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2018-19 Season Play Auditions

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Audition
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2018-19 Season Play Auditions

July 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until July 23, 2018

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2018-19 SEASON PLAY AUDITIONS – JULY 21 AT 1:00 P.M., JULY 22, 23 AT 7:00 P.M.

Theatre Cedar Rapids will hold season-wide auditions for all of the 18-19 season plays including: Intimate Apparel, Shakespeare in Love, Ada and the Memory Engine, and Ripcord.

AUDITION DATES

Whether you are interested in one or all of these plays, we encourage people of all backgrounds and experience levels to attend one of the dates below.

Please arrive to the TCR lobby no earlier than half an hour before auditions to check in. You need only attend one slot of auditions, then callbacks if requested.

  • Saturday, July 21 – 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22 – 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 23 – 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Potential Callbacks: Tuesday, July 24 – Time: TBD

Callbacks for specific roles will be announced the morning of July 24 on the TCR website and Facebook page.

WHAT TO PREPARE

  • AUDITION SIDES CLICK HERE
    • When it is your turn, you may read up to two selections of your choice, even if you are auditioning for more than two shows/roles. You might be ask to read something else too so be flexible! Memorization not required – we will provide copies at the audition.
    • If you are auditioning for Marilyn or Abby in Ripcord or anything other than the Queen in Shakespeare in Love, be familiar with all scenes for those shows. We will pull you up to read various parts and switch things up a bit throughout the audition.
    • All other parts besides Marilyn, Abby and Scotty in Ripcord should use the Lewis monologue.
    • Note: Should you be called back, you will be asked to read other scenes not posted here. It’s helpful to be familiar with the scripts!
  • Please bring all of your conflicts to the audition and be prepared to state them all to the best of your ability at this time. We know a few shows are a ways out!
  • If you cannot attend any of these dates, we will accept video submissions by 6:00 p.m. July 23rd. Send your video performing your selected sides to angie.toomsen@theatrecr.org
  • Scripts are available for checkout at the TCR box office.
  • Should you need accommodations for your audition, such as an interpreter, please email emma.drtina@theatrecr.org.
  • For all other questions related to the auditions, contact angie.toomsen@theatrecr.org.

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAMS

Intimate Apparel

Shakespeare in Love

Ada and the Memory Engine

Ripcord

CHARACTERS

Intimate Apparel

  • Esther Mills (Female identifying, 35, African-American) Skilled, hard working, “rather plain” looking seamstress who creates women’s intimate apparel. Intelligent, but illiterate. Lonely and lacks confidence, yet hopeful and determined.
  • Mrs. Dickson (Female identifying, 50, African-American) Landlady of the boarding house for women where Esther lives. Handsome, impeccably groomed, with an air of refinement. Motherly, inquisitive, but affected by her own mother’s views on love.
  • Mrs. Van Buren (Female identifying, 30s, Caucasian) Attractive, wealthy socialite, and one of Esther’s regular customers. Disillusioned and trapped in a loveless marriage, she longs for excitement and affection.
  • Mr. Marks (Male identifying, 30s, Romanian-Jewish immigrant) Handsome and charming Jewish man who sells textiles to Esther. He finds himself caught between devotion to religious tradition and his own emotions.
  • Mayme (Female identifying, 30s, African-American) Strikingly beautiful, sexy/sultry prostitute, talented piano player/singer, and another of Esther’s regular customers. Jaded, matter-of-fact, world weary, but caring and with a real lust for life.
  • George (Male identifying, 30s, Barbadian immigrant) Ruggedly handsome, muscular African-Caribbean manual laborer. Passionate, beguiling, but also cold and domineering. Speaks with a musical Barbadian accent.

