Lakeshore Players Theatre Auditions for 'CALENDAR GIRLS'

Rate of Pay: 
$165.00

Lakeshore Players Theatre is thrilled to announce auditions for non-union actors for:

CALENDAR GIRLS

By Tim Firth

Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth

Directed by Megan K. Pence

DATES

Rehearsals will take place on evenings and potentially weekends from January 23-March 9, 2023 at Lakeshore Players Theatre. 

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proof of vaccination in order to participate. A booster is encouraged but not required to participate.

You must be available for all performances to be considered. 

Performance dates: 

Fri. March 10th - 7:30PM

Sat. March 11th- 7:30PM

Sun. March 12th- 2:00PM

Fri. March 17th- 7:30PM

Sat. March 18th- 7:30PM

Sun. March 19th- 2:00PM

Mon. March 20th-7:30PM

Fri. March 24th- 7:30PM

Sat. March 25th 2:00PM & 7:30PM

Sun. March 26th- 2:00PM

CONTENT ADVISORY

This play surrounds a group of female-identifying persons who stage photographs for a calendar of images wherein partial or full-body nudity is implied, though never seen, by the audience. Modesty garments will be utilized in this production for concealment as necessary. Please come prepared to outline on the audition form your comfort level and boundaries with this aspect of the play. Your boundaries will not impact casting decisions in any way. 

This play deals with the topics of cancer, death and aging. 

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS

In-person auditions will take place between 6:30PM-8:30 PM on Sunday November 27, and 6:00-8:30 PM on Monday, Nov. 28 at Lakeshore Players Theatre.

4941 Long Ave.

White Bear Lake, MN 55113

VIDEO SUBMISSION

We are also accepting video submissions until Monday, November 28 at 11:00AM. You will be contacted if we’d like to see you for callbacks.

Video submissions may be sent to: [email protected]

CALLBACKS

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 30 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Lakeshore Players Theatre. 

HOW TO SIGN UP

You may schedule an audition time HERE.

Please submit your headshot, resume & contacts by uploading them on THIS FORM.

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please prepare a monologue to be performed in a British dialect. (No verse; contemporary is preferred, if possible). Please also come prepared to tell a story recalling a memory about you and a friend/group of friends. Either (or both!) your monologue or your story should be comic in nature. Both of your pieces combined may not exceed 3 minutes in length. You may be asked to sing a short song (a capella).

Please also review the character descriptions below and be prepared to choose the roles (up to 3) for whom you would most like to be considered. 

ROLES AVAILABLE

Chris- Female-Presenting, 50s

You want Chris at your party. She will talk to people she doesn't know, find things to say to fill silences and generate laughter. Part of this is because Chris is at home in crowds, holding court, being the centre of attention, Without Chris in her life, Annie would be better behaved, her life less fun. The two of them are like naughty schoolgirls. Ideal car who cares, as long as it's a cabriolet. Ideal holiday- Algarve.

Annie- Female-Presenting, 50s

Annie will join in mischief but is at heart more conformist and less confrontational than Chris. After Chris has put a waiter's back up in the restaurant, Annie will go in and pour calm. The mischievousness Chris elicits saves Annie from being a saint. She has enough edge to be interesting, and enough salt not to be too sweet. Ideal car - who cares, as long as it's reliable. Ideal holiday- walking in English countryside.

Cora- Female-Presenting, around 40

Cora's past is the most eclectic, her horizons broadened by having gone to college. This caused a tectonic shift with her more parochial parents. She came back to them pregnant and tail-between-legs, but Cora has too much native resilience to be downtrodden. She is the joker in the pack, but never plays the fool. Her wit is deadpan. It raises laughter in others, but rarely in herself. Her relationship with her daughter is more akin to that between Chris and Annie. Cora doesn't need to sing like a diva but must be able to sing well enough to start the show with Jerusalem and sing the snatches of other songs required. The piano keyboard can be marked up to enable her to play basic chords should she not be a player. Ideal car- who cares, as long as the sound system is loud. Ideal holiday- New York.

