Audition Opportunities

Castaways Repertory Theatre is a community theatre; as such there is no pay involved. Both seasoned actors and first timers are encouraged to audition.

AUDITION INFORMATION

We do color-, gender-, and age-blind casting. The actor’s abilities are more important than their race, gender, and age for every role in the show. The only exception is when children are required or where historical accuracy or traditional roles outweigh blind casting.

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FOR OUR SUMMER 2017 YOUTH THEATER MAINSTAGE* PRODUCTION OF:

Jane Eyre

Director –  Julie Little

Audition Date: Monday, April 3, 2017.

Castaways Youth Theatre members are homeschoolers between the ages of 10 and 18. For more information about the program and their productions, see: www.homeschooltheatretroupe.com.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191.

Requirements: Auditions will consist of: TBA

Characters and descriptions:

Jane Eyre: The play’s protagonist, second wife of Edward Rochester and title character. Orphaned as a baby, she struggles through her nearly loveless childhood and becomes governess at Thornfield Hall. Jane is passionate and strongly principled, and values freedom and independence. She also has a strong conscience and is a determined Christian.

Mr. Reed: Jane’s maternal uncle, who adopts Jane when her parents die. According to Mrs. Reed, he pitied Jane and often cared for her more than for his own children. Before his own death, he makes his wife promise to care for Jane.

Mrs. Reed: Jane’s aunt by marriage, who adopts Jane on her husband’s wishes, but abuses and neglects her. She eventually casts her off and sends her to Lowood School.

John Reed: Jane’s cousin, who as a child bullies Jane constantly, sometimes in his mother’s presence. He ruins himself as an adult by drinking and gambling.

Eliza Reed: Jane’s cousin. Jealous of her more attractive sister and a slave to rigid routine, she self-righteously devotes herself to religion. She leaves for a nunnery near Lisle after her mother’s death, determined to estrange herself from her sister.

Georgiana Reed: Jane’s cousin. Although beautiful and indulged, she is insolent and spiteful. Her sister Eliza foils Georgiana’s marriage to the wealthy Lord Edwin Vere, when the couple is about to elope. Georgiana eventually marries a “wealthy worn-out man of fashion”.

Bessie Lee: The nursemaid at Gateshead. She often treats Jane kindly, telling her stories and singing her songs, but she has a quick temper. Later, she marries Robert Leaven.

Robert Leaven: The coachman at Gateshead, who brings Jane the news of John Reed’s death, which has brought on Mrs. Reed’s stroke, and Mrs. Reed’s wish to see Jane before Mrs. Reed died.

Mr. Lloyd: A compassionate apothecary who recommends that Jane be sent to school. Later, he writes a letter to Miss Temple confirming Jane’s account of her childhood and thereby clears Jane of Mrs. Reed’s charge of lying.

Mr. Brocklehurst: The clergyman, director, and treasurer of Lowood School, whose maltreatment of the students is eventually exposed. A religious traditionalist, he advocates for his charges the most harsh, plain, and disciplined possible lifestyle, but not, hypocritically, for himself and his own family.

Miss Maria Temple: The kind superintendent of Lowood School, who treats the students with respect and compassion. She helps clear Jane of Mr. Brocklehurst’s false accusation of deceit and cares for Helen in her last days. Eventually, she marries Reverend Naysmith.

Miss Scatcherd: A sour and strict teacher at Lowood. She constantly punishes Helen Burns for her untidiness but fails to see Helen’s substantial good points.

Helen Burns: Jane’s best friend at Lowood School. She refuses to hate those who abuse her, trusts in God, and prays for peace one day in heaven. She teaches Jane to trust Christianity and dies of consumption in Jane’s arms.

Edward Fairfax Rochester: The master of Thornfield Hall. A Byronic hero, he is tricked into making an unfortunate first marriage to Bertha Mason many years before he meets Jane, with whom he falls madly in love.

Bertha Antoinetta Mason: The violently insane first wife of Edward Rochester.

