Open, non-Equity auditions; non-paying, volunteer roles

Auditions: December 2 11:00a.m.-1:30 p.m.
December 3 4:00-7:00 p.m.
December 4 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Children auditioning for Mary are encouraged to audition on December 2nd.  All other children are encouraged to audition on either December 2nd or December 3rd. 

All actors should prepare a monologue of no more than 2 minutes in length; see below for specific audition songs for major characters. You will need to provide your own accompaniment if you are not singing a song from the show. Songs from the show must be done in the key written for the show.

 Show dates March 9-11, 16-18.

Mary Lennox, Female (age 9-small 13), Lead—Soprano
Mary has lived most of her life in India, daughter of the military officer in charge at a post there; her mother has had very little time or attention to give to her daughter, and her father (who worshipped his wife and did love Mary very much) had little time for her because of his duties. She has become a solitary and sullen child, spoiled to the service of the household staff who’ve stood in as parental figures. She is, however, brave, strong, adventurous, intelligent, and curious. Actor must be able to convey the change from the sullen, withdrawn child to the strong and delightful child she becomes when exposed to affection and attention at her uncle’s estate in Yorkshire. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent).  Suggested audition piece: “I Heard Someone Crying”; sing Mary, Lily, and Archibald’s verses. 

Archibald Craven, Male (adult, 30s-50s), Lead—Baritone
Archie/Archibald, having lost the love of his life after the birth of his only child, Colin, is haunted by the spirit of his wife, Lily, who cannot leave the mansion because his love for her (and hers for him, still lingering even after death) grips him and hovers over him. A hunchback, he believes himself unlovable and deserving of isolation and deprivation, partially because of the loss of his wife and partially because of his guilt (nurtured by his envious brother, Dr. Craven) that his son suffers from the same condition which afflicts Archie and that it will probably end in his child’s death. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent).  Suggested audition piece: “Race You to the Top of the Morning”; the story of the dragon: Archie’s goodbye to Colin.

Dr. Neville Craven, Male (adult 30s-50s), Major supporting—Baritone
Neville deserves his last name, in my opinion. He is jealous of his petty power in the household; he believes the house and land should be his; he wishes his brother would simply go away; and he, too, was in love—with no return of affection—with Lily. He has convinced his brother that Colin will die if he is exposed to any kind of excitement, including the attention of his father. Colin is confined to bed by Neville; his diet is supervised by Neville; if he becomes agitated, Neville administers sedatives. Neville is very threatened by Mary’s energetic and immediate presence in the house and the changes he fears she can and will make. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent).  Sing same as Archibald; desired vocal range is similar

Martha, Female (16-30), Major Supporting–Mezzo-Soprano
Martha is the maidservant who ends up being a pretty constant and positive presence in Mary’s life. She has a great sense of humor and is quite courageous herself, even though she SAYS she has fears of one sort or another. She aids and abets Mary’s efforts to bring Colin out of his bed and out of the house and back to life. Sister of Dickon; must learn the Yorkshire accent. Email (thefrontporchplayers2@gmail.com) for links to a tutorial for the accent as well as a YouTube video; and you can listen to the lines that are interspersed in the soundtrack on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch. Director will work with you on this accent as well. Not required to have it conquered at auditions but to be willing to learn.  Suggested audition piece: “Hold On”

Dickon, Male (15-25), Major Supporting—Tenor
Martha’s brother, Dickon in many ways represents an earth spirit, someone so close to nature that he not only seems almost to work magic with growing things but can speak with the robin which seems to guard Lily’s [now apparently abandoned] garden. He has some of the same sense of humor as his sister, but he’s a much freer spirit and has a great deal of insight into his fellow human beings, including Mary. Must learn the Yorkshire accent. Email (thefrontporchplayers2@gmail.com) for links to a tutorial for the accent as well as a YouTube video; and you can listen to the lines that are interspersed in the soundtrack on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch. Director will work with you on this accent  as well. Not required to have it conquered at auditions but to be willing to learn. Suggested audition piece: “Wick”

Lily, Female (mature 18-30), Major Supporting—Soprano
Beautiful of heart and nature, Lily loved Archibald for who he was and was never able to see any kind of defect in him. She reaches beyond death to love him, her son, and then Mary. She is a spirit weaving in and out of the story throughout, disappearing only when Mary has brought the entire family together and the hovering negative spirit of Dr. Craven has been—rather gently, all things considered—instructed to return to his own space in his practice in London. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). Suggested audition piece: “How Could I Ever Know”

Colin Craven, Male (9-small 14), Supporting–Treble/Boy Soprano
Colin has been treated as an invalid for his whole life; his early and difficult birth probably did mean he wasn’t the healthiest infant in the world at first, but Dr. Craven has used his medical expertise as the vehicle for his jealousy and envy to create a real invalid of the boy, who never leaves his room, believes he is doomed to die an early death, and treats everyone around him with tyrannical viciousness. He fights against Mary’s vigor as well, but ultimately—desperate for true human contact—he is won over and thus puts his feet on the path to health. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). Suggested audition piece: “Lift Me Up” (part of “Come to My Garden”)

