THEATRE ARTS AUDITIONS
Overview: Unless noted otherwise, auditions for our fall shows are held the first weekend of the fall semester and auditions for our spring shows are held the first weekend of the spring semester.
- Fall 2013 Auditions for Distracted and Les Misérables: August 23 and 24; Callbacks August 25
- SPECIAL NOVEMBER 1st Audition for principal roles in The Cherry Orchard
- Spring 2014 Auditions for The Cherry Orchard (supporting roles) and Spamalot: January 17 and 18; Callbacks January 19
Auditions consist of two components – the preliminary auditions in which the director(s) are introduced to your skills and the callbacks during which the director(s) look more closely at your skills in relation to the show’s needs.
Who May Audition?: Anyone is welcome to audition for the Theatre Arts Department productions. No experience is necessary. We love to see new faces. All ages and types are welcome!
November 1, 2013
Special Audition for Principal Roles
Spring 2014 Production
The Cherry Orchard
The Theatre Arts Department is holding early auditions for principal roles in The Cherry Orchard so those actors have extra time for individual preparation before formal rehearsals start in January. NOTE: There will be, at least, eight (8) other wonderful roles in The Cherry Orchard available at the January 17-18, 2014 auditions. The musical Spamalot will also be auditioning at that time.
Friday, NOVEMBER 1, 2013, 5:30 PM Burbank Lobby
5:30 PM: Registration begins Friday evening in the Lobby of Burbank Auditorium, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration involves completing 2-4 forms so allow yourself enough time to do so.
6:00 PM: Auditions Begin
Saturday, NOVEMBER 2, 2013, 5:30 PM, Burbank Lobby
Actors being called back may be called back for all of the Callback period or only a portion.
If you have conflicts with the Friday evening auditions, please email Leslie to arrange a Friday afternoon audition at firstname.lastname@example.org
REHEARSALS begin Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The show runs March 7 - March 16, 2014
AUDITIONING for The Cherry Orchard
ROLES BEING CAST IN NOVEMBER:
Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya
A beautiful woman who owns the estate (35-60)
Her daughter, 17 years old
Her adopted daughter, 24 years old*
Leonid Andreyevich Gayev
Lyubov's brother, part of the fading aristocracy (35-65)
A businessman and son of a former serf (30-50)*
Male, a student and revolutionary (20s)
A valet, 87 years old*
*Note: The roles of Lopakhin, Varya, and Firs could be cast with African American actors to make the parallel between the freeing of the serfs in Russia and the freeing of the slaves in America. If this were done, however, all three actors would probably need to be African American. Firs is a great role: he ends the play.
WHAT TO PREPARE and WHAT TO BRING
Please prepare any 1-minute contemporary monologue, comic, serious, or seriocomic. Ibsen or another Chekhov piece would be fine too. Please do not do a monologue from The Cherry Orchard. Please DO demonstrate clear articulation and
Actors selected for Callbacks on Saturday will do cold readings from the script.
Bring a headshot and resume if you have them; however, they are not required. If you do not have a headshot, a small photo is helpful (but we won’t be able to return it).
Bring your calendars. Our rehearsal time is VERY limited and only the conflicts presented at auditions will be accepted.
Dress: Men, please dress like you are going to a job interview. If you have one, a blazer might be helpful to suggest the time period (1904). Women, please wear a skirt and a slight heel.
Script: A copy of the Emily Mann adaptation is at the Reserve Desk, fourth floor Doyle Library, Santa Rosa campus. It is recommended that you read this translation/adaptation. Older translations of the play can be quite deadly. Mann’s contains an additional scene between Firs and Charlotta that Stanislavski cut and Chekhov wanted left in. Please also see the additional information below.
LOCATION and PARKING
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Burbank Auditorium is prominently located on Burbank Circle just off of Mendocino Avenue. The closest on-campus parking is available in the multi-story Parking Pavilion at the corner of Mendocino and Pacific Avenues. Parking permits ($4.00; cash only, $1 bills) are required 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and can be purchased at the yellow kiosks located inside the parking structures. There are also meters in front of Burbank; however, they are only 1-hour meters and are checked regularly.
GENERAL AUDITION RESOURCES
(Click on the title of each resource below to view the printable PDF)
ABOUT THE PLAY:
The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Emily Mann
Directed by Leslie McCauley
“For a long time after you have seen it, you are likely to believe this must be the most wonderful play in the world.” —NY Times.
The Cherry Orchard is the last play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It was first directed by Constantin Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. Chekhov thought that he had written a comedy (with some farcical elements). Stanislavski directed it like a tragedy. To this day directors attempt to marry the duality of the play.
“Chekhov’s reality was in the space within the human soul, where we silently question our purpose without really expecting any answer.” Sabine Epstein
In Chekhov, even a servant with a walk-on has depth and nuance. This is an actors’ play, deep realism. His characters are beautiful, loving, highly flawed, difficult, pathetically delicate creatures that find it easier to talk to a bookcase than to the person sitting next to them.
Plot summary from Wikipedia:
The play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing and the play ends with the sale of the estate to the son of a former serf: the family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. The story presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. In reflecting the socio-economic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the sinking of the aristocracy, the play reflects forces at work around the globe in that period.
Please contact Leslie McCauley
Check the display on lobby wall next to Rm. 214, Burbank Auditorium for more information.