Auditions


 

Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Season


The Mason Players offers Unified Auditions each semester. Casting is open to all degree-seeking Mason students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students audition for all shows to be produced in the semester in one session. Separate vocal and movement auditions are held for musicals. Sign-ups for auditions will be located on the door of the Theater Office (PAB A407) as of Aug 26. Copies of the scripts will be available in the office. Please do not remove these copies from the office! Unable to sign-up? Walk-ins are always welcome and will be seen as soon as possible!

 

August 30 & 31
Dead Man's Cell Phone, 1984, and The Pillowman
TheaterSpace
6–10pm

 

The Gondoliers
MTB 2016
6-10pm

 

The Shows:
Full descriptions of each show, including all performance dates, times and locations, may be found online at http://theater.gmu.edu/performances/current_season.html or in the current Season Brochure.

 

What to Prepare:
One prepared monologue, or you may choose to read from sides provided at the audition.
For Gondoliers, one prepared monologue, one prepared song of your choice, and one prepared song from the show, as described below.

 

Details:
Note: All Mason Players productions rehearse 5 – 6 times a week, in evenings and on weekends. Exact schedule varies by production.

 

Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Directed by Mary Burgess
Sept 5, 1st rehearsal
Sept 30, 1st tech
Oct. 4, Opening Night
Oct. 7, Close & Strike (TheaterSpace)
Oct 8 – 11, Put-in rehearsals at Manassas campus
Oct. 14, Close & Strike (Gregory Theatre)

 

Character breakdown:
6 Roles: 4 Female, 2 Male

 

A WOMAN, JEAN. She is a woman in her late 30’s or early 40’s. Described with an "insular quality" Some Stage Combat experience preferred. 

 

A DEAD MAN, GORDON, In his mid to late 40’s.

 

GORDON'S MOTHER, MRS. GOTTLIEB, In her mid to late 60s. 

 

GORDON'S WIDOW, HERMIA, Early to mid 40s. 

 

GORDON'S BROTHER, DWIGHT, Late 30s early 40s. 

 

THE OTHER WOMAN and THE STRANGER. The Other Woman and The Stranger are two different women played by the same actress. Age may range from mid 20s to late 30s. Has an accent. Stage Combat experience preferred. The Other Woman's Accent Description: a vague, worldly and wholly unidentifiable accent of a beautiful woman who travels constantly between the city capitals of Europe and South America. 
The Stranger's Accent Description: Eastern European 

 

This play is a Dramatic Comedy. Comedic monologues are preferred. This show contains strong language and mild violence.

 

Note: Runs in repertory with 1984. Cast members will serve as run crew for 1984.

 

1984
Adapted by Robert Owen, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William Miles, Jr.
Directed by Brooke Gorsica

Sept 5, 1st rehearsal
Sept 30, 1st tech
Oct. 4, Opening Night
Oct. 7, Close & Strike (TheaterSpace)
Oct 8 – 11, Put-in rehearsals at Manassas campus
Oct. 14, Close & Strike (Gregory Theatre)

 

Character breakdown:
Eight roles (Four of which play multiple characters- the doubling of these roles will further be determined after auditions)

 

WINSTON SMITH (Male): Is an intelligent, strong, cautious, thoughtful, rebellious, member of the party. Winston constantly evaluates and questions what’s going on around him, but is too careful to act and express these feelings. The actor playing Winston may find themselves in some sexual situations.

 

JULIA (Female): Julia is hard to read, inquisitive, confident,  free spirited, sharp and rebellious. She is a revolutionary against the party, and gives off a first impression of innocence. The actor playing Julia may find themselves in some sexual situations.

 

LANDLADY (Female): The landlady is the one Prole member that the audience sees in the show. As an old-soul, the Landlady represents what life used to be like before the party took over. A Southern American dialect would be ideal for this part. The landlady will sing, but no prior vocal experience is required for this part.

 

O’BRIEN (Male): Authoritative and charismatic: O’Brien’s politician-like aura symbolizes the head of the party. Intelligent, charming and articulate. O’Brien can command a room and has a strong presence.  He is relentlessly cruel though appearing charming.

 

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE (Gender Neutral): A robotic-like charming voice heard from the sound system, but never seen.

 

PARSONS (Gender Neutral): Parsons is proud comrade, utterly devoted to the party.

 

SECOND GUARD (Gender Neutral): Ruthless robotic representation of the party.

 

SYME (Gender Neutral): A rule follower. A good member of the party.

 

FIRST GUARD (Gender Neutral): Ruthless robotic representation of the party.

 

MESSENGER (Gender Neutral): Another party supporter delivering letters for the ministry of truth.

 

COFFEE VENDOR (Gender Neutral): A chipper party enthusiast.

 

BIG BROTHER’S VOICE (Male): A Charismatic, Authoritative Voice.

 

GOLDSTEIN’S VOICE (Male): Witty, Charismatic Voice.

