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 company.

Audition notices are usually available as downloadable pdfs. Call or email the producer or director for more information or to schedule an audition time.

Check back regularly for details about audition opportunities.

Newer audition notices are at the bottom.


Proof – completed

Written by David Auburn.

Produced by Anne-Marie Bouthillette | Directed by Matt Kowalyk.

Were held Wednesday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m

Auditions for Proof, by David Auburn, will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

A story about family including a brilliant father that falls into dementia,  Proof is an examination of genius, gender, mental illness and the family dynamic in modern America.  A modern classic, this Pulitzer Prize winning play tells the tale of Catherine and asks the question:  did she inherit her father’s genius, insanity or both?   Math is the language spoken however so much more is said under the numbers.

Proof will be performed at the Firehall Theatre opening on September 23, 2016 and runs for three weekends until October 9.

For more details, download the notice  Auditions for Proof.

Please notify Director, Matt Kowalyk, (mkowalyk@gmail.com) of the date you intend to audition.


Twelfth Night – completed

by William Shakespeare.

Produced by Maureen Holloway | Directed by Paula Worley.

Thursday, June 2,and Sunday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Callbacks Thursday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Auditions for Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and callbacks on Thursday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. Auditions will be at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

Twelfth Night will be performed for two weeks at the Firehall Theatre opening on November 1. Please note that there will be two mid-week show days with two school performances per day as well as public performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinées.

For audition details, including a list of characters and preparation required, download Auditions for Twelfth Night .

Contact Director Paula Worley at http://paula@shakespearestreettheatre.com for a time or for further information, but you are welcome to turn up on the date.


Jenny’s House of Joy – completed

Written by Norm Foster.

Produced by Jack Boyagian | Directed by John Lunmam.

Sunday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Auditions for Jenny’s House of Joy, by Norm Foster, will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

Jenny’s House of Joy is a brothel in Kansas in the 1880’s, the old west. Jenny has too many customers and now one of her “employees” has run off to get married. She needs a new girl immediately before the next cattle drive moves through Baxter. Along comes a new woman who thinks she has what it takes work at Jenny’s – she is pretty, sexy and smart… perhaps a bit too smart … and a bit too ambitious. Norm Foster is one of Canada’s best comic playwrights and this is a clever witty sexy comedy about women who make ends meet.

Jenny’s House of Joy will be performed in dinner theatre at the Best Western Cobourg Inn and Conference Centre opening October 21, 2016 and running Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for three weekends.

Cast:  5 Women

We encourage all ethnicities to come out and audition; color blind casting will be done. The age listed is the character’s approximate age in the script. You do not have to be that age, but you need to play that age range.
Please note:
The play takes place in a Bawdy House in the 1880’s. Most of the characters are prostitutes and will spend the majority of the play in revealing clothing of the time period. Look up pictures of “soiled doves” to get a sense of what this might look like and whether or not you would be comfortable on stage in that costumes. There is NO nudity.

Jenny               25-35    Proprietor of her own Bawdy House. Smart. Tough. Caring.

Anita                18 -25   Young. Naïve. Clever. Romantic despite her profession. Wants to be respected.

Natalie              18- 35   Woman fleeing an abusive relationship. Smart, Cynical, business like

Frances            30-50    Sarcastic. Alcoholic. Tough. Down to earth. Direct.

Clara                30-50    Pioneer Wife. God fearing. Respectable. Bit condescending.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 1:00 -5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7:30-10:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, 7:30-10:00 p.m. Rehearsals will begin at the end of July.

For audition details, download the notice Auditions for Jenny’s House of Joy.

Please notify Director, John Lunman, (gr8oldone@rogers.com) of the date you intend on auditioning.


Children’s Chorus for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – completed

Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Produced by Beth Hunt | Directed by Jim Finan.

Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m and Sunday, June 19, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Auditions for the children’s chorus for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m and Sunday, June 19, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre, behind Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

Any Dream Will Do!

One of the most enduring shows of all time! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat is the family musical retelling of the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go Go Go Joseph and Close Every Door.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope opening on February 24, 2017 and running two weekends to Sunday, March 5, 2017 for eleven performances.

