Audition Opportunities

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a volunteer organization, a member of the Prince William County Arts Council, NVTA (formerly the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) and WATCH (the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors).  Castaways  is a community theatre, there is no pay involved.  Partial funding is provided by a grant from Prince William County.

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. Both seasoned actors and first timers are encouraged to audition.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Fall 2019

 Agatha Christie’s

Nile-Image2

Director Jill Jago

Email to: niledirector@castawaystheatre.org

Auditions: Thu Aug 1, 6:30-10:30 pm; Sat Aug 3, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Callbacks: Mon Aug 5, 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Mainstage* Performances: Sep 27, 28, and Oct 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 pm.
Sep 29, and O
ct 6, 13 at 2:00 pm.

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle-wheel steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940’s Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn, board the ship on their honeymoon. On board is Canon Pennefather, Kay’s guardian, and Simon’s former lover, Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. Also on the boat are a rich, ill-tempered old woman with her niece and companion, a rather direct young man, Kay’s maid, and a doctor who nurses a grudge against Kay’s father, all with a reason to kill, adding to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. You probably won’t figure out whodunit before it’s revealed, though no doubt you will think you have it figured out.

Roles: all roles will be cast without regard to race or ethnicity —

Beadsellers & Egyptian police officer (Supporting): Males & Females, 18-60. Eager, bright, and witty. They tailor their pitch to the passenger they are addressing. Dialect: English with Middle Eastern accent required. (ability to speak Arabic a plus).

Steward (Supporting): Male, 20-60. Egyptian steward of the paddle steamer Lotus; efficient, amiable and humorous character with the opportunity to go beyond what appears on the page; Dialect: English with strong Middle Eastern accent.

Miss Helen Ffoliot-Ffoulkes (Lead): Female, 50-70. Grande dame; snooty; believer in the upper and lower classes and that the twain should NEVER meet, a bit vague if the subject is not herself; dialect: upper-class British.

Christina Grant (Supporting): Female, 25-45. Miss Ffoliot-Ffoulkes niece, nice, sensible girl with a very good temper, a bit shy; dialect: British.

William Smith (Supporting): Male, 20-35. Good-looking but unkempt young man, cocky and arrogant, a man who has devoted himself to the causes of the “working man” yet with a sparkle in the eye; dialect: upper-class British.

Louise (Supporting): Female, 20-40. French maid to Kay Mostyn; she is a bit of a flirt, and slightly arrogant; dialect: English with pronounced French accent.

Dr. Bessner (Supporting): Male, 30-70. A bookish man; very correct, hates Kay’s father and blames him for the financial ruin of his country and his family, Eastern European; dialect: English with an Eastern European accent.

Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn (Lead): Female, 18-30. Beautiful, rich and spoiled young socialite, self-assured, in love with her husband; dialect: upper-class British.

Simon Mostyn (Lead): Male, 20-30. Good-looking, penniless, hearty, good-tempered, protective of his wife, Kay; dialect: Standard British.

Canon Ambrose Pennefather (Supporting): Male, 40-70. Kay’s uncle and guardian, the sleuth and pivotal detective of the play, cleric in the Church of England; imposing, confident yet kindly, wise with a sense of the ironic; dialect: Standard British.

Jacqueline de Severac (Lead): Female, 18-30. Simon’s ex-fiancee and Kay’s ex-best friend, lovely, jealous over Simon and Kay’s marriage, emotionally unpredictable; dialect: Standard British.

Captain McNaught (Supporting): Male, 30-60. In charge and in complete control, imposing demeanor; dialect: Scottish.

Audition Requirements:

* Please bring a resume/list of your theater history; we will be taking a photo of you during the audition for name/face recognition only.

* A monologue will not be required.

* The director will have actors read from the script.

* Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored. We will be starting the rehearsal process Thursday August 8. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

* Ability to do accents is not required to audition, but we will be learning them for the production.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email  the Show Director at the email address above or email 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:  Cast, Crew, and Production Staff Only. No guests allowed without Director authorization.

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.

_____________________________________________________________________

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.)

For a complete list of contacts click here on Contact us
_____________________________________________________________________

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: June 21, 2019