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OPEN AUDITIONS: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Updated: Oct 7


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Adapted by Simon Stephens

Directed by Sarah Sheldrick

Open Auditions: Video auditions due on Monday, November 15th by 5pm

s.sheldrick@gmail.com


Rehearsal Timeframe

Callbacks in-person: November 17th 6:00pm by invitation

Rehearsal Weeks: December 6th - February 3rd Performances:

Evening: February 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th at 7:30pm

Matinee: February 6th, 13th at 2:30pm



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 actors 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.


All auditions will be via a video submitted to the director via email unless otherwise arranged. In addition to your audition video, please download, fill out, and attach our audition form located at tinyurl.com/MTAuditionForm


All underage performers will need the permission of parent / guardian before submitting their audition. A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list, so if you have one please attach it with your audition video and form.


SHOW TYPE

This show will be rehearsed and performed in-person. The performance will be presented to a limited live audience and will also be available for online streaming.


SHOW SYNOPSIS

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. The play opens with Christopher standing beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.


FROM THE DIRECTOR Sarah Sheldrick

This will be my fourth directed show at the Majestic Theatre main stage. I am trained in the art of pantomime and hold a degree in Theatre Arts. I am interested in the art of storytelling and identity. I put a strong emphasis on collaboration and creativity. I am looking forward to this enchanting show and will be looking to create an artistic theatre experience for cast and crew! This show has lots of movement and contemporary staging. Being trained in dancing is not a requirement. We adhere to the pillars of rehearsal and practice: Consent, Context, Communication, Choreography and Closure.


PREPARATION NOTES

Video Audition

Introduce yourself. Name, pronouns and answer one of the following questions:


1. Name three songs from your perfect playlist. Why these songs?


2. Choose any window in your home. If you could change something about what you see, what would it be?


3. If you could create a food truck, what type of food would you serve? And what is the name of the truck?


State your character(s) preference you are auditioning for.

Prepare and perform two of the sides that will be made available. You can choose the same side if you change the character you are reading. Make choices that show off your vocal, physical, and emotional range.


Send your completed video audition to s.sheldrick@gmail.com by November 15, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Sarah will contact you and invite you to callbacks on November 17, 2021 at 6pm. Vaccine verification will be required to attend callbacks.


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles.


CHRISTOPHER

Age: Young Adult to Adult

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Race: Any

Ethnicity: Any

acting experience and skills

Ability/movement: mobility for running, crawling, hiding, curling up, floor work, jumping, actor will be lifted into the air.

Needs to be comfortable interacting with animals

Christopher is on stage the entire play and will be casting someone comfortable with showing a wide range of emotions.


ED (Christopher’s Dad)

Age: Adult

Desired Actor Gender: Male

Race: Any

Ethnicity: Any

Working class (Think: Mat Damon in Good Will Hunting)

Character demonstrates a spectrum of anger issues. He works hard to control himself, but is not successful. He is not a hugger. Needs to be comfortable interacting with animals.


JUDY (Christopher’s Mom)

Age: Adult

Desired Actor Gender: Female

Race: Any

Ethnicity: Any

Character is logical and efficient. She is full of pure love for her son. She is lost and sad without expressions of affection. Touchy feely – She is a hugger!

SIOBHAN (Christopher’s teacher)

Age: Adult, Mature adult, or Elderly adult

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Race: Any

Ethnicity: Any

This is the one person who communicates with Christopher without judgement and sees his full potential. This person is firm, direct, and kind. This person is WOKE!


SUPPORTING CAST: 6 to 8 people

Looking for scene stealers! Creative character-actors for development of multiple roles. Being able to utilize movement and change voice to demonstrate different characters a must.

Race: Any

Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender & Age:

One adult male

One adult female

All others: late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly adult, any gender.


Ability/Movement: mobility for running, crawling, some floor work (adapted for limitations), lifting stage boxes and Christopher. Please indicate any limitations at auditions, so we can adapt movement.

Indicate if comfortable with minimal interaction with animals or not.


SIDES

Coming soon.


Submit your audition materials by 5pm, Thursday, November 15th by emailing

s.sheldrick@gmail.com

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