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Classic Theatre Festival 2020 Season Auditions

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Classic Theatre Festival 2020 Season,  Auditions to be held in Toronto 

The Classic Theatre Festival is located in Perth, ON.

We will be auditioning for our 2020 season from October 5 to 7, 2019 in Toronto. To submit please send your resume and headshot to:

** Equity members will be seen first.

Reading copies of the plays will be held on reserve at the Information Desk of the Arts Dept. on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

The plays being auditioned are:
Affairs of State 
Characters                  Age Range
Philip                          70
Constance                   40
George                        40
Irene                           28
Byron                          62
Lawrence                    65

The Philanderer 
Characters                  Age Range
Leonard Charteris         35
Grace Tranfield            32
Julia Craven                 28
Joseph Cuthbertson      65
Colonel Daniel Craven  70
Dr. Paramore               50
Sylvia Craven               18

Characters                  Age Range
Andrew Wyke               57
Milo Tindle                  35

For more information please visit the Classic Theatre Festival website.

Stag and Doe

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Stag and Doe by Mark Crawford

Director: Meg Gibson
Producers: Bridget Jankowski and Diane Kuipers

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a non-union, non-paying production. We are unable to cast full Equity or ACTRA members.
Location: The Village Playhouse, 
           2190E  Bloor St. W. (just east of the Runnymede subway station)

                    Dates and Times:    Fri. Oct. 4th  7-11pm
                                                 Sat. Oct. 5th 1-7pm  

                    Call backs:             Wed. Oct. 9th 7-10pm
Performances: January 10 to February 1, 2020. The Village Playhouse.

Rehearsals: Will be held at the Village Playhouse, with the first read to be determined after the cast is set.  Regular rehearsals will begin the week of Oct. 27. Rehearsal days will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons or evenings, exact times to be determined. There is the possibility of extra rehearsals being called subject to availability. Cast members must be available for every night of tech week beginning with Tech Sunday January 5th (all day). First performance is January 10th.

Synopsis: Bonnie and Brad are having a party to raise money for their upcoming wedding — the cost of which has secretly gotten out of control. Their wisecracking Maid of Honour, Dee is still getting over being left at the altar seven years ago — and now has to come face to face with the guy who did it. Bridezilla Mandy and her doting groom Rob are getting married today — even though their big white tent blew away in last night’s storm. And oh yeah — single dad Jay just found out his entire catering staff is in jail! It’s all happening at the same time, in the same community hall, in the same small town. Taking place over one eventful Saturday in June, the two couples strike a deal to share the local reception hall for their Stag and Doe and wedding. Among the unset Jell-O shots, a missed wedding cake and a disastrous first dance, past relationships are examined, current couples are put to the test and new romance blossoms.
Character Descriptions : (All roles are open to any ethnicity and the ages listed reflect how the character should appear on stage, not the characters actual age)

Bonnie: Female age 25-35, “The Doe” engaged to Brad, best friends with Dee. 

Brad: Male age 25-35, “The Stag” engaged to Bonnie, not a friend of Rob

Dee: Female AGE 25-35, “The Single” best friends with Bonnie, left at the altar by Rob.

Mandy: Female age 25-35, “The Bride” marrying Rob, frenemies with Bonnie.

Rob: Male age 25-35, “The Groom” marrying Mandi, left Dee at the altar.

Jay: Male age 25-40, “The Chef” single father, interested in Dee.

PREPARATION: Please prepare a short comedic monologue, funny story or stand-up comedy bit – less than 90 seconds – something you love from any source. You will be re-directed and asked to improvise. You may be asked to do a cold reading from the play.
A copy of the play will be on hold at the 5th floor Audio Desk, Toronto Reference Library and A script is also available upon request from the audition coordinator.

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

Miracle on 34th Street

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Miracle on 34th Street

From the novel by Valentine Davies
Adapted by the Mountain Community Theater
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

Directed by Jeff Burke Produced by Linda Brent



Evenings November 29, 30, December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.

Matinees are December 1, 8, and 14 at 2 p.m.

**An additional matinee could be added on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m.


The Story

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET is a 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama based on a story by Valentine Davies. The film version was first released as THE BIG HEART in the United Kingdom starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. It won 3 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Valentine Davies for Best Writing of an Original Story, as well as Best Screenplay Writing. The film was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to Gentleman’s Agreement. For more than 70 years, George Seaton’s MIRACLE ON 34th STREET has been a “go-to holiday classic”. It is the kind of spirited, burst-your-heart plot that makes you want to spread the Christmas cheer.

The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the effect of a department store Santa Claus, who claims to be the real Santa. He is hired to play the Santa at Macy’s flagship New York store. Ignoring instructions and insisting he is the “real” Santa, moves this touching story forward.


CAST (* some roles may be doubled as well as gender change)


Doris Walker (F – 30–40 years) – personnel manager at Macy’s Department Store

Fred Gailey (M – 35-45 years) – a lawyer and neighbour to Doris and Susan

Kris Kringle (M – 50+) – Santa Claus

Susan Walker (F – 7-10) – daughter of Doris

* Doctor Pierce (M / F) – physician at the Maplewood Home for the Aged

* Judge Harper (M / F) – Judge of the New York State court

* Sawyer (M / F) – Macy’s vocational guidance counselor

* Halloran (M / F) – Judge Harper’s political campaign manager

* Mara (M / F) – prosecuting attorney

* Shellhammer (M / F) – Doris’ assistant

* R. H. Macy (M / F) – owner and manager of Macy’s Department Store

* Bloomingdale (M / F) – owner and manager of Bloomingdale’s Department Store

* Finley (M / F) – courtroom bailiff

* Mara Jr (M / F) – child of prosecutor Mara

* Al & Lou (M / F) – post office mail sorters

* Dutch Orphan (M / F)

* Dutch Girl’s Foster Mother (F)

* Duncan (M / F) – antelope keeper at Central Park Zoo

* New Broadcaster / Reporter(s) (M / F)

* Drunken Santa Claus (M)

  • Bag Lady (F) and Rich Person (F)





Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 23, 2019 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


CALLBACKS: (IF NEEDED) Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.



Requirements: Please prepare a short comedic monologue or light dramatic monologue – no more than 2 minutes. Be prepared to be re-directed as well as some simple blocking instructions. Also please be prepared to speak about yourself for 90 seconds or so. Please bring headshot/photo (photocopy will do) and resume.

Please read the play.

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


Auditions must be booked in advance


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, September 29, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Most rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 10:00 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. chorus, elves show, youth workshops, etc.


You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from September 29 – December 14, 2019 on audition forms.


** If ticket sales demand, we would add an additional matinee on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. – please keep this date available.


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.

We do not enter into any contracts or agreements with CAEA or ACTRA.

 Non-paying, non-equity

Many Young Men of Twenty

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Many Young Men of Twenty by John B. Keane

Directed by Gregory Breen and Tim O'Connell



AUDITIONS:     SATURDAY, October 5th 1 pm - 5.30 pm

                       SUNDAY, October 6th    1 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

                       MONDAY, October 7th, 7 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (if needed)


CALLBACKS:  WEDNESDAY, October 9th, 7.30 p.m.-9.30 p.m. (if needed) 


                 FEBRUARY 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 AND 29 AT 8 p.m.

                 FEBRUARY 16 and 24 (Sunday Matinees) at 2 p.m

AT:  The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto

        For further information, go to




The Story:

Though written in the early 1960s, Keane's character-driven play is just as relevant today: issues of emigration, alcoholism, status of women, and politics (nepotism) are dealt with in spirited and humorous ways. Follow Danger Mullaly, Peg Finnerty, Tom Hannigan, and other characters in Hannigan's pub as they see prospective emigrants passing through on their way to the train station to begin their journey to England. Woven throughout with music, ballads, and songs, the play takes an often poignant and funny look at the harsh conditions that forced people to emigrate in the early 1960’s, as well as the reasons that kept people at home.


Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor. 


Peg (19-25, Kerry accent):  single mother. Poor but well-educated. Servant at Hannigan’s bar.

Seelie Hannigan (30-45, Kerry accent): Tom Hannigan’s sister. Strict, composed, severe, and bossy.

Maynan (40-60, Kerry accent): Daheen’s wife.

Kitty Curley (50-65, Kerry accent): Fortune-teller.

Dot (20-25, cockney accent): Dinny’s wife.

Mary (16-18, non-speaking role): Mikey’s sister.


Men:  (note: some of the male roles may be doubled [x2]):

Danger Mulally (45-60, Kerry accent):  a knowledgeable drunk.

Maurice Brown (25-35, Dublin accent): English teacher. A man with a past.

Tom Hannigan (40-50, Kerry accent): Owner of pub. Likes to drink and smoke, a lot.

Kevin (20-25, Kerry accent): Daheen’s son. Older brother to Dinny.

Mikey (16-18, non-speaking role): Mary’s brother.


(x2 roles) Daheen Timineen Din (50s-60s, Kerry accent): Domineering, loud, and shrewd. /JJ Houlihan (50-60, Cork accent): Politician.

(x2 roles) Dinny (18-22, Kerry accent/phoney cockney accent): Daheen’s son. Younger brother to Kevin. Leaves Ireland as a boy but comes back a man, with a wife! /Johnny (18-22, Cork accent): JJ Houlihan’s son.

(x2 roles) Melodeon Player (40-65, non-speaking role. Melodeon player) / Aloysius (non-speaking role, broke alcoholic).

Audition Requirements:


Auditions are booked in 12-minute slots. Auditions will be last 10-15 minutes. Please arrive early to complete audition forms.

 Accents are not required for auditions or call-backs but would be an advantage. Accent material and coaching will be provided during rehearsals. Authenticity and clarity will be the goals.

Please prepare a dramatic monologue of less than 2 minutes. All applicants should prepare a short song (less than one minute), except those auditioning for Seelie, DTD/JJ Houlihan, Maynan, Aloysius, and Maurice. You will be redirected and asked to play your monologue out-of-context several times. You will also be asked to do a cold reading from the play at the end of the audition.

Please read the play before attending the audition - a copy of the play will be available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor Arts Desk .


Auditions must be booked in advance: To request an audition, send an e-mail to, indicating your preferred audition date and time(s), together with your attached resume and headshotand indicate which role(s) you’re interested in. Include any potential conflicts between November 15th and December 15th and from January 4th to February 13th.

Audition location will be given when your booking is confirmed.


First read-through and introductions will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m.  Play analysis and miscellaneous discussions will be Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. Rehearsals will commence on November 24th or 25th until December 14th or 15th and resume on January 4th or January 5th. Two weeknights  from  7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and either Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. depending on cast and crew availability. Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to the production opening.


***A Non-Equity performing and non-paying production***


PLEASE NOTE: Toronto Irish Players (TIP) is a non-profit, non-equity community theatre group.  We do not pay actors for performances nor do we cast ACTRA/Equity members.  If cast, we require that you join our group. 
Membership fees of $20 are due at the first rehearsal.


The Sound of Music, Dreamtheatre Productions

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The Sound of Music, Dreamtheatre Productions



TIMES: SEPTEMBER 11 AND 12: 6:30 PM -- 10:00 PM
SEPTEMBER 15: 1:00 PM -- 5:00 PM

​Marty Story, Artistic Director
Cell: 416-347-9291

St. Philip Neri Parish Hall is in the basement of the Church -- go through the main entrance, go to the right downstairs.
Address: 2100 Jane St (at the corner of Jane and Beverly Hills Blvd.)
Free parking next to the Church or across the street.

St. Michael’s Alumni Lounge
Address: 1515 Bathurst Street.
Easily accessible by subway -- get off at St. Clair West Station.
Driving: Make a left turn onto a laneway at the south end of the school and drive to the arena. The Alumni Lounge is located on the first floor of the arena, the west entrance.
Free parking.

**** A reading copy of the script is available at the Arts Dept. Information desk - 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

You can go online and familiarize yourself with the story.

