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Audition Notice (Edmonton): The December Man – Walterdale Theatre

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Audition Notice (Edmonton): The December Man – Walterdale Theatre

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The December Man

By Colleen Murphy
Onstage: April 21 – May 1, 2021
Director: Alex Hawkins
Assistant Director: John Anderson
Stage Manager: John Anderson

To sign up for auditions:

Please send your headshot and resume via email to hawkins27@shaw.ca
stating “December Man Auditions” in the subject line.
Please send any questions you may have as well.

Audition Location: Online via Zoom

Sign up at:
https://www.signupgenius.com

Audition Dates and Times (please sign up for only ONE Audition Slot):

  • Monday December 7, between 6:45 and 8:00 pm (Audition Slot #1)
  • Monday December 7, between 8:30 and 9:45 pm (Audition Slot #2)
  • Wednesday December 8, between 6:45 and 8:00 pm (Audition Slot #3)
  • Wednesday December 8, between 8:30 and 9:45 pm (Audition Slot #4)

Audition Procedure:

  • Auditions will be a cold read from the script of The December Man, and a brief conversation with the director. However, for better preparation, the script will be provided by request for all candidates via email prior to the audition.
  • Each audition session will have a group of auditioners present during the 75-minute audition, and will be asked to read a passage alone, and a two-person scene with one other auditioner.
  • It would be very helpful for actors trying out for the roles of Jean and Benoit to have some knowledge of, and some familiarity with, Quebec-spoken French.

Rehearsal Schedule:

When you have signed up, you will be sent a Rehearsal Schedule for the production of The December Man. You will be asked to go over the Rehearsal Schedule thoroughly and carefully, and identify any date or time conflicts that you may have with the Schedule, and send a list of these conflicts to the director prior to your audition.

Play Synopsis:

Colleen Murphy’s play The December Man is based on a historical event. In December 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montréal, 14 female engineering students were fatally shot by an armed intruder who objected to women trying to enter what he regarded as a male profession. The intruder prevented the male engineering students from intervening to stop these murders. In the play, the character Jean Fournier is one of the male students, and he is burdened by survivor guilt. Jean and his parents, Benoit and Kathleen, work hard to face this tragedy, and to help each other to recover from its effects on them as a family.

Roles to be cast:

  • Jean Fournier, a male engineering student, 22 years old
  • Benoit Fournier, father to Jean, in his 50s
  • Kathleen Fournier, mother to Jean, in her 50s

Health and Safety Preparedness:
Walterdale Theatre is currently finalizing our sanitation and production procedures to ensure the safety of all cast and crew members, as well as patrons. Strict adherence to government guidelines and best practices will be expected from all members of the production, including social distancing and wearing a mask as required. More details will be provided prior to live-in-person rehearsals.

Walterdale Theatre supports diversity in its casting of actors and other theatre personnel, and is committed to inclusive casting. Artists who are members of under-represented communities are greatly encouraged to audition.

Please note: Walterdale Theatre is a volunteer organization and cannot engage Equity performers.

 

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