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Audition Notice: Alice in Wonderland

Aurora Players
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Aurora Players’ Theatre in Hamlin Park 2018 Season

APRIL 16 and 17, 2018 7PM - 10PM at Nativity Lutheran Church 970 E Main St East Aurora, NY 14052

Callbacks on Saturday April 21 10AM - 1PM at the Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora


Alice in Wonderland
by Alice Gerstenberg
Directed by John Szablewski

SHOW DATES: July 7, 8, 21 and 22 & August 4, 5, 18 and 19

The inaugural production of Theatre in Hamlin Park - a free live outdoor theatrical event (shows will be performed on the outdoor stage adjacent to the Roycroft Pavilion).

Actors will also read provided sides from the script. Director is looking for actors’ ability to portray larger-than-life characters. Adult actors (18+) of all genders and experience are encouraged to audition!

Rehearsals begin April 30 (read-through) and run through July 7 on weeknights. Please note that not all actors will need to be present for every rehearsal and the rehearsal schedule has flexibility to work around other commitments for most roles. Actors will not be compensated.
Rehearsals will take place at Nativity Lutheran Church-970 E Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Mandatory Attendance Dates:
July 2, 5 & 6

Character Breakdowns
Notes to those who would like to audition: The director would like to point out that many of these roles are not gender specific (unless specifically noted), and that actors of all genders are encouraged to audition. Please do not typecast yourself. Some actors will be double cast to play numerous roles. No geographically specific accents, please.

Alice - 20’s- Female - to play a pre-teenager - innocent, naïve, curious, loving, gentle, has a large imagination and is eager to explore new adventures.

Lewis Carroll – 40s - 60s – Male – professorial, kind, gentle, intelligent, upstanding member of society, writer.

Mad Hatter - 40s - 60s - Male – absurd, rude, absentminded, enjoys frustrating Alice, but most importantly, extremely interesting.

White Rabbit - 20s - 50s - A “Yes Person”, anxious, always afraid of being beheaded for wrongdoing; takes his job seriously; could use a vacation if it were allowed; Alice’s unintentional guide through Wonderland.

Red Queen – 20s – 60s – stern, upstanding, authoritative, demands respect; helpful to Alice; doesn’t abuse power and keeps violence to a minimum; formal and strict, yet not unkindly

Queen of Hearts - 20s - 60s – “off her rocker”, tyrannical, violent, a large personality, possesses blind fury, difficult to love, but entertaining all the same

White Queen – 20s – 60s – unkempt, chaotic, anxious, airheaded, gentle; cannot keep her thoughts together; Alice tends to take care of her.

Duchess - 20s - 60s - a “bull in a china shop” one moment and affectionate the next (fickle in personality), assigns trite moral meanings to things, even if they don’t fit (just to have something to say)

March Hare - 20s - 60s – also mad (just like the Hatter), clumsy, silly, doesn’t understand social cues, provides comic relief to the show.

Frog - 20s - 60s - the Duchess’ footman; stupid, accustomed to the fact that nothing makes sense in Wonderland; will need to bend body as a croquet arch.

Dormouse - 20s – 60s - a sleepy companion to the Mad Hatter and Hare; has trouble staying awake; in and out when it comes to paying attention to what is happening, mistreated by others, but doesn’t notice/care.

Humpty Dumpty – 20s – 60s - proud, rude, easily-offended and claims to be the master of words.
Cheshire Cat – 20s – 60s – calm, charming, confident, logical, helps make sense of Wonderland for Alice.

Caterpillar - 20s - 60s – strict, perfunctory, unfriendly, philosophical advisor or teacher for Alice.

Knave - 20’s - 30s – Male - energetic, likeable, attendant to the King & Queen who gets caught stealing from them; will need to bend body as a croquet arch.

King of Hearts - 20s - 60s – irrationally stubborn, incompetent; brow-beaten by his wife, but still tries to be in control

Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dum - Any Age – joyous, impulsive, affectionate with each other.

Playing Cards: - Any Age- gardeners; will assist in moving set pieces and helping with costume changes.