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AUDITION NOTICES

Miss Bennet:Christmas at Pemberly

June 13 and June 14, see below for details

Banished by the King:  Rat King

June 18 and June 19, see below for details

Harvey

November 19, 20 and 21, see below for details

 

Miss Bennet:Christmas at Pemberly

Show Synopsis

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” is a delightful play that serves as a sequel to Jane Austen’s beloved novel, “Pride and Prejudice.” Set during the holiday season, it takes place two years after the events of the original novel.  It is a heartwarming tale of how Mary Bennet finds a husband. Through love, family, and forgiveness, the characters come together to create a Christmas miracle. Communication and a touch of fate play their part in convincing Mary and Arthur that they are meant for each other.

Show Information

The show dates are Nov 27 to Dec 8 2024.  Rehearsals start in September.

Director – Debra Chantler

Producer – Mariann Sawyer

Stage Manager – Cindi Armer Almeida

Characters

Mary Bennet: age 20 to 25 -The middle sister of the Bennet family, Mary has often been overlooked as a spinster who may never marry. However, in this play, we get to know her better. She is lonely and stuck at home with her parents and youngest sister, Kitty. She is intelligent, curious and lively but her family still see her as a spinster. She does not suffer fools well.  Mary’s life takes an interesting turn when Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Arthur De Bourgh, arrives at Pemberley for Christmas.

Arthur De Bourgh: age 25 to 30 – Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Arthur, is studious, unsociable and awkward around women. He is an only child who has recently inherited a large estate and doesn’t know what to do with it. He prefers books to people. However he shares Mary’s interests and enjoys talking to her. Their relationship seems promising until Arthur’s cousin, Lady Anne, unexpectedly shows up and claims that they are engaged to be married. This twist sets the stage for a delightful romantic journey.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Darcy: age 25 to 30 – Now married to Mr. Darcy, Lizzy hosts Christmas at their grand estate, Pemberley. She is the gracious, witty and warm-hearted hostess, ensuring that the holiday celebrations go smoothly.  Her best friend is her sister Jane.

Fitzwilliam Darcy: 30 to 35 – A loving, generous, and vigilant husband of Elizabeth.  To some he seems stiff but that is because he is shy.  He tends to be quite in large gatherings.  He often sees things that others miss. He knows what it is like to be lovelorn.

Jane Bingley:  age 25 to 30 – Jane, Lizzy’s sister, is seven months pregnant. She is sweet and kind hearted. She and her husband, Mr. Bingley, join the festivities at Pemberley. Jane’s gentle nature and excitement about impending motherhood add to the festive spirit.

Charles Bingley: age 27 to 35 – Charming, gracious and happy.  Very excited about becoming a father. Devoted to his wife Jane.  A true and steady friend.

Lydia Wickham: age 17 to 22 – Flirtatious, youthful and self-centered. Still pretending that her marriage to Mr. Wickham isn’t a total disaster.  She loves parties and strives always to be the center of attention. Lydia brings her lively and unpredictable energy to Pemberley. Her presence adds some drama to the holiday gathering.

Anne De Bourgh: age in her 20’s – Arthur’s cousin, Lady Anne, plays a pivotal role in the unfolding events.  She is judgemental and impatient like her mother Lady Catherine.  Her unexpected arrival complicates matters and challenges Mary and Arthur’s budding relationship.

Maid age  20 to 30 – none speaking roll.  Will interact with cast as needed.

Audition Information

Audition dates are June 13 and 14 in the evening – 7 to 10 pm and the morning of June 15 – 10am to noon.  Call backs if needed will be 2pm June 15.  To book an audition appointment please email [email protected].  Please prepare a 1 minute monolog. You will also be asked to cold read from the script.  Auditions will be held at the Palace Theatre in the Maryse Leach Hall. Please enter through the Box Office.


AUDITION NOTICE

Banished By The King Productions

Theatre Company in Residence
at Palace Theatre Arts Commons
Proudly Presents

Rat King

by Sean Brennan

Show Synopsis

February 2018 – it is Jimmy’s birthday. Everyone is there to celebrate since Jimmy was involved in a car crash the previous fall. Jimmy’s brother, Chris, has come home to take care of him and in doing so, has given up on his own plans for life. As the evening unfolds, it becomes apparent that previous to his accident Jimmy was involved in some strange and shady dealings as old friends, associates, and a stranger crash a birthday party held for a guy who can’t remember it’s his birthday.

  

Show Information

Show Dates: November 7-16, 2024

 

Playwright – Sean Brennan

 

Director – Dan Curtis

Producer – Sean Brennan


Audition Information

Audition Location: Maryse Leitch Hall at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street East

Audition Dates: Tuesday June 18, Wednesday June 19, and Friday June 21

Audition Times: By appointment between 7pm and 10pm on June 18 and 19.
Callbacks, if necessary, will be June 21 from 7pm to 10pm.

Please email [email protected] to book a timeslot and/or for a copy of the script.

If you would like to audition but your schedule conflicts, please email [email protected] to make alternative arrangements.

