Audition Information

Auditions at A2CT are open, and there is no fee to audition. Anyone from Ann Arbor or the surrounding area may audition for shows. No pre-casting is allowed, and no one may
become a part of a show at A2CT without auditioning.

All auditions  are held at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio at 322 West Ann St. unless otherwise noted. Click on this: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio for directions. Times and dates are specified in each show's audition information. Make sure to scroll down to get to the audition information for the Studio Series. Junior Theatre audition information is now found by selecting the Junior Theatre tab on our home page.

Upcoming Main Stage Auditions.

by Nell Benjamin | directed by Brodie Brockie

AUDITIONS: Sunday, November 12 and Monday, November 11, 2017. 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio
REHEARSALS: begin November 19
PERFORMANCES: January 11-14, 2018 at the Arthur Miller Theatre. Thursday at 7:30, Friday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 2:00

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its main stage production of The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin, directed by Brodie Brockie. Auditions will take place Sunday and Monday, November 12 and 13, 2017, at 7 PM at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio, 322 W. Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7 PM.

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

Auditions are open to those 18 and up. Those auditioning should attend one of the two regular audition dates, and should be available for callbacks. Auditioners should plan to stay for the duration of the audition. No pre-registration is required. Auditions will consist of readings from the script; actors should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to do a British accent.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, November 19, and the schedule will accommodate the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays. The production dates are January 11-14, 2018, at the Arthur Miller Theatre on UM’s North Campus.


Lucius Fretway: Male, 20s-40s
A botanist and a man of science. Intellectual and sensible. In love with Phyllida, but naïve in the ways of romance.  Outwardly timid, but with a strong current of passion underneath.

Harry Percy: Male, 20s-50s
An intrepid explorer, rakish, arrogant, charming, self-assured and really quite dim, charming and impossible, the pinnacle of Victorian manhood, his belief in himself and his appeal to the ladies knows no bounds, his expeditions usually end with someone dying or being left behind.

Phyllida Spotte-Hume/Countess Glamorgan: Female, 20s-40s
Phyllida - a brilliant explorer who has just discovered a lost city, and is the first female ever proposed for membership in The Explorers Club. Brilliant. Confident, proper, and in time we learn, every bit as zany as the men.  Countess - stuffy, judgmental, and utterly lacking her twin sister's adventurous streak.

Luigi: Male, 18+
ageless. A NaKong tribesman. Proud of his culture. Very smart and very observant. Must be a strong physical comedian. Speaks very little English, but communicates frequently through a combination of his native tongue and wild gesticulations.

Professor Cope: Male, 20s-60s
a herpetologist (snakes), great friends with Professor Walling, an unassuming, work-a-day scientist with a great attachment to his pet cobra Rosie, a perfect Victorian gentleman, well-mannered and enthusiastic, a great defender of snakes, which he believes to be misunderstood, terrible at charades.

Professor Walling: Male, 20s-60s
a zoologist, great friend with Professor Cope, a sensitive man and scholar, with great affection for his guinea pig Jane, a perfect Victorian gentleman, cheerful and gentle, utterly undone when harm befalls Jane.

Professor Sloane: Male, 40+
an archeo-theologist, studies science in the Bible, irritable and haughty, he does not like change, opinionated and often abrasive, as one of the eldest members of the club, he is horrified at the idea of a woman joining the group.

Sir Bernard Humprhies: Male, 40+
private secretary to Queen Victoria, polished, distinguished, and refined, smooth, and shark-like – a real operator, the man you send to sort out the unpleasantness. Hawkish, he is dedicated to protecting the honor of the crown.

Beebe/Irish Assassin: Male, 18+
Beebe - an explorer, stoic and resilient, a strong-willed survivor, left behind on one of Percy’s missions, he joined an order of violent monks and has returned to the club seeking revenge, at his core, though, a proper English gentleman; Irish Assassin - with an Irish accent.



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