Audition (Calgary): Halloween and Christmas Shows – Heritage Park

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Audition (Calgary): Halloween and Christmas Shows – Heritage Park

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Halloween Shows

The Heritage Park Players will be presenting various interactions and plays around Heritage Park for its 2021 Ghouls’ Night Out Halloween event. Ghouls’ Night Out is a volunteer performance contract. (Note: We will not be looking to cast people in both Halloween and Christmas.)

UNDEAD’S GOT TALENT

“Beetlejuice hosts the afterlife’s most-watched reality TV show, Undead’s Got Talent.”
Play Run Time: 20 minutes
Written & Directed by: Melissa Dorsey & Trevor Matheson
Performed: Outside at the Didsbury Bandstand

CHARACTERS:
VLAD – a vampire, producer of the show, undead — pre-cast
BEETLEJUICE – from the 1980’s movie/cartoon, host of the show, undead — pre-cast
3 CONTESTANTS (or groups of contestants) that are undead versions of popular characters (TBA)
All the “contestants” will develop their own “talent show submission” with talents they have, be it music, dancing, acrobatics, or other skills.

CONJURING A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

“Crystal Ball is connecting with the spirit world and conjures some familiar, and some not so nice, characters.”
Play Run Time: 15 minutes
Written & Directed by: Melissa Dorsey & Trevor Matheson
Performed: In front of and inside the Ice Cream Parlour

CHARACTERS:
CRYSTAL BALL – a medium conjuring spirits — pre-cast
ZERO – ghost dog from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” (puppet)
SALLY – girl from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” (2-person puppet)
OOGIE BOOGIE – the bad guy from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas”
JACK SKELLINGTON – pumpkin king from the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” (2-person puppet)

GHOSTBUSTING
“The Ghostbusters are trying to capture spectres at Heritage Park, but things go awry when the Dark Lady appears.”
Play Run Time: 15 minutes
Written & Directed by: Trevor Matheson & Melissa Dorsey
Performed: In front of the Town Hall and Wainwright Hotel

CHARACTERS:
PETE – Ghostbuster, the funny one
EVIE – Ghostbuster, the smart one
CHARLIE – a Heritage Park Housekeeping employee, sanitization specialist
LADY – the Dark Lady ghost of Heritage Park
ARMY OF POSSESSED ACTORS – any number of people using existing costumes.

THE ADDAMS’ FAMILY HOUSE GUESTS
“The Addams Family take you on a tour of their home culminating in a family dinner.”
Directed by: Trevor Matheson
Play Run Time: 15 minutes
Performed: Outside the Famous Five Interpretive Centre

CHARACTERS:
MORTICIA – The mother, traditional but open to new ideas that are inline with her family’s well-being.
COUSIN IT — pre-cast
WEDNESDAY – The daughter, progressive, wants to push the boundaries of traditional thought, handles a sword well.
BERNICE – Pretending to be an aunt. Thieving partners. The leader of the pair.
PAMELA – Pretending to be an aunt. Thieving partners. The more unsure of the two.
STAGE HANDS – One or two people will be needed to help with executing Wednesday’s traps.

RETURN OF THE CAPTAIN
“Jack is reborn through Calypso’s magic only to encounter a Sith Lord who is looking to steal his booty. An epic sword/lightsaber fight to Pirates of the Caribbean style music.”
Play Run Time: 10 minutes
Written by Brian Spencer
Directed by: Trevor Matheson
Performed: Outside the Gledhill’s Drug Store

CHARACTERS:
JACK SPARROW — pre-cast
*SITH LORD – A dark lord from the “Star Wars” movie universe
*CALYPSO – A sea goddess — pre-cast
*stage fight experience an asset

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE/AUDITION INFO

REHEARSALS:
First Read will be on Sunday, Aug 29 @ 10am-3pm
Rehearsals will begin Saturday, September 11 and will continue until the first performance on Wednesday, October 28.

There will be 1-2 rehearsals a week and actors will only be called as needed.

Rehearsals will consist of evenings (6pm-10pm) and weekends (various times between 10am-10pm) unless an entire cast has daytime availability.
Rehearsals will be held at Heritage Park.

