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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A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester- Already Cast      Shatter


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

Auditions:   

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.

Synopsis

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.

Please contact the director Stavros.sakiadis@gmail.com or the show’s producer, Trina Malcolmson, at trina_malcolmson@yahoo.ca for more information. We look forward to working with you!

Auditions for: Shatter
by Trina Davies
Directed by Barbara Kobolak

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

Auditions:   

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

Where:

Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room

Synopsis:

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!