by Marie Clements
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 10th – 20th, 2013
AUDITION DATES: December 9th & 10th, 2012; Times: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Walterdale Playhouse (10322 83 Avenue)
DIRECTOR: Sarah Van Tassel STAGE MANAGER: Liz Furber
CONSULTANTS: Christine Sokaymoh Frederick & Yumiko Hoyano
Burning Vision traces a chilling line of death and destruction caused on both sides of the Pacific as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima during the Second World War and the uranium used to make those weapons, which was extracted from mines on Dene land in the Northwest Territories.
PLEASE NOTE: We will try to cast the Aboriginal and Japanese characters as authentically as possible, but will colour-blind cast if necessary.
• Little Boy – Native, 10 years (older actors who look younger will be considered) – The personification of uranium
• Fat Man / Captain Mike – American / Icelandic, 30s-40s An America bomb test dummy manning his house in the late 40s / Icelandic captain of the barge that transported the uranium (Captain Mike is voiceover)
• Round Rose / Tokyo Rose – Japanese, 20s-30s
American-Japanese woman accused of being “Tokyo Rose”, a propaganda radio personality
• The Widow / The Japanese Grandmother – Native, 40s-60s
An older Dene woman who keeps a fire for her dead Dene ore carrier husband / A Japanese Grandmother looking for her grandson after the bombing
• Rose – Métis, 20s
A bread-maker, works in her father’s Hudson’s Bay Store
• Koji – Japanese, 20s-30s
A Japanese fisherman
• The Radium Painter – American, 20s-30s
1930s Radium Dial Painter
• The Dene See-er – Native, 40s-60s (voiceover)
Dene medicine man in the 1880s who sang the four see-er songs
• Brother Labine 1 / Dene Ore Carrier / Stevedore – 20s-30s
Prospector who discovers uranium / The Widow’s husband / Boat pilot that navigated the boats of ore
• Brother Labine 2 / The Miner / Stevedore – 20s-30s
Prospector who discovers uranium / Port Radium miner in the 1930s / Boat pilot that navigated the boats of ore
Please note: Ages are relative. Movement experience is encouraged, but not necessary. We will have a dialect coach for the Japanese and Slavey as well as for the Québécois and Icelandic accents.
The auditions will comprise of the following:
• READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT – These will be emailed out to people in advance of their auditions.
• CALL-BACKS (if required): Wednesday, December 12th between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Location TBA.
First Read: Sunday, December 16th, 2012, time & location TBA
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings. We’ll be adding in a Monday or Thursday evening rehearsal starting the week of February 18th, and rehearsals may increase closer to performance, as required.
Please bring any conflict dates you have to the audition. Headshots and résumés are recommended, but not required.
Copies of the script are available for reading at Walterdale. Contact the Theatre Administrator at [email protected] or 780.439.3058 to sign one out. Copies are also available at Theatre Alberta – please call ahead.
Walterdale is a volunteer/member organization. We cannot engage Equity performers.
To book an audition, please contact Sarah Valois by e-mail at:
(Drop-ins will be accommodated as time allows)