Auditions-Casting

Actors

Auditions dates for plays and the casting information is posted on this page.   Learn all you can about the play so you are familiar with it when you come to auditions.  Fill out an audition form making sure to list all your conflicts (days you cannot be at rehearsal).   Generally the director will hold open auditions (that means that everyone in the community is welcome to audition).  Some directors audition privately by appointment which allows them to work with a very small group at a time instead of a large group.  Auditions ususally are held Monday and Tuesday evenings.  If there is a large group of people auditioning the director will schedule a “call back”.  This is a smaller group of people that the director hasn’t decided on, but wants to take another look at before casting the show.  Generally the cast list is posted on a Friday of the auditions week and rehearsals start promptly the following Monday.  MHT provides the costumes for the performers if we are doing a show with specialized costumes.  We ask the performers to provide their own clothes as costumes if the show is set in present day.  Actors have to provide their own shoes -generally black or brown dress shoes for the males and character shoes or dark shoes for females.

It is helpful for auditionees to check out a perusal script 1-2 weeks ahead of time to become familiar with the play. At the auditions the director will assign parts at random and have auditionees stand onstage and read these scenes looking for a sense of character, expression, diction, vocal projection and general acting ability. They might also be asked to participate in some simple theatre games or improvisations. 

If you are auditioning for a musical you should check to see if there are specific songs you will need to sing from the show to audition (this does not apply to the Family Series). If you are unable to attend the scheduled audition date please contact the theatre to see if there is an alternate audition time when other auditionees will be present. Alternate audition times are not guaranteed. We make a concerted effort not to have “private” auditions for roles outside of the audition dates.

Perusal scripts for all shows may be checked out for three days with a $10 Family Series script refundable deposit and a $10 -$25 Adult script refundable deposit. Casting for roles are based on a variety of factors in addition to sense of character, expression, diction, vocal projection and general acting abilitiy. Casting can be also determined by the heights and ages of performers when compared with others who have auditioned. MHT believes strongly in color blind casting and seeks to cast new people as often as possible. All roles are available at auditions. Preference is also given to actors who will accept any role! Should an actor be unable to perform every effort will be made to recast the role from those actors already cast in the show.
 

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 company of HA!

 

Kate Bidwell
Elijah Garrett
Hope Hodges
Karly Jones
Jensen Knudsen
Patrick McHaney
Hadley Pierce
Amarie Smith
Hailey Watson

Our first meeting will be this Saturday (Aug 31) at Noon in the Studio Theatre!  Please email me at april@mhtplay.org to let me know you saw this notice.

Thank you,

-April

CAST LIST FOR JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Our thanks go to all who auditioned! I wish we could have used more of you. We had a wonderful turnout of talented people. Please be aware that age, height and other factors which you don’t control as well as schedule conflicts played a large part in determining the cast - along with ability! Please audition for future shows! Also - don’t forget that FOOTLIGHTS starts Saturday (tomorrow). If you are on the cast list - please email April (april@mhtplay.org) your acceptance of your role by 5:00 today. Our first rehearsal will be Monday Aug. 26 at 5:00 in the Studio Theatre. Thank you!

CAST

Narrators: Carson Chesnut, Chloe Jones, Max Tolar
Aunt Sponge: Rachel Alford
Aunt Spiker: Alyssa Yaw
James: Wilson Page
Little Old Man: Jonathan Gericke
Old-Green-Grasshopper: Phillip Chesnut
Centipede: Nate Blossom
Spider: Abbie Dawson
Ladybug: Sophia Hoffman
Earthworm: Alec Yaw
Glow-worm: Anna Johnston
Captain: HG Page
First Officer: Corban Williams
Second Officer: Bailey Beard
Ensemble (Cloud-Men, Onlookers, Passengers, etc)
Kyron Wehrmeyer
Madison Miller
Saidee Carvell
Eliza Esper
Lucia Martin
Sasha Black
Claire Evitts

Assistant Director: Aspyn Burnett

AUDITION DATES FOR 56th SIGNATURE & FAMILY SERIES

 

Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm

Disney's Frozen, JR. Audition Information:

Cast needed: minimum of 20
Ages: 10 - High School
Lead Roles: 14+

Auditions: Monday, Sept. 23 & Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 PM in Studio Theatre
Callbacks will be Wednesday evening. Check the MHT website for callback list and start time.

Please prepared to attend both night of auditions. Monday night will be a vocal audition and Tuesday night will a reading and dance audition. If you can not attend both nights please contact show Director, Alison Shafer to make arrangements. 

