Kelowna Actors Studio

General Auditions 2019/20 Season Auditions

(Non Union)

 

DATES, TIMES & LOCATION

Monday, June 10            6:30pm to 11:00pm

Tuesday, June 11            6:30pm to 11:00pm

Sunday, June 16            11:00am to 5:00pm

 

Possible added date:

Tuesday, June 18            6:30pm to 11:00pm

 

All auditions are held at 1379 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1Z9 and are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Please Note: KAS will not be seeing children under the age of 12 for the 2019/20 season.

 

HOW TO BOOK AN AUDITION

Anyone interested in auditioning for our 2019/20 season must complete an online submission. Once your submission is received we will contact you with your audition day & time.

Auditions generally fill up and require a waiting list so REGISTER EARLY!

 

 

WHO CAN AUDITION

All body types, races, and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition. Please review the casting list below to see what we’re looking for in our 2019/20 season.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION

- A 1-minute monologue of your choice (preferably from a play).

- If auditioning for a musical you will be required to sing 16 bars of music from a Broadway song that showcases your vocal range at its best. Please bring sheet music in the correct key as a pianist will be provided. (No singing without accompaniment or with vocal tracks)

- Please note that vocal range tests may be conducted at this time.

 

DO PERFORMERS GET PAID?

YES! Kelowna Actors Studio pays performers an honorarium for rehearsals and performances.

 

CALLBACKS

Those selected for a call back will be contacted by June 19, 2019.

 

Callbacks will be held on: Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, Sunday, June 23 & Tuesday, June 25 at Kelowna Actors Studio - 1379 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C.

 

A callback schedule will be made available if you are successful in the first round of general auditions

- If called back for a musical, a list of callback songs to prepare will be available for download on our website as well (at the time of posting callback names) as well as acting sides

- If called back for a play acting sides will be available for download

Note: A short group movement exercise will be required at the callbacks. Please wear or bring footwear you can easily move & dance in. Bring your water bottle!

REHEARSALS

 

MainStage
Please note the rehearsal process starts approximately 6 to 7 weeks prior to a show opening with weekend and weeknight evening rehearsals. Shows run for 3 weeks, with performances Wednesday to Sunday at 7:30pm and matinees at 1:00pm. Some shows require a 11:00am weekday school matinee on the second week of runs. *Please note some productions add performances dependent on sales.

Grease: Runs 2 weeks. (Dark Monday)

 

On The Edge and Family Series

Rehearsal process starts 5 to 7 weeks prior to opening with a 2 week run (Wed. to Sun. with a Saturday matinee)

Cast must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Call times are 1 hr. before curtain unless you are required earlier for specialty makeup.

 

2019/20 CASTING

 

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES!

Please check your availability before committing to auditioning for a show.

 

MAINSTAGE SERIES

The Rocky Horror Show (Musical)

Music, Book and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Show Dates: October 16 to November 3, 2019

Due to overwhelming demand the cult classic returns! Sweethearts Brad and Janet, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever!

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

*THIS ROLE IS CAST USHERETTE/MAGENTA: (Range: Bb3-Eb5)

One of Frank’s servants.

 

BRAD: (Range: Bb2-G4)

Quirky, but very much in love with his fiancé, Janet. Overly optimistic at times.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST JANET: (Range: A3-Eb5)

Good girl who is madly in love with Brad. Always seems to be frightened of something. Keeps losing more of her clothes throughout the story. Emotionally weak and caves into pressure easily.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST NARRATOR: (Range: Non-Singing Role)

Follows our two heroes through the story by narrating directly to the audience.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST RIFF RAFF: (Range: D3-B4)

Creepy man resembling more of a zombie. Often makes harmless conversation seem awkward and foreboding. One of Frank’s servants.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST COLUMBIA: (Range: E4-E5)

One of Frank’s servants.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST FRANK 'N' FURTER: (Range: D3-G4)

Master of the castle. Welcomes Janet and Brad with open arms. Obsessed with creating a man to be part of his sexual entourage. Master of seduction.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST ROCKY: (Range: A3-G4)

Frank’s magnificent creation. Sexually appealing with prominent muscles.