TECH/DRESS/PREVIEWS:
Oct 23-26 (specific dates/times TBD)

PERFORMANCE INFO:
Call time will be one hour before the event.
Specific showtimes for each show TBA

PERFORMANCE DATES:
October 28 (6pm-9pm)
October 29 (5pm-9pm)
October 30 (5pm-9pm)
October 31 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
Persons submitting must be available for all performance dates. No exception.

AUDITION DATES:
Saturday, Aug 21 @ 10am-4pm
Monday, Aug 23 @ 3pm-10pm
Auditions will be held at Heritage Park.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants need not have any formal training. Not all roles require speaking. We encourage all who’d like to participate to apply.
Applicants must be 15 years or older
Prepare given sides (to be sent upon audition confirmation.)

CASTING PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE:
Artistic Development Coordinator/Director – Trevor Matheson
Artistic Production Coordinator/Director – Melissa Dorsey

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 5pm.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Interested actors, please send the following via e-mail with the subject “HP 2021 Halloween Audition Submission” to Trevor Matheson at [email protected] Include: your headshot and resume; and indicate the character(s) you’re interested in and any availability conflicts (between Sept 11-Oct 31).

Only those selected to audition will be contacted with an audition time. Heritage Park is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Ghouls’ Night Out is a volunteer performance contract and actors will be considered volunteers of Heritage Park. Equity members will not be seen at these auditions. Thank you for your understanding.

Christmas Show

The Heritage Park Players will be presenting a short play in Heritage Park’s Opera House for its 2021 Once Upon A Christmas event. Once Upon A Christmas is a volunteer performance contract. (Note: We will not be looking to cast people in both Halloween and Christmas.)

DR. BILLARD’s COMBUSTIBLE CHRISTMAS
“Dr. Billard reveals his latest invention on Christmas Eve, but Nurse Feline wants to dispose of him and take all the credit.”
Run time: 25min
Performed: Inside the Canmore Opera House

CHARACTERS:
DR. BILLARD – A kind dentist/pharmacist, the hero, a duck
COOK FRANKFURTER – An inspired French cook looking for a special ingredient, a pig
CHIP – A young assistant to Frank, a chipmunk
NURSE FELINE – A slighted nurse aspiring to be a doctor, the villain, a cat

The show will be set in the Edwardian Times (1910). To make it more fantastical, they will be personified 2-legged versions of Edwardian animal characters.

REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE INFO

REHEARSALS:
First Read will be on Sunday, Aug 29 @ 10am-3pm
Rehearsals will begin in September with 1-2 rehearsals a week ramping up in November with 2-3 rehearsals a week.

Rehearsals will be evenings and weekends. Rehearsals will be held at Heritage Park.

TECH WEEK:
November 21-29 (specific dates TBD)

DRESS/PREVIEW WEEK:
November 29/30 & December 2

PERFORMANCE INFO:
There will be 4-5 performances a day in the Canmore Opera House.
Call time will be 10am.

Performers will be released after the last performance of the day (around 4pm-4:30pm).

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE DATES:
December 4-5
December 11-12
December 17-22

There will be two casts. Persons submitting must be available for either all Saturday or Sunday performance dates. No exception. Dec 17 & Dec 20-22 performance dates will be made up of whoever is available for those performances between the two casts.

AUDITION DATES:
Saturday, Aug 21 @ 10am-4pm
Monday, Aug 23 @ 3pm-10pm
Auditions will be held at Heritage Park.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants need not have any formal training. We encourage all who’d like to participate to apply.
Applicants must be 15 years or older
Prepare given sides (to be sent upon audition confirmation.)

CASTING PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE:
Artistic Development Coordinator/Director – Trevor Matheson
Artistic Production Coordinator/Director – Melissa Dorsey

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 5pm.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Interested actors, please send the following via e-mail with the subject “HP 2021 Christmas Audition Submission” to Trevor Matheson at [email protected]  Include: your headshot and resume; andindicate the character(s) you’re interested in and any availability conflicts (between Sept 1-Dec 22).

Only those selected to audition will be contacted with an audition time. Heritage Park is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Once Upon A Christmas is a volunteer performance contract and will be considered volunteers of Heritage Park. Equity members will not be seen at these auditions. Thank you for your understanding.

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