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blithe spirit

PLAY/COMEDY – Set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine and his wife, Ruth, where one evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.

Approximate Duration: 2 Hours

Friday February 19
Saturday February 20
Monday February 22
Thursday February 25
Friday February 26
Saturday February 27

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Blithe Spirit – February Audition Information

Audition Dates: TBD
Callbacks TBD
Director: Carrie Chapman

A few things to note:

  • Monologues must be kept to less than 90 seconds. Time limit will be enforced.
  • Be prepared to completely fill out the rehearsal calendar at your audition with any and all conflicts that may arise during rehearsal. The production team is sacrificing time to be at rehearsals and it is pointless to rehearse with no one there. Be clear on your conflicts. Any conflicts reported after casting may result in a change of role or require withdrawal from the show. (A tentative rehearsal schedule is attached below. Please know that this is subject to change based on need & availability of cast members.)
  • Performances are February 19-27. There will not be double-casting therefore actors must be available for all performances.

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AUDITION NOTICES

Will be posted by January 1.

We hope you have an enjoyable experience auditioning and if you do not get cast, please come see the show and audition for future productions.

Email any questions to vernaltheatre@gmail.com.

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TENTATIVE Rehearsal Schedule coming soon. Please know that we are very aware of your time and our own. We will cancel rehearsals if we don’t need them and make sure that your time at the theatre is well-spent. Specific people & groups will only need to come specific days and times. Those will be determined after auditions.

 

AUDITION TIPS FOR OUR 2020-2021 SEASON
 ​We had an incredible Season 4 at Vernal Theatre: LIVE and cannot wait to have an even better Season 5. Below are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for auditions. Enjoy and we’ll see you at auditions!

1. Know the expectations and follow them. Read the notices that are posted – every audition is different and may require different things to be prepared. Come ready and knowing what the director expects you to give.

2. Confidence. It sounds simple but it takes practice. Walk in the door with your held head high. Be wary of shuffling feet. You don’t get sympathy points if you’re nervous, not feeling well, or having a bad day. Leave it outside the door. You are being sized up the minute you walk in, so practice good posture and body language before you arrive. And don’t forget to smile – that’s the lasting impression you want to leave.

3. Personality. Let it shine through!

4. Connection. Make one with the character you’re portraying and the production team. Be memorized on your audition material. Don’t ask who they (the production team) are. Introductions waste time, time you could use for showing off your acting chops. They are there to do their job, just like you’re there to do your job. You are equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.

5. Stick to the time limit. If you prepared a monologue or a song, you (usually) get 90 seconds starting from your first line. And 90 seconds is plenty. So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue or song. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed. And if they cut you off, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they need to give everyone else time to show too.

 

 

Want to be involved but don’t want to audition?

Maybe you did theatre in high school or are looking for a creative outlet, maybe your family is auditioning and you want to spend this time with them but don’t feel up to singing and dancing. Maybe you want a shorter time commitment or to learn something new – a Production Team is the spot for you! We are always looking for individuals to participate on our Production Teams. You can be part of a crew or be a leader, there is a spot for you. Just fill out the form linked below or email vernaltheatre@gmail.com to learn about opportunities for upcoming productions. We’d love to have you!

Production team form: https://forms.gle/DcoNqNQT8XU1pvKc7

 

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