These auditions are for young singers, male and female, aged 8 to 12. No previous theatre experience is required. For audition details, including what will be expected at the audition, download Auditions for Childrens Chorus.

For audition time, call 905-372-7658 or email npgogogojoseph@yahoo.com.


A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol – Completed

Book by Walton Jones, Music composed and arranged by David Wohl, Lyrics by Faye Greenberg

Produced by Nancy Little | Directed by Christine Sharp

September 7, 8 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre

Auditions for A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 (Blair Room) and Thursday, September 8 (3rd Floor) in the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg, (just behind Victoria Hall). Callbacks, if required, will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

“Watch the behind-the-scenes madness that unfolds as ragtag group of radio actors is joined by a revered veteran of the Broadway stage for a live radio broadcast of the perennial favourite, A Christmas Carol, on the night of December 24, 1943. Whatever could go wrong does! Featuring snappy songs of the season performed in four-part harmony, A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is a funny, touching, and joyful addition to the holiday celebrations.”

There are singing parts and non-singing parts for 7 men, 4 women, and 1 piano player.

Please note that this production is not a radio play. It is a musical comedy about doing a radio play! All lines must be memorized.

Performances will be at the Firehall Theatre on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m.; December 4, 8, and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and December 4, 11, and 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will usually be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Auditions

All auditioners will be asked to perform a one- to two-minute-long monologue of their own choice. A copy of the monologue must be provided for the director. Auditioners will also be asked to perform a cold reading of scenes from the play.

All singers must be able to sing harmony and will be required to sightread four-part Christmas carols. All singers should prepare a song and be able to perform it a capella. Please bring sheet music if possible. A piano will be available.

Please note that this production is not a radio play. It is a musical comedy about doing a radio play! All lines must be memorized.

For details about the characters and the audition, please download Auditions For A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol

Please email the producer, nancylittle5@gmail.com, if you plan to audition, for organizational purposes, and further information.


The Jungle Book – Completed

by Joseph Robinette, based on the Mowgli stories by Rudyard Kipling

Produced by Starr Olsen | Directed by Alina Adjemian and Jack Boyagian

Wednesday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The adventures of Mowgli, the boy raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Khan, the evil tiger, are brought vividly to the stage. Young audiences will delight in the portrayal of the animals and the fast-paced action as they use their skills to survive the “law of the jungle.” Wednesday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Audition Times and Location

Wednesday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second Street, Cobourg – 2nd Floor (behind Victoria hall)

The Characters Required

We need 22 children from age 8 to 15 years

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays, 4:00-6.45 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., starting on September 14.

Performance Dates

School Shows: During the day November 30-December 2;   Public Matinees: December 3  (Children will miss three school days)

For audition details, see Auditions for The Jungle Book

Contact Information: Call Jack Boyagian at (905) 396-4481


Adult Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Completed

Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Produced by Beth Hunt | Directed by Jim Finan.

Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18.

Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held on Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, at the Firehall Theatre, behind Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

Any Dream Will Do!

One of the most enduring shows of all time! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the family musical retelling of the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go Go Go Joseph and Close Every Door.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope opening on February 24, 2017 and running two weekends to Sunday, March 5, 2017 for eleven performances.

These auditions are for adult singers, male and female, aged 13 and older. No previous theatre experience is required. For audition details, including what will be expected at the audition, download Joseph Adult Auditions.

We look forward to seeing you!

For an audition time, call 905-372-7658 or email npgogogojoseph@yahoo.com.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – Completed

By Christopher Durang

Produced by Catherine Holland | Directed by Jack Boyagian

Tuesday, October 4, and callbacks on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a clever and quirky script, with great parts for 2 men and 4 women.

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. The show is deliriously funny with madcap costumes, hilarious monologues, yet with some interesting insights into modern life.

The show will be performed weekends from January 20 to February 5th, 2017 in dinner theatre at the Best Western Cobourg Inn & Conference Centre in Cobourg.