Shakespeare in Love

  • Viola De Lesseps (Female identifying, mid 20s-30s, any ethnicity) A young romantic isolated by her own nobility from the art she so desperately craves. She adores poetry and is in love with the idea of love. Passionate, confident, and full of life.
  • Nurse (Female identifying, late 20s-mid 50s, any ethnicity) Viola’s caretaker. Frustrated by Viola’s tendency to buck societal trends, but devoutly loyal to her charge.
  • Queen Elizabeth (Female identifying, mid 30s-early 60s, any ethnicity) The head of state and the face of an entire nation. She enjoys the theatre, especially when there’s a dog involved, She is wise and calculated, not necessarily cold, but well aware of the societal structure that she not only adheres to, but represents.
  • John Webster (Male identifying, late teens-early 20s, any ethnicity) A young man drawn to the theatre because of its potential for horrific gory scenes and bloody battles. A troublemaker by nature and a pain in the neck in rehearsals. A bit of a harmless psychopath. Although this character identifies as male, this role may be played by any gender.
  • Will Shakespeare (Male identifying, late 20s-mid 30s, any ethnicity) A poet trying to leave his artistic mark on the world. He is cunning, intelligent, sexual, and anything but confident.
  • Kit Marlowe (Male identifying, late 20s-mid 40s, any ethnicity) A well respected playwright, although he needs to keep working to pay the bills. A little older, a little wiser, and a lot more confident than Will, he is both his mentor and his closest friend.
  • Ned Alleyn (Male identifying, late 20s-late 30s, any ethnicity) One of the most popular actors of the day. A leading man who has full confidence in himself. Although seemingly egotistical, selfish, and opinionated at a glance, he takes his craft very seriously and has the deepest respect for committed theatre artists.
  • Richard Burbage (Male identifying, early 30s-mid 40s, any ethnicity) An accomplished stage actor who relishes his fame above all else. He is melodramatic, completely over the top, but undeniably talented. Pompous, but likeable. He has earned enough success as a performer that he owns and operates his own theater.
  • Lord Wessex (Male identifying, late 20s-mid 40s, any ethnicity) A man with a title, but no money, a fact that fills him with frustration and insecurity. He has been trained in the noble arts of etiquette and swordplay, but is bad with words and worse with people. An unlikeable guy.
  • Henslowe (Male identifying, early 30s-late 50s, any ethnicity) Owner of The Rose Theater. He is a business man at heart, more concerned with turning a profit than creating fine art. He doesn’t understand the intricacies of theatrical structure, but he knows what he likes: broad comedy. Calling him an idiot is an overstatement, but not a huge one.
  • Fennyman (Male identifying, mid 30s-late 50s, any ethnicity) A ruthless loan shark who finances theatre plays in return for a piece of the profit. He enjoys the theatre but knows very little about it. He is a bit of a gangster, unafraid to get his hands dirty when his clients are unable to repay their debts.
  • Tilney (Male identifying, mid 30s-mid 50s, any ethnicity) The Master of Revels for the English crown. Although his chief responsibility is to oversee royal festivities, he is concerned with stage censorship, which makes him both respected and feared by professional theatre artists, especially those seeking to create new work.
  • Ensemble
    • Lambert (Fennyman’s Henchman)
    • Frees (Fennyman’s Henchman)
    • Mistress Quickly (Wardrobe mistress)
    • Valentine
    • Proteus
    • Dog
    • Burbage’s Heavies (2)
    • Robert De Lesseps (Viola’s father)
    • Catling (Guard at De Lesseps Hall)
    • Guards (2)
    • Boatman
    • Waiter
    • Barman
    • Molly (Tavern Whore)
    • Kate (Tavern Whore)
    • Musicians
    • Ralph (Novice actor – plays Nurse and Petruchio)
    • Nol (Novice actor – plays Benvolio and Samson)
    • Robin (Novice actor – plays Lady Capulet
    • Adam (Novice actor – plays Gregory, Benvolio, and Servingman)
    • Wabash (Novice actor, Henslowe’s stammering tailor)
    • Sam (Actor, plays Juliet)
    • Peter (Actor, plays Tybalt)
    • Abraham

