Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season are starting. Auditions for Northumberland Players productions are scheduled several months before performance dates depending on the type and difficulty of the production and the size of the cast.
Audition notices are available as downloadable pdfs at the end of the listing. Please also download the Audition Form to complete and bring to the audition. Call or email the producer or director for more information or to schedule an audition time if an appointment is required.
The auditions are listed according to our season with the earliest shows first so scroll down.
Check back regularly for details about audition opportunitiesP
Preparing for Auditions: Workshop Notes
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 Noel Coward
Directed by Paula Worley
Audition Dates: Sunday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Firehall Theatre (2nd floor Blair Room), 213 Second Street, Cobourg.
The classic comedy by Noel Coward was first presented in London, 1941. Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance as research for his next novel. Disruption reigns after she accidentally raises the ghost of Charles’s temperamental first wife, Elvira, who then continuously attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth.
CHARLES CONDOMINE: 40’s An intelligent and urbane English novelist. Charles is the husband of Ruth Condomine and deceased first wife, Elvira.
RUTH CONDOMINE: Mid 30’s Current (and second) wife of Charles. Jealous about Charles's relationship with his first wife. Very proper, well-mannered, conservative.
ELVIRA: Charles's deceased first wife that appears as a ghost. Carefree, outlandish, outspoken, mischievous.
GEORGEBRADMAN: 40’s-50’s A friend of the Condomines. Sceptical and traditional.
MRS. VIOLET BRADMAN: 40’s Wife of Dr. Bradman. Sweet, but simple natured.
MADAME ARCATI: 40-70’s An eccentric psychic who hosts the Comdomine’s seances, and attempts to rid them of their blithe spirit!
EDITH: 20’s-30’s The Condomine's maid. Always in a hurry, naive and nervous.
Performances will be weekends, Opening September 20, 2019 until October 6, 2019.
Rehearsals will be held Sundays and Tuesdays, 7:00 -9:30 p.m. starting in July.
Download NP Audition Form and bring it to the audition.
For more information, email the producer, Maureen Holloway (email@example.com)
See http://www.northumberlandplayers.ca/for details about this production.
by SARAH RUHL
Directed by Kim Brouwer
Audition Dates: Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (Group Auditions - please arrive 15 minutes early with NP Audition Form completed)
Call Backs: Monday, June 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Firehall, 2nd floor Blair Room, 213 Second Street, Cobourg
“She” also plays the role of “Ada Wilcox” A woman in her mid 40’s (plays mid 40’s) who hasn’t been on the stage in over 10 years. Some singing, Brooklyn accent.
“He” also plays the role of “Johnny Lowell” A man in his mid 40’s (plays mid 40’s) currently an actor who lives in the East Village of NYC. Some singing, Irish accent.
“A Director” Adrian Schwalbach Small time theatre director runs his own company in New Haven.
“Kevin” Adrian’s gay protégée who is a reading partner, understudy, as well as a doctor and the butler.
“An actor” and husband in his 40’s or 50’s. Some singing.
“Millie / Maid / Angela” A young actress in early 20’s (plays early 20’s) who can also convincingly play a teenager (plays teenager)
“Millicent / Laurie” An actress in her late 20’s or early 30’s (plays late 20’s, early 30’s)
“The Accompanist” Will play piano on stage as well as function as this production’s Musical Director. Non-speaking role.
** Please prepare 1 short comedic monologue, and be prepared to SING. Although not a ‘musical’, there is some singing throughout for the lead characters. **
Performances: Dinner Theatre at Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Conference Centre
October 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; November 1,2, and 3, 2019.
We will finalize casting by Friday June 28 and have a day of table reading and character discussion. There will then be a SUMMER BREAK until August 12 when you are expected to have your lines learned.
Rehearsals will be held at the Firehall Theatre , 3rd floor Halligan Room: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 -9:30 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Download the flyer Auditions Stage Kiss.
