AUDITIONS

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Treasure Island - Still to be Cast


Auditions for: Treasure Island
by Ken Ludwig adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Wendy Wagner

Performance dates:   May 15 - 20 & May 23 - 27, 2017

Audition Dates & Times:   

When: Sunday February 19, Monday February 20, Tuesday February 21, 2017
Time: 7 pm sharp! (to 10 pm – be prepared to stay for the full 3 hours)
Where: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room.

Synopsis:

Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale of pirates and buried treasure is an enduring classic about 14-year- old Jim Hawkins who yearns for adventure. Along the way, he meets the infamous Long John Silver and a whole host of legendary buccaneers. Ludwig’s award-winning adaptation embraces both the mythic and the darker aspects of piracy to produce a coming-of- age story with a real heart to it. With thrilling sword fights and cutthroat mutiny on the high seas, Treasure Island is a gripping adventure for the whole family!

Audition Details:

To accurately gauge interest and to make better use of the audition time, we ask that ALL interested actors contact Wendy (director) at wendy.wagner@kanatatheatre.ca to indicate which evening[s] you wish to audition. Please ensure that you contact me prior to February 16, 2017 with your preferred date.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for learning a short hand-to-hand combat combo. The audition will consist of a monologue, hand-to-hand combat, and cold scene readings. Time (10-15 minutes) will be allotted to learn a monologue. Time will also be allotted to work as a group on the scenes.

We are looking for 17 actors to play 29 characters ranging in age from approximately 14-60. There are three specifically female roles: Mother, Widow Drewes, and Anne Bonny. The roles of Jim Hawkins, Ezekiel Hazard, Justice Death, and Tom Morgan/Beggar may be cast as male or female. The rest of the roles (10) are male. See descriptions below.

Call-backs, if necessary, will be held on Wednesday February 22 @ 7 pm. Regular rehearsals will commence on Sunday March 5 and will generally follow a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday evening pattern.

Character Descriptions:

Lead roles

Actor #1 – Jim Hawkins – Male or Female; apparent age 14-17 years old. Jim appears and speaks in every scene except the opening scene. He is naïve but keen to please and full of a huge sense of wonder. I will be considering casting a female actor in the role.

Actor #2 – Long John Silver/Father – Male; apparent age 25-45 years old. Jim’s father has a very brief appearance near the beginning of the play. Long John Silver appears in the second half of Act One and in all of Act Two except scene two. He should be “larger than life” while still being human. He is flawed (duplicitous, greedy, coarse) but we still need to love him (vulnerable, caring, loyal?). He has a “wooden” leg. The actor will be required to limp and may be expected to use a crutch.

Secondary roles

Actor #3 – Captain Flint/Dr. Livesey – Male; apparent age 30-50 years old. The roles require some combat experience. Flint appears in the first scene of the play and may be used as an extra pirate or townsperson in certain scenes. Dr. Livesey is a father-figure to Jim. He is competent, caring, unflappable, and sensible.

Actor #4 – Squire Trelawney/Job O’Brien/Bailiff – Male; apparent age 40+.  Job O’Brien is a pirate appearing in several scenes in both Acts. He does not have many lines. The Bailiff appears briefly in Act One scene two but has no lines. Squire Trelawney is a wonderful part. He is foolish, foppish, clueless and generally cheerful. It’s would be helpful to be able to sing. Combat experience an asset.

Actor #5 – Black Dog/Captain Smollett – Male; apparent age 50+. Black Dog, the pirate, appears in the first half of Act One (scenes one and two) and possibly in Act Two scene three. He is a large, scrappy man who must fight Billy Bones. Combat experience is an asset. Captain Smollett is a life-long sailor with a no-nonsense approach. He is a man of honour. He appears in Act One scene four and Act Two scenes one and four.

Actor #6 – Jemmy Rathbone/Ben Gunn – Male; apparent age 25-45 years old. The roles require a fair bit of physicality: dropped off the ship, able to climb trees and/or rigging, hand-to-hand combat. Wiry, strong build. Fast. Rathbone appears in the first scene of the play and may be used as an extra pirate or townsperson during the rest of Act One. Gunn appears in Act Two scenes one and four and is heard off-stage during scene five.

Actor #7 – Calico Jack/Blind Pew – Male; apparent age 25+.  Calico Jack and Blind Pew are both pirates. Both have creepy, if glorious, deaths. Blind Pew appears in Act One scene two. Calico Jack may appear as an extra pirate in the first act and throughout most of Act Two.

Actor #8 – Israel Hands/Bailiff Son (1) – Male; apparent age 25+. The Bailiff Son #1 appears only in Act One scene two and has no lines. Israel Hands is a pirate who appears in quite a lot of Act One and he has a wonderful scene with Jim in Act Two prior to falling to his death. Combat experience is a must. Physical agility is an asset as this character will be required to climb the rigging and fall overboard.

Actor #9 – George Merry/Bailiff Son (2) – Male; apparent age 25+. The Bailiff’s second son has no lines and only appears in Act One scene two. George Merry is a large, imposing man and quick to anger. He challenges Silver for leadership. Combat experience is an asset.

Actor #10 – Ezekiel Hazard – Male or Female; apparent age 16+. Ezekiel is a pirate. This role has a few individual lines and appears throughout the play. Combat experience is an asset but not required.

Actor #11 – Tom Morgan/Boy-with-barrow/Beggar – Male or Female; apparent age 16-20. There are several lines for all three characters. The person playing these roles may be used as an extra pirate in Act Two.

Actor #12 – Billy Bones – Male; apparent age 30-55. This character only appears in Act One scene two. He is larger-than-life, filthy, brash and mostly drunk. His death scene is excellent. The actor playing this role may choose to appear as an extra pirate in the rest of the play. Combat experience is an asset as this character has a sword fighting scene with Black Dog.

Actor #13 – Anne Bonny – Female; apparent age 18+. Anne is a saucy pirate lass who appears throughout the play. She does not have many lines but she does get to fight. Combat experience is an asset but not required.

Actor #14 – Justice Death – Male or Female; apparent age 18+. Justice Death is a pirate. S/he appears throughout the play. Combat experience is an asset.

Actor #15 – Mother – Female; apparent age 25-45. This role only appears in Act One scene two. She may be used as an extra pirate or as part of the Bristol Dock crowd in the remainder of the play.

Actor #16 – Widow Drewes – Female; apparent age 30+. This role has no lines except group lines. She appears only in Act One scene two but may be used as an extra pirate or as part of the Bristol Dock crowd in the remainder of the play.

Actor #17 – Josiah Bland/Reverend Mainwaring – Male; apparent age 40+. Rev. Mainwaring appears only in Act One scene two. He has one or two lines. Josiah is a pirate who appears in most of the rest of the play though he doesn’t have many individual lines. Combat experience is an asset.