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Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Large cast with multiple male and female and youth roles available

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Henry Condell – (40s, male) – feisty, hopeful, determined friend of Shakespeare and actor in the King’s Men

John Heminges – (late 40s-50s, male) – pragmatic friend of Shakespeare and financial manager of the King’s Men; owner of the Globe Tap House; a good man, a gentleman, if a bit serious, deeply in love with his wife

Richard Burbage – (50s, male) – seasoned lion of the stage, fiercely loyal to his friends, famous across England, loud and proud

Alice Heminges – (20s-30s, female) – John’s daughter; helps run the taphouse; knows everyone and hangs with the boys. Outspoken and bright

Ben Jonson – (40s, male) – Poet laureate of England; friend/rival of Shakespeare, complex and educated. Amazing drunk. A bear of a man, but surprisingly weepy, especially when his advances are rebuffed by Alice

Elizabeth Condell – (40s, female) – Henry’s wife, savvy, supportive, and fun

Rebecca Heminges – (50s, female) – John’s wife, a good, steadfast woman. Busy with their grocery business and several children, Rebecca has weathered much but maintains her loving spirit

Ed Knight – Stage manager for the King’s Men, self-serious and particular

Ralph Crane – Humble scrivener of the King’s Men; quick, sure, quiet

William Jaggard – Successful yet shady and arrogant publisher of books, plays, and playbills. Very experienced, very connected, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, including underhanded methods.

Isaac Jaggard – William’s son, will inherit the business. Sensitive, an artist and romantic at heart

Marcus – Head compositor at Jaggard’s print shop; inky, rough, young, unpolished, hilariously sassy and blunt

Emilia Bassano Lanier – (40s-50s, female) – Fiery Italian feminist and poet; independent woman, lover of life and of Shakespeare

Anne Hathaway Shakespeare – (60s, female) – Shakespeare’s now ailing wife. Strong-willed, a classy lady, a survivor

Susannah Shakespeare – (30s, female) Daughter of Shakespeare, dutiful to and protective of her mother

Actors in Hamlet, town crier, Sir Dering, print shop workers, etc. – variety of characters who populate Jacobean London

SYNOPSIS
Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, THE BOOK OF WILL finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know. Hear their story of the battle to save a legacy when TCT presents THE BOOK OF WILL.

Helen Hocker Theater – Administration Building

Sunday, March 10, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
5 men and 6 women

 

SYNOPSIS
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple male and female roles available

SYNOPSIS
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience is a rock ‘n roll parable with a significant message for today’s audiences, based on the hit children’s book by Mo Willems. Wilbur and all his fellow naked mole rats in the Tunnel have always been, well…naked. Wondering what other possibilities are out there, Wilbur discovers a love for clothing and style. When word of his new passion turns the Tunnel upside down, he proves to everyone that there’s no need to be just like everyone else. A special lesson and rock show all in one, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed has energetic songs, quirky characters, and a story unlike any other.

Upcoming Auditions

ROLES
Multiple male and female roles available

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, April 13, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
4 men and 3 women

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, April 20, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Large cast with multiple male and female roles available

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Monday, May 13 & Tuesday, May 14, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following on Tuesday

ROLES
Multiple roles for boys and girls ages 6 – 18

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Bath House Players: multiple roles for male and female teens

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Friday, May 31, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Bath House Players: multiple roles for male and female teens

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Saturday, June 1, 2024
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

Additional Audition Information

WHAT TO EXPECT
Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes in small groups. You will not need to have anything memorized and you will be allotted time to gain familiarity with the lines with your group/partner prior.
WHAT TO BRING

  • A Pencil
  • Music for Pianist (Musicals only)
  • Your Calendar of Availability – You will be asked to provide your availability and indicate any conflicts with the scheduled rehearsals at auditions
  • A Collaborative Attitude – Auditioning can be a vulnerable experience, bringing an exploratory and lively attitude allows the other cast members and production team to guide and support you through your audition.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes!

MUSICALS
Please come prepared with a song (16 measures or more). It is preferred that you sing a song from the show. An accompanist will be provided for auditions. Your audition will also contain choreography; you will be allotted time to learn and then perform a short dance routine with a small group

CHECK OUT A SCRIPT
If you are interested in auditioning for a production, you’re encouraged to preview its script beforehand. Scripts are available two to four weeks prior to auditions through the Box Office. Scripts may be checked out for three business days. A refundable fee of $10 is required for HHT or $25 for TCT. If the script is returned after 5 PM on the third business day, the deposit will be considered payment and is nonrefundable. Scripts returned on schedule will have their deposit refunded.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT TCT
Email or Call the Box Office at 785.357.5211
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM.
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT HHT

Email Kari Johnson or call 785.251.5990
Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM.