Auditions for First Presbyterian Theater’s 2017–2018 season
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
by Ken Ludwig; directed by Christopher J. Murphy
PERFORMS: September 7**, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17*, 22, 23, 2017
AUDITION DATE: Monday, June 26 at 7 pm
PREPARE TO: read from script
REHEARSALS START: end of July
NEEDED: 4 M (20-60)—1 W (30-50s)
email Murphy27A@gmail.com for more info
The play’s afoot, and Christopher J. Murphy opens the season once again at FPT with comedy! Ken Ludwig, mastermind of mayhem (remember Fox on the Fairway and Lend Me a Tenor), has written a wild farcical romp about Sherlock Holmes cracking the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters in this madcap comedy.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens; adapted and directed by Jack Cantey
PERFORMS: November 30**, December 1, 2, 3*, 9, 10***, 16, 17***, 2017
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, August 20 at 3 pm
PREPARE TO: read from script
REHEARSALS START: October
NEEDED: TBD: probably 2-3 M and 2-3 W (script is being written over the summer)
What does it truly mean, in the words of Ebenezer Scrooge, to “honor Christmas in my heart” each day of the year? And how does Scrooge’s journey mirror our own? This lively, multimedia adaptation of Dickens’s beloved holiday ghost story examines these questions through the use of movement, song, puppetry, projection, narration, and much more. See this treasured classic come to life as you never have before!
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
directed by Thom Hofrichter
PERFORMS: March 1**, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11*, 16, 17, 2018
AUDITION DATE: Sat, October 14 at 1pm (receive sides for Sunday); Sunday, October 15 at 6pm, read the prepared sides
REHEARSALS START: definitely January; some text work possible before that
NEEDED: 20-25 Women (15-60)
One of the most frequently read and performed of all dramatic works, Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. It is a remarkable story with language that unlocks the very concept of what it means to be human. It is also a spell-binding murder mystery/detective story. Come witness what many believe to be the greatest play ever written. This play will be done with an all-female cast.
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: DISCORD
by Scott Carter; directed by TBA
PERFORMS: April 19**, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29*, May 4, 5, 2018
AUDITION DATE: by appointment only: if interested contact Thom by February 5, 2018
REHEARSALS START: March
NEEDED: 3 M (45-60)—one for each of the title characters
A founding father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a . . . stop me if you’ve heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in the afterlife for a blistering battle of wits over the true meaning of the four Gospels. Imagine the literary love-child of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. “If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it.” (Huffington Post)
*Sunday Matinee curtain at 2 pm
***special Sunday 6 pm show
All other shows are at 7:30 pm
WHAT YOU NEED FOR AUDITIONS
For plays we do readings from the script at auditions. So to prepare, read the script at least once before the audition date. If you need a copy of the script, call Thom at 426-7421 x103. For musicals and Shakespeare we handle the audition a bit differently; call Thom for more information.
NEED A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BEFORE AUDITIONING?
Email Thom Hofrichter (email@example.com) and request one. If you don’t have email, (why not?) you can call Thom at the Theater (426-7421 x103), and he will mail you one. These schedules are tentative, we schedule every possible date knowing that we will lose some to conflicts.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN AUDITION
For plays we read from the script at auditions. So to prepare, read the script at least once before the audition date. Unless the script is widely available at the library or used book stores scripts can be borrowed from the theater.
PLEASE DON’T DISCOUNT YOUR CHANCES FOR A ROLE
Actors can be their own worst enemies by not showing up to an audition because they’ve decided they are “not right” for a role. Let the director be the judge. Many times someone has told me they didn’t show up because they knew they weren’t right, and had they shown up I would have cast them.