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The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester
Written by: T. Gregory Argall
Directed by: Stavros Sakiadis

Performance dates:   Sept 19 – 23 and Sept 26 –30, 2017


All actors must be available for all performances

Regular rehearsals will commence early July and will generally follow a Sunday-Monday-Wednesday evening pattern.

AUDITION DATE: Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 7:00pm
AUDITION LOCATION: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room.


A hilarious and touching contemporary comedy for adults!  Stand-up comedian Eddie Jester has been mugged, and is comatose in the hospital. His visiting friends, lovers, and the hospital staff think he can't hear what they are saying... but he can! Eddie's disembodied spirit offers up jokes, witty commentary and often philosophical observations about everything going on around him in his hospital room.

The Cast

CASTING: 4m, 3f

EDDIE (Early 30s-40s) …………………. Stand up comic
SUSAN (Late 20s-30s)………..……….. Eddie’s wife
JENNIFER (Late 20s- 30s)……………….Eddie’s girlfriend
MAX (early 30s-40s)………………………Eddie’s agent
DR. JIMMY (Late 20s-30s)………………..Eddie’s Doctor
JAYNE/HEATHER (Late 20’s-30s)……....Nurse
ANNOUNCER/PATIENT (Early 30s-40s)…..The announcers lines will be pre-recorded and the patient will be on stage for the show lying in a bed. The Patient acts as Eddie’s body.

The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: Shatter
by Trina Davies
Directed by Barbara Kobolak

Performance dates:   Nov 6-11 and Nov 14-18, 2017


Monday June 19, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 20, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 21, 7:00 p.m.


Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room


Shatter explores the little-known details of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Anna MacLean is a teenager, thrilled with her new diary, ripe with the promise of youth, and flush with excitement at all of the handsome soldiers in the streets of Halifax, a bustling city in wartime. Though Anna’s mother and her best friend, Elsie Schultz, talk of the war, Anna can only think about whether the young man at the door enforcing the blackout order thought she was pretty. The next morning their world collapses. As a community tries to find someone to blame, four characters search through the rubble for something true.

It’s a drama that explores such themes as how the War suddenly came home to Halifax; family; love; alienation; and the sense of family that these characters try to create to replace the families they’ve lost.

Audition Details:

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form. Wear comfortable clothing. The audition will consist of various warm-up exercises and cold scene readings.

We are looking for 4 actors (3 women, 1 man) to play 8 characters. Each of the 4 actors has a “principal” role (see character descriptions below), plus a neutral “chorus” role representing the voices of the town, of the community of Halifax. These chorus characters are referred to by the numbers 1,2,3, or 4.

Please be familiar with the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”, as that will be part of the group “chorus” work we do at the auditions (you don’t need to have memorized the words as the lyrics will be provided to you at the audition – however, knowing the tune will be helpful to you).

At the end of the evening, differing monologues will be handed out to all auditioners – those invited to the callback will be delivering their particular monologue at the callback.

Regular rehearsals will commence on Sunday August 27, and will generally follow a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday evening pattern, except for the Labour Day weekend (where its Sunday rehearsal has been shifted to Wednesday of the previous week). The auditions are being held in June so that we can all enjoy summer vacations!

Character Descriptions:

ANNA MacLean, teenage girl (16 going on 17); 1

- Jennie’s daughter; a teenage schoolgirl who is excited at all that the war has brought to Halifax. In her diary, she records her feelings about the excitement that the War (and the handsome soldiers) has brought to Halifax. The play is a coming-of- age story for Anna as she struggles to deal with her new life and responsibilities as a result of the disaster.

JENNIE MacLean, late 30s; 4

- Anna’s mother; a widow with two children. Her husband enlisted and died two years before. Jennie is a pacifist, and fears that her son wants to enlist as soon as he is old enough. Her life is changed when she is blinded by the Explosion.

