Auditions

COMING UP!!!!

EXIT LAUGHING by Paul Elliott

Directed by Sylvia Schnople

Audition Dates-August 16th and August 17th
Audition Time-7:00 pm
Location -Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson
Production Dates-Sept 30th-Oct 17th

General Audition Information
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Three middle aged female actors, one 20 something female actor and one 20 something male actor are needed for this touching comedy that centers around bridge and one wild night that includes a police raid, a stripper and whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you are truly living.

Character Descriptions-
Rachel Ann (20's) -  A young woman who seems to have issues with life and men until bridge night opens her eyes.
Connie Harland -Middle age mother of Rachel who finds on this fateful bridge night that life doesn't end at 55.
Leona- One of Connie's closets friends and a member of the bridge club for over 30 years. A woman who's a beautician by profession and a rather caustic lush by preference
Millie- Another of Connie's friends and a long standing member of the bridge club. This is a woman who marches to her own special drummer even though she's the only one who can hear him.
Policeman/Bobby (20's) - A young man of many talents and they all come to "bare" on the ladies bridge night.

Perusal scripts are available in the DCP office with a refundable $10 deposit.

If you would like to be added to our Audition email list, please call 704-892-7953 or

 



Calling all Playwrights in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia!

 

Davidson Community Players will be celebrating the 5th Anniversary of our BOOS and BREWS 10 minute play festival Oct.  28-30th, 2021.   The popular event has drawn play submissions from across the globe; however, for our anniversary event we want to give greater opportunities to playwrights within our region.  

This event will take place at the DCP Actor’s Lab in Cornelius in a black box theatre setting. We would like to invite you to submit a play for our consideration.

Here are the details:

  1. Your play is to be approximately 10 minutes in length.
  2. The theme is to be Halloween / Ghost/Spirit-oriented (comedy or drama).
  3. It should contain no more than five characters.
  4. Your set is to be minimalistic, i.e. no refrigerators or heavy objects.
  5. Ditto for costumes, props and make-up.

Your submission should include a “cover page” that contains the title, your name, email address, and phone number. All subsequent pages must have the title ONLY along with the page number.  Prior to giving your submission to the play selection committee, the cover page will be removed so that members will not know who wrote what. Playwrights whose work is chosen for performance will be notified by Sept. 13, 2021

E-mail your submission in a Word document to Sylvia@davidsoncommunityplayers.org 

Deadline: August 23rd, 2021

The selection committee members will choose the top six or seven to be performed live at the festival.   Playwrights whose work is selected will receive two complimentary tickets to one of the three performances Oct. 28-30th, 2021

 

  • Selection Committee Award - The winner of this award will be chosen by the members of the play selection committee.  The winner may or may not be the same as the Patron’s Choice Award. The winner will receive $100.00
  • Patron’s Choice Awards - At each performance every audience member will be given a list of the shows on a notecard. They will be instructed to circle their favorite and drop the form into a box.  The top choice will be awarded $100.


 For further information, please contact DCP Artistic Director, Sylvia Schnople, at Sylvia @davidsoncommunityplayers.org

  


                                                              
Non-Discrimination Policy
All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. DCP encourages anyone who is interested to audition and we are always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to our stage. Except as specifically required by the playwright for certain roles, Davidson Community Players has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage and welcome members of diverse backgrounds, experience and abilities to audition for our productions.



Auditioning at DCP
DCP encourages everyone to audition for a show regardless of your acting experience. We want you to feel comfortable at auditions and we strive to make this a rewarding experience for everyone. In order to provide you with the best audition experience possible, we have compiled a few helpful hints and bits of information about the audition and rehearsal process.

PRIOR TO AUDITIONS

1) Read over the audition notice thoroughly. You can find the complete audition notice posted on our website www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. The audition information will provide details about character description, audition requirements and general information about the rehearsal schedule.
2) Read the script and/or research the play. Scripts are available in the DCP office three weeks prior to auditions and can be checked out for 48 hours with a $5.00 deposit. For non-musicals directors generally ask for a cold reading, which are scene selections from the script, so familiarity with the script is certainly beneficial.
3) If you are auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to perform a song of your choice as well as participating in a group dance audition. You will need to provide sheet music for the accompanist at the audition. Choose a song that showcases your voice. Read the audition notice carefully to see if there is a particular style of song requested by the director. DCP offers musical theatre audition workshops which are a great way to prepare for auditions!
4) Update your resume' and headshot. Your resume' should include your theatre and/or performance experience, if any. If you have special skills or training that is relevant to theatre, please list on the resume'. Your headshot does not need to be professional; however, it is suggested that it be a recent photograph. Attach the headshot to the back of the resume' and bring to auditions.

THE AUDITION
1) Unless otherwise noted, auditions are held at the Armour Street theatre. You will enter through the basement door nearest the gravel parking lot where you will be greeted by our audition assistant. You will sign in and be given a numbered audition form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible with special attention paid to the area where you list your conflicts.
2) Depending on the director, you may be seen as part of a group or individually. For a non- musical, you will be asked to do cold readings with others who are auditioning. For musicals, you will be asked to perform your musical selection and then learn and present a dance sequence. The director may ask you to do a cold reading as well as dance and sing. If you are auditioning for a Connie Company production, you may be asked to participate in theatre games and improvisations.

CASTING
1) Some directors will schedule a "callback" or second round of auditions. Notification of callbacks will be made by phone within 24 hours of the final audition. Being called back does not mean you are cast in the production and likewise NOT being called back doesn't mean that you are NOT cast in the production.
2) Casting the show is the responsibility of the director and in the case of a musical, the director and music director. Our DCP policy is that all casting decisions will be made within 72 hours of the final audition (or callback) unless there are extenuating circumstances. Casting offers will be made by a phone call. After the cast is confirmed, the cast list will be posted on the DCP website. DCP will send out notices to those who are not cast via email.
3) DCP encourages and welcomes people of all races, genders and abilities to audition for all productions.

REHEARSALS
In general, plays rehearse 6 weeks and musicals 8-10 weeks. Rehearsals are usually held five days a week, Sunday-Thursday, in the evening. All rehearsals are held at the Armour Street theatre unless otherwise noted. The director will provide a rehearsal schedule at least two weeks in advance. Directors are encouraged to create rehearsal schedules taking into account the actor conflicts. The week prior to the production is "tech" week, which will be nightly rehersals until opening. A "brush up" rehearsal may be scheduled between the first and second week of the show.

FINAL NOTE
Casting is the most difficult part of being a director. Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production. Frequently a strong actor may not be cast because the actor does not fit the director's vision for the part, is physically mismatched with other cast members or has numerous conflicts. Please don't be discouraged if you are not cast for a production; just keep auditioning!
 


All Main Stage and youth shows for the remainder of 2021 are dependent on the State's restictions, so our schedule will be flexible.  Please check back to the wesbite or check on our Facebook page for up-to-date information about upcoming shows and auditions.