Auditions for 2018-19 have now started.
Auditions for Northumberland Players are scheduled several months before performance dates depending on the type of production and the size of the cast.
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 so scroll down.
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 was the workshop 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 Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Jack Boyagian
Auditions were held Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 11:00 am, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.
This show has been cast.
Cast: 1 woman and 1 man who can play age 20-25
On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie, sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humour, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them.
A play with a big heart, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love and survival. set against the backdrop of the Battle of Moreuil Wood, France, a pivotal WW1 battle little known to most Canadians.
Stephen Massicotte’s theatrical spell is the perfect opening piece to Cobourg’s Armistice 18 Commemoration.
Performance dates: September 21 to October 14, 2018 at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.
Rehearsal dates: June to September. Days and holidays flexible because there are only 2 in the cast.
Please email director, Jack Boyagian, if you would like to see sides before the audition.
Download information about this audition at Auditions Mary’s Wedding.
Mary’s Wedding is presented by special arrangement with Stephen Massicotte.
The Star on Her Shoulders
by Stephen Massicotte
Produced by Jack Boyagian |Directed by Paula Worley
Auditions to be held on Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm
at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg
Casting: 5 women ages 20s to 60s.
Le Tréport, France, June, 1918. A group of Nursing Sisters, Canadian Army Medical Corps, are ordered to convalesce from fatigue and wounds suffered in the recent bombing of their own hospital. When the news arrives that two of the Sisters will receive the Military Medal for their bravery on the night of the bombing, a controversy arises. While awaiting the ruling and their new postings, the women confront the effects of their wounds (both physical and mental) on their damaged ideals and beliefs, their grief, and their ability to salvage hope in their lives.
This play will be performed as a dramatic reading and will involve about 5 or 6 rehearsals.
This show is part of Cobourg’s Armistice Commemoration taking place at Victoria Hall Oct. 18,20 and Nov. 8 at 8:00 and Nov.4 and 19 at 3.
Scripts will be sent in August and Rehearsals will start in September.
If you would like the script before rehearsal, email Jack Boyagian
For details about the play, see The Stars on Her Shoulders.
Last Day, Last Hour: Canada’s Great War on Trial
Written by Hugh Brewster
Directed by Michael Khashmanian
Produced by Northumberland Players in Association with
The Beech Street Theatre Company
to commemorate the Armistice, November 1918.
This play has been cast and is now rehearsing. Auditions were held January 29 & 30, 2018 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 email@example.com or by phone or text at (905) 243-1587
Written by Michele Riml
Directed by Valerie Russell
This show has been cast. Auditions were held June 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg
Casting: 1 man and 1 woman, 40s to 50s.
“Riml hit all the right notes here. In addition to being hilarious, Sexy Laundry is observant, moving, risqué, and even a bit of a tear jerker.”
After twenty-five years of marriage, the emergence of love handles and receding hairlines, Alice and Henry have hit a physical plateau. With a copy of Sex for Dummies in hand Alice convinces Henry into a weekend of alone time in the hopes of seducing him and unearthing her inner vixen. Henry, however, wants to keep things the way they are—comfortable and easy. Exploring every fantasy from leather to lace, Alice and Henry portray every couple’s desire to grow together but maintain individuality. What ensues in this adult comedy is absolute hilarity as the two discover themselves and their marriage all over again
SHOW DATES: Thursday to Sunday from Oct. 19, 2018 to Nov.4, 2018.
To be performed as dinner theatre at the Best Western Cobourg Inn and Conference Centre.
No preparation is required.
Miracle on 34th Street
Adapted by Mountain Community Theatre from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street.
Produced by Heather Jopling and David Hoare | Directed by Heather Jopling
Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 – 4:00 pm
at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg
Casting: Men and women, all ages. One young girl.
An old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at Macy’s main store in Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. The entire family will enjoy the play performed as a live radio play in full period costumes.
This play will be performed as a live radio play in the Firehall Theatre. As in the popular radio shows with a live audience in the past, actors will perform in costume at microphones, scripts in hand. Some actors will play multiple roles.
You will be asked to cold read from the scripts provided.
Rehearsals begin in October.
There will be 12 performances on weekends Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, 2018.
Download the flyer Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street
For more information, contact Heather Jopling at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by Joseph Robinette, from the story by C.S. Lewis
Produced by Nelia Amaro & Nicola Joseph | Directed by Carlatto Rutledge
Auditions will be on September 8, 2018, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and on September 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg
Casting: 24 children from ages 7 – 15 years.
For details on characters, down Auditions The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
AUDITION: You will be required to read a short passage from the play. If you have a picture and résumé, please bring it with you. A picture may be taken of you prior to the audition
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays 10 am-1pm & Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm on the Third floor
PRODUCTION: Shows will be held at Victoria Hall presenting for school audiences December 12th, 13th and 14th at 10 am & 1pm with a show open to the public on December 15th at 2 pm. Note that children will miss three days of school for these performances.
Contact Carlatto Rutledge at 289-252-0833 for more information.
The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Produced by Kaye Torrie | Directed by Bill Walker
Auditions to be held August 12 and 13, 2018. at 7:00 pm. at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg. Call backs will be August 15, 2018, at 7:00 pm.
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembles for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal. But as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results. Enjoy the nostalgic ride.
Casting: 6 men and 2 women.
Download Auditions: The Odd Couple for details of characters.
Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script. A knowledge of poker would be an asset.
Rehearsals: Tentatively set for Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings but are subject to change.
For more information contact Kaye Torrie 289-251-1949/ email@example.com
The Odd Couple is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morris, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Produced by Ken Brumby | Directed by Jack Boyagian | Conductor: Bruce Tonkin | Choreographer: Alina Adjemian | Musical Direction: Lucy Caldwell / Marie Anderson
Auditions to be held September 22, 2018, at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg. Call backs will be September 29, 2018, at 1:00 pm.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, a live full orchestra and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap musical delight.
We are seeking Singers / Dancers, male and female, for an Ensemble Cast.
Also seeking narrator, ‘Man in the Chair’, speaking lead with minimal singing.
Audition times: 11:00 am – ‘Man in Chair’ 12 Noon – Ensemble
Download Auditions The Drowsy Chaperone for details.
Participants should be prepared to sing, dance and have fun.
Sides will be provided for the Man in the Chair. Download Monologue for Man in the Chair.
Bring Tap shoes if you have them but not crucial.
The Drowsy Chaperone is a farce; please prepare a piece that is light and humorous.
No previous theatre experience is necessary.
For more information email: Ken@Brumby.ca
The Drowsy Chaperone is presented by special arrangement by Music Theatre International
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI