Aethem Theatre Auditions for World Premiere Jane Austen Comedy (PAID)

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Aethem Theatre is thrilled to announce auditions for Miss Woodhouse Presents, a world premiere written and directed by local playwright Kayla Hambek.

*As of 1/3/22, our audition slots are full.  Aethem recommends double-checking availability at the SignUp Genius link below (people occasionally cancel), then submitting a video audition if there are no slots available.  Check out our website at for more information on submitting a video audition.

Handsome, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse wants nothing more than to share her talents with the world.  What better way than her own TV show?  Showrunner George Knightley and research assistant Harriet Smith do their best to keep Emma on track, but that doesn't prevent Austen's feisty heroine from giving her opinion on the love lives of Austen's other beloved characters, from the Bennets to the Dashwoods and everyone in-between.  But is Emma truly content marrying off everyone else and staying single?

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held at the Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) on Sunday, January 9th and Monday, January 10th from 6:30-9:00pm.  All auditioners must be vaccinated; please be prepared to present your vaccine card upon arrival. 

Auditions will be cold reads in small groups; please sign up for a half-hour block at this link:

Aethem Theatre strongly encourages actors of all races, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, body types, and backgrounds to audition.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS: If you are unable to attend auditions in person but still would like to be considered, please submit a video of you performing one of the monologue packets on our website to by 11:59pm on Saturday, January 8th.  Aethem highly recommends all auditioners be available for callbacks in-person.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will be held at the Phoenix Theater on Saturday, January 15th, from 1-4pm

PERFORMANCE VENUE: Elision Playhouse, 6105 N 42nd Ave, Crystal, MN 55422

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 29th-May 1st, May 4th-May 7th, 2022

REHEARSALS: Monday-Thursday evenings, beginning March 14th, at the Phoenix Theater

STIPEND: All performers will receive a base stipend of $200, plus profitshare


AVAILABLE ROLES: Aethem Theatre plans to cast eight additional actors to play the over 40 roles in this production.  The role of Emma has been cast.  Ages indicate the age of the character to be played.

EMMA WOODHOUSE: 21.  Healthy, wealthy, and charming, if not always wise.  Intelligent and well-bred.  **This role has been cast.

HARRIET SMITH: 17.  Sweet, naive, and helpful.  A Hufflepuff if there ever was one.

GEORGE KNIGHTLEY: 30s.  Practical and tactful, if not always charismatic.  Has known Emma her whole life.

The remaining actors will play multiple roles, a sample breakdown of which is included below:

ACTOR 1: 20s. Plays Charlotte Lucas, Charlotte Palmer, Isabella Thorpe, and Anne Elliott.

ACTOR 2: 18-20s. Plays Lydia Bennet, Marianne Dashwood, Fanny Price, and Jane Bennet.

ACTOR 3: 20s. Plays Kitty Bennet, Elinor Dashwood, Henrietta Musgrove, and Georgianna Darcy.

ACTOR 4: 20s. Plays Jane Fairfax, Lizzy Bennet, Lucy Steele, Mary Musgrove, and Julia Bertram.

ACTOR 5: 20s-30s.  Plays Edmund Bertram, Frank Churchill, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and Bobby Martin.

ACTOR 6: 20s-30s.  Plays Phillip Elton, Edward Ferrars, William Collins, Captain Harville, John Willoughby, and Charles Bingley.

Additional roles to be assigned to the above actors as needed.


For more information, including character breakdowns, audition sides, an audition form, and Aethem's full COVID policy, please visit our website at

Contact information

Aethem Theatre
Kayla Hambek
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