For questions please contact Kaye Torrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-251-1949
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Produced by Linda Cardie | Directed by Valerie Russell
Auditions to be held on Tuesday Sept 10, 2019 at the Firehall Theater.
Callbacks on Thursday Sept 12, 2019
The Northumberland Players are proud to present this year’s Christmas play “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”.
Two years after Pride and Prejudice, the story is continued with the Bennet family gathering at the Darcy estate to celebrate Christmas. Mary, the middle Bennet sister, is growing tired of her role of dutiful sister in the family, especially amongst her sisters’ romantic escapades. An unexpected guest for Christmas dinner starts a series of events that give Mary hope for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
The play opens at the Firehall Theatre on November 29 and continues to December 15, 2019.
Auditions will be held at the Firehall Theatre in the 2nd floor Blair Room, Second Street, Cobourg on Tuesday Sept 10 and Thursday Sept 12 at 7:00.
Cast consists of:
- 4 females - 20’s
- 1 female - late teens
- 3 males - 25-30
Please come with a prepared monologue in the genre of this play. This monologue should be no more than 1-2 minutes in length. More details will be forthcoming in August 2019. For more information please contact email@example.com.
The Firehall Theatre, is located at 213 Second Street, Cobourg behind Victoria Hall
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Directed by Carlotta Rutledge
Audition Dates &Times
- 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Children 7-12 yrs
- 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Teenagers 13-18 yrs
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm adults
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Children and teenagers, 7 -18 yrs
- 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Adults
Saturday Mornings 10:00 am -12:30 pm & Wednesday 5:00-6:45 pm
The start date for Rehearsals is Saturday, August 17th, 10:00-12:30 pm with read-through of the play. All cast required at this rehearsal.
Breakdown rehearsal schedule will be given on this day, I will take into account holidays, so please fill this out on your Audition sheet.
For more information, contact Carlotta Rutledge by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Neil Simon
Where: FIREHALL THEATRE, 2ND FLOOR
When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7-10pm and Sunday, September 22, 2019, 5-8pm
Callbacks (if necessary): Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7-9pm
Preparation: Memorize a two-minute monologue not from Sunshine Boys
Audition Booking: Please contact Kaye Torrie (email@example.com or 289-251-1949) for an audition slot.
This is an open call for the following characters:
- WILLIE CLARK – 60s to 70s male (one member of a famous retired vaudeville comedy team; 69pp dialogue)
- BEN(JI) SILVERMAN – 30s to 40s male/female (Willie’s nephew/niece; 42pp dialogue)
- AL LEWIS – 60s to 70s male (one member of a famous retired vaudeville comedy team; 32pp dialogue)
- DIRECTOR – 40s to 60s male (voice only during TV comedy sketch; 3pp dialogue)
- EDDIE – 20s or 30s male/female (Assistant Director of TV comedy sketch; 2pp dialogue)
- PATIENT – adult male/female (bedraggled chacter in TV comedy sketch; 1p dialogue)
- TV NURSE – 20s or 30s female (sexy nurse in TV comedy sketch; 2pp dialogue)
- TV ANNOUNCER – 30s to 50s male (voice only during TV comedy sketch; 1p dialogue)
- REGISTERED NURSE – 30s to 50s female (real nurse to Willie at home; 6pp dialogue)
We will finalize casting by Wednesday September 25th and have a meeting for table reading and character discussion in October.
You are expected to have your lines learned by the start of rehearsals in November.
Rehearsals: Firehall Theatre 3rd floor Sundays 6-9pm and Thursdays 7-9:30pm
Questions/booking: Kaye Torrie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-251-1949)
*Registration required | Must be 18 years or older*
Audition Dates: Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2019
(see times below)
Call backs: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Leads will be given a section of a song from the show to sing for the character:
- Amos: “Mister Cellophane”
- Mary Sunshine: “ A Little Bit of Good,”
- Billy, “ All I Care About is Love”,
- Velma, “All the Jazz” ,
- Roxie, “Roxie” ,
- Matron(Mama) “When You’re Good to Mama”
Part 1 Dance:
Warm up and choreography session: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Please dress to dance. If you have character shoes or jazz oxfords wear them.
