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Audition (Calgary): Ambrose University and Fire Exit Theatre

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Audition (Calgary): Ambrose University and Fire Exit Theatre


Ambrose University Theatre and Fire Exit Theatre is seeking female actors for their production of As It Is In Heaven running March 21-25, 2018. As It Is In Heaven is a play by Arlene Hutton and will be directed by Kate Newby.

A religious community is changed when a non-believer has an ecstatic experience. The 1830’s Shaker society of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, is set in ordered ways. Their once dramatic form of worship has by now developed into routine. The arrival of Fanny upsets the harmony; the Sisters suspect her to be a “winter Shaker,” one who suddenly converts when life gets too hard on the farm. Fanny sees angels in the meadow, and soon all the young women are receiving spiritual “gifts” of songs, drawings, ideas and giggles, completely upsetting the community. The leaders question Fanny’s intentions and honesty: Is this a resurgence of the original Shaker celebration or something manufactured by Fanny so that she can remain with the Shakers?

A rumination of the nature of God, goodness, and grace.

SCHEDULE: Rehearsals will begin the first week of January 2018 and will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings (6:30-9:30). Tech rehearsals are March 18, 19, 20 and there will be six performances from March 21-25, nightly at 7:30 with a Sat./Sun. matinee at 2:00.

HOW TO PREPARE: Please prepare a contemporary or modern classic monologue, no more than 2 mins in length. As well, please choose a female role from “Spoon River Anthology” for a semi-cold (not fully memorized) read. (Copies of “Spoon River Anthology” available – email

We also require 16 bars sung of a hymn or simple folk song (eg, ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’, ‘Michael Row the Boat Ashore’, ‘Old Rugged Cross’, ‘How Great Thou Art’…)

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please schedule an audition time by emailing Val Lieske at Further auditions and call backs will be scheduled as necessary.

Auditions will be held on Friday Nov. 10th at 4:00pm at Ambrose University – 150 Ambrose Circle SW.  Call backs will be held on Sunday Nov. 12th at 2:00 pm at Ambrose University.

ROLES: We will be auditioning for all nine female roles that can vary in age from 20’s-60’s.
PEGGY – The cook. Meek, quiet and trustful, easily hurt.
HANNAH – An eldress. Tries to be merciful and kind.
PHEBE – A deaconess. Seeks righteousness.
BETSY – A deaconess. The peacemaker, but also a gossip.
RACHEL – A longtime Shaker. Pure in heart.
IZZY – The youngest. Raised with Shakers. Persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
FANNY – A newcomer. Independent. Accused falsely.
POLLY – A newcomer. Poor in spirit, needy, bitter.
JANE – Mournful, sad.

Fire Exit Theatre and Ambrose University are non-Equity employers.
We offer a nominal honorarium.


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