 

EDDIE/DR. SCOTT: (Range: E3-F#4)

Eddie, delivery man, “went to pieces.” Misses the rock and role of life. Comes back to life only to die after his solo. Scott is Eddie’s Uncle.

 

ENSEMBLE: (SATB) Phantoms; Transylvanians

 

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Musical)

Music by Alan Menken - Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice - Book by Linda Woolverton

Show Dates: December 4 to 22, 2019

"Be Our Guest!" The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

BELLE: (Range: F5-E3)

A vibrant, intelligent girl with beauty, who wants more out of the life than an ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring, and eager to experience life.

 

BEAST: (Range: F4-A2)

A Prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried far beneath his gruff exterior.

 

GASTON: (Range: E4-A2)

The egotistical, ultra-masculine villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative yet charming and earnest.

 

MAURICE: (Range: Db4-Bb2)

Belle's loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.

 

COGSWORTH: (Range: E4-A2)

A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast's household. He is uptight, strict, and punctual but also hard-working, faithful, and thorough.

 

MRS. POTTS: (Range: G5-F#3)

A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She is loyal, caring, and playful.

 

LUMIERE: (Range: F#4-F#2)

A suave, debonair enchanted candelabra. He is a loyal and steadfast servant.

 

CHIP: (Range: F5-A3)

An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts' darling little boy. He is innocent, playful, and bright-eyed.

 

BABETTE: (Range: F5-C4)

A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. She is the playful, gorgeous, seductive French maid.

 

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE: (Range: D5-C#4)

A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality.

 

LEFOU: (Range: F#4-B2)

Gaston's bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy.

 

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE: (Range: A4-D3)

The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is a dark, sinister villain who aides Gaston in his plot to marry Belle.

 

ENSEMBLE: (SATB) Wolves; Enchanted Objects; Townspeople
 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Musical)

Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart - Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Show Dates: February 12 to March 1, 2020

The genius who brought you West Side Story and Into the Woods brings you a joyous, musical romp with desperate lovers, scheming neighbours and secrets behind every toga. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A non stop laugh fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

Some adult material

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

PROLOGUS/PSEUDOLUS: (Range: A4-A2)

 

Prologus: Introduces the audience to the comedy they are about to see.

 

Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win his freedom by helping his young master win the heart of Philia. Quick-witted, scheming, childlike spirit.

 

SENEX: (Range: G4-B2)

An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.

 

DOMINA: (Range: F5-B3)

Senex's wife. A shrewish woman who dominates to the point of answering herself the questions she asks of others. Loves her husband deep down, but is outwardly controlling, demanding, and manipulative.

 

HERO: (Range: G4-B2)

The young son of Senex and Domina. He falls in love with Philia and agrees to give Pseudolus his freedom if he can help Hero woo her. Practical, privileged, romantic.

 

HYSTERIUM: (Range: G5-D4)

The chief slave in the House of Senex. Believes he is in control, but is actually Pseudolus' puppet to carry out his schemes. Anxious, conservative, loyal. He desperately wants everything to be in order.

 

ERRONIUS: (Range: G4-B2)

An old man, searching for his lost children.

 

MILES GLORIOSUS: (Range: F5-B3)

The archetype of the braggart soldier. A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong.

 

LYCUS: (Range: F5-A3)

The owner of the house of Courtesans. Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his business offers.

 

PHILIA: (Range: G5-B3)

A virgin in the House of Lycus whom we also find out is Erronius' daughter. She is promised to Miles and vows to give him bodily what he has paid for, but loves Hero and promises he will always have her heart. Young, pretty, devoted. An archetypal ingénue.

 

ENSEMBLE: (SATB) Courtesans; Proteans; Soldiers

 

Deathtrap (Play)

Written by Ira Levin

Show Dates: April 15 to May 2, 2020

A hugely popular stage and screen success, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skilful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients - gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment - or has he- Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra about how best to plagiarize 'Deathtrap' and when Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master' events take a sinister turn.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

SIDNEY BRUHL:

Stately, wry, witty, erudite, distinguished, a writer, has a strong magnetizing presence of a man who has achieved great fame and stature. A celebrated playwright of mystery thrillers who gained astonishing success early in his career but has hit a dry spell. Actor must have some experience in stage combat.

