Grandstreet General Auditions

 

We are so excited to try something new at Grandstreet this season; a General Audition where we will cast three shows at once!

With one audition, you can be considered for A Doll’s House Part 2, The Mousetrap, and Almost, Maine.

Our General Auditions will take place on June 6, 7, 13, and 14, and you only need to attend one night of auditions in order to be considered for casting.

Those who wish to audition should sign up online HERE.

You will have the opportunity to reserve an audition date and time slot. The audition itself is very simple!

We are asking for two monologues of a contrasting nature. For example, if your first monologue is classical, choose a contemporary piece for your second. If one monologue is dramatic, go comedic with the other. Performing two monologues is an opportunity for you to show us your range, so make sure your selections are different from one another. Each monologue should be about one minute in length. We strongly recommend memorizing your monologues.

By casting our shows earlier than usual, actors will have more time to plan and prepare! In the past, actors often started rehearsing a week or so after auditioning. An earlier casting process will give everyone involved more time to plan their schedules and be better prepared for the rehearsal process. Our actors are volunteer community members who live full and busy lives. We feel that an earlier casting process should benefit everyone involved and allow for more efficient planning and scheduling.

THE REHEARSAL PROCESS

At Grandstreet Theatre, we work very hard to respect everyone’s time and create rehearsal schedules accordingly.
You will only be called to rehearsal when you are needed. You will not be called to every single rehearsal.
We do our best to schedule rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 6:30PM and 9:30PM. We try to keep weekends clear to allow for down time and the possibility for weekend travel. However, we sometimes add occasional Sunday rehearsals when necessary.
Rehearsal schedules are created from the schedules and conflicts of those involved. Therefore, we can only approximate what a typical rehearsal schedule usually looks like. We can’t provide specific rehearsal schedules until a cast is in place.
We always work hard to honor and avoid the conflicts you provide us with on your audition paperwork.
At Grandstreet, we work very hard to start and stop rehearsals at the scheduled times.

THE CASTING PROCESS

Casting 3 shows (with 3 different directors) from the same casting pool is a fun and complex challenge. We do not have an official timeline for when the cast lists will be announced, but we will keep you posted with updates as they are available, and we thank you in advance for your patience.
It is our hope that you will come to the audition process with an open mind, and allow the casting team to consider you for any show and any role that you are appropriate for. We are happy to say that all roles in all 3 shows are excellent, substantial and challenging. However, if you have particular preferences or conflicts that would make you unavailable for a particular show, you will be able to indicate those on your audition paperwork.
Almost all roles in these 3 plays are adult roles. However, the role of Emmy in A Doll’s House Part 2 is written for a teenager / young adult, and could be played by a high school student or young adult. If you would like to be considered for the role of Emmy, you should be at least 16 years old to audition. For all other roles, you must be 18 or older to audition.

THE PAPERWORK

Everyone who auditions must fill out the GENERAL AUDITION FORM. Forms can be downloaded HERE. Your Audition Form must be submitted on the night you audition. Please make sure your form is completely filled out and ready to submit at the time of your audition.
We always do our best to schedule around your conflicts, so please be as specific as you can when listing your conflicts.
We may reach out with questions about your schedule, so please make sure that your contact information is clear.

THE AUDITION

First and foremost, know that everyone in the audition room wants you to succeed! If you have questions, please reach out! We are happy to help guide you through the audition process, and even provide suggestions on monologue selection and interpretation. Please email all audition questions to [email protected]
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time slot. Auditions will take place at Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Avenue. There will be signs directing you where to go upon your arrival, and there will be staff on hand to assist you.
There may be some quick hellos and chit chat as you enter the audition room, but once you are asked to begin, we recommend introducing yourself and your monologues (the roles and the plays) before you dive in.
We suggest that you don’t make direct eye contact with the people behind the audition table when performing your monologues. We want to watch your work, not be your scene partner. We recommend picking a spot on the wall to focus on, perhaps slightly above the heads of the directors.
Remember to breathe! It is perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two between each monologue to refocus your thoughts.
The directors may give you some suggestions and adjustments to try, but they may not.
Headshots and resumes are not required to audition.
We may take your photo at your audition, and we may film your audition if all 3 directors are not in attendance.
If none of the audition dates work for you, but you are still interested in auditioning, please contact [email protected] to discuss additional options.
Choose monologues that you love and characters that you are excited to explore.

CALLBACKS

Callbacks will be scheduled as needed. We may be able to cast the shows without a callback, but sometimes we need to see more. You will be contacted individually if we would like to see you again.

THE CALENDAR

If you are interested in playing a role in more than one show, you will be able to indicate that on your audition paperwork. However, the schedules for some shows overlap and conflict with one another. Here is what is possible and not possible:
It is NOT possible for an actor to play a role in A Doll’s House Part 2 and The Mousetrap.
It IS possible for an actor to play a role in A Doll’s House Part 2 and Almost, Maine.
It IS possible for an actor to play a role in The Mousetrap and Almost, Maine.

GET IN ON THE ACT!

No experience necessary! Did you know that almost every Grandstreet show has at least one actor making their GST debut! If you have never been in a show before, don’t worry! We will teach you everything you need to know.
Being in a show at Grandstreet is the perfect way to make new friends, serve your community, and make incredible theatre!
We work very hard at Grandstreet to ensure that every production is organized, professional, challenging, rewarding, and most importantly … fun!
What are you waiting for?! Take a deep breath and sign up to AUDITION!