ELSIE Schultz, mid to late 50s; 3

- German-Canadian; immigrated to Canada from Germany ten years before with her husband; now a widow of five years. Works in a factory and takes in boarders to make ends meet. A good friend to Jennie and Anna, but is not well-regarded by her neighbours who treat her as an enemy after the Explosion. Elsie speaks English with a German accent, and speaks some passages in German.

BRIAN Davidson, late teens; 2

- A farm boy from Ontario who has enlisted in the Army. His regiment is training in Halifax, before being shipped overseas to fight. In the aftermath of the disaster, he becomes involved with Anna and Jennie’s efforts to survive, and is the first to throw suspicion on Elsie.

Note: Ages given are character’s ages as given in the script, not necessarily the ages of auditioners. For example, if you are in your 20s and can look younger, come out to audition.

For further information, please contact the director Barbara Kobolak, or the show’s production manager Tom Kobolak, at tkobolak@magma.ca (yes, we share the same e-mail address), or if you would like to borrow a script to read prior to the auditions. We look forward to your interest and to working with you!


The following Play has been cast.

Auditions for: Anne of Green Gables, the musical
Adapted from the novel by L. M. Montgomery
Book by Donald Harron
Music by Norman Campbell
Lyrics by Donald Harron and Norman Campbell
Additional Lyrics by Mavor Moore and Elaine Campbell

Performance Dates:  
Wednesday December 27, 2017           2 and 7 pm
Thursday December 28, 2017               2 pm
Friday December 29, 2017                    2 and 7 pm
Saturday December 30, 2017                2 pm

Directed by Michael Gareau
Musical Direction by: Allison Houston
Choreographed by: Susie Bregg
Producers: Andrew Williams and Theresa Williams

Auditions will be by appointment. Further details below.

Wednesday September 06, 2017:           6 to 10pm
Saturday September 09, 2017:               12 to 5pm 
Monday September 11, 2017:                 6 to 10pm
Callbacks if required:
Sept. 13, 2017: 7 to 10pm

Anne of Green Gables, the ever-popular musical about that red-haired pig-tailed orphan is this season’s Kanata Theatre Christmas show. The story takes place in a tiny village in PEI called Avonlea at the turn of the century and most of the action takes place on or around a charming rural farm whose second floor gables just happen to be painted green.

The Cast:
We will be looking to cast about 30-36 singer / actor / dancers for this production, with very close to an even split with regards the adult and younger casts. Many of the younger cast will be required to play school-aged students, the bulk of which are soon to be high school graduates. That being said, even those performers in their 20s may look young enough to portray these parts. And we may also cast a “few” younger students as well. There are a lot of roles, from the largest, to supporting roles to cameos, to one liners, a little something for everyone. The central roles of the younger set are Anne Shirley and her love interest, Gilbert Blythe and the larger of the adult roles belong to the brother and sister team of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, the older couple who welcome Anne to live with them and work on their farm.
Following is a complete list of the characters and detailed descriptions of what we will be looking for:

The Leads:

Anne Shirley: Orphan teenaged girl, red haired and freckled, exuberant and precocious. She means well and is an “A” student. She has a temper! Sings in 14 musical numbers with a lot of solo work. Stage age about 15. Range: Soprano C4-G5
Marilla Cuthbert: A spinster. Stern and sour. Lives with her bachelor brother Matthew. She has a wry sense of humour which eventually rears its head as does her affection for Anne. Sings in 5 numbers including solo work and harmony. Stage age 55+. Range: Mezzo soprano A3 to E5.
Matthew Cuthbert: An old bachelor. Farmer and brother to Marilla. Kind and soft spoken. Shy around women. Sings in 5 numbers. Solo work and harmony. Stage age, 60ish. Range: Baritone A2 to E4.
Gilbert Blythe: Smart handsome older teen. Good natured but a little too full of himself. Becomes Anne’s adversary and her love interest. Sings in 7 numbers including solo work. Stage age 17.  Range: Tenor G2 to F4.

