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Doubt: a Parable, Scarborough Players

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Doubt: a Parable, Scarborough Players
**Non-Paying, Non-Equity**

Doubt, A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
Directed by Joseph van Veen
Produced by Darlene Thomas and Mary Nowlan

SHOW DATES:
January 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, and 26, 2019
All shows at 8 p.m. except January 13, 20 and 26 at 2 p.m.

** A copy of the play is available to read at the Arts Desk, 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

The Play: Set in a Catholic school in the Bronx, New York in 1964, conservative Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young charismatic and modern-minded Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Characters:
Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor. All ethnicities are welcome.

Note: Given the period, context and location of the play, there are themes in the play related to racial identities which are specifically referenced. For example, Mrs. Muller is referred to by the playwright as "Black" although the other characters are not racially identified. Scarborough Players is committed to diversity in casting and encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition for roles they are interested in.

1. Father Brendan Flynn – male, 35-40 years of age
A priest assigned to St. Nicholas Church and school where he teaches, religion health education and coaches basketball. He is a progressive priest who strives to make the Church a friendly, welcoming place. He is cool, down to earth, with-it, articulate and compassionate. Father Flynn is charming and seductive, but giving one a slight feeling that something might be off.

2. Sister Aloysius Beauvier – female, 55+ years of age
A nun and the principal at St. Nicholas School. She is deeply embedded in the doctrine of the Catholic Church. She holds both hard work and her devotion to the Church in the highest regard. She believes in strict order and discipline. She is fierce, domineering, intimidating, forbidding, dry, and commanding. Beneath her brisk and no-nonsense veneer there is no question that she is nurturing and caring. She’s hard on everyone because she truly believes it’s for their own good.

3. Sister James – female, mid- to late-twenties
A nun and eighth grade teacher at St. Nicholas School. She is a new teacher at the school and wishes to please Sister Aloysius while remaining true to her beliefs. She is open, impressionable, vulnerable, naïve, thoughtful, and progressive in her teaching techniques. She possesses a certain innocence and sensitivity. She wants very much to please Sister Aloysius, but wants to believe in the goodness of people but Sister Aloysius has encouraged her to be suspicious and doubtful.

4. Mrs. Muller – female, 35-40 years of age
Mrs. Muller is the mother of Donald Muller, the school’s first black student and the object of Sister Aloysius’ suspicions. She is a realistic woman who is concerned about her son’s future and will do whatever it takes to ensure his safety, whatever the cost. She appreciates the attention Father Flynn has paid to Donald, regardless of his motivations, and feels that he is a positive influence in Donald’s life.

AUDITION DATES:
Monday, October 22, 2018 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
(CALLBACKS ONLY: PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL 3 HOURS) 

Requirements: Please prepare a short dramatic monologue – less than 90 seconds – something you love and know well off book. You may be re-directed. You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the play. Please read the play. A copy of the play will be on hold at the 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
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 Food Outlet. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station).

Very Important: Rehearsals will required between Christmas and New Year’s

First read-through will be Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1 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.

You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from November 4, 2018 to January 26 on your audition forms.

 

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.

Top Girls, Alumnae Theatre

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Top Girls, Alumnae Theatre
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Alysa Golden
Performance dates: January 18 – February 2, 2019

Marlene is throwing a dinner party to celebrate her promotion at Top Girls Temp Agency. Her guests? Five powerful wonder women from the historical past. Marlene strives to join their ranks, and does – but at what cost? Set in Thatcher’s Britain, Caryl Churchill’s magical yet realistic play brilliantly dramatizes the timeless quest to define success and women’s struggle to achieve it.