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Mary Lee Larison

Performance Dates: September 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Approximate Rehearsal Dates: July 18, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Tech Week: August 28 – 31

SYNOPSIS

A bitingly funny contemporary play about family and new beginnings. As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves her family behind, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people she abandoned. But even after all this time, family ties cinch tighter than expected, and she discovers that confronting people she hurt in the past takes courage. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, A Doll’s House Part 2 follows up Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece with complexity and nuance while standing as a complete story on its own.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Nora (she, her / 40s – 60s) – A woman ahead of her time. Fiercely independent and confident. A successful feminist author who is returning to a life she abandoned to ensure her future. Intelligent and resourceful. She takes great pride in her success and autonomy.

Torvald (he, him / 40s – 60s) – A gentle, mostly affable single father shocked by the arrival of his wife 15 years after she left. Being confronted with Nora rocks his world. On the surface, he is measured and reserved. He feels quite deeply, but is unsure of how to express it.

Anne Marie (she, her / 40s – 70s) – The housekeeper / nanny and replacement mother to Nora’s children, and the person who picked up the pieces after Nora left. Really exhausted but making it work. She thought she’d never see Nora again, and she has a lot to say.

Emmy (she, her / late teens – early 20s) Confident, charming, and able to get what she needs. Young, but not to be underestimated. Cunning, wise and self aware.

THE MOUSETRAP

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Jeff Downing

Performance Dates: October 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Approximate Rehearsal Dates: August 22, 2022 – October 13, 2022

Tech Week: October 9 – 13

SYNOPSIS

Discover the secret of the world’s longest running play! A timeless tale of “whodunit”, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap strands seven strangers at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the guests grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects; the newlyweds running the house, a young traveler with a curious background, an eccentric architect, a retired Army major, a strange foreigner who claims his car has overturned in a snowbank, and a jurist who makes live miserable for everyone. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This record breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from the foremost mystery writer of her time.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Mollie Ralston (she, her / 20s – 40s) A former schoolteacher. Recently married to Giles, and together they have started a guesthouse at Monkswell Manor, after inheriting the estate from Mollie’s aunt. Hardworking and pleasant, determined to make her new business work, but she knows she’s in a bit over her head.

Giles Ralston (he, him / 20s – 40s) Husband to Mollie, fiercely protective of her and a bit prone to arrogance and jealousy. Determined to make a good life for the two of them, he has poured himself, to the best of his abilities, into the running of the house.

Christopher Wren (he, him / 20s – 40s) An architect. An odd, slightly wild looking young man with an intense appreciation for antique furniture. Prone to curious and childlike outbursts. Most people find him unusual, and for good reason.

Mrs. Boyle (she, her / 40s – 70s) A bad tempered woman with an imposing presence. She makes life miserable for everyone, and constantly complains about the accommodations at Monkswell Manor. She was a former magistrate in the judicial system.

Major Metcalf (he, him / 40s – 70s) A former military man, which is reflected in his manner and bearing. He is sensible and kind, and by contrast, quite even keeled among the collection of eccentric characters.

Miss Casewell (she, her / 20s – 40s) A mysterious traveler who hints at a troubled past. She is not interested in adhering to societal expectations of femininity in her demeanor or appearance, which gives her a sense of confidence and defiance. It is unclear what she is doing at Monkswell Manor.

Mister Paravicini (he, him / 30s – 60s) An unexpected guest, who arrives at Monkswell Manor claiming his car has overturned in a snowbank. A foreigner, likely Italian, with a flamboyant air of mystery.

Sergeant Trotter (he, him / 20s – 40s) A young detective from Scotland Yard. Driven and meticulous, he arrives at Monkswell Manor on skis with news of a murder and a warning that one of the houseguests could be next. He is determined in his interrogation of the guests, knowing that there are secrets among them.

ALMOST, MAINE

By John Cariani

Directed by Lysa Fox

Performance Dates: January 27, 28, 29, February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Approximate Rehearsal Dates: December 5, 2022 – January 26, 2023 (with time off for major holidays)

Tech Week: January 22 – 26

SYNOPSIS

A captivating comedy as splendidly unpredictable as falling in love. On a cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter (and in the middle of nowhere), the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest of ways. As the northern lights twinkle in the sky above, nine delightful stories are woven together in this refreshingly off-kilter romantic comedy. With a lot of snow and a little bit of magic, love is lost and found, and life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Full of unexpected surprises, small town charm, and hilarious and lovable characters, love is in the air in this perfect mid-winter treat!

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Pete and Ginette, who have been dating for a little while.
East, a repairman, and Glory, a hiker.
Jimmy, a heating and cooling guy, Sandrine, his ex-girlfriend, and a salty Waitress.
Marvalyn, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and Steve, an open, kind fellow.
Gayle and Lendall, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend.
Randy and Chad, two “country boys”, or Deena and Shelly two “country girls.”
Phil, a hard working husband, and his hard working wife, Marci.
Hope, who has traveled the world, and a Man who has not.
Rhonda, a tough woman, and Dave, the not so tough man who loves her.

Almost, Maine can be cast with as few as 4 actors playing multiple roles, or as many as 19 actors playing one role a piece. The show is comprised of 9 vignettes, each with 2 or 3 characters a piece, and the casting is, therefore, quite flexible. Adults of all ages could be cast in this play.

The people of Almost, Maine are rural Americans. They are not hicks. They don’t have funny accents. They are hard working, ordinary people. They’re honest and true, and they speak simply and from the heart. The people of Almost, Maine are dealing with one of the toughest things there is to deal with in life: love.

 

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