 

MYRA BRUHL:

A modest, self-effacing woman, middle-upper class. Has a nervous, quick, disposition and tends to follow, rather than lead. Married to Sidney for eleven years.

 

*THIS ROLE IS CAST CLIFFORD ANDERSON:

Charismatic, sturdy, good-looking, with the youthful, optimistic exuberance. A former writing student of Sidney’s and young lover. Actor must have some experience in stage combat.

 

HELGA TEN DORP:

A wildly eccentric, mysterious woman, European psychic. Her magical powers are very real and potent. She is a celebrity and enjoys the fame, attention and the status.

 

PORTER MILGRAM:

A pragmatic, though fairly meddlesome, lawyer, direct, to the point, businessman who is in charge of Sidney’s legal affairs.

 

Gypsy (Musical)

Book by Arthur Laurents - Music by Jule Styne - Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Show Dates: June 10 to 28, 2020

Regarded by many as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, This landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humour, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

MOMMA ROSE: (Range: C5-F3)

The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she's put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt.                        

 

BABY JUNE: (Range: D#5/Eb5-D#4/Eb4)

Is a Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Madam Rose's youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. An adorable character - Mama Rose's shining star.

                       

YOUNG LOUISE: (Range: D#5/Eb5-D#4/Eb4)

She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose's brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn't have the confidence of her sister.

 

HERBIE: (Range: B3-G#2/Ab2)

Agent for Rose's children and Rose's boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength.

                       

DAINTY JUNE: (Range: D5-G#3/Ab3)

Baby June as a young teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being her mother's trained monkey.                        

 

LOUISE/GYPSY ROSE LEE: (Range: D#5/Eb5-C#4/Db4)

Baby Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Still pushed aside by Madam Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother's new pet project. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Must be comfortable with the character's profession - burlesque. The character is very scantily clad but never actual appears in the nude.

                       

DRESSY TESSIE TURA: (Range: C#5/Db5-C#4/Db4)

A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A sassy lady who's been around the block.

                       

MAZEPPA: (Range: A#4/Bb4-G3)

A burlesque dancer who's tough and physically intimidating. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required.

                                           

ELECTRA: (Range: D5-G#3/Ab3)

A burlesque performer. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to "shine" without working up a sweat. Silly and sweet.

                       

CRATCHITT:

The production assistant for the Grantzinger theater, N.Y.C.

                       

CHILDREN'S ENSEMBLE:

Baby June's back up dancers and singers. Ability of one child to play accordion or clarinet a plus.

                       

LOUISE ENSEMBLE: (ST)

Singer/dancers who act as both the back up dancers for Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee and perform in the large burlesque numbers in the second act.

                       

AGNES: (Range: G5-G4)

One of the women's dancing chorus, strong comic skills required.

                       

JUNE ENSEMBLE: (SMA)

Sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number "Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone." Will double as small parts in Act I and Act II, plus some backup dancing in Gypsy's burlesque routine.

                       

TULSA: (Range: G3-F2)

Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances "All I Need Is the Girl." Charming, very athletic and handsome young man.

                   

KRINGELIN:

The put upon manager of a hotel.

 

MR. GOLDSTONE:

Booking agent for the Orpheum Theater Circuit.

                       

CIGAR:

Rather aggressive owner of a burlesque theatre.

                       

PASTEY:

Cigar's stage manager.

 

CHOWSIE:

A small dog (with a good temperament).

 

Grease (Musical)

by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Show Dates: August 6 to 15, 2020

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

DANNY ZUKO: (Range: tenor, D4–B5)

The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm

                   

SANDY DUMBROWSKI: (Range: Soprano, A3–F#5)

New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent

                   

BETTY RIZZO: (Range: Alto A3– C5)

Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable

                   

FRENCHY: (Range: Alto, A3–D5)

A dreamer; good-natured but not too smart, she is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can't wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician

                   

MARTY: (Range Alto, C4–C5)

The 'beauty' of the Pink Ladies; pretty and looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated.

                   

JAN: (Range: Alto, A3-C5)

Funny, loud, compulsive eater and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys

                   

DOODY: (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)

The youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero- worshipping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar.

                   

KENICKIE: (Range: Tenor, C4–F5)

The second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough-looking, tattooed, surly and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humor.