Ben Weatherstaff , Male (40s-spry 60s), Featured—Tenor
Ben is the groundskeeper/gardener on the estate, a man who wants to present himself as crotchety but who is much amused (and enlivened) by Mary’s insistent presence and youth. He is both irritated by and admiring of Dickon’s connection to the earth. Until the last couple of years, he has secretly kept Lily’s garden despite Archie’s instructions to lock the garden and never to enter again, nor to let anyone else enter. Must learn the Yorkshire accent. Email (thefrontporchplayers2@gmail.com) for links to a tutorial for the accent as well as a YouTube video; and you can listen to the lines that are interspersed in the soundtrack on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch.Director will work with you on this accent as well. Not required to have it conquered at auditions but to be willing to learn. Suggested audition piece: “It’s a Maze, This Garden”

Mrs. Winthrop, Female (40s-50s), Featured—Spoken; will probably double with other, singing role; mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Winthrop is the self-important, stuffy, stiff representative of one of the two boarding schools to which Dr. Craven wishes to send Mary, thus getting her out of his way and stopping her “interfering” with his “program of treatment” for Colin (and her ability to bring Archie out of the cocoon he’s wrapped himself in so thoroughly). Mary curses her (in Hindi), throws things at her, and falls on the floor at her feet, “unconscious.” This actor will need to play one of the Dreamers and will therefore need two costumes. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). Any song that displays ability and range

Mrs. Medlock, Female (40s-early 60s), Minor supporting/Featured; Spoken—cannot be doubled: does not have to sing
Mrs. Medlock most wants to retain her position as Housekeeper, a very important position for a servant at this point in time (early 1900s), so she carries out the instructions given her by both Archie and Dr. Craven and protects her position in every way she can. She doesn’t intend to be harsh to Mary, exactly, but the rigors of the instructions she’s been given naturally lead to a less than kind attitude toward the child. She thus seems very much Dr. Craven’s ally in his efforts (though I do not believe she intends any ill toward either Mary or Colin; she’s a servant doing her duty and maintaining her position and importance in the household). Though she does not have to sing, if she CAN, it would be nice to have her adding to the ensemble’s songs from offstage. Must learn the Yorkshire accent. Email (thefrontporchplayers2@gmail.com) for links to a tutorial for the accent as well as a YouTube video; and you can listen to the lines that are interspersed in the soundtrack on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch. Director will work with you on this accent as well. Not required to have it conquered at auditions but to be willing to learn. (If you sing, any song that displays ability and range will work.)

Rose Lennox, Female (mature 18-30), Featured—Soprano
Self-centered, self-focused; beautiful; Mary’s mother and Lily’s sister; epitome of the upper-class, snobbish British woman of the period. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). A Dreamer. Same as Lily; range is close to the same
Captain Albert Lennox, Male (20s-40s), Featured—Tenor
Mary’s father: he loves both his daughter and his wife: he loves his wife almost worshipfully, which is why he is unaware of the fact that Rose is something of a wretch. His spirit wants so much to help his daughter and to move Archibald and the rest of the household to welcome and love her. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). A Dreamer (Any song; or “A Bit of Earth” or “Lily’s Eyes”)

Alice , Female (15-30s; Holmes’ daughter), Ensemble—Soprano (Same as Lily)
One of the Dreamers, or spirits, she was in India with her father, and died from cholera along with everyone else in the American colony except for Mary. Upper class. British accent a necessity (but NOT the Yorkshire accent). May double as Joan, a servant (one line).

Lieutenant Wright, Male (18-30s), Ensemble—Tenor (Any song that displays ability and range)
One of the two men who discover the lone survivor of the cholera epidemic : Mary. He seems to have a vested interest in her welfare. A Dreamer.

Lieutenant Shaw, Male (18-30s), Ensemble—Baritone
One of the military Dreamers (Any song that displays ability and range)

Major Holmes, Male (30s-50s), Ensemble—Tenor
The second of the two men who rescue Mary and send her to live with her uncle in Yorkshire. A Dreamer. (Any song that displays ability and range)

Major Shelly, Male (30s-50s), Ensemble—Tenor; a military Dreamer (Any song that displays ability and range)

Mrs. Claire Holmes, Female (30s-50s; Maj. Holmes’ wife), Ensemble–Mezzo-Soprano; a Dreamer (Any song that displays ability and range)

Mrs. Shelly, Female (any age; may be doubled with Mrs. Winthrop), Ensemble–Mezzo-Soprano; a Dreamer (Any song that displays ability and range)

Fakir, Male (20s-40s), Featured Ensemble—Tenor (may double); a Dreamer (Any song that displays ability and range)

Ayah, Female (20s-40s), Featured Ensemble–Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano (may double); a Dreamer (Any song that displays ability and range)

We may add as many as 3 more male and 3 more female ensemble members