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Scarborough Theatre Guild Auditions
By Frederick Stroppel

 

Producer: Darlene Thomas

Director: Kevin Shaver

Important: Scarborough Theatre Guild is committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful working environment. All participants in this production (actors, creative teams, crews, and other volunteers) must be fully vaccinated.

 

AUDITION DATES 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

CALLBACKS

Sunday, September 18, 2022 – 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

AUDITION & REHEARSAL LOCATION

Scarborough Theatre Guild Rehearsal Unit – 2105 Midland Avenue, Unit 16, Scarborough, Ontario (the building is immediately north of the Midland LRT station on east side, south of Progress. The unit and both driveway exits face Cosentino Drive)

REHEARSALS

      Commence: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm  – first read-thorough

             Continue:  Tuesdays & Thursdays:   7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Sundays: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

                          NOTE: These times may be flexible depending on the day-job schedule of the director.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES – 2022

December 2-3   Friday, Saturday – 8 pm

December 4  Sunday Matinée – 2 pm

December 8-10  Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 pm

December 11  Sunday Matinée – 2 pm

December 15-16  Thursday, Friday – 8 pm

December 17   Saturday Matinée – 2 pm

All performances at Scarborough Village Theatre (3600 Kingston Road at Markham Road, Scarborough).

 

SYNOPSIS

Julia Dowling has an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve, whose job is to escort her to the afterlife. Julia persuades her visitor to hold off for one day and invites him and his other “passenger” to the family party the next day. This is an amusing yet thought-provoking mixture of Death Takes a Holiday and a typical family festive get-together, complete with bickering relatives, an unsure priest, and a budding romance.

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REQUIREMENTS

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. You may also be asked to do a cold-read from the script, so it is best to familiarize yourself with the show. Please bring a copy of your resume and headshot to the audition. Callbacks ​will consist of scenes from the show, performed in groups. We ask that you be available for the full time period so we have a chance to experiment with different pairings/groupings of actors.

 

SCRIPT

If you would like to read the play before auditioning, the script is on reserve at the Performing Arts Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and at the Community Desk of the Toronto Public Library, Cedarbrae Branch, at 545 Markham Road in Scarborough.

 

BOOKING AN AUDITION

For information, or to book an audition time, email Darlene Thomas at Auditions4STG@hotmail.com . Please indicate what role(s) you are interested in. 

If you must cancel on your audition night, please call the STG unit at 416‑439‑5349.

This production is Non Paying/Non Equity

 

ROLES AVAILABLE (5M, 4F)

Note: The ages of characters below are playing ages and are flexible. Casting will be based on chemistry between actors. Scarborough Theatre Guild welcomes diversity in casting and actors of all backgrounds, identities and abilities are encouraged to apply!

Julia Dowling- 72, widow. Believes she’s reasonably fit for her age.

The Visitor (Jack) – An angel whose job it is to take people to the afterlife.

Beth Dowling – Julia’s daughter. Lives with her mother. Fed up with the whole Christmas schtick.

Aunt Rosemary – Late 70’s Julia’s sister. Snarky and judgmental.

Uncle Bernie – Rosemary’s husband. Easy-going.

Paul Dowling – 30 – Julia’s son

Melissa Rosen – 20’s Paul’s girlfriend – singer / dancer / actress

Father John Brennan – 50’s Local priest. Harbouring doubts about his faith

Matthew Harris – Jack’s “other passenger”. He too is destined for the afterlife

Download the audition package here.


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