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Auditions Announced for Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Adapted by Michael Bloom

 

Western Reserve Playhouse

Announces Auditions for

Michael Bloom’s adaptation of

Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Directed by Keith Stevens

 

Show Dates April 19th through May 4th, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

 

Audition Dates:

January 27th – 6pm-8pm

Jan 29th – 6:30-8:30PM

Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

SIGN UP AT: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and theatrical resume.

 

The cast includes the following roles:

EMMA WOODHOUSE (Not auditioning at this time) – Very pretty, accomplished, willful, highly intelligent, sophisticated, and arrogant. Although often wrong, she is always confident of being right. A clever and spoiled young woman with a strong affection for her father

HENRY WOODHOUSE – Emma’s elderly father. An expert worrier whose hypochondria is a source of continual amusement, he basks in Emma’s attentions and resists any kind of change. Although he indulges his whims, he also expresses concern for the health of others

MR GEORGE KNIGHTLEY – A close friend of the Woodhouse family. A handsome, virile, rational gentleman farmer with great judgment and tact, who acts an adviser to—and finally lover of—Emma. A man’s man

MISS TAYLOR – Emma’s former governess and the new wife of Mr. Weston

WESTON – A kindly and cheerful neighbor of the Woodhouses, and the father of Frank Churchill by an earlier marriage. Genial, generous, easy-going, and warm-hearted

PHILIP ELTON – The 26-Year-Old rector of Highberry, who is looking for the right marriage

HARRIET SMITH – A soft, amiable, and adoring orphan, easily swayed, and of a class below Emma’s. Befriended by Emma, she eventually decides to marry the man for whom she was intended

ROBERT MARTIN – A capable young farmer, in love with Harriet Smith

MISS BATES – A middle-aged spinster, kind but terribly talkative. Lives in genteel poverty with her ailing mother

JANE FAIRFAX – A beautiful and talented young woman who is visiting her aunt Miss Bates in Highberry

FRANK CHURCHILL – handsome and well-mannered son of Mr. Weston, who was raised by his aunt, and is visiting Highberry for the first time

AUGUSTA HAWKINS – the vain, and vulgar wife of Mr Elton

 

At this time, we are not auditioning for the role of Emma.

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.

All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Keith Stevens at keistevens@aol.com

Auditions for “Bridges of Madison County”

Western Reserve Playhouse Announces for

Jason Robert Brown’s

“Bridges of Madison County”

Show Dates March 1-16, 2019

BREAKDOWN
The Bridges of Madison County is based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 best-selling novel, and was developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). This 2014 Broadway musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question” “What if…?” Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.
With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful addition to any theatre’s season. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters that tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.

Audition Dates:

December 15, 2018 from 1-3PM
December 17, 2018 from 6:30-8PM
Callbacks if necessary after 8PM December 17, 2018
Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44268

SIGN UP AT: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-bridges

Directed By Sarah Coon

Musical Direction by Bryan Bird and David Stebbins

Please prepare one song in the style of the show but, not from the show. Callbacks (If needed) will consist of singing and cold reading from the show. There will be no dance audition for this show.

There are no equity contracts available for this show at this time.

Rehearsals will start early February 2019. This will be a short rehearsal period.

Roles Available:

  • Richard “Bud” Johnson – 40’s – Francesca’s husband
  • Marian -30’s – Robert’s former wife. A musician, with an artist’s style and soul. 
  • Michael -16+ (needs to play 16-20’s- Francesca and Bud’s son. Headstrong, and finding himself.
  • Carolyn –14+ (needs to play 14-20’s) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter. Sensitive, but strong.
  • Marge –40’s-60’s – Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy, but a caring and loyal friend.
  • Charlie –50’s-60’s – Marge’s husband. A good Iowa man.

***The Roles of Robert and Francesca are not available at this time.***

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.
All characters will double as ensemble roles, including some featured solos.
All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Sarah Coon at sarahcoon24@gmail.com