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The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: The Last Romance
by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Heather Walt

Performance dates:   Sept 20 – 24 and Sept 27 – Oct 1, 2016

Auditions:   

Auditions will be held for the three speaking parts, Ralph, Rose and Carol on Sunday, May 22Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24 in the KT Rehearsal Room from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Director - Heather Walt  thewalts@sympatico.ca
Producer – Anna Lisa Bloom  klawdette@hotmail.com

Synopsis

On and ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph, an elderly widower and opera love, takes a different path on his daily walk – one that unexpectedly leads to a second chance at love.  But it’s like opera – “someone loves someone, but it can’t work out because life always gets in the way.”  This tender, romantic comedy explores the relationships between men and women in their golden years and love as an antidote to loneliness.

The Cast

Ralph Bellini – 80 years old, vigorous and full of life, a retired railway man whose family emigrated from Italy after WWII.  He enjoys making jokes and teasing.  He has been a widower for 12 years and he misses the love of opera that he shared with his Anna.

Rose Tagliatelle – in her seventies, Ralph’s sister, is somewhat frumpy, outspoken and nosey.  She came to live with Ralph when his wife died and is very protective of Ralph.

Carol Reynolds – also in her 70’s. attractive, proper and well-dressed. She was an executive secretary for 35 years, and has been living alone for the past 4 years.  She has a small dog, Peaches.

Peaches – a small dog that makes a brief appearance.  She is carried on stage by Ralph and handed to her owner, Carol, who holds her for a few minutes before being carried off.  She is described as being very small. “a Chihuahua mix” and is an ASPCA rescued dog.  (the mixture can be adjusted to suit her appearance.)  Ideally she would not be too excitable and would be required for a few rehearsals before the performance run.  If you know of such a dog, please contact the director of the producer.


The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: Equivocation
by Bill Cain
Directed by Alain Chamsi

Performance dates:   Nov 8 - 12 and Nov 15-19, 2016

Auditions:   

Monday June 20, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday June 26, 7:30 p.m. (Call-backs)

Director - Alain Chamsi

Synopsis

In 1605, Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, King James’ prime minister, to write the “true story” of the terrorist plot to assassinate the King and blow up Parliament using barrels of gunpowder – The Gunpowder Plot. But
as Shag and the acting company of the Globe investigate the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma: speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads, or take the
money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, the play moves from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the
very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

The Cast

There are six characters:

• SHAGSPEARE – 40s; the Bard himself
• RICHARD (and other roles) – late 30s, considered
the first great actor of English theatre and the leader
of the troupe
• NATE (and other roles) – late 30s, a loyal and longtime
member of the troupe
• SHARPE (and other roles) – 20-30, the youngest
member of the troupe and a bit of a hot-head
• ARMIN (and other roles) – 30’s, another loyal and
long-time member of the troupe
• JUDITH – 19, Shag’s daughter

Please contact Alain Chamsi at alain_chamsi@rogers.com for further information about the play.

 

 


The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: High School Musical

Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie Peter Barsocchini
Book by David Simpatico
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Directed by Clare Flockton

Performance dates:   December 27 - 30, 2016

Auditions:   

Sept. 10, 2016 : noon to 4 pm
Sept. 11, 2016 : noon to 4 pm
Sept. 14, 2016 : 6 to 9 pm Call Backs

Producer – Chrissy Feldman  chrissy.feldman@kanatatheatre.ca

Synopsis

It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

The Cast

There is a large cast of 40 characters. More info to come.

Jocks (12)

Troy Bolton - Needs to be able to sing solo, dance, coordinated
Chad Danforth - Chorus singing - 3 or 4 solo lines in We’re all in this together
Zeke Baylor - Chorus singing - a few lines
Jason - Chorus singing - one line
8 Chorus basketball players

Thespians (6)

Sharpay Evans - Solo singing, dancing
Ryan Evans - Sings solo and dancing
James - bad singing - kid in party scene
Susan - bad singing - kid in party scene
Cathy - bad singing - kid in party scene
Cyndra - bad singing - Kid in party

Brainiacs (6)

Gabriella Montez - Solo singing, dancing
Taylor McKessie - chorus singing - 3 or 4 solo lines
Martha Cox - chorus singing, can hip hop dance
Kratnoff - chorus singing, one line
Ms Tenny - chemistry teacher voice - ensemble
Decathlon Moderator - ensemble

Skaters (4)

Ripper - chorus singing - lines in Status Quo - Kid in party scene
Mongo - Chorus singing - Kid in party scene
2 skater ensemble needed - Kid in party scene

Others (14)

Jack Scott - Chorus singing - lots of lines during scene change
Kelsi Nelson - Chorus singing - lines
Ms Darbus - Chorus singing - lines
Coach Bolton - Chorus singing - lines
8 Cheerleaders - chorus singing - ensemble


Auditions for: Schoolhouse
by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Joy Forbes

Kanata Theatre is looking for actors & crew for “Schoolhouse”, a Canadian play written by Leanna Brodie, being performed on February 7-11, 14-18, 2017. This play will be adjudicated as part of the Eastern Ontario Drama League travelling festival.