Adèle Varens: An excitable French child to whom Jane is governess at Thornfield. Adèle and Jane develop a strong liking for one another, and although Mr. Rochester places Adèle in a strict school after Jane flees Thornfield, Jane visits Adèle after her return and finds a better, less severe school for her.

Mrs. Alice Fairfax: An elderly, kind widow and the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall.

Leah: The housemaid at Thornfield Hall.

John: An old, and normally the only, manservant at Thornfield.

Mary: Normally referred to as ‘John’s wife’ and sometimes ‘the cook’.

Blanche Ingram: A socialite whom Mr. Rochester temporarily courts to make Jane jealous. She is described as having great beauty and talent, but displays callous behavior and avaricious intent.

Richard Mason: An Englishman from the West Indies, whose sister is Mr. Rochester’s first wife. He took part in tricking Mr. Rochester into marrying Bertha. He still, however, cares for his sister’s well-being.

Grace Poole: Bertha Mason’s caretaker. Mr. Rochester pays her a very high salary to keep Bertha hidden and quiet, and she is often used as an explanation for odd happenings. She has a weakness for drink that occasionally allows Bertha to escape.

St. John Eyre Rivers: A clergyman who befriends Jane and turns out to be her cousin. St. John is thoroughly practical and suppresses all his human passions and emotions in favour of good works. He is determined to go to India as a missionary, despite being in love with Rosamond Oliver.

Diana and Mary Rivers: St. John’s sisters and (as it turns out) Jane’s cousins. They are poor, intelligent, and kind-hearted, and want St. John to stay in England.

Rosamond Oliver: A beautiful, kindly, wealthy, but not deep thinking, young woman, and the patron of the village school where Jane teaches. Rosamond falls in love with St. John, only to be rejected because she would not make a good missionary’s wife.

Mr. Oliver: Rosamond Oliver’s wealthy father, who owns a foundry and needle factory in the district. He is a kind and charitable man, and is fond of St. John.

Alice Wood: Jane’s maid when Jane is mistress of the girls’ village school in Morton.

John Eyre: Jane’s paternal uncle, who leaves her his vast fortune and wished to adopt her when she was 15. Mrs. Reed prevents the adoption out of spite towards Jane.

Summary:

The play is a first-person narrative from the perspective of the title character. The play’s setting is somewhere in the north of England, during the reign of George III (1760–1820), and goes through five distinct stages: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead Hall, where she is emotionally and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she gains friends and role models but suffers privations and oppression; her time as governess at Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family, during which her earnest but cold clergyman cousin, St. John Rivers, proposes to her; and her reunion with, and marriage to, her beloved Rochester.

Questions? Jane Eyre Director, Email to: youthdirector@castawaystheatre.org

Mainstage* Performances: June 16 and 23 at 8:00 pm.
June 17 and 24 at 2:00 pm.

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If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email CRT at info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

Rehearsals: Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge.

• Rehearsals Schedules will be based on cast availability. Actors are called only when needed.
• Dates may be subject to change according to Weather, Space Availability, Etc.
• Any conflicts not listed after final production schedule has been developed is on the actor/actress to resolve; otherwise attendance is still required.
• Closed Rehearsals; No guest allowed. Cast, Crew, and Production Staff Only.

Note: Rehearsal dates may be subject to change. Keep checking this page and/or Facebook Specific Production cast page for more specific information as the audition date approaches.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see Directions under the “Productions” tab above.

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Volunteer Opportunities: If you are not interested in acting, we are always looking for technical help, skilled and unskilled; training will be provided. Persons interested in helping should contact the director.

For every production we need Audition Staffing, Producer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer/Construction, and Props.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PERFORMER TO GET INVOLVED!!

We welcome all interested participants into our membership.

Technically experienced or willing to learn, we can hook you up!

Interested in doing or learning about design, stage management, directing, crew, front of house or other areas of our organization?

Interested in working on the technical side of one of our productions this season?
Please contact our technical director: td@castawaystheatre.org

We require everyone that is cast in, or working on our productions, join as members. Please contact our membership chair: membership@castawaystheatre.org (See Membership page.)

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This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

Date published: March 15, 2017