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AUDITIONS

Audition for Stolen Shakespeare Guild's production of The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon, and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Presented by the Stolen Shakespeare Guild
Directed by Clare Shaffer
Performed at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in the Sanders Theater

Audition Information: Auditions are by appointment. Please email a request for an appointment at shakespeareguild@aol.com or message us on our Facebook page. The role of Lily has been pre-cast but all other roles available. 

Audition Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 19th 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, January 20th  6:00 p.m.
Callback TBA, only if needed.
Place: The auditions will be held at First Christian Church, Irving South - 114 West Grauwyler Rd. Irving, TX 75061.

Audition Instructions: PLEASE BRING WITH YOU A HEAD SHOT AND RESUME. - Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway style song, bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. The initial audition will consist of singing, dancing, and reading from the script. Wear appropriate clothing for movement and dance. Check the Stolen Shakespeare Guild Facebook page and website at www.stolenshakespeareguild.org for updates and information about the audition.

Rehearsal and Production Dates:
Production runs April 12 - 28th, 2019. Rehearsals will be in Irving and will move to the Sanders Theater in Fort Worth the week of the production. We usually create the rehearsal schedule around conflicts listed on the audition form listed by the performers and we consider these conflicts when casting. Rehearsals will start in March. Go to our audition page to read over our actor contract.

Non-Equity Actors
1) Will provide a small stipend, stipend is based on profit sharing and participation in strike is required to receive any stipends.
2) Comps for 2 guest for first weekend of performances.
3) You receive an actor’s pass which you may use only for yourself to see our future shows on opening weekends for one year.
Go to our audition page to see copy of actor’s contract for more information.

Equity Actors
Equity Actors are always welcome to audition.
Contract level: special appearance level I.

Go to www.stolenshakespeareguild.org and click on our information page then audition page for show synopsis and character break downs.
About The Show:
Full Length Musical, Drama  /  12m, 10f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. 

CHARACTERS

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. 
Character List
LILY – (This role has been cast).
MARY LENNOX - Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.
MRS. MEDLOCK - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.
MARTHA - Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”
DICKON - Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.
COLIN CRAVEN - Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald's ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.
MRS. WINTHROP - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.
The Following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary's life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.
ROSE LENNOX - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.
ALICE - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.
LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary's father's unit.
LIEUTENANT SHAW - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.
MAJOR SHELLEY - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
MRS. SHELLEY - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley's wife.
MAJOR HOLMES - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
CLAIRE HOLMES - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes' wife.
FAKIR - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.
AYAH - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.
About the Director:
Clare Shaffer is a DFW-based director, casting director, and producer who works across genres and specializes in new play development and contemporary musicals. She recently relocated from DC, where she had the pleasure of working with companies including Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Mosaic Theater Company, Flying V, and Nu Sass Productions. Her first local production was A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 at Stage West. Favorite directing credits include MAN OF LA MANCHA, AVENUE Q, SISTER ACT, SWEENEY TODD, and a hit actor-muso production of ASSASSINS. Shaffer has served a three-year term as a Helen Hayes Awards Judge (DC’s most prestigious theatrical honors), and been a panelist for the DC Arts & Humanities Council where she was instrumental in awarding their individual theatre artist grants. As a casting director, Shaffer has cast a variety of high-profile projects including the critically acclaimed world premiere of CARMEN: AN AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MUSICAL written and directed by Moises Kaufman (THE LARAMIE PROJECT) at Olney Theatre Center. She has also taught audition master classes at Point Park University, The Vocal Arts Institute, and The Actors Center. As a producer, Shaffer has developed several new play festivals in addition to her extensive work on full productions.

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