THE ROLES (age can be flexible, particularly for roles where range not provided; some roles may be doubled up)

Marlene: Ambitious, her career ambitions have led her to abandon her daughter, Angie
Isabella Bird: (1831-1904) Intrepid traveller
Lady Nijo: (b. 1258) Emperor’s courtesan turned Buddhist nun
Dull Gret: Subject of a Brueghel painting, where she leads women in a charge through Hell
Pope Joan: Thought to have been pope, disguised as a man, between 854 and 856
Patient Griselda: Obedient wife from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Joyce: Marlene’s sister, adoptive mother to Angie, resentful of Marlene’s career
Angie: (16) Marlene’s daughter, aggressive and impetuous
Kit: (14) Angie’s younger next-door neighbour, bright girl with academic ambitions
Win: Employee at Top Girls, very career-focused
Nell: Employee at Top Girls, career-focused and envious of Marlene’s promotion
Jeanine: (early 20s) Job candidate at Top Girls, wants to save money for a wedding and family
Louise: (mid-late 40s) Job candidate at Top Girls, wants a new job where her experience is valued
Mrs. Kidd: Marlene’s co-worker’s wife. Wants Marlene to give her husband her promotion
Shona: Job candidate at Top Girls, has lied about her work experience
Waitress: Non-speaking role, server at promotion dinner

AUDITION DATES
Tuesday, October 9: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, October 10: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursday, October 11: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, October 12: 6:00 – 10:00 pm

CALLBACKS
Saturday, October 13

PREPARATION: Please read the sides posted at: https://www.alumnaetheatre.com/actors.html and choose two selections to read at the audition. You may also be asked to read from the script, so it is highly recommended that you are familiar with the play. Reading copies will be available at the 5th Floor Arts Desk of the Toronto Reference Library. Please bring a copy of your resume and headshot to the audition.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Email atctopgirlsauditions@gmail.com. Please indicate the role(s) you’re interested in and your preferred audition time.

LOCATION: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide Street East) Entry by Stage Door on Adelaide.

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-professional company that encourages diversity in casting.

The Coarse Acting Show 2, The Nags Players - extended audition call

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The Coarse Acting Show 2 based on, The Four Plays for Coarse Actors, The Nags Players


*** The Nags Players has an additional audition date for, The Coarse Acting Show 2 based on "Four Plays for Coarse Actors",
 a copy of Four Plays for Coarse Actors is available for reading at the Information Desk in the Arts Dept., 5th floor Toronto Reference Library. ***

Audition date is: Tues, Sept 11, at 7pm at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

No preparation is needed and no response is required: just show up ready to “cold read” some roles and have fun.
If you have an actor friend or two, please bring them along!

For more info please see The Nags Players audition call.

Hair, Hart House Theatre

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Hair, Hart House Theatre

Hart House Theatre is now accepting submissions for:

HAIR
Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed by Julie Tomaino

** A score of vocal selections from Hair and the libretto are available for reading at the Information Desk of the Arts Dept., 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - early submissions are encouraged.
Non-union (ACTRA or Equity), Non-paying

Those contacted for auditions will be seen the week beginning October 21, with callbacks the next week. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen. Rehearsals will begin the week of November 11, 2018.

Performance run: January 18 – February 2, 2019
Please send headshots, resumes to auditions@harthousetheatre.ca. Be sure to include HAIR SUBMISSION in your email subject line.
Artists of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and gender identities are strongly encouraged to submit.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting songs (approximately 1-2 minutes) though, if needed, they may be asked to perform only one. One song should be from the contemporary Musical Theatre genre; the other should be pop/rock and does not need to be from the Musical Theatre canon. At least one of the songs should showcase acting ability. Actors are expected to bring sheet music for their songs in the correct key. A capella auditions are strongly discouraged. An accompanist will be provided. It is recommended that actors familiarize themselves with the characters and material in the play.
NOTE: this show has a history of containing nudity. Through the rehearsal process, this production will explore the possibility of using nudity in performance only with the express consent of the artists involved.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Hair, the original rock musical, celebrates its 50th anniversary at a time of new-found social justice movements and civil unrest. When a tribe of freedom-loving hippies is confronted with the realities of war and an oppressive government hell-bent on conflict, they become even more committed to their ideals of freedom, liberty from social shackles and the space to form individual expression…through “long, beautiful Hair”…

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.

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