Auditions and Job Opportunities
Geordie Productions’ 2017-18 2Play Tour Auditions
AUDITIONS to be held on April 3rd and 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
For audition details or to book an audition, time send headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (514) 845-9810.
• Casting two females and one male
• Geordie encourages all types (shapes, cultures, gender, ethnicity) to submit.
• Present in the room will be Geordie Artistic Director, Mike Payette, and director Arianna Bardesono.
• Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
• Actors will only be contacted only if they have received an audition slot.
PLEASE NOTE: Both plays will be available to read in full at the Geordie office at 4001 Rue Berri BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9-5 from March 29 – April 4. These auditions are for the Geordie 2Play School Tour; if cast, actors will rehearse and perform both plays to tour across Eastern Canada from September 2017 to April 2018.
Please read the tour information section at the end of this post to ensure that all actors understand the commitment of the Geordie Tour.
1. Actors will be asked to prepare two pieces: one contemporary monologue AND one piece that features physicality and imagination – be creative!
2. Pieces should be 2 minutes (max) each.
ELEMENTARY SHOW - The Mountain by Chelsea Wooley
Aya, the lady adventurer, (not a princess because princesses are stuck up), just wants to go home. She is a refugee and that means she is not from here. She’s tired of Canada, and wants to go back to her great and magical valley, far, far away. Only problem is, her dad won’t answer her phone calls, she’s broke, and the lonely boy she’s found to be her side-kick, doesn’t want to help. A provocative and beautiful show for young people about fear, bullies, war, and the mountain we must climb together, as one, to find peace.
Aya (Female): A refugee now in Canada. 8 years old.
Nicholas (Male): Born in Canada. 8 years old.
HIGH SCHOOL/CEGEP SHOW - Untitled by Kalale Dalton-Lutale
Think of your first best friend. What did she look like? Remember her laugh. Were you in the same class? Think about the millions of times you slept over at her house, told her secrets, swapped diaries, shared clothes. Did you have the same taste in movies? Crushes on the same people? Where is she now?
Bailey and Zanele are best-friends. They have known each other for as long as they can remember. On their last days of junior high - a time when they will have to make serious decisions about their futures - both long to live out their dreams as super cool artists, but this means getting accepted into the right high school first. In the third floor girls’ bathroom, both have letters, both will open them, and both will find out their fate. This timely and sharp-witted coming-of-age story challenges the dynamics of friendship and where they meet with realities of race, class and gender.
Bailey (Female): 13 years old, mixed-race (light). Comes from a rougher mixed income housing neighbourhood in a metropolitan city. Her mom is a Lesbian and a light-skin black woman from Nova Scotia. Her father is white and lives with a new family.
Zanele [Zan-elly] (Female): 13 years old, mixed-race (darker). She lives with her single white Dad in a middle class neighbourhood. Her mother, an African woman, has passed away 6 years before.
Mr. Leblanc (Male): A teacher at the girls’ school.
ADDITIONAL TOUR INFORMATION
The tour is NON-Equity. Actors are paid weekly at the TYA Equity rate. Per-diems and accommodation will be paid for over-nights spent outside of the Montreal area.
The 2Play Tour is so named because the same group of actors (plus one tour manager) present two plays (one for elementary audiences and one for high school & CEGEP audiences) during the tour. It is not unusual to present both plays in a single day and the tour annually does up to 220 individual performances and plays to approximately 40,000 young people.
The tour will rehearse beginning in early August, with the first leg of the tour beginning in late September. The 2Play Tour performances take place over 8 months (September 2017 to April 2018).
Tour performances take place in school gyms, auditoriums, libraries, community centers, and theatres.
Tour actors are expected to load-in and strike the set, props, and costumes together with the tour manager.
The tour travels to remote regions in Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes. The tour schedule is organized into “legs” – the first leg of the tour traditionally takes the group to the Lower North Shore of Quebec; subsequent legs travel to New Brunswick, the Magdalene Islands, and the Gaspé. This can mean several days or weeks in very remote communities, and some unconventional travel (by ATV or water taxi) and accommodations.
The tour travels together with the set, props, and costumes, in a passenger/cargo van to all locations which are accessible by road, including New Brunswick. The tour presents up to 12 performances per week (occasionally 3 performances per day) often at more than one location. The tour performs up to 6 days per week.
Tour performances are ordinarily scheduled in keeping with the school day. As the load-in begins 1 hour before the performance, this can mean that the pick-up time (from a designated central location) can be very early in the morning. Prompt attention to timing is expected.
Actors cannot participate in other theatrical productions during the tour due to scheduling conflicts.
The tour will break for one-to-two (unpaid) weeks over the Christmas vacation taken by most schools, followed by up to a week of brush-up rehearsals. The tour will break for one (unpaid) week during the March break observed by most Quebec public schools.
The actors who enjoy the tour the most have a great sense of adventure, are easy-going and tolerant of others, can spend long stretches in close proximity with their co-workers, and can find something new in each performance of a play with which they have presented many times before. It is an unforgettable engagement for emerging professional artists.