Reminder: Script Submission Deadline for New Ideas Festival is Sept 5

So that script you’ve been working on all summer? It’s time to finalize your draft, and send it in to New Ideas Festival. The deadline for script submissions is September 5 (or September 15 for members of Alumnae Theatre Company). Submit your play now and remind your writer friends to send in theirs.  No fee!  New Ideas 2016 image

The 28th annual New Ideas Festival runs March 9 – 27, 2016.

Here’s the link to the guidelines and instructions: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/submission-calls.html

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Audition notice #2 for Mavis in “Stepping Out” (Aug 26 & 27)

Director Brenda Darling and choreographer Alyssa Martin of Stepping Out (the January production from Alumnae Theatre Company) are still casting the lead dancer. Here is the REVISED audition notice for that one role – please note: ***different e-mail address *** than in July notice!

 

MAVIS GALLANT – 40, ex-pro tap dancer, vivacious dance teacher of amateur adults, misses the bright lights. She dreams of creating her own company; loves to tap. Mavis is the lead dancer in Stepping Out and must also be a skilled actor. Performance dates: January 22 – February 6, 2016

 

MAVIS Audition dates: August 26 & 27.

Rehearsals will be evenings & weekends beginning in mid-October.

"Stepping Out" by Richard Harris. Jan 22 - Feb 6, 2016

“Stepping Out” by Richard Harris.
Jan 22 – Feb 6, 2016

At a weekly tap dance class with a vivacious ex-pro and her vegetarian pianist, eight mismatched strangers joyfully exchange their hum-drum lives for “tap, step, ball change, cramp roll… pick up your feet”. Secrets tumble out. Conflicts arise. Friendships grow. Everyone is changed. And they dance….

 

To Request Dance Audition as Mavis:

Please email steppingoutjanuary@gmail.com with your resumé, headshot, age range and phone number.

Type MAVIS + your name in subject line.

Candidates selected to audition will be contacted. Thank you.

 

General auditions for the other roles in Stepping Out will be held in late September/early October.

Check the OPPORTUNITIES tab on www.alumnaetheatre.com for details to apply at that time.

 

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“Antigone” seeks lighting designer

Alumnae Theatre Company seeks an innovative, skilled and bold lighting designer for its upcoming mainstage production of ANTIGONE.  This is a non-paid, non-union position to be filled immediately.

Please contact the director Janet Kish at janetkish@rogers.com

Antigone image Production info at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/antigone.html and https://www.facebook.com/events/819613844785412/

 

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Audition notice for Mavis in “Stepping Out” (July 27 & 28)

The director and choreographer of Stepping Out (the January production from Alumnae Theatre Company) are casting their lead dancer early. Here is the audition notice for that one role. The rest to come in late September/early October.

 

Mavis Gallant – 40, ex-pro tap dancer, vivacious dance teacher of amateur adults, misses the bright lights. Dreams of creating her own company; loves to tap.

Mavis is the lead dancer in STEPPING OUT and must also be a skilled actor.

Auditions will begin July 27 & 28 until we find her.

Rehearsals evenings & weekends begin mid-October.

To Request Dance Audition as Mavis:

Please email steppingout16@outlook.com with your resume, headshot, age range and phone number. Type Mavis + your name in subject line.

Candidates selected to audition will be contacted. Thank you.

 

Stepping Out imageSTEPPING OUT by Richard Harris

Director: Brenda Darling

Choreographer: Alyssa Martin

January 22 – February 6, 2016

At a weekly tap dance class with a vivacious ex-pro and her vegetarian pianist, eight mismatched strangers joyfully exchange their hum-drum lives for “tap, step, ball change, cramp roll… pick up your feet”.  Secrets tumble out. Conflicts arise. Friendships grow. Everyone is changed. And they dance….

 

General auditions for fabulous actors who can dance will be held late September and early October. Check the OPPORTUNITIES tab on www.alumnaetheatre.com for details to apply at that time.

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-professional company. This is a non-paying engagement.

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Auditions July 30 for “Interview with a Demon” (B.SMART Productions/Beech Street Theatre Company)

BSmartLogoB.SMART Productions, Inc. and Beech Street Theatre Company  Beech_Street_Logo_-_JPEG.293161826_logowill be producing Mark Terry’s play Interview with a Demon Nov 10 – 16, 2015 at Alumnae Theatre.

