Auditions for Northumberland Players

Auditions for Northumberland Players are scheduled several months before performance dates depending on the type of production and the size of the cast.

Auditions are open to all. We are a non-Equity non-paying company. If you are cast, we ask that you sign-up as a Volunteer and, although it is not required, consider becoming a Member .

Audition notices are usually available as downloadable pdfs at the end of the listing. Call or email the producer or director for more information or to schedule an audition time if necessary.

The auditions are listed according to our season with the earliest shows first.
Check back regularly for details about audition opportunities.

Workshop Notes: Preparing for Auditions

If you have never auditioned, or have felt nervous about giving the stage a try, or wondered how to improve your chance for getting a role…this workshop is for you. This workshop was intended to help actors develop their audition skills. If you missed it, you might like to download: Notes from Audition Workshop.


by Ronald Harwood

Auditions were held Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. and the show has been cast.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Performances at the Firehall Theatre on weekends, September 22, 2017 – October, 2017.

Produced by Carol Beauchamp | Directed by Chris M. Worsnop (The Mousetrap, The Dining Room, Steel Magnolias, Not Now Darling for NP)

The cast consists of four retired opera singers, living in a musicians-only retirement residence: two male and two female.

The story of this gentle and poignant amusement – without giving too much away – involves our foursome living among their memories, coping with life’s inconveniences, operating on an NSP (No Self Pity) philosophy, and handling a new arrival: an event involving some interesting cats and pigeons.

We are looking for four actors who will enjoy working to form a team unit that will deliver together a finished piece of enjoyably excellent drama. No singing ability is required of the actors.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, some workshop exercises, etc. No prepared piece is required

Because the play goes up on September 22, any potential cast members MUST be largely available for rehearsal during the summer months, and will be asked on the audition sheet, as a courtesy to other members of the ensemble, to list ALL dates during July and August when they can not be available.

Download details of this audition at Audition Notice – Quartet

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the Novel by John Buchan

Auditions were held Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm. This show has been cast.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Fran Martin | Directed by Jack Boyagian

Show runs weekends October 14 to November 5, 2017 in dinner theatre at the-Best Western Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre, Cobourg.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft.

The cast consists of 2 male “clowns” or 1 male and 1 female “clown” of any age. Roles are very physical and they play multiple roles , 1 male lead 30s to 40s and 1 female 20s to 40s (plays three roles).

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, some workshop exercises, etc. Wear comfy shoes and clothes. No prepared piece is required. Download details at Auditions for The 39 Steps

Rehearsals will begin in June in order to take some of the summer off. It is hoped that the cast is able to work together to take the same period off for the summer holidays. The physical nature of the show requires precise timing therefore working together is extremely important.

If you would like more information please email Fran Martin  or Jack Boyagian

How To Eat Like A Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up

by Delia Ephron, John Forster, Judith Kahan

Auditions were held Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm. This show has been cast.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Marley Budreau | Directed by Jack Boyagian | Musical Direction by Bruce Tonkin

How To Eat Like A Child runs Nov. 29, 30, Dec.1, and 4 during the school day, and Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 weekend matinees at the Concert Hall in Victoria Hall, Cobourg.

The Northumberland Players Youth Theatre presents a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. The fast-paced one-hour show is for kids of all ages and a great outing for the entire family. NOTE: A very special edition Sunday Matinee version aimed at very young children ages 3-7 has been prepared.

The cast consists of 14 actors: 6 boys and 8 girls aged 8 and up

Audition Preparation:

Sing Sayonara from the show. (See Sayonara How to Eat lLke a Child on YouTube and memorize about 1 minute of the song).

There will be a pianist to play the music or you may sing it without music if you wish.

Act the song out as you sing. We are looking for energy and enthusiasm.

You will be asked to read from the script as well.