Ada and the Memory Engine

  • Ada Byron Lovelace (Female identifying, 19-36, any ethnicity) Curious, funny, brilliant, aware of her brilliance, storied, aware of her story. Never met her famous father. Tries to be a “good girl” but just cannot help her curiosity and love of all things impossible. A woman of our time stuck in hers.  Singing may be required, any vocal range.
  • Lady Anabella Byron (Female identifying, 35-55, any ethnicity) Ada’s mother, harsh, strict, jealous? Yes. But realistic. She has had a hard life largely due to Ada’s father. Projects his sins on her. Can be doubled with Mary Sommerville.
  • Charles Babbage (Male identifying, 40-60, any ethnicity) Ada’s soulmate, friend, mentor. Lauded genius of London. A holder of famous salons, an inventor, a mathematical scholar, a dreamer who just cannot seem to make his dreams into the metal they require to be real. Almost perfect for Ada. Almost.  Singing may be required, any vocal range.
  • Lord Lovelace (Male identifying, 25-45, any ethnicity) A gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. He’d rather that he was more rich and more lordly, but he’ll manage with his lot. A proud man. A wanting man. A serious man. Is not madly in love with Ada but she’ll do just fine. Can be doubled with Man.
  • Mary Sommerville (Female identifying, 40-60, any ethnicity) Charles’ friend and colleague and Ada’s mentor. There are no women as successful and respected in science and math as her. Pragmatic, sharply friendly, someone who will tell you when you’re wrong.
  • Man (Male identifying, 36, any ethnicity) A charming man, darkly funny, unpredictable, emotional, brooding, but self-aware. A poet.  Singing may be required, any vocal range.

Ripcord

  • Abby Binder (Female identifying, 70s-80s, any ethnicity) A resident of Bristol Place Senior Living Facility
  • Marilyn Dunne (Female identifying, 70s-80s, any ethnicity) A resident of Bristol Place Senior Living Facility
  • Scotty (Male identifying, 20s-30s, any ethnicity) A resident aide
  • Benjamin, Lewis, and Clown (Male identifying, 40s, any ethnicity) All played by same actor
  • Colleen and Woman in White (Female identifying, 30s-40s, any ethnicity) All played by same actress
  • Derek, Zombie Butler, and Masked Man (Male identifying, 30s-40s, any ethnicity) All played by same actor

KEY DATES

Intimate Apparel

  • First Read/Orientation: July 29, 2018
  • Rehearsals: Begin early August, tend to be weeknights 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., though some sessions might be scheduled on weekends or days, pending actor availability.
  • Tech Rehearsal: October 20, 2018
  • Performances:
    • Fri. Oct 26, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Oct 27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Oct 28, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Nov 2, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov 3, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Nov 4, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Thurs. Nov 8, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Fri. Nov 9, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Nov 10, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Nov 11, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m
  • Strike: November 11, 2018

Shakespeare in Love

  • First Read/Orientation: TBD
  • Rehearsals: Begin in December, tend to be weeknights 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., though some sessions might be scheduled on weekends or days, pending actor availability.
  • Tech Rehearsal: March 2, 2019
  • Performances:
    • Fri. Mar 8, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 9, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 10, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Mar 15, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 16, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 17, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Thurs. Mar 21, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Fri. Mar 22, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 23, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 24, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Thurs. Mar 28, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Fri. Mar 29, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Sat. Mar 30, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Sun. Mar 31, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
  • Strike: March 24, 2019 or March 31, 2019 (if last weekend added)

Ada and the Memory Engine

  • First Read/Orientation: TBD
  • Rehearsals: Begin in December, tend to be weeknights 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., though some sessions might be scheduled on weekends or days, pending actor availability.
  • Tech Rehearsal: March 9, 2019
  • Performances:
    • Fri. Mar 15, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 16, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 17, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Mar 22, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 23, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 24, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Thurs. Mar 28, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Fri. Mar 29, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Mar 30, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Mar 31, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Strike: March 31, 2019

Ripcord

  • First Read/Orientation: TBD
  • Rehearsals: Begin in March, tend to be weeknights 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., though some sessions might be scheduled on weekends or days, pending actor availability.
  • Tech Rehearsal: May 25, 2019
  • Performances:
    • Fri. May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Jun 1, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Jun 2, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Fri. Jun 7, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Jun 8, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Jun 9, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
    • Thurs. Jun 13, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Potential Added Performance
    • Fri. Jun 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sat. Jun 15, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
    • Sun. Jun 16, 2019 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Strike: June 16, 2019