                                   

SONNY LATIERRI: (Range: baritone, G3–A5)

A member of the Burger Palace Boys; funny Italian-American, he is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer

                   

ROGER: (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)

The anything-for-a-laugh stocky type of boy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas

                   

VINCE FONTAINE: (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

A typical 'teen audience' disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran 'Greaser.'

                   

CHA-CHA, aka CHARLENE DIGREGORIO: (Range: Alto, C4–C5)

The best dancer at St. Bernadette's; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.

                   

EUGENE FLORCZYK: (Range: Tenor, A3– E5)

The class valedictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high- pitched voice. He's a typical 'apple-polisher' - both smug and pompous, but gullible.

                   

JOHNNY CASINO: (Range: Tenor, G4- E5)

All-American, rock-star “greaser” student at Rydell High, whose real name is Clarence

                   

MISS LYNCH: (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

A no-nonsense, serious, loud, English teacher

                   

PATTY SIMCOX: (Range: Alto, D4-A4)

A typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, but can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. She's a bit of a pain and unpopular with the Pink Ladies, and can twirl a baton.

                   

TEEN ANGEL: (Range: Tenor, E4–F5)

Frenchy's suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school.

                   

THE PINK LADIES: (SATB)

The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls' gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.

                   

THE BURGER PALACE BOYS: (SATB)

A super-cool, DA- haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers... or so they think.

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THE FAMILY SERIES *TYA- Theatre For Young Audiences performed by adults and young artists

 

The Velveteen Rabbit (Play)

by Margery Williams / Adapted by Scott Davidson

Show Dates: September 19 to 29, 2019

This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. With narration by the tender and grandfatherly Skin Horse Spirit, you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters as they endure the trials and tribulations of their unique experiences-especially the Rabbit, who learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy. The raggedy stuffed bunny is with him every moment until Andrew comes down with scarlet fever and the doctor orders all bedding, including the much-loved toy, to be burned. Rabbit escapes that terrible fate by a ’hare,’ finding himself among the wild rabbits and the beautiful nursery magic fairy. With a late-Victorian flavor in the dialogue, this adaptation creatively and beautifully renders the miraculous story of a stuffed animal made real by a child’s love and a little magic.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

ACTOR I: VOICE 1/MOUSE/MAGIC/BUNNY 2

 

ACTOR 2: VOICE 2/HORSE/BUNNY 1

 

ACTOR 3: VOICE 3/NANA/TRAIN

 

ACTOR 4 VOICE 4/BOY

 

ACTOR 5 VELVETEEN RABBIT

 

Peter/Wendy - (Play)

by Jeremy Bloom

Show Dates: March 26 to April 5, 2020

In this lyrical, atmospheric interpretation of Peter Pan, Jeremy Bloom strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. Peter lures Wendy away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland, where she joins his adventures with Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and the menacing Captain Hook. Peter and Wendy will mesmerize audiences of all ages!

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

HOOK/MR. DARLING

 

PETER

 

TINKERBELL

 

THE TIGER LILY

 

SMEE/MRS. DARLING

 

A LOST BOY/A MERMAID

 

WENDY

 

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ON THE EDGE SERIES *Adult themes, situations and language

1984 (Play)

by George Orwell - a new play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Show Dates: January 15 to 26, 2020

Winston Smith, living under the totalitarian rule of the Party, has the idea of writing a diary. It is a crime punishable by death and there is no way of knowing if he is being watched. He imagines two futures—in one, a future readership in a free society think of him as a hero; in the other he is caught and forgotten. Readers on either side of the so-called Resistance are glomming onto the message of the dystopian classic, as fake news proliferates, allegations of improper surveillance swirl and authoritarian governments crack down on citizens' rights around the globe.

AVAILABLE ROLES:

*THIS ROLE IS CAST*  WINSTON SMITH:

A minor member of the ruling Party in near-future London, Winston Smith is a thin, frail, contemplative, intellectual, and fatalistic thirty-nine-year-old. Winston hates the totalitarian control and enforced repression that are characteristic of his government. He harbors revolutionary dreams. Soulful, thoughts emanate out of him into the room; fragile and ill, appearing old for his age; he is not robust, he may not survive torture; thoughtful, he would have been a writer in another universe, but is a sufferer in this one.