Download details at Auditions How to Eat Like A Child

Email the director at Jack Boyagian and tell him which day you will be attending. See also

Bob’s Your Elf

By Norm Foster

Auditions were held Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm and this show has been cast.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Second Floor Blair Room

Produced by Maureen Holloway | Directed by Carlotta Rutledge

Bob’s Your Elf runs weekends December 1 to December 17, 2017 at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg. Rehearsals will begin in October.

Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s more prolific playwrights, Bob’s Your Elf is the perfect comedy for the holiday season. You will recognize The Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Night Before Christmas, and even the Nativity, as the Thithelville Thespians make an attempt to put on a Christmas play that needs some serious work. In comes Bob, a real live Elf, sent by Santa to save the day. Unfortunately, Bob is one miserable, incompetent Elf who also needs to learn a lesson or two about the Christmas spirit. A play full of laughs and just in time for Christmas, eh?

The cast consists of 6 actors, 4 male and 2 female, all 30 years or older, who play the actors and crew of the Thithelville Thespians and Santa Claus.
Several children will be required. Auditions will be held later in the Fall.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No prepared piece is required. Download details at Audition Bob’s Your Elf

If you would like more information please email Maureen Holloway.

Bob’s Your Elf – Children’s Chorus

By Norm Foster

Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Second Floor Blair Room

Produced by Maureen Holloway | Directed by Carlotta Rutledge

Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s more prolific playwrights, Bob’s Your Elf is the perfect comedy for the holiday season. This is our general audience Christmas show.
Bob’s Your Elf runs weekends, both evening and matinée performances, December 1 to December 17, 2017 at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

Rehearsals for children are flexible, on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons in November.

We are auditioning children for two small alternating choruses who will sing familiar Christmas Carols.

The audition will consist of singing Jingle Bells (beginning at “Dashing through the snow…”) to recorded music.

Children who are cast in How to Eat Like a Child may audition and request to be placed in the chorus that does not perform during your other show.

Download details of the audition at Bob’s Your Elf- Chorus Notice.  If you would like more information please email the producer,  Maureen Holloway,

Bob’s Your Elf is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency,



Play On

By Rick Abbot

Auditions were held Wednesday, September 6, and Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm. This show has been cast.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Third floor HalliganRoom

Produced by Mary Elizabeth Clark | Directed by Dave Clark

Play On runs evenings only on weekends from January 19 to February 4, 2018, in Dinner Theatre at Best Western Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre, Cobourg. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Play On is the hysterical story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. The fast-paced farce filled with great physical comedy leads to a madcap climax in this thoroughly hilarious romp. It is face-paced, similar to Noises Off.

The cast consists of 10 actors:7 women aged 17 to 60s and 3 men aged 25, 45, and 60s.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please prepare a comic monolugue.

Download details at Auditions Play On

If you would like more information please email Mary Elizabeth Clark

Play On is presented by special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.

Sister Act (U.S. National Tour Version 2012)

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner

Auditions were held Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm. This show has been cast.

Third floor Halligan Room, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Doreen Page & Laura Garton | Directed by Valerie Russell
Musical Direction by Marie Anderson| Choreography by Alina Adjemian

Show runs February 23 to March 4, 2018 at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, Port Hope.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit film that has audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she uses her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir and breathes new life into the
church and community.

Parts for sixteen women, aged 18 + and six men, aged 20+

This is an open audition for actors with strong singing, dancing, and acting abilities. Please bring along prepared music for the pianist or recorded backup music as an MP3 file or on your cell phone as we can hook it up to speakers. If you bring a cd please bring a cd player. If you require the pianist and your music is difficult (multiple metres or very fast) please drop off a copy at the Firehall beforehand so it can be practiced or scan and send to Laura Garton or Doreen Page

Please bring clothing that you can move easily in as there will be a dance portion in the audition.

For the role of Deloris Van Cartier, we are seeking a black woman age 25 – 40 years of age. This actress needs vocal and dance expertise, Please send resume and photo to

For details on the role of Delores, see SISTER ACT Audition Notice
For supporting roles, see Sister Act Supporting Roles Audition

For further information, contact Laura Garton or Doreen Page

Sister Act is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Leaving Home

by David French

Auditions were held Sunday, November 5 and Monday, November  6 at 7:00 pm. This show has been cast.

