AUDITIONS & WORKSHOPS
BORN YESTERDAY – GARSON KANIN (Directed by Kevin Haxell)
Born Yesterday auditions will be held over two evenings, Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday, February 19th from 7:00 until 9:30 on the Roxy Stage. Call backs will be held on Sunday, February 23rd, if necessary.
We prefer that all auditions are by appointment to allow us to match actors together based on the character(s) they would like to play and avoid you sitting around waiting. So, to get an audition time, decide on the character or characters you would like to play and the night you’d like to audition, then call/text Sandi at 416-574-6242 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will schedule your audition time and date. Sides are available at the bottom of this page, or ask Sandi to email you the sides involving your character(s). If you can’t accept the sides by email, she can leave them for you at the Box Office. If you would like to read the play, copies are now available at the Box Office.
Rehearsals will begin with a read through and social on March 1 at the Roxy. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In April, Wednesday evenings will be added. There will be no rehearsals on Easter Sunday or the Sunday of the Victoria Day long weekend. As there are a number of scenes involving just two or three characters, not everyone will be called to every rehearsal, at least not until we start running full Acts.
Cast of Characters:
Billie Dawn: “Breathtakingly beautiful and breathtakingly stupid” is the playwright description. She was in the chorus when she met Harry but is proud to say that she spoke 5 lines in “Anything Goes”! How old should she appear to be? As young as late 20’s, as old as late 30’s;
Harry Brock: Brash, uncouth and more than a little bit frightening. He dragged himself out of the gutter through his scheming and his intimidation of those who opposed him. He should appear to be about 10 years older than Billie;
Paul Verrall: Handsome, alert and energetic. He falls in love with Billie while tutoring her. He should appear to be Billie’s age or a little older than her;
Ed Devery: Harry’s lawyer. An alcoholic who drinks to forget that he used to be the Assistant Attorney General of the United States. He can appear to be as young as 45, or as old as 65;
Eddie Brock: Harry’s cousin, servant and we are led to believe, his “enforcer”. He is constantly serving drinks and picking up after Harry. He has some comedic moments but has a dark side to him. Age is not a determining factor;
Senator Norval Hedges: “A worried man in his 60’s”, Harry is bribing him;
Mrs. Hedges: The Senator’s wife. A glimpse of what Billie could become if she grew old with Harry in Washington. Can appear younger than her husband;
Helen: A maid who befriends Billie. Her lines suggest she is older than Paul, perhaps in her 40s; and,
The Assistant Manager, The Barber, The Manicurist, Two Bellhops and The Shoeshine: Six characters with few or in some cases, no lines. These roles offer an opportunity to go on stage and be a part of a wonderful show, without the pressure of memorizing and reciting a lot of lines. We intend to use the two Bellhops to set the scene before the show begins and to make the necessary changes to the set during the intermission. Looking for Bellhops that can juggle or are willing to learn!
SIDES FOR ALL OTHER CHARACTERS: For those who wish to audition for roles that have only a few or no lines, just let Sandi know of your interest and she will slot you in with the actors auditioning for the parts with more dialogue. These roles are a great opportunity for those with little or no experience to have fun on stage.