Performance dates:  Feb. 7-11 & Feb. 14-18, 2017

Auditions:   

Sunday, October 23rd 1:00-5:00pm
Monday, October 24 th 7-10pm
Wednesday, October 26 th 7-10pm (Call-backs)

Director - Joy Forbes

Synopsis

Miss Linton, an eighteen-year- old student fresh out of Normal School, faces challenges of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Ontario in 1938. The play chronicles her struggle to connect with a boy who has cut himself off from everyone, including himself, and to persuade the cautious and close-knit community to open its arms to this stranger in its midst. Full of warmth and poignant humour, Schoolhouse explores themes of rejection, compassion, damage and hope.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, November 13th , usually three times a week until Christmas, no rehearsals Dec. 21-Jan. 2 and then four times a week resuming on January 3rd . There will be 18 actors to play 22 roles - 12 male roles and 10 female roles. The cast list appears below.

The Cast

The Students

I am looking to cast older children/individuals who can play younger.

Ewart Rokosh 14 - from Battenville Training School for Boys; tall & strong; lonesome and hurting; Junior Fourth – grade 7

Beryl Baptie
also plays The Girl

12 - future teacher; Senior Fourth – grade 8
12 - sickly; grand mal seizure

Dwight Varnum 15 - “Big Boy”, follower; plays mouth organ; Senior Third – grade 6
Effa Baptie 8 - tattletale; poor reader, Beryl’s little sister; Senior first – grade 2
Flossie Needler 13 - scrapper, tomboy; Senior Fourth – grade 8
Milton Coyte 7 - only child, very smart; socially awkward ; know-it- all; brown-noser; bookworm; Senior Second – grade 4
Russell Yellowlees

14 - ringleader; “Big Boy”, tough guy; Vern’s older brother; plays mouth organ; Junior Fourth – grade 7

Vern Yellowlees

5 - Baby of the family; brother of Russell; has tantrums; Primer – Kindergarten

The Teachers and Adults

Miss Melita Linton 18 – a born teacher ; first job S.S. No.1 Jericho School

Evie Bothwell

also plays Mrs. Varnum

18 - city girl; Normal School chum of Miss Linton; smokes & drinks; doesn’t like teaching

30s, 40s - Dwight’s mother; plays euchre; very near-sighted due to cataracts

Clinton Cochrane 20s - natural authority; first one in his family to earn an engineer’s degree; used to be a teacher
Mr. Callum Yellowlees
also plays Mr. Lionel Varnum

30s, 40s - farmer; trustee; father of Russell and Vern; disciplinarian
30s, 40s - farmer; Dwight’s father; plays euchre

Boyd music teacher; plays piano – jazz musician; drinks; fought at Vimy Ridge; taught kids how to play mouth organs
Colonel Burnett

40s, 50s - Inspector of Schools; full of bravado; Uncle to Clinton

Mrs. Zellah Baptie

30s, 40s - leads a choir; trustee’s wife; Beryl and Effa’s mother; gossip

Mr. Ewan Coyte
also plays The Father

30s, 40s - farmer; trustee; Milton’s father; drunk Santa
30s, 40s - very caring of The Girl

Mrs. Coyte 30s, 40s - good cook; Milton’s mother; former teacher
Mrs. Millie Needler 30s, 40s - Flossie’s mother; widow; farmer; plays euchre; no patience

Come with a short entertaining story of a time at school. Check out my website www.oneroomschoolhouses.ca for more information about life in the one-room schoolhouse.

You can contact me, the play’s director, at 613 316-6754 joy.forbes@sympatico.ca or the show’s producer, Trina Malcolmson, at 613 697-5106 trina_malcolmson@yahoo.ca . We look forward to working with you!


The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: The Melville Boys
by Norm Foster
Directed by Steve Truelove

Performance dates:   March 28 – April 1 & April 4 – 8, 2017

Auditions:   

Sunday Dec. 4, 2016 7-10pm
Monday Dec. 5, 2016 7-10pm
Sunday Dec. 11, 2016 7pm (Read through)
Rehearsals start on January 15, 2017 and run every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Synopsis

This classic Canadian comedy by Norm Foster explores sibling rivalry and resentment as well as themes of love, loyalty, and compassion. Two brothers, Owen and Lee Melville, arrive at the family lakeside cabin toting beer and anticipating nothing more strenuous than a relaxing weekend of fishing. However, the arrival of two sisters, Loretta and Mary, throws their plans out of whack. The women spend the night and are the catalysts to a tender, unsentimental, and often hilarious look at what happens when four lives in transition touch common ground.

The Cast

There are 4 characters:

Time Frame: Now
Lee Melville:  Mid Thirties, Working class, responsible
Owen Melville: Late Twenties, Working Class, Almost child-like in his outlook.
Mary:    Early Thirties, A smart woman, but not entirely sure of herself
Loretta:  Mid-Twenties. Equally as smart as her sister, but chooses to throw herself into life more.

Please contact Steve Truelove at steve@swtruelove.com for further information about the play.

 


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.