Audition Requirements:
Please bring with you two copies of sheet music-- one for yourself and one for the pianist for your singing audition. We may ask you to sing a selection of music from the show. Also, bring with you a selection from a play for your acting audition.
If you choose to sing from media (cell phone, CD) that is acceptable.

We need Captain Von Trapp’s children, ages 5-18.
If you have children or have friends and relatives who have children within those ages, please notify them of the auditions.

Rehearsals will begin shortly after the last audition date. We will not need the entire cast for every rehearsal.

Rehearsal Dates:
Sundays at St. Michael’s Alumni Lounge-- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesdays at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall -- 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Performances Information:
Location: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, L4C 3B7
Performance dates: January 2, 3, 4 -- Matinee and Evening performances on January 4
Curtain time: 8:00 pm (2:00 for the January 4 matinee)


Maria Rainer, a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey : The Lead Featured Role
The Mother Abbess -- Lead
Sister Berthe -- Mistress of Novices
Sister Margaretta -- Mistress of Postulants
Sister Sophia
Captain Georg Von Trapp -- Major Lead
Franz, the Butler
Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper
The Children of Captain Von Trapp
Liesl, age 16
Friedrich, age 14
Louisa, age 13
Kuirt, age 10
Brigitta, age 9
Marta, age 7
Gretl, the youngest
Rolf Gruber, age 17
Elsa Schraeder, Captain Von Trapp’s fiance
Max Detweiler -- Lead
Herr Zeller
Baron Eberfield
A new Postulant
Admiral von Schreiber
Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants at the Festival Concert



The Cripple of Inishmaan, Scarborough Theatre Guild

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The Cripple of Inishmaan, Scarborough Theatre Guild
By Martin McDonagh

Director: Jeremy Henson
Producer: Darlene Thomas

Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18 2019 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

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 Drive)

Commence: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:30 pm
Continue: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sundays: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
NOTE: These times may be flexible depending on the day-job schedule of the director.

January 10-11 Friday, Saturday – 8 pm
January 12 Sunday Matinée – 2 pm
January 16-18 Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 pm
January 19 Sunday Matinée – 2 pm
January 23-24 Thursday, Friday – 8 pm
January 25 Saturday Matinée – 2 pm

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

The play is set in the small community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a movie about life on the islands. “Cripple" Billy Claven, who is physically disabled from birth, is eager to escape the gossip, ostracism, ridicule, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan. He vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.. or so he believes..

Please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue. You may also be asked to do a cold-read from the script, so it is best to familiarize yourself with the show. Please bring a copy of your resume and headshot to the audition. Callbacks will consist of scenes from the show, performed in groups. We ask that you be available for the full time period so we have a chance to experiment with different pairings/groupings of actors.

*** If you would like to read the play before auditioning, the script is on reserve at the Information Desk of the Arts Dept, 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.

For information, or to book an audition time, email Darlene Thomas at
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 (5M, 4F)

Note: The ages of characters are flexible and casting will be based on chemistry between actors. Scarborough Theatre Guild welcomes diversity in casting and actors of all backgrounds, identities and abilities are encouraged to apply!

Role Description
“Cripple” Billy Claven: Late teens. An orphan, and disabled since birth. He is considered somewhat dim by the townsfolk, partially because he speaks slowly,
and likes to sit and stare at cows.
Kate Osbourne 40’s – 50’s. One of Billy’s adoptive “aunts”. Runs the local general store. She is known to talk to stones.
Eileen Osbourne 40’s – 50’s. Kate’s sister and Billy’s other “aunt”. She has a sweet tooth and tries to hide all the candy rather than sell it.
Johnnypateenmike 60’s. The town gossip. Likes to trade his gossipy stories for food. He will stop at nothing to snoop out new stories to spread around town.
Helen McCormick Late teens. A tough girl whom Billy has a crush on.
Bartley McCormick Mid-teens. Helen’s younger brother. His main interest in life seems to be candy. He is the constant patsy for Helen’s mean tricks.
Babbybobby Bennett 30’s. A strapping, handsome man who is the local boatman. His wife has recently died of tuberculosis.
Doctor McSharry 40’s – 50’s. The town doctor. Not originally from these parts. Sensible and professional.
Mammy O’Dougall, Johnnypateenmike’s 90 year old alcoholic mother. Has so far not met her goal of drinking herself dead.

