Audition notice for “The Killdeer”

Hello, welcome to the new year!  Auditions for the New Ideas Festival start tomorrow – yes, already.  And coming up very soon  – Jan 27-30, in fact – are the auditions for the final production of our 2012/13 season, The Killdeer.  Here’s the info.

The Killdeer

The Killdeer

The Killdeer

by James Reaney

Directed by Barbara Larose

Performance dates:  April 12 – 27, 2013

Esteemed Canadian poet James Reaney began his playwriting career with The Killdeer which first premiered at the Alumnae Theatre in 1960 and is as timely a story today as it was over 50 years ago.  Not surprisingly, the piece is rich in the music & rhythms of the spoken word and in its imaginative and spiritual response to atmosphere, mood, and tone.  It is a sharp social satire that mixes the macabre & mysterious with darkly twisted, quirky humour.  It tells the tale of an Ontario town’s tangled web of murder and intrigue

THE ROLES: (ages for most characters are flexible)

Mrs. Vinnie Gardner    40’s – 50’s – fussy, bossy, pious.  Matriarchal mother of grown son, Harry.

Madam Fay                  40’s – 50’s – vital, pagan.  Cosmetics saleswoman. Mother of grown son, Eli.

Harry Gardner             20’s – struggling to find his own identity but under his mother’s thumb.

Mrs. Sally Budge          mid 40’s – 60’s – Mrs. Gardner’s gossipy friend; “a giggly, girlish biddy”, but has feelings.

Rebecca                       20’s – good, a dreamer, a shy country girl.  Star-crossed love interest of Harry.

Clifford Hopkins           40 ish – the hired man who manages everything and raised Eli.  Aggressive and controlling

Eli Fay                         early 20’s – Madam Fay’s son; raised by Clifford.  Childlike, struggling to grow up and find his identity.

Judge Crane                 the rural court judge, an older man of authority.

Mrs. Delta                     any age – gossips with Mrs. Budge, cleans the courtroom, knows everything in hindsight.

Vernelle                       30’s -40’s – Harry’s wife, the boss’s daughter, has tried hard to “remake” him in her image.

Mrs. Soper                   30’s -40’s – the jailer’s wife, fills in for him but hates it. Kindly and intuitive.

Mr. Manatee                 40 + the hangman who loves his work, a carrion crow, a bit of true evil.

Lawyer Jenkins            the crown counsel, a good man or woman on the side of the law.

Dr. Ballad                     an older man – lives alone in the marsh.  A doctor with all the answers & a touch of magic.


Sunday, January 27, from 10 am – 6 pm

Monday, January 28, from 6 pm – 10 pm

Tuesday, January 29, from 6-10 pm

Wednesday, January 30, from 6-10 pm


Please prepare a short (2 min.) contemporary monologue.  You may be asked to read from the script, so please read the play before auditioning!   Script is available at Toronto Reference Library and at Theatre Ontario.

Please bring your photo and résumé to your audition. Callbacks will be held on Saturday February 2nd.


E-mail or leave a message at 416-364-4170 ext 3.   Be sure to include your phone number so we can contact you!  And specify your preferred role.

Auditions, most rehearsals and the performances will be at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide), Toronto.

Please note that Alumnae Theatre is a non-union company, and participants do it for love, not money.


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