Auditions

Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA,

the Spring production of the 2023 season of the Vokes Players

directed by Donnie Baillargeon. 

Auditions and callbacks will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre,

97 Boston Post Road, Route 20, Wayland, MA.

 

 

THE AUDITION:  Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 11 from 6-9PM and on Monday, December 12 from 7-10PM.

Use this SignUpGenius link to reserve your slot and for more details:  BOOK MY CASA VALENTINA SLOT

 

The initial audition will consist of cold readings from the script.  We ask that you bring a headshot and resume.  If you have a drag headshot, we would love to see that as well. Males are encouraged to come with or be prepared to wear heels of at least two inches in height.*

If you have any questions, contact the director, Donnie Baillargeon: dkbaillar@gmail.com

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Auditions for

Audrey Cefaly’s Maytag Virgin,

the Summer production of the 2023 season of the Vokes Players

Directed by Celia Couture 

Auditions  will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre,

97 Boston Post Road, Route 20, Wayland, MA.

Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 7-10PM, by appointment via SignUp Genius. (As of now, there are no plans to hold callbacks.)

 

All auditioners must be fully vaccinated. No exceptions. Upon arrival at the theatre, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Masks are required inside the building during auditions.  You may unmask once you go onstage to audition.

  

Pre-registration is required for these auditions. Actors will be seen in groups of no more than 8 people per hour. Readings will consist of two-person scenes and monologues from the script. If auditioners wish to read in pairs with a specific partner, please make sure that you both sign up for the same hourly slot. You should also let the director know that you will be doing that prior to your audition.

 

Each session will start and end promptly.Please arrive a few minutes before the start of your session. If you must arrive later than the session start, please advise the director, Celia Couture, in advance.  She can be reached via email at cooch1950@gmail.com or via text at 978-973-9490.

 

If all audition slots are filled, or if you are unable to audition during one of the available time slots, please get in touch with the director (see contact information above) for possible alternative arrangements.

 

PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY.  IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, OR ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS OF ANY KIND, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE AUDITIONS.

 

Please Click here to sign up for an audition slot!

 

Synopsis

Maytag Virgin is a warm and fuzzy dramatic comedy that follows the evolving relationship of two new neighbors. It is a heartwarming character study that examines the difficulty of starting anew at any stage in life, and our very human hesitancy to do so. The play’s only two characters, Lizzy and Jack, are as different as any pair of neighbors could be. We watch as their relationship develops over the course of a year into an unlikely friendship that is both hilariously funny and touchingly poignant, presenting them, much to their own surprise, with the possibility of exploring ever more deeply questions of the heart.  Will we see each of them, in the end, get a second chance at happiness?
 

Characters

PLEASE NOTE: All roles are open. The descriptions below are meant to help establish character appearance and temperament, and NOT specifically to indicate the age of the auditioners.

 

  • Jack Key (35-45 yrs old) Male-identifying; Alabamian widower; new in town.  High school physics teacher.  Even-keeled, nearly unflappable. A man of character.

  • Lizzy Nash (35–45 yrs old) Female-identifying; Alabamian widow; established local. High school English teacher. Endearingly neurotic, strong willed. Quick witted, bold.

 

Jack and Lizzy explore and learn, almost through osmosis, the strengths and needs and foibles of each other. Along the way, we see their wit, self-discovery, and honest emotion as they grapple with questions such as Am I ready? Is it too soon? Do I want this?, creating a connection and a possible future that neither one of them expected.

 

Rehearsals

The rehearsals for Maytag Virgin will begin VIRTUALLY in Feb/Mar 2023 and will then move to the theatre for blocking. Actors will be expected to start memorizing the script prior to the first blocking rehearsal, as the show goes up in six weeks from the time we move into the theatre.

 

Conflicts

Actors are asked to bring a full calendar of conflicts to the audition. They will be asked to list those conflicts on our audition form. A great number of rehearsal conflicts, or any conflicts with performances, will affect casting decisions. 

 

Performances (July 21-August 5, 2023)

Friday, July 21, 8:00pm

Saturday, July 22, 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Thursday, July 27, 8:00pm

Friday, July 28, 8:00pm

Saturday, July 29, 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Thursday, August 3, 8:00pm

Friday, August 4, 8:00pm

Saturday, August 5, 8:00pm and 2:00pm

 

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Vokes Players auditions are open to anyone, and are generally (although not always) by appointment. Vokes Players is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our audience. Descriptions of characters, including gender and ages range, are listed as depicted in scripts. Actors of all ages, genders, races, and/or ethnic backgrounds are welcome to audition for any role. Audition notices are generally posted on New England Theatre 411, Stage Source, and other sites. We endeavor to be an inclusive and anti-racist organization. We welcome and encourage performers and team members of all colors, genders/gender non-conformity, body types and abilities to join us. We do not pre-cast or pre-choreograph our shows, and our practice is to cast our shows from the individuals who come to our auditions. In doing so, we strive to be as flexible and conscious with our casting as possible. In the spirit of preserving opportunities for actors who have traditionally been underserved by the entertainment community and allowing them to tell their own stories, we will not cast a white/Caucasian actor in a role specifically written for a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) actor. For any role written specifically for a transgender or non-binary/gender non-conforming actor, or for a character with a specific disability or neurodivergence, we will prioritize, to the best of our ability, actors who are living that experience. Sexual, physical, or verbal harassment/abuse of any kind will not be tolerated within our organization. Above all, we value a strong work ethic; encourage the fostering of talent; and welcome all opportunities to expand our creativity as an artistic team.    

Covid 19 Policy:

At this time, we do not require proof of vaccination for audience members. We do encourage our patrons to wear masks while in the theatre, but do not require it. Our board of directors meets regularly and will make changes to this policy based on state and local health guidelines and mandates. If you or a member of your household are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact our box office for information about ticket exchanges. All of our performers have provided proof of vaccination and will perform unmasked. We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. Ticket holders will be notified of any changes regarding these policies. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe at Vokes Theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!