Second floor Blair Room, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Anne-Marie Bouthillette | Directed by Matt Kowalyk

Leaving Home will be performing weekends, both evening and matinée performances, March 16 to March 31, 2017 at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

Rehearsals will be on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in the evening, beginning early January.
Please take note that tech week coincides with March Break.

Leaving Home is David French’s first play about the Mercers, a family from Newfoundland living in Toronto. Jacob and Mary Mercer try to hold the family together as sons Billy and Ben struggle for independence in this realistic drama of the late 1950s. Often praised for its warmth and universality, Leaving Home was one of the first Canadian plays to be performed at regional theatres coast to coast. The Canadian classic, considered as one of the essential plays in the English language, still resonates with its comedy and emotional power.

Looking to cast 7 roles (3 females/4 males), consisting of:
2 women in their 40s/50s – Mary* and Minnie*
1 woman in her 20s – Kathy
2 men late teens/20s – Ben and Bill
2 men in their 40s/50s – Jacob* and Harold

*these roles require a Newfoundland accent

Those interested in auditioning will be required to prepare by reviewing selected sides from the play. Please contact Anne-Marie Bouthillette to request a copy of the required materials.

Download the details at Auditions for Leaving Home

Leaving Home is presented by special arrangement by Corey Literary Inc.

A Comedy of Tenors

by Ken Ludwig

Auditions were held.Sunday, November 19, 2017 at  7:00 pm with call-backs on November 22. This show has been cast..

Third floor Halligan Room, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Tom Hall | Directed by Jim Finan

Performances are in dinner theatre on weekends, April 20 to May 6, 2018 at the Best Western Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre, Cobourg.

Three tenors. Three egos. One stage. What could possibly go wrong? Producer and former mayor of Cleveland Henry Saunders is about to find out as he attempts to stage the concert of the century. But with an amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife causing chaos on an operatic level, all bets are off! As opening night draws near, flaring tempers, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks bring new meaning to the phrase “the show must go on,” in this laugh-out-loud farce set amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris

Parts for four men and three women, various ages 20 – 50.
  • Henry Saunders: 30/50 years, A very nervous concert promoter
  • Max: 20/30 years, Henry’s exasperated assistant, closet tenor.
  • Tito Merelli: 40/50-ish, a world renowned tenor opera star  à la Pavarotti but more anxious. The actor who plays Tito also plays Beppo, a singing ex gondolier and Tito look-alike.
  • Maria Merelli: 40/50-ish, Tito’s loving, long suffering wife.
  • Mimi Merelli: 20/25 years, Tito and Maria’s daughter, aspiring film actress
  • Carlo: 20/25 years, Mimi’s fiancé, aspiring tenor opera singer
  • Tatiana Racon: The Russian bombshell and opera star.

For the roles of Tito, Max, and Carlo (the three tenors), the ability to sing would be ideal but not critical.

No preparation is required for this audition other than a sense of humour and an open mind. Rehearsals will begin mid December.

For more details see Audition Notice – A Comedy of Tenors
To book an audition time, call the producer at 905-372-2210 or email  Tom Hall

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Auditions were held Thursday, December 14, 2017 and Monday, December 18, 2017 at  7:00 pm.  This show has been cast.

Second floor Blair Room Room, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg

Produced by Maureen Holloway| Directed by Paula Worley

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s ultimate love story of young lovers who struggle to escape their controlling families. It is a powerful story of how love ends in tragedy, but finally overcomes the longstanding feud between two families. Paula Worley of Shakespeare Street Theatre, who directed Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Players and who has extensive experience as a Shakespearean director, presents this play in a new, unique, and highly original production.

Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg, on two weekends from May 4 to May 12, 2018.

Cast must be available for daytime student perfomances on 4 dates TBA in February.

Rehearsals will be on Sunday and Thursday evenings beginning in January.

