Auditions @ SPT
We normally have informal read throughs followed by a formal audition with set audition pieces for our plays and musicals but for each show the precise format is at the discretion of the director.
Once details of the auditions for this seasons shows are available they will appear below. If you would are interested in auditioning for a particular show you can register your interest by completing the forms below, just complete a form for each of the shows you are interested in.
AUDITION NOTICE FOR OUR HOUSE
Running Fri 29th, Sat 30th April & Thurs 5th - Sat 7th May 2022
Olivier Award-winning musical by Tim Firth, writer of Calendar Girls, featuring the songs of Madness. After having to cancel our 2020 production of Our House we are delighted to include it in our 2021-2022 season.
Revolving around the music of British band, Madness, Our House follows the story of London lad Joe Casey. On the night of his sixteenth birthday Joe takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out for a romantic evening. In an effort to impress her he breaks into a new building development near his house to show Sarah the view over north London and Casey Street. When the police come, Joe faces a tough decision: to run, or give himself up. It is at this point that the story splits in two as we follow the fortunes, and misfortunes, of Good Joe and Bad Joe.
Read/Sing Through Dates
In preparation for auditions we will be running sessions on Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th January 2022 at 7.45pm (after the first weekend of our panto) and Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th January at 7.45pm (after the panto has finished). We will use these sessions to get familiar with the songs from the show, do some pre-prep for the movement audition and for those interested in auditioning for Principal Roles we will do some script work. Audition prep will be on Sunday 30th January at 2pm where we will teach the songs and movement audition piece in advance of the auditions, for those who want extra time to practise this. We will also discuss how the auditions will run and what we will be looking for at auditions. If you can’t make this date and would like to go through the audition pieces at one of the previous sessions please let us know in advance, so we can arrange a time to go through them with you. We will not teach the songs again at auditions so if you can’t attend any of the pre-audition sessions please make sure you have familiarised yourself with the original Madness songs and the words of the audition sections.
Monday 31st January at 7.45pm and Wednesday 2nd February at 7.45pm. Please don’t arrive before 7.30pm on the Wednesday as our Youth Groups will be leaving the theatre then and the car park can get very busy. You do not need to attend both auditions but you’re welcome to do so if you wish, although priority will be given to those who can only make one audition date. We’d like audition slips completed in advance of the auditions, so we know who would like to audition for what roles and which evening(s) you can attend so we can make them run as smoothly as possible, but we’ll also welcome anyone who decides on the night they want to come and audition!
Rehearsals are scheduled for 7.45-10pm Monday and Wednesday evenings and 2-5pm Sunday afternoons, and they will start after the auditions on Sunday 6th February. We will ask for your availability for the full rehearsal period and performance dates prior to auditions, so this can be taken into consideration when casting.
AUDITION NOTICE FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
Running Wed 15th - Sat 18th June 2022
IMPORTANT READTHROUGH AND AUDITION UPDATE
We can’t wait to see you all for the readthrough and auditions of our production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. There has been some slight alterations to the auditions, please see below.
The readthrough on Friday 7th January will now be held on zoom. It will still be at 7:45, and everyone is welcome. To register your interest and receive a zoom link, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The auditions will still be held at Shinfield Players Theatre on Tuesday 11th January at 7:30-10:00pm and on Saturday 15th January at 10:30am-12:30pm.
To register for a time slot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your preferred time and date. We will attempt to accommodate everyone as fully as possible, but any flexibility would be enormously appreciated.
The production team will be following the current government guidance throughout the auditions. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at either of the addresses above.
We are still so excited to see what you can do and to put together an amazing cast for what we are sure will be a brilliant show. See you there!
Maureen Folan (Early forties – but could be played by anyone 30-55). Caretaker for her mother, Mag, but trapped there after a nervous breakdown gave Mag legal responsibility for her. Desperately lonely and dreams of life outside Galway and without her mother. Has a strong capacity for dark thoughts, anger and even violence.
Mag Folan (Anywhere over 60). Controlling and manipulative of anyone she encounters, but of Maureen in particular. Often cruel and spiteful, but very good at feigning vulnerability or fragility as a means of getting her way.
Ray Dooley (Anywhere 18-35) Pato’s younger brother. Impatient and frustrated with the Folan women, and often used as a go-between or messenger. Leenane seems too small for him – he wants to go somewhere with more vibrancy and life. Possibly the line-for-line funniest role in the play, really lively and energetic.
Pato Dooley (Anywhere 35-55) A bachelor who works on building sites in England but has come home for a send-off party for his relative and seems to fall in love with Maureen. Likes Galway, but can’t see himself living there forever – doesn’t like England, but there’s more opportunity to find work.
All are sizeable roles, especially Maureen and Mag. Please do not worry about Irish accents. We will have plenty of time to work on them – perfect accents are not expected at auditions!
If you have any queries, please email Adam Wells, the director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see you there.