The Trip to Bountiful, Alumnae Theatre Company

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The Trip to Bountiful, Alumnae Theatre Company

By Horton Foote
Directed by Brenda Darling
Performance: January 17 – February 1, 2020

Featuring a multi-cultural cast, this interpretation of the well-loved, multi-award winning play, film and
TV movie features several strong and compelling roles. Its themes which cut across cultures, include
ageism, elder abuse and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

This is a non-union, non-paying production.

For over a century, ATC's outstanding casts, crew & management have been volunteers who love theatre.
Our cast will be multi-ethnic.

Setting: 1947 Texas (Houston and rural farming area). Characters speak with light Texan accent.

Ludie Watts 50-55, male, non-Caucasian, low paid accountant recently recovered from 2
years of unemployment due to ill health exhausting savings. Sensitive, nonconfrontational,
low self-esteem. Tries to minimize tensions erupting in cramped apartment between the two
strong women he loves – his mother and wife whose expectations he knows he has failed to meet.

Jessie Mae Watts 45-55, female, any ethnicity, probably called very cute when younger, but now is
hard, driven, nervous and hysterical. Her hopes for romance, own home, children, and wealth passed her
by and instead she’s “stuck” in a tiny apartment with her husband and hated mother-in-law. To forget her
disappointments, she concentrates on picture shows, movie magazines, beauty shop and fountain coke
with teenage girlfriend.

Thelma 20-25, female, any ethnicity. Kind, thoughtful and optimistic about life before her.
Recently married, while traveling to stay with her parents as her husband serves
overseas in WW II, Thelma befriends Carrie Watts.

Carrie Watts already cast. (Mother to Ludie; mother-in-law to Jessie Mae)

Sherrif 50-70, female, any ethnicity. An air of authority yet has compassion. Grew up on
a Texas farm and is at home in her rural jurisdiction

Roy, Ticket Agent 40-50, male, any ethnicity. Didn’t grow up in this rural area so may have different
accent. Follows the rules.

Various Agents any age and ethnicity
& Travellers

** A reading copy of the play is available at the Information Desk of the Arts Dept., 5th floor Toronto Reference Library **


Auditions: between Sept 12 – 15, 2019
Callbacks: Sept 21st
Location: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON
(SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide St. E.) Entry by Stage Door off Adelaide.

Please email – headshot, resume, role for which you wish to be considered, phone number, and
write in the subject line “Auditions”. Please specify if you are an Alumnae Theatre Member, as
all requesting members receive an audition.

Those selected for an audition will be contacted and scheduled.

PREP: If selected - Please prepare a short (2 min.) contemporary monologue after which you may
receive re-direction and invited to read a side of your choice from the script. Sides are available
on the Opportunities-Actors section of the Alumnae website. Alumnae members may choose to
just read a side, but a monologue is appreciated.

REHEARSALS begin Saturday October 12, 2019. Two weeknights and either Sat or Sun depending on
cast and crew availability

Portia's Julius Caesar: Hart House Theatre

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Portia's Julius Caesar: Hart House Theatre

By Kaitlyn Riordan


Inspired by and adapted from the works of William Shakespeare

Directed by Eva Barrie



Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, August 8, 2019 – early submissions are encouraged.

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

Those contacted for auditions will be seen the week beginning August 11, with callbacks taking place the week of August 26. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen.


Performance run: November 15 – 30, 2019

Rehearsals will take place Tuesday – Thursday evening, and Sunday full day, beginning September 29.

Please send headshots, resumes to Be sure to include PJC SUBMISSION in your email subject line.

The creative team behind Portia's Julius Caesar is committed to decolonizing the classical canon and bringing marginalized voices to the centre. Therefore, BIPOC artists will be prioritized. Artists of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and gender identities are strongly encouraged to submit.


