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Quality Community Theater on Boston's North Shore
by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston
Audition Dates: Sunday October 30th, 6PM – 8PM and Monday October 31st (Halloween), 7 PM – until the witching hour, if necessary!
Production Dates: January 27, 28, and February 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11, 2012
These are open group auditions. No appointment is required. Readings will be from the script along with a few unrelated readings in order to hear your natural voice and any accents you may want to try. Accents are not required for auditions but may be helpful. No monologues are necessary.
Please bring a head shot or resume if you have one. If not, we will be taking audition photos on-site and will have audition forms available to you.
There are eight roles. Please note we are opening the role of Dr. Helsing to both female and male actors. Looking for some age appropriate combinations for some the characters but flexible. Please read the character descriptions.
The style of the show will be Steampunk. There are many descriptions of Steampunk, but basically it comes from the steam power used to fuel Victorian Britain. It incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. It is sometimes anachronistic or futuristic with its innovations, but it has the charm of the Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. Think H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.
Cast of Characters in order of appearance:
Miss Wells is the maid. She is an attractive girl with a sense of humor and she is very practical and protective. She is unfortunately mesmerized by Count Dracula so she does put Lucy at risk. Something she would never do on her own. She will need to be age appropriate to flirt with Butterworth. She also needs a strong sense of comic timing!
Jonathan Harker is Lucy’s fiancé. He is from the upper class with a very direct manner. He is explosive and excitable but very much smitten with Lucy. He is very frustrated his wedding is postponed when Lucy becomes ill. The script calls for a young man of 25 but he just needs to be age appropriate to Lucy.
Dr. Seward is Lucy’s father. He is a doctor who is at a loss because he cannot cure his daughter’s illness. He is an intelligent man who is stymied. He runs a Sanatorium, but has to look outside of his expertise to call in Professor Helsing. If Professor Helsing is a female doctor, there is interesting subtext that comes into play! The script calls for a man about 55. He just needs to be age appropriate to be Lucy’s father.
Professor Van Helsing’s role will be open to both men and women. The character is a dynamic professor who is a student of the occult and obsure diseases. She/he is astute, alert, has an air of resolution and is very resourceful, incisive and always to the point. The script calls for the character to be in his/her 50s. Dr. Helsing is a colleague of Dr. Seward so will need to be loosely within the same age bracket.
R. M. Renfield is a patient at Seward’s Sanatorium. He is one of the most interesting characters in literature. He is Dracula’s dogs-body – a vampire in training. He is a very intelligent, crafty, and perhaps shifty and a bit disheveled. He also likes to eat bugs. The script calls for a ‘youth’ but there is no age requirement – only the ability to physically move through and around small openings on the set!
Butterworth is the attendant in Seward’s Sanatorium. His back story is open for interpretation! He does get to play with a mouse although probably not a live mouse as in the script unfortunately. He provides some wonderful comic relief and is always looking for Renfield. There is no age identified in the script but he does flirt with Miss Wells so would like him to be age appropriate to Miss Wells.
Lucy Seward is a beautiful and strong woman who has recently become unnaturally pale and sickly. She loves Jonathan Harker. She feels for her father because he cannot cure her. She knows she is under Dracula’s spell and with her own personal strength, tries to protect those she loves. The script calls for a young woman of 20 but she just needs to be age appropriate for Harker.
Count Dracula is the original vampire! He is a polished and distinguished continental, well mannered man, who exudes charm and sexuality. The script suggests a man age 50, but we are open to a gentleman with distinct presence on stage. He is a seducer.
If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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