Jessie- Female-Presenting, late 60s/70s

Get on the right side of Jessie as a teacher and she'll be the teacher you remember for life. Get on the wrong side and you will regret every waking hour. A lover of life, Jessie doesn't bother with cosmetics - her elixir of life is bravery. Jessie goes on rollercoasters. Her husband has been with her along time and is rarely surprised by her actions. Jessie bothers about grammar and will correct stallholders regarding their abuse of the apostrophe "s". Ideal Car - strange-looking European thing which is no longer manufactured. Ideal holiday - walking in Switzerland or Angkor Wat.

Celia- Female-Presenting, 35-50 

The fact that Celia is in the WI is the greatest justification of its existence. A woman more at home in a department store than a church hall, she may be slightly younger than Chris or the same age, but she always feels like she's drifted in from another world. Which she has. She is particularly enamored of Jessie, and despite the fact Jessie has very little time for most Celias of this world, there is a rebelliousness in Celia to which Jessie responds. It's what sets Celia apart from the vapid materialism of her peer group and made her defect. Ideal car - Porsche, which she has. Ideal holiday - Maldives, where she often goes.

Ruth- Female-Presenting, 40s

Ruth's journey is from the false self-confidence of the emotionally abused to the genuine self confidence of the woman happy in her own skin. Ruth is eager to please but not a rag doll, and despite being Marie's right-hand woman she is desperate to be the cartilage in the spine of the WI and keep everyone happy. She has spine herself - if she was too wet, no-one would want her around. But they do, and they feel protective of her because they sense there is something better in Ruth than her life is letting out. They are proved right. Ideal car at the start, whatever Eddie wants; at the end, whatever she wants. Ideal holiday at the start wherever Eddie is, at the end wherever he isn't. 

Marie- Female-Presenting, 50s

Marie has gradually built the current 'Marie' around herself over the years as a defense mechanism. She went to her Oz, Cheshire, and found Oz didn't want her. She came back scorched. The WI is a trophy to her, which justifies her entire existence. There is a lingering part of Marie that would love to be on that calendar. Ideal car - something German and well-valeted. Ideal holiday - a quasi-academic tour of somewhere in Persia advertised in a Sunday Supplement which she could then interminably bang on about.

John- Annie's husband, Male-Presenting, 50s

John is a human sunflower. Not a saint. Not a hero. Just the kind of man you'd want in your car when crossing America. When he dies it feels like someone somewhere turned a light off.

Rod- Chris's husband, Male-Presenting, 50s

You have to be a certain kind of guy to stick with Chris and Rod loves it. He can give back what he gets, and has a deadpan humor which has always made Chris laugh. He drinks a lot but never so much as to have a problem. He would work every hour to make his shop a success. And John was his mate, even though the relationship was originally channeled through their wives

Lawrence- Male-Presenting, late 20s

Hesitant without being nerdy, Lawrence is a shy young man with enough wit to make a joke and enough spirit to turn up at the WI hall in the first place. When he arranges the shots he is close to female nudity but sees only the photo.

Lady Cravenshire- Female-Presenting, 60s

Lady Cravenshire really doesn't mean to be so patronizing. But the WI girls seem from another world. The world of her estate workers. Dress: when she makes an entrance, she must make an entrance. Largely white or cream to outplay the others, with a bigger hat than Marie. She is not a tweed-wearer. She must glide in like a galleon.

Elaine- Female-Presenting, 20s

Elaine really doesn't mean to be so patronizing. But Jessie seems from another world. The world of her gran. Dress: her clinical whites slice through like a knife. You feel you could cut yourself on that dress.

Liam- Male-Presenting, late 20s

Liam would like to be directing other things than photoshoots for washing powders. He's not so unprofessional as to let it show, but we can sense a slight weariness at having to deal with these women. There's a resigned patience to his actions and each smile he makes we feel is professional.

For Liam, this photoshoot is a job. And not the job he wanted. 

COMPENSATION

A modest travel stipend will be provided.

LAKESHORE PLAYERS’ INCLUSIVITY & DIVERSITY STATEMENT

At Lakeshore Players Theatre, we recognize the systemic change that needs to be made in the theater industry to promote diversity and equity and to celebrate inclusion. 

We strongly encourage actors of all races, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds to audition for this production.  We are actively investing in creating an environment that is safe, accessible and welcoming for all.

 

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