AUDITIONS

This page shows auditions and opportunities to work backstage, front of house, and on the technical sides of future productions.

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Silent Sky     A Man for All Searons 

Auditions for: Silent Sky

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Date: Sunday October 14 and Monday October 15, 2018
Time: 7-10 pm both nights
Where: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room. Please enter the building by the double doors at the rear.
Contact: Joan Patrick (producer) jpatrick1349@gmail.com or Wendy Wagner (director) wendy.wagner@kanatatheatre.ca

Performance dates: February 5-16, 2019

Synopsis: The true story of the 19th century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Characters: below are the descriptions from the script. I am willing to look at any actor between the ages of 25 – 60 who can realistically portray these characters over the course of the 20-year span of the play.

Henrietta Leavitt: 30’s, brilliant, meticulous, excited, hard of hearing (wears a period hearing aid).

Margaret Leavitt: 30’s homebody, creative, sweet, sister. Please note that the actor playing Margaret must be able to sing (preferably soprano). It would also be ideal if the actor was a proficient pianist.

Annie Cannon: 40’s, the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand.

Williamina Fleming: 50’s, smart as a whip and fun, Scottish. Accent required.

Peter Shaw: 30’s, the head astronomer’s apprentice… and the man.

Details of the audition process:

Please arrive about 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form.

Actors auditioning for the role of Margaret must be prepared to sing the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth”. Sheet music and lyrics can be found here:
sheet music
lyrics (right click and select 'save link as...' to download the music)
A wide variety of versions can be found on YouTube. One is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovFGaOAFFlY

Everyone will choose a short monologue at the audition. Memorization is not necessary. You will be asked to read it twice: once as you prefer and the second time with direction.

The rest of the audition will be group scene readings.



Auditions for: A Man for All Seasons
Written by: Robert Bolt
Directed by: Susan Monaghan

Performance dates:   March 26 to April 6, 2019

Auditions:   

All actors must be available for all performances

AUDITION DATES:

Sunday December 2nd @ 7 p.m. in the Ron Maslin Playhouse front lobby
Monday December 3rd @ 7 p.m. in the RMP Rehearsal Hall
Call backs Wednesday December 5 @ 7 p.m. in the RMP Rehearsal Hall

Rehearsal Dates:

Read-through will be held on December 10, 2018. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. starting January 13, 2019.

Characters

As in most plays the question is can you play that age range, rather than do you fit the range.

The Common Man – Late Middle Age. His face is crafty; loosely benevolent, its best expression is that of base humour.
Sir Thomas More – Late forties. Pale, middle-sized, not robust. But the life of the mind in him is so abundant and debonair that it illuminates the body.
Richard Rich – Early thirties. A studious unhappy face lit by the fire of banked down appetite.
Duke of Norfolk – Late forties. Heavy, active, a sportsman and soldier.
Alice More – Late forties. Born into the merchant class, now a great lady.
• Margaret More – Middle twenties. A beautiful girl of ardent moral fineness.
Cardinal Wolsey – Old. A big decayed body in scarlet.
Thomas Cromwell – Late thirties. Subtle and serious. An intellectual bully.
Chapuys – Sixties - A professional diplomat and lay ecclesiastic. Much on his dignity as a man of the world.
Chapuys’ Attendant* – An apprentice diplomat of good family.
William Roper – Early thirties. A stiff body and an immobile face. In love with Margaret.
The King – An early thirties Henry VIII. Clean-shaven, bright-eyed, graceful and athletic.
A Woman* – Middle fifties. Self-opinionated, self-righteous, selfish, indignant.
Cranmer – Late forties. Sharp—minded, sharp-faced.
Four servants (two female, two male) to carry in furniture and help arrange the scenes in the More and Cromwell households, and other scene change duties. Note that one of the servants will double as the “Woman” and one as “Chapuys’ Attendant”. Both are bit parts with some dialogue.

Please arrive about 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form.

Please contact the director Susan Monaghan (monagsue@sympatico.ca ) or the production manager Susan Sinchak (susans@diligens.com) if you have any questions.