The Secondaries:

Rachel Lynde: Outspoken and indiscreet busybody and town gossip. Good friend to Marilla. Older? President of the Ladies’ Aid. Sings in group and company numbers. A great acting role. Stage age anywhere from 50-70. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Diana Barry: Agreeable, sweet teenaged girl and Anne’s best friend. She is Anne’s kindred spirit. Sings in 10 musical numbers, some solo work. A pretty raven-haired girl? Stage age 15ish. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Josie Pye: Selfish, harsh and scheming. Anne’s enemy/competition. A pretty blonde? Sings in 10 musical numbers. Stage age 15ish. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Miss Muriel Stacey: An enthusiastic schoolteacher who inspires her students. She is a role model and mentor for Anne. Sings in 4 musical numbers including a big solo. Stage age 25+. May double in another role. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Lucilla: The amiable flirtatious general store clerk. Bubbly and organized. Doubles as a lady of the town.  Stage age 35+. May double in other role. Range: Soprano.


Mrs. Barry: Lady of the town, member of the Ladies’ Aid and Diana’s mother. Many company numbers and a few spoken and singing lines. Stage age 35ish. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Mrs. Spencer: Lady of the town and Children’s Aid representative. Mainly an acting role. 2 scenes. Will double in the chorus. Stage age from 30-? Range Mezzo-soprano.
Mrs. Blewett:  Young mother with 7 children. Comedy role. One scene. Will double in the chorus. Stage age 25+. Range Mezzo-soprano.
Mrs. Sloane: Lady of the town and member of the Ladies’ Aid. Many company numbers including solo singing lines & spoken lines. Stage age 30+. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Mrs. MacPherson: Lady of the town, member of the Ladies’ Aid. Many company numbers including a few solo singing lines and spoken lines. May double in another role. Stage age 35+. Range: Soprano.
Mrs. Pye: Lady of the town, member of the Ladies’ Aid. Many company numbers including a few solo singing lines and spoken lines. Stage age 35+. Range: Mezzo-soprano.
Earl the mailman: Local postman, featured role throughout with a few spoken lines and a few solo singing lines. May double in another role. Stage age 35+. Range: Baritone.
Cecil the farmer: Local farmer, featured role throughout with a few spoken lines and a few solo singing lines. May double in another role. Stage age 35+. Range: Baritone.
The Minister: Local clergy, featured role throughout with a few spoken lines and a few solo singing lines. May double in another role. Stage age 35+. Range: Baritone.
Mr. Phillips: The local schoolmaster, featured in 2 scenes with a few lines and some solo work. Will double in chorus of Act 2. Stage age 25+. Range: Baritone.
The Stationmaster: The local train station employee, featured in one scene with a bit of solo singing. Will double in chorus. Stage age 35+. Range: Baritone.

The Avonlea School Pupils: All play between the ages of 12 and 18, many company numbers as singer/dancers with some spoken lines and the odd solo singing line:

The Girls:
Prissy Andrews
Ruby Gillis
Tillie Boulter
Gertie Pye

The Boys:
Moody MacPherson
Charlie Sloane
Gerry Buote
Tommy Sloane
Malcolm Andrews
Ronnie Boulter

*Auditions for Anne will take place Wednesday September 6, Saturday September 9th and Monday September 11. Each audition date will have 3 audition groups either in the evenings at 6, 7 or 8 PM or the afternoon at 12, 1 or 2PM. You may be required for as long as 90 minutes for the entire audition process. Auditions will be by appointment only and can be made by contacting the producers at auditions@kanatatheatre.ca

When you arrive for your audition and you have signed in and filled out an audition form and we have your music, you will spend some time learning a basic movement routine. This routine will then be done in groups for the audition panel. After that you will each sing and read one at a time for the panel. You can either sing with a pre-recorded track or an accompanist can be provided. Just let us know what you prefer when you make your appointment. The lines to be read at the auditions will be provided to you electronically once you have secured an appointment. Once casting has been completed you will be notified of the results either by email or phone.

