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Auditions

Auditions for Gross Indecency and Pirates of Penzance

We will be auditioning both our fall play, Gross Indeceny: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and our spring musical, Pirates of Penzance, in one round of auditions. Auditionees can be seen for one or both shows. 

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Show Information

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Veronica Haakonsen
Performances: November 9 - 17, 2018

Pirates of Penzance

Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry
Performances: April 19 - May 4, 2019

Audition Information

General Auditions

  • Tuesday, June 19, 7-10pm
  • Wednesday, June 20, 7-10pm
  • Thursday, June 21, 7-10pm

Callbacks

  • Sunday, June 24, 12-8pm (exact times TBD)

Location

Auditions will be held at Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea MA.

Preparing

  • Sign up for a one-hour audition slot using this form.
  • Please fill out this audition form and bring it with you to the audition.
  • Please bring a headshot and resume to the initial audition, if available.
  • Please prepare a classical comedic monologue as well as either 32 bars of a song and/or a contrasting monologue.
  • Please come prepared to demonstrate your ability to play multiple characters.
  • If you are preparing a song, please bring sheet music to the audition; an accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks may include a dance or movement portion.

If you need to cancel or change your audition slot, you can do so directly through the sign-up form. For any questions or to request more information, please contact Vilas Sridharan (vilas@longwoodplayers.org) via email as soon as possible.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Overview

We are looking for 9 versatile actors to play multiple roles. There are around 50 characters represented in the play including: Oscar Wilde, Queen Victoria, Lord Alfred Douglas (Wilde’s lover), the Marquess of Queensberry (Wilde’s accuser), George Bernard Shaw, lawyers, judges, prostitutes, newspapermen, rent boys and more! All ethnicities and gender identities welcome.

Synposis

In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's young lover, left a card at Wilde's club accusing him of being a "posing somdomite." Wilde sued for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wilde's art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, "It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde's art!" In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for "gross indecency with male persons.” Using transcripts from the actual trials, Wilde’s own writings, and excerpts from autobiographies and other historical documents, this play reconstructs the three trials that Oscar Wilde endured. In addition to Wilde and Queensberry, characters ranging from Queen Victoria to London's rent boys, to a present-day academic are assembled to explore how history is made and how it can be so timely revisited in the theatre.

Cast of Characters

9 humans. It’s a flexible cast with each actor playing many characters.

Schedule

Rehearsals will begin Monday, September 24 and will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and Sunday afternoons from 2-7p. Actors must be available for tech all day Saturday November 3 and Sunday November 4 and every night November 5-8. Performances are currently scheduled for November 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 @ 8pm, and November 11 @ 2pm. Performance schedule is subject to change within these weekends.

Depending on your role, you may not be required to be present at every rehearsal. Schedules will be planned with care to ensure that you are only called when needed for that particular night’s scene work. Please be sure to list all conflicts on the audition form.

Pirates of Penzance

Overview

Join us in an intimate black box setting as 10 actors take on more than 30 roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved tale of duty, courtship, and piracy!

Synposis

Frederic, orphaned at a young age and mistakenly apprenticed to a rather ineffectual band of pirates, falls in love with Mabel, whose father is the very model of a modern Major-General. Caught between love for Mabel and piratical duty, Frederic sets in motion a hilarious sequence of events with pirates chasing daughters, daughters chasing police, and police chasing pirates. Will love win the day? Ready your funny bones and set sail to find out.

Cast of Characters

10 versatile, dynamic comedians to play multiple roles. All cast members will play a pirate, a daughter, a policeman, and one of the following roles:

Edith

Eldest of the Major-General's daughters. Level-headed but mischievous.
Gender: any
Age: 25-30
Vocal range: female mezzo (Ab3 to G5), would change for a male cast member

Frederic

Orphaned apprentice to the pirates. A young man naively devoted to duty and honor. Youthful, genuine, innocent. He falls in love with Mabel.
Gender: male
Age: 21
Vocal range: tenor (Bb2 to G4)

Isabel

The youngest of the Major-General's daughters. A quiet daydreamer.
Gender: any
Age: 16-20
Vocal range: female soprano (C#4 to G5), would change for a male cast member

Kate

One of the Major-General's daughters. Beautiful, quick-witted, and sassy.
Gender: any
Age: 16-25
Vocal range: female mezzo (Ab3 to G5), would change for a male cast member

Mabel

Daughter of the Major-General. Astute, sympathetic, and lovely. She falls in love with Frederic.
Gender: female
Age: 18-24
Vocal range: soprano (Bb3 to Db6)

Major-General Stanley

A father with many daughters. He possesses kindness, warmth, and good-humor. Sensible.
Gender: any
Age: 40+
Vocal range: male tenor (Bb2 to E4), would change for a female cast member

Pirate King

Leader of the pirates. Despite his sharp, loud bark, he is actually a whole-hearted romantic. A dashing, adventurous captain.
Gender: any
Age: 25+
Vocal range: male baritone (A#2 to F4), would change for a female cast member

Police Sergeant

Leader of the police. Groucho-Marx-esque and uncomfortably clumsy. Though he is bound by duty to protect, he is more accustomed to hiding in fear.
Gender: male
Age: 30-50
Vocal range: bass (G2 to E4)

Ruth

Frederic's lifelong nanny. She's attractive for her age, but a bit sneaky. She wants nothing more than to see Frederic happy, healthy, and by her side forever.
Gender: any
Age: 47
Vocal range: female mezzo (G3 to Eb5), would change for a male cast member

Samuel

The pirate king's right-hand man. Clever, but easily manipulated and influenced.
Gender: any
Age: 25-45
Vocal range: male tenor (Bb2 to F4), would change for a female cast member

Schedule

Rehearsals will begin Monday, March 4 and will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and Sunday afternoons from 2-7p. Actors must be available for tech all day Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14 and every night April 15-18. Performances are currently scheduled for April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3 @ 8pm, and April 21, 28, May 4 @ 2pm. Performance schedule is subject to change within these weekends.

Depending on your role, you may not be required to be present at every rehearsal. Schedules will be planned with care to ensure that you are only called when needed for that particular night’s scene work. Please be sure to list all conflicts on the audition form.