Frozen, JR. show dates and times are:

Thursday, December 12th: 7 PM
Friday, December 13th: 7 PM
Saturday, December 14th: 11 AM & 2:30 PM
Sunday, December 15th: 2:30 PM
Thursday, December 19th: 7 PM
Friday, December 20th: 9:15 AM (School Matinee)
Saturday, December 21st: 11 AM & 2:30 PM
Sunday, December 22nd: 2:30 PM

Disney's Frozen, JR. is directed and choreographed by Alison Shafer with Music Direction by Savannah Fallis.

 

Frozen, JR. Characters

Young Anna
Middle Anna
Anna
Young Elsa
Middle Elsa
Elsa
King Agnarr
Queen Iduna
Pabbie
Bulda
Bishop
Kristoff
Sven
Hans
Weselton
Olaf
Oaken
Ensemble Includes the following roles: Townspeople, Snow Chorus, Hidden Folk, Castle Staff, Housekeeper, Butler, Handmaiden, Cook, Steward, Guards, Summer Chorus, Oaken's Family

 

Appropriate For: 
All Audiences
Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

Characters:

Candace Metzger - 30s. The person with the most power in the room, and the least qualifications for it. From New Jersey, tries to hide the accent but fails when she gets emotional. 
Evelyn Reid - 30s. Likeable and resourceful. a careful mix of guarded pleasantry - she has a stellar game face. New England native. 
Lila wadkins - 50s. Calm, maternal, thoughtful, witty. The voice of reason. The art teacher everyone wishes they had. Upstate New York native, some residual hippie around the edges. 
Toby Fleming - 20s. A bit of a geek. Qiet, passive-aggressive, perpetually uncertain. Brooklyn native. 
Fred Disalvo - 50s. Bombastic, funny, a bit of a bully. A gym teacher from Hell's Kitchen, back when that still meant something. 
Roberta Burke - 60s. The self-appointed queen of all she surveys. Razor-sharp wit, no patience, and an uncanny ability to spot the weaknesses in those around her. Very Bronx. 
Atwood - (unseen). The head of the disciplinary panel. the invisible voice of absolute authority. 

Appropriate For: 
Teens and Older
Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

Characters:

Tania Del Valle - 30 year old. Smart, likeable, positive, passionate, fit and highly energized pregnant PhD candidate and gardener. 
Pablo Del Valle - 32 year old. Smart, likeable, ambitious, savvy, young attorney. 
Virginia Butley - 60 - 75 year old. Smart, likeable, assertive, direct, no-nonsense engineer. 
Frank Butley - 60-75 year old. Smart, likeable, excitable, caring, detail-oriented Federal employee and gardener. 

Appropriate For: 
All Audiences
Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, January 6, 2020 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 5:30pm

Characters:

Narrator(s)
Stuart Little, a mouse
Mr. Little, Stuart's father
Mrs. Little, Stuart's mother
George, Stuart's brother
Neighbors
Doctor
Snowbell, the Little's cat
Bureau Chef
Dogs (2)
Woman with newspaper
Passengers
Bus Driver
Dr. Carey, a dentist
Leroy, a bully
Referee
Spectators
Reporter
Margalo, a bird
Zeke, a trashman
Hank, a trashman
Malty, a cat
Babette, a cat
Tige, a cat
Angie, a cat

Appropriate For: 
All Audiences
Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:30pm

Characters:

Saunders
Max
Maria
Tito
Mimi
Carlo
Racon

Setting: The living room of an elegant hotel suite in Paris, 1936. 

Appropriate For: 
All Audiences
Audition Dates/Times: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:30pm

Casting

Cast Size: Large (21 or more performers)

Character Breakdown

Matilda Wormwood: An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.
Gender: Female; Age: 6 to 10

Miss Agatha Trunchbull: The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children.
Gender: Any; Age: 35 to 55

Miss Honey: Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 40

Mr. Wormwood: Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
Gender: Male; Age: 35 to 45

Mrs. Wormwood: Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
Gender: Female; Age: 35 to 45

Michael Wormwood: Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
Gender: Male; Age: 10 to 15

Bruce: Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Male: Age: 7 to 14

Lavender: Matilda's classmate and friend.
Gender: Female; Age: 7 to 10

Mrs. Phelps: A nice librarian.
Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 45

The Escapologist: A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
Gender: Male

The Acrobat: A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
Gender: Female

Rudolpho: Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner.
Gender: Male

Doctor: Mrs. Wormwood's Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda.
Gender: Male

Children’s Entertainer: A party entertainer at the start of the show.
Gender: Male

Ensemble: Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy), Parents.

Appropriate For: 
All Audiences