Audition Requirements:Actors are asked to please prepare two (2) Shakespearean monologues, each less than 90 seconds. Actors should be prepared to receive re-direction.

It is recommended that actors familiarize themselves with the characters and material in the play.


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


Character Breakdowns:


A power-broker. Mother to Brutus. 40+ years of age.

Four washerwomen, servants to wealthy homes in Rome. Actors with comedic skills are encouraged to submit. They originate from other points of the Roman Empire. Please note: male-identifying actors are welcome to play these roles, and these roles may be double cast with other parts.  Age range: all.

Best friend to Portia and wife to Caesar. She is a determined and principled person who is struggling to become pregnant. Age range late 20s to 30s.

Husband of Calpurnia and great general of Rome, who has recently won a civil war against Pompey and returns to Rome in triumph. 40+ years of age.

Caesar’s closest companion. A young man much given to revelling, he enjoys music and plays and has a serious ambitious streak in him. Age range 20s.

Husband of Portia, son of Servilia, and considered a noble Roman, descended from the Brutus who liberated Rome from the tyrannical monarchy of the Tarquins. A senator and a new Father. Age range late 20s to 30s.

Son in law of Servilia, married to Brutus’ sister. A senator discontent with Caesar’s ambition. Age range late 20s to 30s.

A powerful mystic in Rome. Warns Caesar of his fall, but is unheard. Age range: 30s

A sex-worker in Rome. Joins forces with the conspirators to bring democracy to Rome. Age range: late 20s to 30s.  

The Queen of Egypt. Age range 20s.

Murder Weapon, The Village Players

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Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens


Directed by Jennifer Monteith


Producers: Rosemary McGillivray and Trevor Marlatt


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

• Saturday, August 17: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Sunday, August 18: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
• Monday August 19: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
• Callbacks (if necessary): Tuesday, August 20 from 6:30 pm


REHEARSALS  will be held at the Village Playhouse. First read: Sunday August 25 at 10 am-1 pm (may change). Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10 pm, and Sundays 1 – 5 pm; and every night of tech week beginning Sunday, October 27th (full day on the 27th).


PLAY SYNOPSIS When Chief Constable Jessica Bligh accompanies her friend Diane Tulliver home to Dysart Hall after a night at the opera, they arrive to a horrifying scene. Diane’s husband Paul has been shot dead and ex-convict Charley Mirren is standing over him bearing a gun. It appears to be an open-and-shut case for Chief Constable Bligh, but as she and her colleague Inspector Fremont probe further, they discover all is not what it seems.

Murder Weapon is an ingeniously plotted, highly tense thriller. Like all the best mysteries, it gets more and more complicated and confusing before it’s resolved. Time period is the present.



CHARACTERS (4 or 5 men; 2 or 3 women). The role of Constable Walters may be played as a female character

* (ages given are character ages, not actor’s ages)


  • Jessica Bligh: Chief Constable. Female, late 40’s. Bligh may be ex-Army with excellent posture and bearing, but she isn’t overly masculine and she’s not above bending the rules a bit. Bligh is new to the job, but she’s calm, smart and wants to investigate Paul’s death properly.
  • Inspector Fremont: Male, around 45 – 50. Fremont is an old-school, working class cop without much education. He’s been there, done that, has too many cases on the go and doesn’t want to waste time on something that’s so cut and dried. But hidden way down deep is curiosity and a genuine desire to see justice done.
  • Constable Walters: Male or Female, any age. This is Walters’ first murder… show us how you think the character will handle it.
  • Charley Mirren: Male about 50, looks older. Charlie is a loser. He has a lot of anxiety, fear, a blind respect for authority, and has clearly been let down by everyone in his life. Charlie has just finished a lengthy stretch in prison, but despite all his drawbacks, there is something endearing about him.
  • Hugo: Male, around 35. Hugo is handsome, suave, has a friendly face and is a good psychiatrist. He is also a master at getting what he wants.
  • Diane: Female, about 30. Sexy and well-put-together, Diane is an accomplished amateur actress. She is clearly distraught at her husband’s murder, trying to be strong but needing support.
  • Paul: Male, well over 40. Diane’s husband Paul can be rather stilted, but he loves his wife, in a comfortable, been-married-a-long-time way. He’s obviously older than Diane and is very happy with his life.

