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Audition (Edmonton): One-Act Plays – Walterdale Theatre

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Audition (Edmonton): One-Act Plays – Walterdale Theatre


AUDITIONS: February 23 and 24 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM (as scheduled)
WALTERDALE THEATRE (10322 83 Avenue)
CALL BACKS: (if needed) TBA
PERFORMANCE DATES: May 11 – 16, 2020

Description: We invite you to audition for four brand new one-act plays, written by Walterdale members. They are as follows:

(please note: ages of characters are suggestions and subject to flexibility; some characters may be cast with gender-flexibility)

The Automaton of the Opera by Shawn Pallier
Directed by Bob Klakowich
The Raconteur – An androgynous onlooker
Master Douling – An inventor, and the richest man in town. Ruthless, cunning, charming, and dangerous.
Mrs. Dratt – An aging debutante & a widow.
Melton – The lone servant of Master Douling.
The Butcher – Melton’s father.
The Doctor – As pedantic and foppish as they come.
The Jailer – Cantankerous and by-the-books

The Chinese Room Problem by Michael Tay
Directed by John Anderson
Dr Tomas (Tom) Castillo – Late 20s, an up-and-coming A.I. programmer.
Dr. Rahul Chowdhury – Late 50s/early 60s. A veteran of the A.I. community, and the project lead.
Helene Grenier – Member of the university’s Ethics Council
Julia – The Artificial Intelligence.

Don’t Bet on the House by Lucy Haines
Directed by Bradley Bishop
Louise – Oldest sister, of the threesome, mid 50s. Practical, if emotional.
Ellen – Middle sister, early 50s, a well-off, Toronto lawyer – always on the go.
Janina – The baby of the family, a blunt, 50-ish woman with a bit of an edge.
Bruce – The elderly neighbor.

Uncle Jake’s Cabin by Marcia Lynn Anderson
Directed by Samantha Vandenbrink
Narrator – Omnipotent male or female of any age. Must be able to sing and play acoustic guitar at the same time.
Lucille Weatherby – 66 year-old recently deceased retired farmer’s wife. Sings.
Jake Weatherby – Curmudgeonly seventy year-old patriarch of the family. Sings.
Virginia – late 60s – JAKE’s love interest.
Jimmy mid 40s – JAKE’s gay son. Sings.
Lilith mid 40s – JAKE’s favorite. Gypsy-like psychic medium can’t keep a job. Sings.
Billie Jo mid 40s – JAKE’s niece. Overbearing, judgmental, gossipy, and jealous. Sings.
Emma Dale mid 40s – JAKE’s niece. Sings.


  • Auditioners will be asked to read sides from the scripts, either alone or with other auditioners. As these are new works, the scripts are not available prior to audition. Please come and be prepared to have fun.
  • If you sing, please prepare a short a cappella piece in the style of country or folk music or classical art song or opera.
  • Headshots and resumes are recommended but not required.


Please bring to audition any major conflicts you would have between the dates of the audition at the dates of the performance.

Please Note: In addition to the 4 one-acts listed above, we are also presenting staged readings of short scenes by our other playwrights. If not cast in the one-acts, auditioners may be asked if they would like to join the festival as readers.


If you have questions, please contact Kristen M. Finlay at

Walterdale is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. As such, for every role, the directors will consider all submissions.

Walterdale is a volunteer/member organization. We cannot engage Equity performers.

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