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.

 

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

by Joseph Kesselring

directed by Alexandra Duncan



AUDITIONS: September 4 & 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM @ the A2CT Studio (322 W. Ann Street)
CALLBACKS: September 6, 208 | 7:30 PM @ the A2CT Studio
REHEARSALS: Sunday - Thursday 7-10 PM, Tuesdays 7:30-10:30 PM
PERFORMANCES: October 25-28, 2018 @ The Arthur Miller Theatre | 1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor, 48109

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for the classic dark comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Alexandra Duncan.  Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September at 7:30 PM at the A2CT Studio (322 W. Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Callbacks are scheduled for Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM . Performance dates are October 25-28, at the Arthur Miller Theatre on UM’s North Campus.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

Actors should prepare a short comedic monologue (no more than 3 minutes), memorized is preferred. Cold readings will be available for those without a monologue; however, a prepared piece is recommended. Please come dressed to move – there is a lot of physical comedy in this production, and some movement will likely be part of your audition. Rehearsals will be Sunday – Thursday, 7-10 except Tuesdays, which will run 7:30-10:30. Actors should be prepared to list all conflicts between auditions and performances.

 CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Abby Brewster: A darling lady in her sixties. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer

The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine

Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt and lives with his aunts.

Officer Brophy: A police officer

Officer Klein: A police officer

Elaine Harper: An attractive young girl and Mortimer’s fiancee, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. 

Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.

Mr. Gibbs: An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters

Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who is scarred from plastic surgeries.

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer

Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium

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Upcoming Studio and Event Auditions

ANTIGONE (Anouilh/Bray)

translated by Barbara Bray

directed by Michelle Weiss


AUDITIONS: July 3, 5 & 6 @ 7:30 PM at the Children's Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)


PERFORMANCES: September 28-30 AND October 5-7 (Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2) at the A2CT Studio


Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its second stage production of Antigone (Anouilh/Bray) translated by Barbara Bray, directed by Michelle Weiss. Auditions will take place Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6 at 7:30 PM at the Children’s Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Callbacks, if necessary, will be July 6.

 

Tragic heroine Antigone defies her uncle, Creon, and buries her brother, Polynices, despite Creon’s edict banning the act. She is caught and imprisoned, but refuses to acquiesce to her uncle or sister in order to save herself. Bray’s translation of Anouilh’s modern adaptation of the Greek story is a powerful piece that stands up to time and authority.

 

Actors need only attend ONE general audition session and should prepare a contemporary one-minute monologue of any genre (drama or comedy). Actors should also be prepared for cold readings of sides. Please dress comfortably. Bring your full schedule and availability for the rehearsal and production period.

 

The show will rehearse Monday-Wednesday and Friday evenings, with a 2-week hiatus in August. There may be additional rehearsals as needed. Rehearsals will be held every night of tech week, Sunday September 24 through Thursday September 27. Performance dates are September 28-30 AND October 5-7 at the A2CT Studio.


Character Descriptions


Character descriptions are general. Some characters marked by a * may be double cast or cast gender-blind at the director's discretion.


Antigone: Female, teens-mid/late 20s. Daughter of the former King, Oedipus, Antigone is willful, determined, and strong. Antigone is a young woman who acts out of belief and passion.


Creon: Male, mid 30s-60s. Antigone, Ismene, Polynices, and Eteocles' uncle. Current King of Thebes, father to Haemon, and husband to Eurydice. Creon is a realist, a rationalist, and a survivor. He thinks more about the good of Thebes as a whole than any one person.


Prologue/Chorus *: Male or Female, Any Age. A commentator and observer to the dramatic proceedings, the Chorus is the window for the audience. They do occasionally step into the action of the play.

Ismene *: Female, teens-mid/late 20s. Antigone's more beautiful sister. She is beloved by all, sociable, approachable, and smart.


Haemon *: Male, teens-mid/late 20s. Antigone's fiance and Creon's son. An attractive young man with more depth than most suspect.


Nurse*: Female, 30s-60s. Caretaker to all the children of the House of Oedipus. An emotional woman who cares deeply about her charges but is not necessarily up to deciphering the political climate.


Messenger*: Male/Female, any age. A messenger who delivers news to Eurydice of Haemon and Antigone's deaths.


Jonas* : Male, late 20s-40s: A guard and former soldier. He both reports Antigone's treason to Creon and gives her solace in her last minutes.


Binns*: Male/Female, any age: Another guard. Brash, insensitive, selfish.


Snout*: Male/Female, any age: Another guard. Self-serving, occasionally practical.


Eurydice*: Female, early 30s-late 50s. Creon's wife. Haemon's mother. This is a non-speaking role.


Page*: Male/Female, teens-very early 20s. Attendant to Creon. Young. Innocent.

 



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