Audition Information: Please prepare a one-minute comedic monologue to demonstrate your range. We encourage all artists who are interested to audition and are committed to providing opportunities for all types of performers.

 Harvey

Director: John Gerry

Assistant Director: Hannah Elias

Producer: Mona Brennan-Coles

Stage Manager: Chris Shoesmith

Performance Dates (2025): Wednesday, April 30th (Community Preview) – Sunday, May 4th

Thursday, May 8th – Sunday, May 11th 

Performance Location: The David Long Stage at the Palace Theatre

Audition Dates (2024): Tuesday, November 19th, Wednesday, November 20th and

Thursday, November 21st

Audition Location: Maryse Leitch Hall at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street East. 

Audition Times: By appointment between 7 PM and 10 PM on November 19th, 20th and 21st. Please contact Mona Brennan-Coles at [email protected] to book an appointment and/or for a copy of script.  

If you would like to audition but your schedule conflicts, please contact Mona to make alternate arrangements.

Callback if needed: Saturday, November 23rd from 10 AM and 12 PM

Additional Audition Information:

  • Prepare a monologue 2 to 3 minutes long.
  • Download, print and complete the audition form which includes any relevant experience and a list of all potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule from November 2024 through April 2025
  • Bring your completed form to your audition.
  • The creative team is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for diverse performers. Artists of all backgrounds, ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, body types and abilities are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals:

Read Through and Table Talk:  3 or 4 the week of November 24th – 30th. 

Rehearsals will begin early February 2025.  ALL cast members are expected to be OFF BOOK when rehearsals begin in February 2025.   We are planning for 2 weeknight and one weekend rehearsal time each week – details will be available well before auditions.

Additional rehearsals will be scheduled as needed between April 14th and the first audience on Wednesday, April 30th, 2025.

NOTE:  Until we begin full runs, you will only be scheduled for rehearsals when “your” scenes are being rehearsed.

Production Description:  Experience the whimsical and heartwarming tale of “Harvey,” written by Mary Chase. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play introduces us to Elwood P. Dowd, a kind-hearted and eccentric man who insists on introducing everyone to his best friend, Harvey—a 6-foot-3-inch tall invisible rabbit. As Elwood’s family and society struggle to accept his unique friendship, they are forced to question their own definition of reality and what it truly means to be sane. With its endearing characters, clever humor, and thought-provoking themes, “Harvey” has become a classic of American theater, earning multiple awards and nominations. (from the LCP website – https://palacetheatre.ca/shows-events-listings/

‘Harvey’ Character Descriptions

MALE ROLES

Elwood P. Dowd

Age 50 – 65

Is the central character of the play, a charming gentle eccentric whose best friend is a pooka (aka, ‘Harvey’, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit).

Elwood is well mannered, extremely friendly to all, and has an ‘old-school gentleman charm’.

Elwood is Veta’s older brother, but the age difference needn’t be too dramatic.

Dr. William R. Chumley

Age 50 – 80

An esteemed psychiatrist and head of the sanatorium, ‘Chumley’s Rest’.

He is confident as only as MD would be in that age/time (aka, God on Earth) … he is an exacting man ‘feared’ by his employees. Brooks no challenges to his opinions.

But he harbours inner desires.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson, M.D.

Age 25 – 35

Young and highly qualified doctor/psychiatrist handpicked by Dr. Chumley … confident verging on ‘vain’.

He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on.

Duane Wilson

Age 25 – 50

Wilson is the ‘muscle’ of Chumley’s Rest.

Totally devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients (especially the ones who will not cooperate voluntarily).

He is smitten with Myrtle Mae Simmons upon meeting her.

Judge Omar Gaffney

Age 40 – 80

An old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer.

He is fiercely protective of the family and surprisingly understanding of Elwood’s belief in Harvey.

FEMALE ROLES

Veta Louise Simmons

Age 45 – 55

Elwood’s younger sister.

Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother … is intent on ‘landing’ a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae.

She is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that involves.

She truly loves her older brother Elwood.

She is the ‘dynamic’ that truly drives the action of the play.

Myrtle Mae Simmons

Age 18 – 30

Myrtle is Veta’s daughter (Elwood’s niece).

Both Myrtle and Veta are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry … a mission that is made impossible, in their minds, with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping up!

She is extremely self-centered.

Ruth Kelly, R.N.

Age 18 – 30

Nurse Kelly is an independent individual who is totally devoted to her job and patients under her care.

She is kind and looks for the best in people … but with that being said she has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet

Age 50 – 80

Is an old friend of the family.

She is an elite member of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into.

( A smaller role … Act 1 only … could possibly double as Betty Chumley who appears only in Act 2 )

Betty Chumley

Age 50 – 80

Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife.

(appears only in Act 2 … see above re: Ethel)

Miss Johnson

Age  18 – 40

Maid who appears briefly in Act 1.

GENDER NEUTRAL ROLE

  1. Lofgren

Age … Open (at least 18)

A cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play.

This role has a single scene at the end of Act 2 and would have a limited rehearsal schedule.

She could be the embodiment of the women, who at the time, were empowered by taking over the more traditional roles of the men who were overseas fighting.