Expressions Community Theater will be holding auditions for Ten November by Steven Dietz. Auditions will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center on November 28th and 29th by appointment only via the Sign-up Genius link from 6-8:00 PM. Callbacks will be on November 30th if needed.
Performances will be on February 10-11 and 17-18 at 7 PM, and February 12 and 19 at 2 PM.
Expressions Community Theater is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to audition. For more information about Expressions Community Theater and to view a sample of the Actors Handbook please visit the website.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please bring your headshot (or a current photo) and resume with you to auditions.
Actors: Please review sides from the script available on the Lakeville Area Arts Center website and select one to read/perform. Hard copies will be available at auditions, and memorization is not required. The director may ask actors to read multiple sides.
Singers: Please prepare approximately 60-90 seconds of music that showcases your vocal range. Please bring your music marked and ready to go in the desired key for the accompanist.
Ten November revolves around the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the largest, most mysterious and most controversial shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes. Immortalized in Gordon Lightfoot’s haunting ballad, the Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, claiming the lives of her entire 29-man crew. For nearly 50 years, her loss has been commemorated while the circumstances of her disappearance continue to be debated.
Steven Dietz’s work, underscored by Minnesota native Eric Peltoniemi’s eclectic score, is equal parts a presentation of the conflicting theories, an anthology of Great Lakes maritime culture, and a meditation on society’s fascination with technology and tragedy.
The story is told by an ensemble cast, where each actor plays multiple roles throughout the course of the play. Roles are open to any gender identity unless noted otherwise. Key roles for each actor include:
Actor One: Jessie Cooper, captain of the S.S. Arthur Anderson, the last vessel to receive communication from the Fitzgerald and the first to search for her.
Actor Two: Coast Guard Officer, widow of a Great Lakes sailor.
Actor Three: Robert Rafferty, Fitzgerald’s temporary first cook.
Actor Four: Thomas Murphy, attorney for the Oglebay-Norton Company that operated the Fitzgerald.
Actor Five: Rear Admiral Winfred Barrow, Chairman of the Marine Board of Investigation of the sinking of the Fitzgerald (male-identifying preferred).
Actor Six: Crewman of S.S. Arthur Anderson, widow of a Great Lakes sailor (male-identifying preferred).
Actor Seven: Captain Adam Zabinksi, member of the Marine Board of Investigation; Alien Theorist.
Actor Eight: Ernest McSorley, Fitzgerald’s captain (male-identifying preferred).
Actor Nine: David Weiss, Fitzgerald’s cadet.
Singers (3): Described as “the environment of the play,” the singers provide musical transitions between scenes and are present in some scenes, as well (female-identifying preferred; 2 alto roles and 1 soprano role).
Musical Director: Please inquire for more information about this stipend position.