High Pointes Dance Academy
450 Campbell St., (behind Lafarge off Darcy St.), Cobourg, Ontario
Part 2 Vocal:
Please be prepared to sing a song from the jazz/musical theatre genre.
Appointments from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(4 individuals per 1/2 hour by appointment)
Firehall Theatre, 213 Second St., Cobourg Ontario
Music: Bring MP3 device (we can plug in or connect with wifi). Or a bring a copy of the piano music if you want a live accompanist.
Contact producer Leslee Argue (at email@example.com )to schedule a date and time for your dance and vocal audition.
Both components must be on the same day except under exceptional circumstances. Be sure to download and complete the Audition Form (Musical) and bring it with you to your audition along with a head shot of yourself.
Note: if you only want to be considered only for Amos, Billy, Miss Sunshine (male or female), Matron (Mama) you do not have to attend the dance audition. If you are not sure and you might interested in ensemble then go to the dance call as well.
Note: in your email to the producer please provide the following information:
- What day you prefer to audition ( this might not be guaranteed)
- State if you are coming for the vocal audition only OR state dance and vocal audition if you are coming to both
- State Velma and/or Roxy if you would like to be considered
- State Billy, Mama, Mary Sunshine, Amos
- If you are not sure which role you want, then come to both dance and vocal and let us know your intention; i.e., I would like to be Billy but would also be in the ensemble.
- State any other specific requests for scheduling
Download this flyer, Auditions - Chicago
Download NP Audition Form (Musicals)
All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
AUDITIONS at THE FIREHALL THEATRE 2NDFLOOR
Sun December 8, 2019 2:30-5:00 pm (Group Audition pls arrive 15 mins early)
Mon Dec 9, 2019 6:30-9:30 pm (Group Audition pls arrive 15 mins early)
Thursday December 12, 2019 6:30-9:30 pm
** Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A copy of the script can be found at https://frielingretc.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/all-my-sons-script.pdf
We will finalize casting by Monday December 16th and have a day of table reading and character discussion.
Actors will be expected to arrive in January off-book in order to not interfere with the Christmas break.(Books allowed for blocking purposes)
Rehearsals will be held at the Firehall Theatre 3rdfloor:
Sundays 2:30 -5:00 pm
Mondays 7:30 -9:30 pm
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
For questions please contact Kaye Torrie - firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-251-1949
Joe Keller — Joe, 60, was exonerated after being charged with knowingly shipping damaged aircraft engine cylinder heads (for Curtiss P-40 Warhawks) from his factory to the military during World War II, causing the deaths of 21 pilots. For over three years he has placed the blame on his partner and former neighbor, Steve Deever, although he himself committed the crime. When the truth comes out, Joe justifies his actions by claiming that he did it for his family.
Kate Keller (Mother) — Kate knows that Joe is guilty but lives in denial while mourning for her older son Larry, who has been MIA for three years. She refuses to believe that Larry is dead and maintains that Ann Deever — who returns for a visit at the request of Larry's brother Chris — is still "Larry's girl" and also believes that he is coming back.
Chris Keller — Chris, 32, returned home from World War II two years before the play begins, disturbed by the realization that the world was continuing as if nothing had happened. He has summoned Ann Deever to the Keller house in order to ask her hand in marriage, but they're faced with the obstacle of Kate's unreasonable conviction that Larry will someday return. Chris idolizes his father, not knowing initially what he has done.
Ann Deever — Ann, 26, arrives at the Keller home having shunned her "guilty" father since his imprisonment. Throughout the play, Ann is often referred to as pretty, beautiful, and intelligent-looking and as "Annie". She had a relationship with Larry Keller before his disappearance, and has since moved on because she knows the truth of his fate. She hopes that the Keller’s will consent to her marriage to Larry's brother, Chris, with whom she has corresponded by mail for two years. Ann is the truth-bearer in the play.
