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OPEN AUDITIONS - Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company presents Queen by Madhuri Shekar

Updated: May 6


Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company presents

Queen

By Madhuri Shekar

Directed by Sravya Tadepalli

Open Auditions: April 4th & 5th 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rehearsal Timeframe: April 11th - May 20th

Evening Performances: May 21st - 22nd at 7:30pm

Content Label: PG-13 Parental Cautioned (Adult language)


The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for performers of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.


The Majestic Theatre COVID-19 risk mitigation policies will be in place for all auditions, rehearsals, and performances. For more information, go to majestic.org/covid-precautions


Auditions will be held in person at the Majestic Theatre. All participants aged twelve and over will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 48 hours before being allowed to enter. Please download and fill out our audition form located at tinyurl.com/MTAuditionForm and bring it with you to the audition. If you can’t, forms will be available at the audition.


A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list.



SHOW SYNOPSIS


Sanam Shah, a mathematician, and Ariel Spiegel, a biologist, are Ph.D. candidates and best friends working together to discover the cause of colony collapse disorder – the urgent, ecological crisis where bees are disappearing around the world in alarming numbers. Just as they are about to publish a career-defining new paper on the subject, calling for a ban on commercial pesticides, Sanam realizes that the numbers don’t add up to support their conclusion. Should she look the other way for the sake of environmental action, or should she stand by her scientific principles, even if it means ceding ground to an ecological disaster, jeopardizing her career and losing her best friend?


FROM THE DIRECTOR Sravya Tadepalli


A high-stakes, fast-paced play that explores the intersection of science, gender, and class, Queen gets its audience to reckon with challenging questions of morality. A great show for both first-time and experienced performers to play with character development, its small cast also offers a chance for each performer to shine. Join this show to explore complex issues, collaborate with an intimate team, and have fun!



PREPARATION NOTES


You do NOT need to prepare a monologue or piece. Wear comfortable clothes to audition; be ready to move as part of your audition. The audition will be a cold reading from sides.


If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask!


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

For all character ages, the performer doesn’t need to be that age, just be able to portray that age.


SANAM SHAH

Character Age: 29-30

Character Race: Asian

Character Ethnicity: Indian (From India––accented speech)

Character Gender: Female

Desired performer Gender: Female

Ability/movement: On stage for almost the entire play.

Character: An applied mathematician about to graduate from a Ph.D. program in ecology. Very independent and generally able to deal with life’s curveballs––but also because her background allows her to.


ARIEL SPIEGEL

Character Age: 33-34

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired performer Gender: Female

Ability/movement: On stage for almost the entire play. No significant movement requirements.

Character: A Ph.D. ecology researcher and single mom. Dedicated, strong-willed, and exhausted.


ARVIND PATEL

Character Age: Late 30s

Character Race: Asian

Character Ethnicity: Indian-American

Desired performer Gender: Male

Ability/movement: On stage for about half of the play. No significant movement requirements.

Character: A financier from New York. A potential suitor for Sanam. Imperfect but thoughtful, Arvind raises many of the important moral questions in this play.


DR. PHILLIP HAYES

Character Age: Late 40s–Early 50s

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired performer Gender: Male

Ability/movement: On stage for about half of the play. No significant movement requirements.

Character: Ariel and Sanam’s supervising professor. Cares significantly about his status, but maybe not his reputation.

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