Aptly scheduled between Hallowe’en and the holiday season, Interview with a Demon will provide the world’s first-ever report on life after death, what Heaven and Hell are really like, the essence of the soul, mythologies, angels, Satan and God. The Demon will compel audiences to reconsider their faith in the messenger and the messages they share, and will challenge us all with a perspective that re-evaluates our entire belief system.

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Here is the audition notice.

Interview with a Demon

Written by Mark Terry

Director: Michael Khashmanian

Producers: Abigail Pinto Correia and Boyan Stergulc

Co-Producers: Michael Khashmanian and Mark Terry

Audition Location: Casting Central, 321 Davenport Road, Toronto

Email: markterry@bell.net to book your audition.

Compensation: Yes

Auditions: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)

INSTRUCTIONS: Please bring your head shot and theatre resume to the audition as well as attaching them to your audition request e-mail.

Synopsis: See http://bsmarttv.ca/portfolio/interview-with-a-demon/ and http://www.beechstreettheatre.com/productions

 

CHARACTERS (with bodies):

Boodle: Female, mid-20s, attractive, television talk show director. Strong, assertive, take-charge personality.

Bradley Gibb: Male, mid-20s, attractive, television reporter/talk show host. Opportunistic, ambitious, curious.

Pat Lor: Male, mid-30s, average-looking, television cameraman Not very bright, clumsy.

Father Francis Flanagan: Male, mid-50s, white hair, possibly balding, Church exorcist. Strong, devoted, bordering on fanatical.

 

CHARACTERS (without bodies):

* The Demon / Frank: Male, middle-aged, confident, cocky, real estate salesman Intelligent, but playful and unpredictable.

Tom: Male, mid-40s, Producer of The Hot Seat. Seasoned professional; cynical.

The Angel / Angie: Female, middle-aged, foreign accent Sweet, loving.

* NOTE: All actors will, at some point, be possessed by The Demon. To ensure consistency of character, all actors should adopt a similar interpretation and voice for The Demon. We recommend channeling Michael Keaton’s performance in the film Beetlejuice (1988).

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Casting Call for FireWorks 2015

The FireWorks Festival runs November 4-22, 2015 with three plays each running for one week of the festival. For more information on the festival please see the FireWorks page of www.alumnaetheatre.com.
Below are the character breakdowns for each play. Auditions will be scheduled August 17-23, and callbacks the last week of August.
FireWorks 2015
TO REQUEST AN AUDITION: e-mail FWauditions@gmail.com
Be sure to include your RESUME, HEADSHOT, AGE RANGE and your PHONE NUMBER.  Candidates selected to audition will be contacted. Please come prepared with a monologue. Directors from more than one play may be present at the audition. Callbacks will be done separately for each play.
Members of Alumnae Theatre Company will be given priority consideration.
The scripts are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor, Performance Desk, 789 Yonge Street.
Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (at Adelaide).
AUDITION DATES:                       August 17-23
CALL BACKS:                                  August 26-31
REHEARSALS:                               September 10 – November 3, 10, 17
PERFORMANCES:                        November 4-8, 11-15, 18-22.

Divine Wrecks by Chloe Whitehorn
(performances November 4-8, 2015)
Synopsis:
​A high school god falls for the wrong girl, his teacher.  A dark tale of heart break and revelations, Divine Wrecks explores the nature of love without boundaries. A modern take on a classic tale.

Character Breakdown:
(Note: We expect to cast actors in their early twenties for the teenage roles due to the mature nature of the roles)
EDDY: male, sixteen, troubled star athlete. After a tragedy he feels disconnected from everyone and is looking for meaning.
CASS:
female, thirties, high school English teacher. Is haunted by her past.
CHORUS 1:
male, teenager, confident jock. At the top of the school hierarchy but not the “steal your lunch money” type.
CHORUS 2:
female, teenager, fluffy pretty cheerleader. Extremely confident and used to getting her way.
CHORUS 3:
female, teenager, alternative look. Bit of a slacker “f**k-the world if the world doesn’t care” attitude.
CHORUS 4:
male, teenager, prep nerd. Shy but eager to be included.


Cottage Radio by Taylor Marie Graham
(performances November 11-15, 2015)
Synopsis:
Inspired by the true events of the Goderich, Ontario 2011 F3 class tornado, Cottage Radio explores the effect of the horrific storm on the fictional, yet very recognizable Marley clan. The family is forced to deal with the horrific events of the storm that is currently bringing them together, while confronting all the past events that kept them apart for so long. The play includes gorgeous original indie rock songs performed by members of the collective live on stage, while the play gently and graciously combining humour and drama in surrounding scenes. The premiere production in Goderich, Ontario left audiences moved and the Toronto re-imagining is sure to do the same.

