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Auditions (Edmonton): The Swearing Jar – Walterdale Theatre

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Auditions (Edmonton): The Swearing Jar – Walterdale Theatre

Audition for The Swearing Jar by Kate Hewlett; directed by Ursula Pattloch; stage managed by Justine Woodfall!

Performance Dates:
April 17 – 27, 2024

Audition Dates:
December 9, 1:00pm – 5:00pm & December 11, 6:30pm – 10:00pm with callbacks on December 17, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Rehearsals begin week of January 15 but several read-throughs will be scheduled over the holidays.

Play Synopsis:
A young married couple decide to kick their hilariously bad swearing habit before their baby is born but that’s not their only obstacle. This heartwarming story looks at life – it’s challenges, secrets, and absurdities – with honesty, humour, and a little bit of music.

Walterdale is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, the director will consider all submissions. Age ranges are approximate and somewhat flexible.

  • CAREY – late 20s – late 30s (singing role). A witty music teacher who stages a concert of music about her and her husband’s relationship as a birthday present, only to be drawn into a dilemma when she also begins to fall in love with Owen, the guitarist she hired to help perform the concert.
  • SIMON – Carey’s husband, late 20s – early 40s. A witty author who holds a big secret that he does not share with his wife.
  • OWEN – late 20s – early 40s (singing and guitar playing role). Owen works in a bookstore and plays guitar on the side. He has a chance encounter and then strong connection with Carey.
  • BEV – Simon’s mother, late 50s – 60s. Bev is a bit of a dark cloud whose visits are filled with passive aggressive behavior.
    Audition Requirements:

You will be auditioning in small groups in 45-minute timeslots in which you will be asked to read sides from the play (you will receive sides at least a week before your audition). Please come to the audition, ready to talk about yourself in relation to the character you wish to audition for.

Actors auditioning for Carey should also prepare a short, unaccompanied song.

Actors auditioning for Owen should also prepare a short song with or without guitar accompaniment. (It would be wonderful if Owen could play guitar, but if the actor who gets the role does not, we do have a Plan B).

To book your audition, please email the director, Ursula Pattloch, at In your email:

  • Indicate your preferred audition date (December 9 or 11)
  • Indicate the character(s) you are auditioning for
  • Attach your headshot and resume if possible
  • Indicate any potential conflict dates you have with the rehearsal and performance schedule
  • If you are unable to make the audition dates, we will also accept recorded auditions. Please email the director to make arrangements for these.
  • After the first read-throughs, rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons starting in January. Additional days will be added closer to the production date. Please come with any conflicting dates to the audition.


  • Headshots and resumes are recommended but not required.
  • A perusal copy of the script is available at the Theatre Alberta library.
  • Walterdale Theatre Associates is a volunteer/member organization. We cannot engage CAEA performers.
  • Walterdale Theatre is a community theatre and is committed to inclusivity.
  • Walterdale encourages artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities to audition. If accommodations may be required for your audition, please let us know and we will ensure steps are taken to assist you.

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