 

GLADYS  (Gender Neutral): A nosy, accusatory child.

 

MARTIN (Gender Neutral): A quiet, respectful, submissive servant that follows O’Brien.

 

WAITRESS (Gender Neutral): Loyal member of the party.
      
There will be singing in this show although no prior singing experience is required. The part of ‘Landlady’ will be played with a Southern accent.
       
Actors may find themselves in intense, violent or sexual situations.
Note: Runs in repertory with Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Cast members will serve as run crew for Dead Man’s Cell Phone.


The Gondoliers, by Gilbert & Sullivan,
Directed by Ken Elston, Musical Direction by Dennis Layendecker

Sept 11, 1st rehearsal
Oct. 21, 1st tech
Oct. 26, Opening Night
Oct. 29, Close & Strike

 

Character breakdown:

Marco

Gondolier

tenor

Guiseppe

Gondolier

baritone

Gianetta

Contadine

soprano, marries Marco

Tessa

Contadine

mezzo, marries Guiseppe

Don Alhambra

Grand Inquisitor

bass-baritone

Duke of Plaza-Toro

A grandee of Spain

comic baritone

Duchess of Plaza-Toro

married to the Duke

contralto

Luiz

The Duke's attendant

tenor/baritone

Cassilda

daughter of the Duke

soprano

Antonio

Gondolier

baritone

Francesco

Gondolier

tenor

Giorgio

Gondolier

bass

Annibale

Gondolier

speaking

Fiametta

Contadine

soprano

Vitorria

Contadine

mezzo

Guilia

Contadine

soprano

Inez

nurse to Marco and Guiseppe

mezzo

 

Chorus will include gondoliers; courtiers; and stagehands for THE GONDOLIERS.

 

Note from the Directors: Please prepare a monologue and one song of your choice, as well as a suitable selection from the play, posted below.


Sides will be available at the audition for those without monologues, but if called back, memorization or strong familiarization of these same sides will be required at callbacks.
You may choose from the eight selections posted here:


Tessa  

Marco   

Guiseppe with chorus 

Finale Act 1
Duke  

Duchess 

Don Alhambra 1

Don Alhambra 2


or you may choose a song from the show based on your own research. To aid you, a more detailed list of Vocal Audition Options, broken down by character(s), is available.

Audition Sides are are also available.

 

The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, Directed by Hollyann Bucci

Oct 10, 1st rehearsal
Nov 11, 1st tech
Oct 16, Opening Night
Oct. 19, Close & Strike

 

Character Breakdown:
Cast of 10: 3 Male, 3 Female, 4 Neutral.

 

KATURIAN KATURIAN (N) is a young writer of questionable success, whose stories are characterized by the running theme of cruelty and violence towards children. Katurian is timid and weak willed, pushed to violence only by the threat to their stories, or their sibling, Michal.

 

DETECTIVE ARIEL (N) is the self-proclaimed “bad cop” of the police partnership, but is ultimately the more sympathetic of the pair. Ariel has a particular sensitivity to cases involving children due to the child abuse they faced growing up. Tends to resort to physical over psychological torture. 

 

DETECTIVE TUPOLSKI (N) is the “good cop” of the police partnership, but is ultimately the colder hearted one of the pair. Tupolski is the Number One on the investigation, and openly enjoys throwing around that power. Tends to resort to psychological over physical torture.

 

MICHAL KATURIAN (N) is the younger sibling of Katurian. Michal is mentally handicapped due to years of intense physical and psychological abuse inflicted on them by their parents. They have a special fondness for Katurian’s stories, and connect to them in a very significant way.

 

FATHER (M) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother.” Father puts together a twisted plan in order to make his child as talented as possible, no matter what cost. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble (movement/dance experience is a plus).

 

MOTHER (F) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother.” Mother dotes on Boy, and is seen as a cookie cutter parent until her dark secret is revealed. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble.

 

STEPFATHER (M) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Little Jesus.” He is the foster father of the Girl, and is an evil man. When he grows tired of the Girl insisting that she is Jesus, he tortures her similarly to how Jesus was tortured. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble (movement/dance experience is a plus).

 

STEPMOTHER (F) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Little Jesus.” She is the foster mother of the Girl, and is extraordinarily hateful. She assists father in torturing Girl. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble (movement/dance experience is a plus).

 

BOY (M) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother.” Boy is a wonderful writer whose parents subject him to a “plan” consisting of a great deal of psychological torture in order to make his writing brilliant. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble (movement/dance experience is a plus).

 

GIRL (F) is a character that is depicted in one of Katurian’s short stories, “The Little Jesus.” Girl believes she is the second coming of Jesus, and goes around preforming miracles that keep getting her in trouble. Actor playing this role will also play several other roles with the movement ensemble, as well as a deaf girl (movement/dance experience and sign language experience is a plus).

 

Note: Show contains strong language, violence.

 

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