top comedy. Andrew is a successful Los Angeles TV actor who has
come to New York to play Hamlet in Central Park but has second thoughts. His girlfriend, Deirdre, his acting
agent, Lillian and his real estate broker, Felicia all support the endeavour,but his Hollywood producer, Gary,
has a million-dollar TV project lined up for Andrew that can’t miss. Enter the ghost of legendary actor, John
Barrymore credited with one of the greatest stage portrayals of Hamlet.

LIST OF CHARACTERS & APPROXIMATE AGES TO BE PLAYED
All roles to be played with a maximum of comic enthusiasm and vigor.

ANDREW RALLY, 25-35, Bright eyed & popular; a charming, successful TV actor who becomes overwhelmed & challenged by his new role

FELICIA DANTINE, 30-5, Andrew’s pushy real-estate broker; eccentric, séance believer who speaks to the dead

DEIRDRE McDAVEY, 20-30Andrew’s girlfriend; attractive, emotional, sunny, wildly romantic, a beacon of breathless wonder
and high moral values

LILLIAN TROY, 50-70 Andrew’s acting agent; no-nonsense, hard-smoking, German; a one-time Barrymore flame

JOHN BARRYMORE, 40-50, Legendary actor; flamboyant, lecher, lush, larger than life; able to put the ‘ham’ in Hamlet

GARY PETER LEFKOWITZ, 40-60, Andrew’s Hollywood TV Producer; shamelessly exuberant, crass, appalling & irresistible

Booking Your Audition
Auditions must be booked in advance

AUDITION DATES:
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS)

 

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
We will be booking individual auditions in 10 minute slots. Please
indicate the roles in which you are interested.

LOCATION:

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

PREPARATION

Please prepare a comedic monologue – MAXIMUM 2 minutes in length. There will be readings from the script
so read the play before you audition. Please email a copy of your résumé and a picture with your audition
request. However, we do ask that you please bring a copy of your photo (photocopy will do) and your résumé
to the audition. We do not print them.

SCRIPT
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A copy of I Hate Hamlet will be available at the Toronto Reference Library or by contacting
audition4sp@gmail.com

REHEARSALS:

Start Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 1 p.m. (traditionally TUESDAY/THURSDAY evenings /SUNDAY afternoon
schedule) with some table work to be scheduled in late February early March.

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 back grounds to audition.We do not cast ACTRA/Equity actors.

We do not enter into any contracts or agreements with CAEA or ACTRA.
If cast, you must join Scarborough Players. Membership Fees of $20 are due at the first rehearsal.

 

New Ideas Festival, 2018

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New Ideas Festival, 2018 (Alumnae Theatre)

Auditions:  January 6,7 daytime; January 8-10 evenings

Callbacks:  the second/third week of January

 

Actors (non-union) of all ages (18+) and ethnicities are needed for New Ideas Festival 2018, a three-week juried festival of 15 new works running from March 7 to 25, 2018.

 

A program of 4 different plays will be presented each week, running from Wednesday to Sunday, with a staged reading at noon on each Saturday.

NIF encourages actors from diverse communities to audition; this year NIF has roles calling for non-binary actors.

General Festival Auditions will be held:
January 6 & 7 daytime
January 8, 9 & 10 evenings

Callbacks the second/third week of January

Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.

Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep all the audition dates free until they receive an audition time.

Actors will perform a two-minute monologue of their choice and a side from one of the plays. (Alumnae members have the choice of reading two sides rather than presenting a prepared monologue.) Sides will be available on the Alumnae website (www.alumnaetheatre.com) at the end of December.

Please print an appropriate side and bring it to the audition along with your résumé and headshot. All directors and many playwrights attend the general auditions, so be prepared for a full house.

NOTE: NIF does festival casting, so you are not auditioning for a specific play or role.

NO emails between December 21 and 27 please!

To book an audition email: NIFauditions@gmail.com
Give your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number,
and say whether you are an Alumnae member.

Auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre at Alumnae Theatre
70 Berkeley Street, Toronto

Posted by: Alumnae Theatre
For more information: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com

 

Loot, Bygone Theatre

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Loot, (Bygone Theatre)

Auditions:  December 8, 9

Bygone Theatre is holding auditions for Joe Orton's LOOT, which runs from March 8-17, 2018 (11 performances) at the Alumnae Theatre.

The show is non-union, with a $50 honorarium + profit share; it is Dora eligible. Directed by Emily Dix.

SYNOPSIS: Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs.McLeavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal, and his best pal, Dennis, who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. Absurdity abounds in the dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.

CHARACTERS:
All characters require the use of a British accent and excellent comedic timing.

HAL - early 20s, British, gay, the son of the recently deceased, full of Catholic guilt

DENNIS - early 20s, British, a sexual deviant & an undertaker

FAY - mid to late 20s, British, a nurse, says she's a devout Catholic, uses her sexuality to manipulate men

MR. MCLEAVY - middle aged, British, a recent widower, old-fashioned, a devout Catholic, concerned about his son

INSPECTOR TRUSCOTT - middle aged, British, the bumbling police detective, not above bribery and violence, embodies every negative stereotype of the police force

MEADOWS - 20s-30s, a police officer (minor role)

AUDITIONS
To apply for an audition please email director Emily Dix at emily@bygonetheatre.com with the subject line "LOOT AUDITIONS", and attach your headshot and resume.

Posted by: Bygone Theatre
For more information: http://www.bygonetheatre.com

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