Theatre Auditions Update – Victoria

My thanks to the Victorian Drama League:

MacbethAuthor: William ShakespeareDirector: Samuel Chappel

Enquiries: 0434 413 595

Characters:
For a character breakdown and abridged script, see:
http://hartwellplayers.org.au/Plays/Macbeth

Audition Venue:
BDC Dance
13 Yertchuk Avenue, Ashwood
Map: http://g.co/maps/hgtd5

Theatre:
Ashwood College Performing Arts Centre
Vannam Drive, Ashwood (off High Street Road)

Company Email: [email protected]

Company Website: http://www.hartwellplayers.org.au/

Synopsis:
A tale of love, murder, betrayal and deceit, The Tragedy of Macbeth explores how powerful human emotions, when carefully manipulated, can lead us to perform unfathomable deeds. Shakespeare’s beautifully crafted language profoundly displays the effect our desires and deeds can have on our lives and on the lives of those we love.

Other Information:
Auditions will be held in small groups at these times:
– Times: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
– Dates: Sun 15/Jan & Sun 22/Jan

Format: Open auditions. Nothing to bring or prepare.

Bookings (optional): Coming to audition? To help us organise, email [email protected] with your name and the session you plan to attend.

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
22-Jan-2012 at 07:30PM
24-Jan-2012 at 07:30PM
Performance:
19 Apr 2012 to 05 May 2012


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Compleat Female Stage BeautyAuthor: Jeffrey HatcherDirector: Chris Baldock

Enquiries: [email protected]

Characters: Edward Kynaston: (25-35. Major role) The last male actor to play female roles in the Restoration. Skilled actor required. Believable and beautiful as a woman, while still commanding and handsome as man. Kynaston is fighting to hold on to his identity in a quickly changing world. Comfortable with Shakespearian text. Also needs to be comfortable with partial nudity and with a romantic scene with another man.

Margaret Hughes: (25-35. Major role) The first actress of the Restoration. Ambitious and eager to become an actor on the stage. Experienced actress required who can play at “bad” acting as well as being comfortable with Shakespearian text.

Thomas Betterton: (30-40) A major actor of the Restoration. Powerful and confident.
Comfortable with Shakespearian text.

Samuel Pepys: (30+) The famed diarist. Charming and enthusiastic; quite the theater
fan.

Villars, Duke of Buckngham: (30+) A prominent aristocrat; masculine and powerful.
Should be comfortable with a romantic scene with another man.

Maria: (20-30) A Seamstress. She is enamored of Kynaston and dreams of a better life
for herself.

Lady Meresfale: (20+) A rich theatre patron.

Miss Frayne: (20+) A rich theatre patron.

Sir Charles Sedley: (30+) A rich writer. Foppish. Ms. Hughes’ financial supporter.

Charles II: (30+) The King. Commanding and energetic; he’s open to new experiences
and ideas.

Nell Gwynn: (18-25) His mistress. Longs to be an actress but lacks the ability. Strong
comedic skills. Non-sexual, partial nudity required.

The following roles may be doubled with some of the above roles if necessary (particulary Pepys/Hyde) or will be cast separately depending on suitable auditionees.

Hyde: (45-55) The Prime Minister
Male Emillia: (20s-30s) An actor
Female Emillia: (20s-30s) An actress
Ruffian One
Ruffian Two
Ruffian Three
Sir Peter Lelly
Thomas Killigrew
Mrs. Elizabeth Barry
Bouncer

Precast Characters: none

Audition Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre
2-4 Albert Street
Williamstown 3016

Theatre: Williamstown Little Theatre
2-4 Albert Street
Williamstown 3016

Company Website: http://www.wlt.org.au/

Synopsis: It is 1661. The most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage was a performer named Edward, or Ned, Kynaston. Law dictated that only men were allowed to act on the stage. In fact the theatres had only opened the year before after being closed for 18 years under the Puritan rule. Ned is a celebrity, applauded onstage and off for his interpretations of Shakespeare’s tragic ladies: Ophelia, Cleopatra, but especially for his Desdemona and his famous “death scene” which both opens and closes the play in very different interpretations. Ned’s the toast of the town and the very secret “mistress” of the powerful Duke of Buckingham, who sees Ned as the characters he portrays and not as the person he actually is. One night at an illegal theater, an unknown named Margaret Hughes plays Desdemona. Instead of shutting down the show, King Charles II, due to an unfortunate incident involving his mistress Nell Gwynne, changes the law to allow women to act. And not only that, but women must now be the only ones to play the female roles. So overnight, Ned loses his livelihood, his lover, his sense of self and, after a brutal act of
revenge, nearly his life. And as the likes of Nell, and Ned’s former dresser, Maria, become stars, his own light disappears. Unable to shake the feminine characteristics he has perfected over the years, he is reduced to performing bawdy songs in drag in music halls, while Margaret’s career thrives, though her abilities leave much to be desired, as she bases everything she does on Ned’s performances. The opportunity arises for Ned to seek his revenge with astonishing results.

Other Information: Compleat Female Stage Beauty concerns very mature subject matter and contains instances of partial nudity, profanity and sexual situations. It is intended for mature audiences.

Auditions by appointment only. To book an audition time and/or request a script, please contact the director via email: [email protected]

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.
29-Jan-2012 at 02:30PM
30-Jan-2012 at 07:30PM
Performance:
20 Apr 2012 to 05 May 2012


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NEVER THE SINNERAuthor: John LoganDirector: Nicholas Opolski

Enquiries: 0400 507 788 or [email protected]

Characters: Richard Loeb (18 to 25). Attractive, with an open, charming personality. Also cold, domineering and violent. Highly intelligent and articulate.

Nathan Leopold (18 to 25). Highly intelligent and articulate. Aloof and superior in manner. Also romantic and vulnerable.

Reporter 1 (male or female, 40 to 60). Also plays Dr White and Bailiff.

Reporter 2 (female 18 to 25). Also plays Germaine.

Reporter 3 (male 25 to 40). Also plays Dr Bowman and Officer Gentile.

D. A. Crowe (male 35 to 55). Slick, ambitious, powerful.

Precast Characters: The role of Clarence Darrow has been cast.

Audition Venue: Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Theatre: Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Company Email: [email protected]

Company Website: http://www.malverntheatre.com.au

Synopsis: ‘Never the Sinner’ is a retelling of one of the most notorious cases in American history, the murder of a 14 year old boy by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Their arrest and trial was reported in detail by a press that were outraged and intrigued by the two young killers. For District Attorney Crowe, there was no question they would hang; but Clarence Darrow was determined the killing should stop. The play moves fluidly between the courtroom, the press response, and the complex private world of Leopold and Loeb.

Other Information: ‘Never the Sinner’ contains challenging roles for seven actors, including showcase roles for two young men. All actors will need an American accent, and be comfortable with complex dialogue and adult themes.
For all enquiries, and details for obtaining a script, please contact the director on [email protected], or on 0400 507 788. Due to email filtering, if there is no reply to an email within 24 hours, please text an email address.