Rehearsals for the most part will take place from 7-10 on Monday and Wednesday evenings and 1-5 on Sunday afternoons.  Once we move from the rehearsal room to the theatre in late November other nights may be added as required.  Rehearsals will start as early as September 13th and we will break for the holidays after our Preview on December 21. We get together and run the show again on Boxing Day, December 26th and the show opens on December 27th for a 4 day run, some days with 1 performance, some days with 2.

If you have any commitments that would preclude you from attending any rehearsals or performances, please list them on your audition forms so that if we can use you, we will be able to schedule around those conflicts.

Auditions for: Sleuth
Written by: Anthony Shaffer
Directed by: Bev Brooks

Performance dates:   Feb 6-10 and Feb 13-17, 2018


All actors must be available for all performances

Regular rehearsals will commence November 21 st and will generally follow a Sunday-Tuesday- Thursday evening pattern.


Sunday, October 22 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm
Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm (call backs if required)

AUDITION LOCATION: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room.


A detective story author, Andrew Wyke, plays a deadly game of cat-and- mouse with his wife's lover, Milo Tindle.

Character Descriptions

The cast age requirements are somewhat flexible.

Andrew Wyke - Male 50 + Dynamic, animated, carries most of the script. An older man gone slightly to seed. A very successful writer of detective novels and a man who does not like to lose. A man who changes the rules to get what he wants. He is theatrical and an obsessive games-player. He is proud, arrogant, manipulative and two-faced.

Milo Tindle - - Male 25 – 35. Medium height and slim build. Milo is the young man in love with Andrew Wyke’s wife. When he gets caught up in a deal that’s too good to be true the game changes everything about him. Although not well off, he has been well educated. He is alert, wary, vital, bright and ultimately clever and cunning. Actor must be able to create different voices/mannerisms to play 3 other characters while in disguise.

Please contact the director Bev Brooks – talbis1@live.com or the show’s producer, Joan Patrick - jpatrick1349@gmail.com for more information.


Auditions for: Arsenic and Old Lace
Written by: Joseph Kesselring
Directed by: Jim Clarke

Performance dates:   March 27-30 and April 3-7, 2018


All actors must be available for all performances


Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 to 5:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 to 5:00pm
Call backs Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00-10:00pm IF REQUIRED

AUDITION LOCATION: Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room.

Regular rehearsals will commence 7pm Sunday January 14th and will generally follow a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday evening (7-10pm) pattern.

Script read through – 7pm Monday January 8, 2018

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form. The audition will consist of cold scene readings.


Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years. When Mortimer’s psychopathic brother, Jonathan - whose plastic surgery now makes him resembles Boris Karloff - returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé.

Character Descriptions (Stage Ages very approximate)

3 female roles, 9-11 male roles, with some potential doubling.

Abby Brewster: (60s+) A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Martha Brewster: (60s+) Also a darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Mortimer Brewster: (30s, 40s) Youngest nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, he is engaged to Elaine. Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma.

Elaine Harper: (20s, 30s) Mortimer’s attractive fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper, who lives next-door to Abby and Martha. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.

Teddy Brewster: (40s) The middle nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster. Teddy is a delightfully certifiable man who is under the happy delusion that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster: (40s,50s) Large and imposing, the eldest nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein: (40s,50s) A plastic surgeon and an near-alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Officer O'Hara: (30s,40s) A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Officer Brophy: (20s 30s,40s) A pleasant neighbourhood police officer.

Officer Klein: (20s, 30s,40s) Also a pleasant neighbourhood police officer, partner to Brophy.

The Rev. Dr. Harper: (50s, 60s) Minister and father of Elaine. (Doubles as Witherspoon)

Mr. Witherspoon: (50s, 60s) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanatorium. (Doubles as Rev Harper)

Mr. Gibbs: (50s, 60s) An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. (Doubles as Rooney)

Lieutenant Rooney: (40s,50s) A tough and dominating police officer, the commanding officer of the precinct. (Doubles as Gibbs)

Please contact the director Jim Clarke clarkejrc@gmail.com or the show’s production manager, Trina Malcolmson, at trina_malcolmson@yahoo.ca for more information. We look forward to working with you!