Audition Notices for:


4000 Miles

By: Amy Herzog

Directed by: Dane Shumak


Performance Dates

August 2015

Audition Dates

Monday, May 11 - 7 to 9 pm
Tuesday, May 12 - 7 to 9 pm
Please arrive at 7 pm so people can read in groups.

Audition Location

Backstage at the Peterborough Theatre Guild, 364 Rogers St. in Peterborough
Enter through the backstage door.

Cast

Vera: Female (Aged 65+ to play 91)
Leo: Male (Aged 20-25)
Bec: Female (Aged 20-25)
Amanda: Female (Aged 20-25)

About the Production

When 21 year-old Leo suffers a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, he seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, 4000 Miles is an extraordinary dramatic comedy about the ways in which familial relationships can close distances and cross generations, and about how when we run from grief, we learn incredible things that we take for granted about people, and about ourselves.

Audition Preparation

The Director asks those auditioning to come prepared to do a Cold Read which will be provided at the audition. Other reading may be required at the time of audition. No preparation is necessary.
For more information, contact Marilyn Robinson or Director, Dane Shumack




The Snow Queen

Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen

Directed by Charles Shamess


Performance Dates

Tuesday, December 8 to Friday, December 11 - evening shows.
Saturday, Dec 12 and Sunday, December 13 - matinees

*We may schedule several matinees for schools. They could be the week before, during or the week after the run. This will be discussed with all cast members/parents before confirming.

Audition Dates

Sat, May 30: 1 to 4 pm
Sunday, May 31: 1 to 4 pm
Wed, June 3: 7 to 9 pm
Sunday, June 7: 1 to 4 pm

You will choose one of these days to audition and please be prepared to stay for most of the time. Please contact the director if you are coming to audition and I will email a copy of the script when it is ready around the end of May. You do not need to memorize lines for the auditions.

Audition Location

Gwen Brown Studio at the Guildhall, 364 Rogers St. in Peterborough. Enter through the backstage door and look for signs.

Callbacks

Wed, June 10: 7 to 9 pm

Cast

  • Gerda - A girl about 11-14, strong, determined, idealistic but not a fool. She succeeds in finding and saving Kai from the Snow Queen. Gerda may have a song so be prepared to sing a capella.
  • Kai - A boy about 11-14, neighbour of Gerda. He is smart, funny yet sometimes despondent that he is without his parents. He falls victim to the spell of the Snow Queen.
  • The Snow Queen - A character of indeterminate age, could easily be played by a tall, young woman of 15-18. She kidnaps Kai but promises to free him if he can put the mirror back together and spell "eternity" with the pieces of ice in her palace. She may have a song so be prepared to sing a capella.
  • The Troll - who makes an evil mirror that distorts reality. He works for the Snow Queen as well as runs a school for young trolls.
  • Young Trolls - several young actors who will also double as the four winds, flowers and snowflakes.
  • Grandmother - Kai's grandmother, who is raising him and tells the legend of the Snow Queen to Kai and Gerda. Some of Grandmother's actions are essential points of the story and she also acts as a Narrator.
  • The River - a talking river that helps Gerda on the first part of her journey to find Kai.
  • The Flower Witch - she has a cottage on the river, with a garden that is permanently in summer. She wants to keep Gerda with her, but Gerda talks with the flowers and awakens from the witch's enchantment.
  • Flowers - talking flowers who try to console Gerda and help her find Kai.
  • Male Raven - a clever talking bird who leads Gerda to the princess as he thinks the new prince of his land may be Kai.
  • Female Raven - the pet raven of the princess who lets Gerda into the royal palace in her search for Kai.
  • The Princess - she desires a princess-consort as intelligent as she, and finds Gerda in her palace. She helps Gerda in her search for Kai by giving her warm clothing and a guide on her journey to the Ice Palace.
  • The Prince - formerly a poor young man, who comes to the palace and passes a test set by the princess to become her prince.
  • The Robber Woman - the woman robber who captures Gerda as she travels through their region.
  • The Robber Girl - daughter of the robber woman. She takes Gerda as a playmate and intends to keep her but her caribou Ba, tells Gerda that Kai is with the Snow Queen. The robber girl then helps Gerda continue her journey to find Kai.
  • Ba - the caribou who carries Gerda to the Snow Queen's palace.
  • The Inuit Woman - who lives just two miles away from the Snow Queen's palace. She knows the secret of Gerda's power to save Kai
  • The Cree Woman - who provides shelter to Gerda and Ba, and writes a message to the Inuit woman further on the way to the Snow Queen's palace.

About the Production

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the wicked Snow Queen casts her icy spell on the world, turns young Kai's heart to ice and takes him away as her eternal prisoner to her Ice Palace at the top of the world. Gerda, Kai's friend, must journey north and brave many dangers in her attempt to save Kai and break winter's grip. Gerda never gives up as she leads us through terrifying ordeals as well as fun and nonsense, using her wits and innocent heart to overcome all obstacles. Along the way Gerda encounters talking ravens, the evil Troll, a prince and princess, the wild robber-girl and a brave caribou that carries Gerda across the arctic tundra. The Disney film, Frozen, was loosely based on this story.

Audition Preparation

  • This show is open to youth in Grades 3-12. Some exceptions may be made for actors with stage experience. There are several smaller parts for those less experienced on the stage. Gender is not important for many roles so feel free to try out for any character.
  • It is recommended that you watch any of the film versions of the Snow Queen. Youtube has many to help you get to know the characters and story though the play is based on the book, not the films. You can also read many versions of the story though our script will be different and without religious references.
  • Auditions will mostly be in groups and you will be asked to take on various roles with other actors. Be prepared to improvise and try out different roles from the one you prefer.

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