The role of Constable Walters and Paul may be played by the same actor.


PREPARATION Please prepare a 3-minute monologue. Please read the play prior to the audition as you will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Accents are not necessary. 


***A copy of the script is available upon request from the audition coordinator.

***A copy of the script is also available at the Information Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. 


TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Please email a copy of your headshot and resume to with your preferred date, time, role(s) you are interested in, and contact information.

Please also bring a hardcopy of your resume and headshot (photocopy is fine) to your audition.

Night Watch, NAGs Players

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Night Watch, NAGS Players


Night Watch: a play of suspense in two acts

by Lucille Fletcher


Directed by Ken Stern


Audition Dates and Times: 


Tuesday, August 20, 2019: 6:30 to 9 pm                                                                                                          

Wednesday, August 21: 6:30 to 9 pm.                                                                             

Tranzac Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. Closest subway: Bathurst or Spadina

Callback Date: Sunday, August 25 from 1:30 pm. (Location TBA)


Show dates: November 7, 8, 9 and 14,15,16, 2019

Show times: Evenings 7:30 pm                                                                                                            

Show location: Tranzac Stage, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto


Audition Preparation and Format:

This is an open call audition and will consist of readings from the play. Sides will be provided.  Please email with your preferred date, and indicate what role(s) you are interested in reading. A prepared monologue is not required. Please bring your resume and a headshot, if you have one, to the audition.


Rehearsal  Information:

The first read-through will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Main Hall of the Tranzac.

All rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 pm and Sundays, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Apart from some rehearsals at the Tranzac, the majority of them will take place at venues in the downtown area.

Cast members are to be available for all show dates and rehearsals, and particularly for the technical rehearsal on November 3 and the dress rehearsals on November 5 and 6! 

You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from September 3 – November 16, 2019 on audition forms.

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


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


The Story:

Elaine Wheeler is a wealthy heiress and modern art collector, living with her handsome stock-broker husband in an elegant remodeled townhouse in New York City. Though it would appear that she has the best of everything, she seems lost, haunted by a turbulent past, beset by alarming fear. When she suddenly cries out that she sees a dead man in the abandoned tenement across the back fence, the household is thrown into turmoil. Despite the best efforts of her husband, best friend Blanche, the NYPD, and a psychiatrist to reassure her, she remains adamant that a murder has been committed. Do Appleby, a nosy neighbour, or Helga, the eavesdropping maid, know more than they’re letting on? 


Casting Requirements:


Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor. Character descriptions in quotations are the playwright’s.

Character Gender/Age Description
Elaine Wheeler (lead) Female, mid-30s An heiress raised in luxury, European travel, only child, mother dead in childbirth, pampered by wealthy oil-baron father (now deceased). “slender, patrician, with big eyes, an eager smile. An air of insecurity” (LF) “your great doomed eyes, your haunting looks, a fragile ghost” (Appleby)
John Wheeler Male, 30s-40s Elaine’s 2nd husband. “rugged, handsome” (LF), a stocks and bonds broker. 
Blanche Cooke Female, mid-30s Elaine’s visiting best friend and a nurse. “an attractive redhead with an excellent figure” (LF)
Helga Female, 50s German maid in Wheeler household. Must speak with accent.
Curtis Appleby Male, 50-60 Neighbour of the Wheelers, editor of the local gossip rag. “Odd-looking older gentleman” (LF)
Patrolman Vanelli Male, late 20s A young Italian, Brooklyn cop with an interest in art. Brooklyn accent
Lt Walker Male, 50s Homicide detective, harried, cynical, impatient. “A glum, sallow-looking man” (LF)
Dr. Tracy Lake
Male, 50s
Female, 30s-50s

Owner of local deli. Working class. “a large shabby man with iron grey hair, and a wrathful expression.” (LF)“…a middle-aged woman, nicely-dressed” (LF)


Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library


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