It is preferred that all actors come on October 4 as the format will be scene reading in groups. (sides provided before audition, memorization not needed). Please plan on the callback date.
Cast Requirements
– Vanya: male 50’s to 60’s
– Sonia: discontented, upset, regretful female 50’s to 60’s
– Masha: glamorous, successful movie star female, 50’s
– Spike: sexy, fit, self-absorbed male 20’s to 40
– Nina: energetic, star struck, sincere 20’s female
– Cassandra: cleaning lady, soothsayer, any age, any race, female

See and download audition details at Audition for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Arrange to pick up sides prior to the audition by contacting Catherine Holland at lifestooshort99@hotmail.com.

For more details about the show see www.northumberlandplayers.ca.


Forever Plaid – Completed

WrittenandOriginallyDirectedandChoreographedbyStuartRoss

MusicalContinuitySupervisionandArrangementsbyJamesRaitt·Originally Produced by Gene Wolsk

Presented through specialarrangementwithMusicTheatreInternational (MTI)

Produced by Lucy Caldwell | Directed by Valerie Russell | Musical Direction by Marie Anderson \ Choreography by Alina Adjemian

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The audition will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Firehall Theatre (behind Victoria Hall) in Cobourg.

Rehearsals will be scheduled in consultation with the cast.

Performance dates: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7 2017 , as dinner theatre at the Best Western Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre.

Debuting on Broadway in 1990, Forever Plaid became an audience favourite by showcasing some of the greatest hits from the 1950s, including “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Shangri-La,” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”, and a comedic and endearing cast of characters. The clean-cut Plaids make up a quartet dreaming of recording an album. A collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls traveling to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show sends them to “somewhere else”. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. The audience will help decide their destiny as the performance of a lifetime unfolds before their eyes.

Looking to cast FOUR MEN: 

Francis – second tenor-lyric baritone

Sparky – baritone

Jinx – tenor

Smudge – bass

Men should appear between the ages of 25 to 45

All body-types, races and ethnicities are welcome to audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Come prepared with a copy of a Broadway-style song, a piece in the 1950s style of the show, or pop song that showcases character and personality. Piano and CD player will be available. Actors may be asked to do some movement with choreographer or sing in harmony.

To download details of characters and audition requirements, see forever-plaid-auditions.

Questions? Call or text Valerie Russell at (905) 342-2893 or email timvalrussell@gmail.com


Waiting for the Parade – Completed

by John Murrell

Produced by Doreen Page and Laura Garton | Directed by Brenda Worsnop

Monday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

Auditions will be held Monday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm in the Firehall Theatre (behind Victoria Hall) in Cobourg. Call backs, if needed, will be held on Monday, December 5.

Rehearsals for this show will be Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday starting January 17.

Production runs at the Firehall Theatre from March 30 to April 15.

Waiting for the Parade features five Canadian prairie women fighting their own battles to survive the WWII years on the home front through humour, conflict, and vulnerability. Their strength develops by supporting each other through their own war-effort activities in a hundred memorable comic and dramatic moments which reflect the war itself.

Casting: 5 women (20s to 50s).
Requirements: Cold readings with some improvisation. Some natural singing and dancing required as an incidental part of the play. And, one character is required to play the piano. Details for downloading at Auditions for Waiting for the Parade
If you need more information or have a concern about not being able to attend the official audition dates, please contact Director Brenda Worsnop at bworsnop@cogeco.ca.


Once Upon a Rocking Chair

by Jessica Outram

Produced by Matt Kowalyk ] Directed by Jessica Outram

Saturday, January 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Auditions for Once Upon a Rocking Chair will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Blair Room, Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.

The De La Roche women have an annual summer Georgian Bay tradition. Three retired sisters and their three grown daughters spend a week at the cottage drinking wine, reminiscing, and making plans for the future. But this summer is different. Deep-rooted secrets are revealed as the annual festivities become ones that nobody will ever forget. It is a play about family, relationships, work, aging, life, and the validity of ‘happily-ever-after.’ A Northumberland premiere by a local playwright.

Casting:

3 women in their 20s or 30s

3 women in their 50s or 60s

Contact Jessica Outram to book your audition:   jessica@sunshineinajar.com

or call 905-375-8253

Script available on request.

Auditions: Individual. Reading from script.

Callbacks: Monday, January 30, 2017. 7:00-9:00 PM

For more information, see https://www.northumberlandplayers.ca/upon-rocking-chair-may-26-june-11-2017/ or download auditions-for-once-upon-a-rocking-chair


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