Fall Shows Audition Notice

THE WOMAN IN BLACK and MORIARTY, A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE

We are excited to announce our upcoming auditions for The Woman in Black and Moriarty, A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure! With one audition, you can be considered for both productions!

Auditions will take place on SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND and MONDAY, JUNE 3RD, and you only need to attend one night of auditions in order to be considered for casting.

SIGN UP REQUIRED!

Those who wish to audition must sign up for a time slot HERE
You will have the opportunity to reserve an audition date and time slot between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM

THE AUDITION FORM

Everyone who auditions must fill out the Fall 2024 Audition Form.

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

The audition itself is very simple! We are asking for you to perform two monologues. We have provided an accompanying Fall 2024 Audition Packet that has several monologues from the two plays. You are welcome to choose two monologues from that packet. If you like, you are also welcome to choose two monologues from other sources (not from the two plays). You are also welcome to do one monologue from the packet and one monologue from another source. It is up to you! 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 up to one minute in length. We strongly recommend memorizing your monologues, but if you would like to read from a sheet of paper, that is ok too.

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 jeff@grandstreettheatre.com

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 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. With your permission, we may take your photo at your audition, and we may film your audition. Photos and videos will only be viewed by the directors casting the productions, and will be deleted once the casting process is complete. If none of the audition dates work for you, but you are still interested in auditioning, please contact jeff@grandstreettheatre.com to discuss additional options.

Choose monologues that you love and characters that you are excited to explore.
Both plays will be performed with a British dialect. Although it is not required that you use a British dialect at your audition, you are certainly encouraged to give it your best shot!

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. If callbacks are needed, they will likely take place on Tuesday, June 4th or Wednesday, June 5th.

THE CASTING PROCESS

Casting 2 shows 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 both 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 form. In other words, you can only audition for The Woman In Black, you can ONLY audition for Moriarty, A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure, or you can audition for BOTH!

All roles in both productions are for adult actors. You must be 18 years old by June 3rd in order to audition.
Because of the overlapping schedules, you cannot be cast in both productions.

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.
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 weekend 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 form.
At Grandstreet, we work very hard to start and stop rehearsals at the scheduled times.

THE CALENDAR

Both productions will begin rehearsing in August.

The Woman in Black and Moriarty, A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure will be presented in rotating repertory. This means that once both shows are open, they will alternate performance nights, which allows for evenings off throughout the run.

The Woman in Black and Moriarty, A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure are great for spooky season, so we are excited to produce both plays in late September and October.

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!

Grandstreet Theatre is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities and abilities to audition.

To performers with disabilities, you are encouraged to audition. Please indicate if you need accommodations to fully participate in this event by contacting jeff@grandstreettheatre.com

THE WOMAN IN BLACK
By Stephen Mallatrat
Based on the novel by Susan Hill

Directed by Kal Poole

Performance Dates: September 27, 28*, 29, October 9, 11, 12, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26
* There will be a matinee and an evening performance on September 28th

Approximate Rehearsal Dates: August 5 – September 26
* The Woman in Black will only rehearse 3 nights a week until September 16th.

Tech Week: September 22 – 26

SYNOPSIS

Dare to uncover the mysteries that lie beyond the darkness! Susan Hill’s spine-chilling classic ghost story The Woman in Black is here to haunt the Grandstreet stage. A lawyer obsessed with the curse he believes has been cast on his family engages a young actor to help him tell his terrifying story in hopes of exorcizing the ghost of the woman in black. As they reach the darkest realms of memory the audience find themselves ensnared in a world of eerie marshes, moaning winds, and edge of your seat storytelling.

One of the longest running plays on London’s West End, The Woman in Black will make your heart race and the hairs on your neck stand at attention. Prepare for your imagination to meet your nightmares in this brilliantly unsettling masterpiece. See if if you dare!

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Arthur Kipps (he / him, 40s – 70s) – British. A former solicitor who has been unable to forget a terrifying experience from his past. The actor playing this role will also play many characters from Arthur’s past, so the ability to quickly and easily transform into various roles is essential.

The Actor (he / him, 20s – 40s) British. A theatre performer who has been hired by Arthur to reenact a terrifying series of events. Confident and dedicated to his craft, he encourages Arthur to add theatrical flair to the retelling. He eventually plays the younger version of Arthur.

MORIARTY, A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE
By Ken Ludwig

Directed by Rosie Seitz Ayers

Performance Dates: October 4, 5*, 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 24, 26, 27
* There will be a matinee and an evening performance on October 5th

Approximate Rehearsal Dates: Mid August – October 3
* Rehearsals may begin the week of August 12th or the week of August 19th

Tech Week: September 29 – October 3

SYNOPSIS

Enjoy a new international adventure alongside classic characters! The playwright that brought Grandstreet Theatre’s 2017 hit Baskerville is at it again with Moriarty, A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Rejoin Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they delve deeper into the case of a Bohemian King’s stolen love letters. Against the backdrop of political intrigue and international espionage, the dynamic duo finds an unexpected ally in the form of Irene Adler, whose wit and cunning match their own. Together, they must outsmart Moriarty and his nefarious associates, navigating a labyrinth of hidden agendas and dangerous adversaries.

With its fast paced plot, clever dialogue, and unforgettable characters, Moriarty is a thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. With the versatility of five actors playing over 40 roles, each performance is a tour de force of skill and creativity, bringing to life a vibrant world filled with danger, suspense and laughter. Don’t miss your chance to experience this electrifying new chapter in the Sherlock Holmes saga!

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES

Sherlock Holmes (he / him, 20s – 50s) A highly intelligent, confident, quick witted, and obsessive detective who lives to solve mysteries and discover the truth. Taking down his nemesis, Moriarty, is perhaps his most important case to date.

Doctor Watson (he / him, 20s – 50s) Smart, grounded, full of heart, he lives to have adventures and assist his close friend, Sherlock Holmes.

Actor Three (he / him / 20s – 60s) A diverse character actor who will play multiple roles including a Bohemian King, Mycroft Holmes (brother of Sherlock), Officer Lestrade, a Conductor, a Bartender, Professor Moriarty, and others. The ability to quickly transform from one character to another is essential.

Actor Four (she / her, 20s – 50s) The actor in this role will play Mrs. Hudson (dedicated housekeeper to Sherlock Holmes, Cartwright (a London street lad who occasionally works for Sherlock Holmes), but her primary role is Irene Adler, a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who is equally matched with Sherlock. Her bravery leads to the ultimate act of heroism in the exciting climax of the play.

Actor Five (she / her, 20s – 60s) A diverse character actor who will play multiple roles including Daisy the Maid, Milker (a London street lad who occasionally works for Sherlock Holmes), Mrs. Barabas, Hilda Klebb (a tough and villainous associate of Moriarty), and others. The ability to quickly transform from one character to another is essential.