AUDITIONS

Quill Theatre announces auditions for
two shows in the 2018/19 Season

Red Velvet to be performed at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse in January/February of 2019

Pride and Prejudice to be performed at the Leslie Cheek Theater in March 2019

Directors James Ricks and Christopher Owens are seeking an energetic ensemble of actors of all ages and ethnicities who are adept with language, stage movement and dance as well as a mastery of a British dialect. All roles are open. Show synopses and character descriptions are below.

First round auditions will be held on Friday, September 14th from 7:00-10:30pm and Saturday, September 15th from 10:00am-5:00pm at Centenary United Methodist Church. See address and instructions below. 

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 2 minute memorized monologue in either contemporary or Shakespearean verse. Callbacks for Pride and Prejudice will be held Monday, September 17th at 7:00pm at Centenary. Callbacks for Red Velvet will be held on Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00pm at Centenary.

Please bring multiple headshots and resumes with you to the first round audition if you are auditioning for both shows, and allow enough time to fill out the Quill audition form in duplicate. 

No monologues from either show, please. All acting positions paid. Student Intern positions available. 

First round auditions by appointment only. To schedule an audition slot, please email Melissa Johnston Price at Melissa@QuillTheatre.org. Please indicate which shows you would like to audition for when responding. No phone calls, please.

IMPORTANT: Centenary Church is located in downtown Richmond between Grace and Franklin
Streets. Please come to the BACK of the building (DO NOT ENTER THE FRONT DOORS). You can park in the PUBLIC parking lot at the corner of 4th and Franklin or on the street. Go through the alley to the BACK of the church. Look for signs to direct you to the correct door to enter the building.

RED VELVET SYNOPSIS:

To be performed at The Gottwald Playhouse inside The Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts, January 17 – February 9, 2019. Rehearsals will begin November 25, 2018.

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? Lolita Chakrabarti's play creates imagined experiences based on the little-known, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe.

Character Breakdown:

IRA ALDRIDGE – Black male, 60, American, a leading actor. Grand, impatient, ferocious and unwell.

IRA ALDRIDGE – Black male, 26, American, actor. Ambitious, keen, passionate and optimistic.
Same Actor plays both roles

CASIMIR - White male, 20’s, German speaking Polish stage-hand. Inexperienced, low status and likes Halina / Doubles HENRY FORESTER – White male, 20’s, English actor. Political, self -interested, ambitious and earnest.

HALINA WOZNIAK – White female, 20’s. Polish journalist. Bright, ambitious, frustrated with her life. / Doubles BETTY LOVELL – White female, 20’s, English, actress. Self concerned, not clever but pleasant. / Doubles MARGARET ALDRIDGE – White female, 30’s, English, wife of Ira Aldridge, plain. Solid, trustworthy, Ira’s rock.

CONNIE – Jamaican female, any age, experienced, servant. Older than her years and the voice of truth.

CHARLES KEAN – White male, 30’s, English, actor (son of Edmund Kean). Grand but without the talent to support it. Suffers from being Edmund’s son.

ELLEN TREE – White female, late 20’s, English, a leading actress. Talented, motivated, classical but
progressive.

PIERRE LAPORTE – White male, mid 30’s, French, manager of the theatre. Gay, revolutionary,
entrepreneurial.

TERENCE – White male, 50’s, English, Aldridge’s valet and dresser. Loyal, hard working.

Pride and Prejudice Synopsis:

To be performed at the Leslie Cheek Theatre inside the VMFA, March 7 – March 23, 2019.
MUST BE AVAILABLE TO PERFORM IN FOUR WEEKDAY STUDENT MATINEES.

In the countryside of Georgian England Mrs. Bennet is desperate to find husbands for her five
daughters. When a young man takes over a nearby estate, bringing yet another young friend with him, it could be the answer to her prayers, except that her headstrong second daughter is totally unwilling to participate in any such plans. Nonetheless, sparks will fly among various parties and surprising alliances are formed as the young women strive to find what matters most to them in this stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece. Christina Calvit’s script utilizes a versatile cast of 10 to portray the 23 characters that drive this story in what director Christopher Owens describes as “an intricately timed actor driven machine”.

Character Breakdown:

ELIZABETH BENNET – Female, mid-20’s, our heroine, attractive, headstrong, witty

EDMUND DARCY – Male, mid-20’s, her foil, nemesis and great love (all at the same time) – seemingly pretentious and taciturn but reveals great depth later on.

KITTY – Female, 20’s, next to youngest daughter, sensible, diplomat, / Doubles MRS. GARDINER – 30’s, Aunt, friend and confidant of Elizabeth, also this casting does much of the Narration

MRS. BENNET – Female, early 40’s, constantly emotional matriarch of the family, devoted to all things good (or at least rich) for her daughters, / Doubles LADY CATHERINE – 40’s to 50’s, of great British aristocracy and doesn’t let anyone forget that.

MR. BENNET– Male, 40’s, man of few words, stoic in his patience with Mrs. Bennet, /Doubles SIR WILLIAM  – 50’s, genial relation to the Bennet family, looking to help all though only of moderate means. 

FORSTER – Male, 30’s Colonel of the local regiment and of common descent, /Doubles FITZWILLIAM – 30’s, another Colonel in the Army, aristocratic cousin to Darcy, very level headed, /Doubles MR. GARDINER - late 30’s, Uncle and friend of the Bennet family, enthusiastic by nature and avid fisherman. 

LYDIA – Female, teens, youngest Bennet daughter, loves all things social, a compulsive flirt, /Doubles CAROLINE– 20’s, sister to Mr. Bingley and very protective of his relations, acerbic though hides it well

JANE BENNET– Female, mid to late 20’s, the eldest and by most accounts most attractive daughter of the family – kind and naïve, / Doubles CHARLOTTE - social butterfly daughter of a rival family though friends with most of the Bennet’s.

MR. BINGLEY – Male, mid to late 20’s, young heir to a nearby estate, a kind, unpretentious and enthusiastic lapdog, /Doubles MR. COLLINS – a pretentious clergyman, /Doubles MR. WICKHAM – a seemingly wronged good hearted fellow who may not be all that he seems.

MARY – Female, late teens, middle Bennet daughter, not much fond of anything except the piano (ideally can play and sing), /Doubles MISS DE BOURGH – teens, spoiled daughter of Lady Catherine, /Doubles SERVANT - to the De Bourgh household, kinder than any of her employers.