JULIA:

Winston’s lover, a beautiful dark-haired girl working in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth. Julia enjoys sex, and claims to have had affairs with many Party members. Julia is pragmatic and optimistic. Her rebellion against the Party is small and personal, for her own enjoyment, in contrast to Winston’s ideological motivation. Confident, sparkly, sexual, free spirited; is she a devoted lover and revolutionary who hates the Party, or a double agent working for the Thought Police?; enigmatic, hard to read, may not be trustworthy; holds the potential of aggression and sharpness; a complex role which requires grit and simplicity in the playing.

O’BRIEN:

A mysterious, powerful, and sophisticated member of the Inner Party whom Winston believes is also a member of the Brotherhood, the legendary group of anti-Party rebels. Authoritative politician, smooth, unflappable, almost kindly but with the quiet zeal of a true believer; not quite God, but on the way; benevolence is essential, far better than malevolence; we want to trust him and understand why Winston is drawn to him; he is intelligent, articulate, convincing, with a speed and clarity of thought; good at his job; physical presence is an asset.

MR. CHARRINGTON:

An old man who runs a secondhand store in the prole district. Kindly and encouraging, Mr. Charrington seems to share Winston’s interest in the past. He also seems to support Winston’s rebellion against the Party and his relationship with Julia, since he rents Winston a room without a telescreen in which to carry out his affair. But Mr. Charrington is not as he seems. He is a member of the Thought Police. Charrington appears to be in his sixties when we first meet him, but is revealed later to be younger; a bit of a wizard, magic and sparkly; a 'prole' shopkeeper; lower status and lower class; somewhat unpredictable, unreadable and may not be trustworthy; also plays the 'host'.

SYME:

An intelligent, outgoing man who works with Winston at the Ministry of Truth. Syme specializes in language. As the novel opens, he is working on a new edition of the Newspeak dictionary. Winston believes Syme is too intelligent to stay in the Party’s favor. A nerdy, word-obsessed, precise, anxious worker-ant; his fanatical admiration for Big Brother will be his downfall.

PARSONS:

Obnoxious, and dull Party member who lives near Winston and works at the Ministry of Truth. He has a dull wife and a group of suspicious, ill-mannered children who are members of the Junior Spies. Married to Mrs Parsons, proud father of the child; in awe of her; simple-minded, poorly educated, keen, enthusiastic, preferably larger of build, low status; cheerful, uncomplicated, unquestioning.

MRS. PARSONS/MOTHER:

Maternal, the frightened, tired mother of an over-zealous child, she is also Winston’s mother and a lower-class Prole woman; lower status, likeable, preferably of larger build; a good soulful singer but not polished.

MARTIN:

Is enigmatic, untrustworthy, threatening in presence and in person; his appearance may have been altered; he may not be a real person or be disguised; an active observer, he remains constant as the world shifts around Winston; he has the solid confidence of a man who knows exactly what’s going on.

CHILD:

She's a member of the 'Spies', a kind of Hitler Youth, who are trained to inform on neighbours and family members; sparky, fearless, frightening and hard; at other times she may be Winston's younger sister, wary, hungry, afraid.

 

Agnes of God (Play)

by John Pielmeier

Show Dates: May 20 to 31, 2020

When Agnes of God burst onto the theatre scene in 1979 exploring the meaning of faith, it set Broadway on its ear. Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

 

SISTER AGNES:

A soft spoken, almost simple girl, Agnes has the voice of an angel yet hides inner demons. There is another side to this young woman, but is she guilty or sick? A strong singing voice is important for this character.

 

DOCTOR MARTHA LIVINGSTONE:

A passionate believer in psychiatry, well-learnt and intelligent, her history has made her disgusted with religion. Her work with Agnes and Mother Ruth will bring back painful memories and question her beliefs profoundly.

 

MOTHER MIRIAM RUTH:

A late comer to the convent, Mother Ruth is no ordinary nun. Her life prior the religious life has made her a very knowing and decisive woman. Yet her faith has the vibrancy of a long-made vow. She is very weary of letting Dr. Livingstone enter the delicate mind of Agnes, as the young woman represents a purity she desperately needs.

 

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