ITR will be staging Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell on November 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 2018 . Auditions will be held Sunday May 27th at 2-4pm, and Monday May 28th 7-9pm at the Osgoode Community Centre in the Fred Alexander Room (main floor) - see Map for directions.
The play is a series of vignettes about five Calgary women on the home front in the Second World War based on interviews that Murrell did with women who had experienced the era first hand.
We are casting the following parts. Please note that you do not have to be the age indicated, just able to play that age.
Catherine (25-35) whose husband is overseas and copes by working in a canteen and socializing with another man.
Margaret (45-50) who has one son overseas and one who joins the communist party and believes that both are lost to her.
Janet (30-35) whose husband avoids active service by working for CBC radio and compensates by a display of bullying patriotism and volunteer work.
Eve (25-35) a young school teacher who tries to keep her students from enlisting and despises the militaristic posturing of her much older husband.
Marta (30-45) a German immigrant whose father is interned as a spy.
The audition will consist of cold reads.
In addition, as part of their war effort activities, housewives would often entertain the troops. All the roles in this play do some singing. You do not need to have great singing abilities, just be able to hold a tune. As part of the audition, you will be asked to sing a simple song.
The role of Janet does call for piano playing and she sings a solo. If you cannot play the piano, this is not a stopper, we can work around it. Marta would speak with a German accent, and also sings a solo, some of which is in German so the ability to do an accent and learn a bit of German is important for this role but does not have to be perfected for the audition.
Appointments are not required. Everyone should arrive by the starting time of the audition. Photos, if required, will be taken there.
For more information and an audition form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.