George Deever — George, 31, is Ann's older brother: a successful New York lawyer and WWII veteran, and a childhood friend of Chris's. He initially believed in his father's guilt, but upon visiting Steve in jail, realizes his innocence and becomes enraged at the Keller’s for deceiving him. He returns to save his sister from her marriage to Chris, creating the catalyzing final events.
Dr. Jim Bayliss — Jim is a successful doctor, but is frustrated with the stifling domesticity of his life. He wants to become a medical researcher, but continues in his job as it pays the bills. He is a close friend to the Keller family and spends a lot of time in their backyard.
Sue Bayliss — Sue is Jim's wife: needling and dangerous but affectionate, she too is a friend of the Keller family, but is secretly resentful of what she sees as Chris's bad idealistic influence on Jim. Sue confronts Ann about her resentment of Chris in a particularly volatile scene.
Frank Lubey — Frank, 33, was always one year ahead of the draft, so he never served in World War II, instead staying home to marry George's former sweetheart, Lydia. He draws up Larry's horoscope and tells Kate that Larry must still be alive, because the day he died was meant to be his "favorable day". This strengthens Kate's faith and makes it much harder for Ann to move on.
Lydia Lubey — Lydia, 27, was George's love interest before the war; after he went away, she married Frank and they soon had three children. She is a model of peaceful domesticity and lends a much-needed cheerful air to several moments of the play.
Bert — Bert is a little boy who lives in the neighborhood; he is friends with the Bayliss' son Tommy and frequently visits the Keller’s' yard to play "jail" with Joe. He appears only twice in the play: the first time, his part seems relatively unimportant, but the second time his character is more important as he sparks a verbal attack from mother when mentioning "jail," which highlights Joe's secret.
You Will Remember Me
Director: Brenda Worsnop
Producers: Marg Hilborn & Laura Garton
To be presented at
THE FIREHALL THEATRE COBOURG
Show performance dates: May 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 30, 31, June 4, 5, 6, 7
Matinees on all Sundays and Saturday May 30.
Audition Dates and Times:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 7:30 pm
Call Backs (if needed): Sunday, January 12, 2020 – 2:00 pm
Casting will be finalized by January 15, 2020 or earlier
Audition Location: Firehall Theatre (2nd floor), 123 Second St., Cobourg, ON
Auditions will be conducted in a group setting with readings from “sides”. Please be prepared to do some improvisation as directed and bring a theatre resume and/or history.
First Reading: February 4 – 7:30 pm
Table Work: February 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 - 7:30 pm
Regular Rehearsals begin February 23, 2020 and will be on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:30 – 10:00 pm.
March Break week – March 15 to March 21 will not have scheduled rehearsals.
If you have questions, please contact Brenda Worsnop at email@example.com
About the Play
Memory and family are central themes in this moving drama by one of Quebec’s most dynamic voices, Governor General’s Award-winning playwright, François Archambault.
Translated by Bobby Theordore, this well-crafted play portrays a family whose aging patriarch – a university professor, long-time sovereigntist and intellectual force – is in the early stages of dementia.
With humour, love, and compassion, each family member reacts in their own way to the challenges of creating room in their lives for his care.
It is a true to life story about real people in real situations and raises broader questions of the role memory plays in all our lives.
Cast: (ages are estimates)
EDOUARD Beauchemin – late 60s to 70s; A historian whose memory is beginning to fail.
MADELEINE, Edouard’s wife – mid to late 60s; Devoted wife for many years but ready for a change in her life.
ISABELLE, Edouard and Madeleine’s daughter – 40s; Professional / intelligent but always felt ignored by her father.
PATRICK, Isabelle’s new boyfriend – mid 40s to 50; Amiable and out of work.
BERENICE, Patrick’s daughter – late teens to early 20s.