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Auditions Of Mice and Men

OF MICE AND MEN By John Steinbeck Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Auditions will be held by appointment only on:

Sunday, January 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Monday January 12, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Callbacks if needed, will be held on Wednesday January 14, at 7:00 PM

Production Dates:

March 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 PM &  March 22 at 2 PM.  There are two additional Student Matinees on Thursday March 19 and Thursday March 26 at 11:00 AM

Auditions at Quannapowitt Players 55 Hopkins Street Reading, MA 01867

To schedule an audition appointment, email the director, Michelle Aguillon at michelle.aguillon@gmail.com. Provide your contact information, desired role(s), and preferred audition date and time. The audition form will be emailed for you to download, complete, print and bring with you to the audition. Sides will also be emailed to you for review. Additional copies of sides will be provided at auditions.

The character descriptions are below.  Actors should audition for roles in which they feel they can portray the character regardless of age. Note that the play has offensive language, touching upon prejudice and racism during the Depression era of the 1930s in Northern California. It is highly recommended that actors read the play or novel prior to auditions.

Show Summary:

This American classic by Nobel Prize-Winning author John Steinbeck, tells the story of George and Lennie, displaced migrant workers during the Great Depression in the farmlands of California’s central valley. Together they hold the American dream of someday owning their own place, but when Lennie runs into trouble, George is faced with protecting his friend yet again or having to move on without him.

Character Descriptions: 

George Milton: 30s-40s years old – George, ranch hand and migrant worker, dreams of a better future with his best friend Lennie, of whom he is highly protective and unofficial guardian. Regularly down on their luck, they dream of owning farmland together.

Lennie Small: 30s-40s years old – Lennie is completely reliant on George for guidance and protection, holding George as a father- and brother- like figure. Physically imposing and mentally disabled, Lennie is clumsy, gentle and kind, but doesn’t understand his own physical strength.

Candy: +60 years old – Candy, a fellow ranch handyman, lost his hand in an accident long ago. He fears being useless, but when he hears of George’s and Lennie’s dream to have a farm of their own someday, Candy invests a substantial amount of his savings to try to be part of it. Candy loves his old dog.

The Boss: late 30s-40s years old – He is in charge of the ranch, and is stern and fair. He is also Curly’s father. Has only one scene.

Curly: 20s – Antagonistic character that is insecure, yet arrogant. Picks on Lennie. Newly married, he is jealous and has a short fuse. Must be physically smaller than Lennie.

Curly’s wife: Young, approximate age to Curly. The only female character in the play, she is the symbol of temptation and beauty in a place completely dominated by men. Lennie is mesmerized by her. A new bride, she is lonely and bored.

Slim: 30s-50s years old – Referred to the “prince of the ranch,” Slim is well-respected, strong and confident, a natural leader. He is the only character that understands the bond between George and Lennie.

Carlson: 30s-50 years old – A ranch hand, Carlson is simple man who enjoys simple pleasures, has little sympathy for Candy, and constantly complains about Candy’s old dog, eventually convincing him to take the dog out back and put it out of its misery.

Whit: 20s-50 years old – Another ranch hand, Whit is friendly and good-natured, but a pushover. Paired with Carlson much of the play.

Crooks:  African-American, 30s-60 years old – A cynical stable hand, Crooks gets his name from his crooked back. His bitterness and loneliness stems from prejudice and from being shunned. He is segregated from the other ranch hands and made to bunk separately.

 

 

Comic Potential

Comic PotentialDirected by Gordon Ellis

Production Dates: January 23, 24, 30, 31 & February 1, 6, 7, 2015

Auditions: November 16 and November 17 2014 at 7pm

Alan Ayckbourn’s comedic foray into science-fiction drops us into a not-too-distant future where actors have been replaced by robotic “actoids” and where the art of comedy has been lost. That is until an aspiring young writer with a love of the classics discovers a malfunctioning actoid that has developed a sense of humor all her own. As the duo attempt to ignite their respective TV careers, they soon find themselves challenging the theory that the ability to laugh – as well as the ability to fall in love – is what differentiates computers from their human creators.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and MenDirected by Michelle Aguillon

Production Dates: March 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2015

Audition Dates: January 11 at 2PM and January 12 2015 at 7PM

This American classic by Nobel Prize-Winning author John Steinbeck, tells the story of George and Lenny, displaced migrant workers during the Great Depression in the farmlands of California’s central valley. Together they hold the American dream of someday owning their own place, but when Lenny runs into trouble, George is faced with protecting his friend yet again or having to move on without him.

Mauritius

MauritiusDirected by Mark Baumhardt

Production Dates: May 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 2015

Auditions: March 8  and March 10 at 7pm.  Callbacks at 8:30 pm on March 10

A suspenseful struggle for a very valuable inheritance. Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think! After their mother’s death, two estranged sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for a stamp collector. One sister wants the money and the other resists for sentimental reasons. A seemingly simple sale becomes very dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world. They are willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.

  

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