Character Breakdown:
Gordon Marley – 55 years old. Uncle to Christina and Nadine; son of Susan. Recently lost his house in the tornado. Over-indulges with alcohol, silence, and solitude. Past competitive rower.

Christina (Chris) Marley – 32 years old. Sister of Nadine, granddaughter to Susan, niece to Gordon, childhood best friend of Jasper.   Past drummer in the band Huron Haven; host of COTTAGE radio.
Would prefer to be 17 and full of potential again rather than 32 and full of pain and regrets, so
she stifled her maturity at 17 years old and expects everyone around her to do the same. Uses sarcasm to deflect.

 

Nadine Marley – 27 years old,. Sister of Christina, granddaughter to Susan, niece to Gordon, friend of Jasper. Guitar and vocals in the band Huron Haven. Is afraid to admit she misses everyone, has made some poor choices in the new people in her life away from family, and can’t handle everything all by herself all the time.
Jasper Taylor – 30 years old. No blood relation to the Marleys. Guitar and vocals in the band Huron Haven. Can’t let go of a fantasy version of reality where actions do not have consequences, and
everything is ok if it feels right. Very charming. Adventurous.
Susan Marley – 84 years old, grandmother to Christina and Nadine, mother of Gordon. Is getting old and sees her family being ripped apart and unable to make proper adult decisions. All she can do is try to remind them of their ties to each other and their home before she passes on. Very dedicated to the tornado clean-up effort.

 

 Radical by Charles Hayter
(performances Nov 18-22, 2015)
Synopsis:
The story of a forgotten Canadian hero, Dr. Vera Peters, and her fight to alter breast cancer treatment. Spurred on by patient outrage, memories of her mother’s suffering, and her own diagnosis of breast cancer, Peters embarks on a quest to find a gentler alternative to the mutilating radical mastectomy – and in the process sets the surgical world against her.

Character Breakdown:
HELEN, female, sixtyish, prim, conservative, fiercely loyal, wryly humourous nurse.
ROSE, female, early fifties, brash, earthy, fiesty, feminist, political, professor of sociology.
VERA, female, early fifties, caring, compassionate, yet quietly driven, chain smoking cancer specialist, accomplished medical professional, very “put together”.
FRANK, male, early thirties, young, impressionable, thoughtful, ambitious greenhorn surgeon.
BERNIE, male, fifties, conservative, intelligent, chauvinistic, surly, blunt, yet vulnerable Chief of Surgery.

Alumnae Theatre encourages diversity in its membership and casting. This is a non-paying engagement.

 

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Mature actors still needed for “Antigone” auditions

 Still seeking a few 40+ actors for roles in Alumnae Theatre Company’s upcoming production:

Antigone

by Jean Anouilh adapted by Lewis Galantière
Directed by Janet Kish; Produced by Dahlia Katz

PERFORMANCES:                          September  18 – October 3, 2015.

Actors should be willing to explore Anouilh’s rich text through a collective journey of movement and experimentation.  The cast will be artistic collaborators throughout. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in either classical or physical theatre or both.

CREON – Male, 45 – 60, powerful, political and articulate.  Strong and confident in his own authority, intelligence and logic. Has a military aura with underlying humanity.

NURSE – Female, 40+, maternal and caring.  Warm-hearted, precocious and somewhat off the wall.

EURYDICE –  Female, 45 – 60, singer.   She knits throughout but never speaks. Must have strong singing voice as she will be part of our soundscape. In lieu of a monologue, actors auditioning for this role should present 1 minute of an a cappella song.

Applications are now closed for all other roles.

To request an audition, please send your resume, headshot and telephone number to: ATCauditions@gmail.com 
Ø  Please specify for which  character(s) you’re interested.
Ø  Candidates invited to audition will be contacted.
Ø  At the audition, you’ll be expected:
I.     to present a one-minute monologue (or song for the role of Eurydice) and,
II.     create an improvised movement piece with 3-4 other actors.

AUDITION DATES:                        Saturday, June 27 – Tuesday, June 30
CALL BACKS:                                     Saturday, July 4.
REHEARSALS:                                 July 12 – September 17.

http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/auditions.html

Alumnae Theatre Company encourages diversity in its membership and casting. This is a non-paying engagement.

 

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