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Audition (Edmonton): Blue Stockings – Walterdale Theatre

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Audition (Edmonton): Blue Stockings – Walterdale Theatre



Blue Stockings
by Jessica Swale


PERFORMANCE DATES: April 4 – 14, 2018
AUDITION DATES: December 10 – 11, 2017; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
CALL BACKS (IF REQUIRED): December 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Walterdale Theatre (10322 83 Avenue)

DIRECTOR: Laura Ly; STAGE MANAGER: Angila Redding
DESIGNERS: Alan Westen (Set); Karin Lauderdale (Costumes); Karlie Christie (Lighting); Sound TBD

Blue Stockings tells the story of four young, pioneering women in 1896, and their fight for education against a system that denied women degrees and left them only with the “blue stockings” stigma—a reputation as an unnatural, unmarriageable woman. Despite the overwhelming opposition and prejudices against them, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to change the future of education forever.

The Girton girls:
Tess, a curious girl (F) – late teens-early 20s
Celia, a fragile hard-worker (F) – late teens-early 20s
Maeve, a mystery (F) – late teens-early 20s
Carolyn, an early bohemian (F) – late teens-early 20s

The Cambridge boys:
Will, a student at King’s; Tess’s friend (M) – late teens-early 20s
Ralph, a student at Trinity (M) – late teens-early 20s
Holmes, a student at Trinity (M) – late teens-early 20s
Edwards, a student at Trinity (M) – late teens-early 20s
Lloyd, a student at Trinity (M) – late teens-early 20s

The staff:
Elizabeth Welsh, Mistress of Girton College (F) – 30s-50s
Dr Maudsley, renowned psychiatrist (M) – 40s-60s
Mr Banks, a lecturer at Girton and Trinity (M) – 40s-60s
Miss Blake, a lecturer at Girton (F) – 30s-40s
Professor Collins, a lecturer at Trinity (M) – 40s-60s
Professor Anderson, a lecturer at Trinity (M) – 40s-60s
Professor Radleigh, a board member at Trinity (M) – 40s-60s
Minnie, the housemaid (F) – 20s-40s
Mr Peck, the gardener and maintenance man (M) – 30s-50s
Miss Bott, a chaperone (F) – 30s-50s

The others:
Billy Sullivan, Maeve’s brother (M) – early 20s
Mrs Lindley, shopkeeper in the haberdashery (F) – 30s-50s

Please note: approximate ages are suggested in the script (based on historical background), but there will be flexibility in casting. Ages are relative and relational, and consideration will be given to how old or young someone reads, as opposed to their physical age. Auditions are open to artists of all ages.

The Walterdale Theatre is also committed to inclusive casting. Artists who are members of under-represented communities are greatly encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be held in groups of up to 12, and audition slots will run one (1) hour. Auditioners will need to be present for the entire hour.

Sunday, December 10:
6:15 – 7:15 pm
7:30 – 8:30 pm
8:45 – 9:45 pm

Monday, December 11:
6:15 – 7:15 pm
7:30 – 8:30 pm
8:45 – 9:45 pm

  • The auditions will comprise of READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT WITH OTHER AUDITIONERS – Sides can be emailed out to people in advance of their auditions upon request.
  • Copies of the script are available for reading at Walterdale Theatre. Contact the Theatre Administrator at to sign one out.
  • Walterdale is a volunteer/member organization. We cannot engage Equity performers.

Rehearsals will be three times a week: Sunday (1-5 pm), Tuesday (7-10 pm), and Wednesday (7-10 pm), starting in early January. In mid-February, rehearsals will go to four times a week: same schedule as above, including Thursday (7-10 pm). Actors will not be called for all rehearsals (however, the actress playing Tess will need to be available for most rehearsals). Please bring information regarding any major conflicts to the rehearsal schedule to your audition.

To book an audition, contact Laura Ly by e-mail at Please indicate the audition date and timeslot you are signing up for, and if you’re interested in auditioning for a specific character, please note that as well.

Drop-in auditions will be accommodated as time allows.


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