The cast consists of 13 actors:
1 actor, M or F, aged 16+; 5 actors, men and women, aged 18+:
1 man aged 25+:, 3 women aged 30: 3 men, 40: 1 woman 50+

Actors may be cast in multiple roles and may be cast cross-gender.

For details on the audition and the 12 parts being cast, download: Romeo and Juliet Auditions


Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a play, NOT Romeo and Juliet.

Come prepared for cold-readings of scenes opposite other actors who are auditionning.

For more information, contact the producer at 905-269-2232 or at

An Evening of One Acts

Produced by Francine Bélanger and Jack Boyagian

Auditions: February 6 at 7:00 pm and February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Firehall Theatre, Cobourg, 2nd floor Blair Room

 In this unique project, we will be performing 3 one-act plays in one evening and the audience will vote for the best play. There is a possibility that the best play will be entered into the EODL One Act Festival in the Fall of 2018.

Performances: Weekends, June 1 to June 16, 2018, in the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.


For Sale: Baby Shoes Never Worn

Written by Damien Trasler | Directed by Matt Blundell

Three short pieces linked by a couple coping with unexpected changes in their lives.

Cast Requirements: Thomas mid 30’s, Susan mid 30’s, girl 20’s, dad 50’s

An Actor’s Nightmare

Written by Christopher Duran | Directed by Christine Sharp

A hilarious spoof details the plight of a stranger suddenly pushed on stage to replace an ailing actor. Some Hamlet, Private Lives, Beckett, and A Man for All Seasons.

Cast requirements: 2 men 3 women but could use two more for smaller parts Flexible cast, ages 20 to 50’s.


Written by Michaela Jeffery| Directed by John Lunman

A back woods televangelist, a bull rider, a secret exorcism. Hoyt has a demon in him

and needs Rev. Vaughn to help him get rid of it.

Cast Requirements: Rev. 40+, Hoyt 20-30s, Liz 20s-30’s

Audition Details

Directors will audition all three plays at the same time and will cooperatively choose actors. You will be auditioning in front of all three directors.

Note: An actor may be called for two different parts for two plays if possible in the logistics of the evening and rehearsal schedule.

Actors will be asked to read several scenes from three scripts(cold read).

You will also be asked if you have a preference for which show.

For details, download Auditions for An Evening of One Acts

If you would like samples of the scripts, or if you want more information, please email the producer Francine Bélanger at

Last Day, Last Hour

Fall 2018

Last Day, Last Hour: Canada’s Great War on Trial


Directed by Michael Kashmanian

Produced by Northumberland Players |

in Association with

The Beech Street Theatre Company

to commemorate the Armistice, November 1918.                  

Auditions: January 29 & 30, 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg

In 1928, Cobourg’s Old Bailey courthouse was the scene of one of the most sensational legal battles in Canadian history. The case was a libel suit brought by Sir Arthur Currie because of a front-page editorial in the Port Hope Evening Guide which claimed that Currie had needlessly wasted Canadian lives, particularly during the capture of Mons on the last day of the war. The trial placed Canada’s role in the Great War under a microscope and kept the country riveted for weeks.

SHOW DATES: Thursday to Sunday from Oct. 18, 2018 to Nov.11, 2018.

To be performed in the Old Bailey Court Room in Victoria Hall Cobourg

Rehearsals start in June.: June 5 to 28 Tues & Thurs evenings 7:00 – 10:00 & Sun afternoons 1:00 – 4:00,

Tues & Thurs evenings Aug. 7 to 16; and Tues & Thurs evenings & Sun afternoons Sept. 4 – Oct 16

Cast: 10 men and 1 woman, aged 30s – 60s.

You will be asked which part you are seeking. For details on the characters and the auditions, download Auditions for Last Day, Last Hour

Actors will be required to do a 1-minute monologue and a cold read from the play.

To book an appointment contact MICHAEL KHASHMANIAN.

By e-mail at or by phone or text at (905) 243-1587




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