Upcoming auditions - The Wind in the Willows (January 6th & 13th) and Calendar girls (jANUARY 27TH)

 

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Auditions for The Wind in the Willows
Saturday, January 6th & Saturday, January 13th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.                                       at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater
Directed by Shari John, Performances August 3rd – 18th, 2018

Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic The Wind In The Willows has been adapted into a musical, with truly excellent music and lyrics by Douglas Post. The tale is of shy, gentle Mole, good-hearted Ratty, sensible Badger and other woodland friends and how they deal with the impetuous and self-important Mr. Toad who is given to sudden crazes. They all learn lessons about morality and friendship.

"A charming original score by Douglas Post whose songs warm the heart while neatly prodding the intellect." - Chicago Tribune

This show has flexible casting, with lines and parts for many as the company becomes a Greek Chorus whose members take turns telling the story. We will be using our best British accents and singing to find ranges and abilities during the auditions - no need to bring prepared music or monologues.

Casting: 

Mole: a young woman - teens to 20s
Water Rat: a young man - 20s to 30s
Otter: man late 20s to late 30s
Toad: man 30s to 60s
Badger: man 40s to 70s
Portly Otter: boy around 10(ish)
Hedgehog children: from 8 to 12(ish)
Margaret the jailor’s daughter: woman teens to 20s
Margaret’s Aunt: 20s to 30s
Chief Weasel: man late 20s to 40s

Other roles include: William Horse, Innkeeper, Judge, Clerk, Piper, Attendant, Engineer, Bargeman, Mrs. Otter, assorted weasels, ferrets, stats, mice, rabbits, otters and police.

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Auditions for Calendar Girls
Saturday, January 27th, 10:00 a.m.
at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater
Directed by Johannah Blackman, Performances May 25th – June 11th, 2018

Tim Firth’s comedy is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute (WI) members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. The calendar is a success, and all involved find themselves examining their lives through the lens of their newfound fame.

Casting:

Chris – female, 50s. You want Chris at your party. Playful, mischievous, very alive, and very kind. Confident while also being a bit like a naughty schoolgirl. Extremely loyal, but also loves the spotlight and does not shy from confrontation.

Annie – female, 50s. Annie is more quietly mischievous than Chris. She is an extremely loving and loyal friend and very, very sweet. However, Annie also knows herself and her boundaries and the circumstances of this play pull forth a deep strength in Annie that may actually be lacking in Chris.

Cora – female, around 40. More eclectic than the rest of the ladies, having gone to college. Deadpan wit. Had her daughter very young, and is very close with her. Cora is a lover of music and plays the piano for the Women’s Institute and must lead the others in song during the course of the play.

Jessie – female, late 60s/70s. Get on the right side of Jessie as a teacher and she’ll be the teacher you remember for life. Get on the wrong side and you will regret every waking hour. A lover of life and correct grammar. Jessie still rides rollercoasters. 

Celia – female, anywhere between 35 and 50. The classiest member of the Women’s Institute – more at home in a department store than in a church hall. She has the aura of someone who has drifted in from another world.

Ruth – female, 40s. Ruth has the greatest journey in this play – from the false self-confidence of the emotionally abused to the true self-confidence of a woman happy in her own skin. Ruth starts the story eager to please with no clue about what pleases her, but she makes a 180-degree shift through the course of the play.

Marie – female, 50s. Head of this chapter of the Women’s Institute. Highly polished, highly defended. The WI justified her entire existence. Part of her would love to be in the calendar, however tightly she might carry herself.

John – male, 50s – 60s. Annie’s husband – John is a human sunflower. Kind, loving, honest. He emits a light that is dearly missed when it is gone.

Rod – male, 50s. Chris’s husband – Rod loves his wife’s antics and gives back what he can. Hardworking. 

Lawrence – male, 20s – 30s. Hesitant without being nerdy, Lawrence is shy but with enough wit and spirit to turn up in the Women’s Institute Hall to photograph this calendar. An artist at heart.

Lady Cravenshire – female, 50s – 60s. Doesn’t mean to be, but is patronizing. Glides like a galleon.

Elaine – female, 20s. Makeup artist with a secret that she doesn’t keep to herself. Gossipy, looks down on the older women.

Liam – male, 20s. Photoshoot director for washing powders. Bored with his job and weary at having to deal with these women. Resigned patience, fake smile.

About NST Auditions

New Surry Theatre holds auditions multiple times each year. Some directors cast their plays directly from the performing arts school, but many hold open auditions for at least some, if not all, of the roles. In the 46th season, NST is increasing opportunities for actors to get onstage. The best way to stay up-to-date on all such opportunities is by joining our email list and following us on facebook. Please contact Producing Director Johannah Blackman with any questions at johannah@newsurrytheatre.org.