Monday, February 20, 2023

Auditions for ON GOLDEN POND at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre announced for April 2

Sunday, April 2nd
Audition for ON GOLDEN POND

About the Show:
ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson

Director: Diedra Celeste Miranda

Retired New England professor Norman Thayer and his spirited wife Ethel return to their summer home on the shores of idyllic Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. Even with his memory failing, cantankerous Norman is still as tart-tongued, observant, and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together. Enroute to a European vacation, the couple's estranged daughter Chelsea arrives to leave behind her fiancé's teenage son, Billy. Generations collide but soon forge common ground as Norman and "the grandson they never had" learn a thing or two from each other. And Chelsea hopes to repair the long-strained relationship with her aging father before it's too late. A tender, touching and humorous tale with themes of mortality, enduring love and forgiveness that all play out on Golden Pond.

Our goal is to cast the very best actors for each role; we are committed to racial, cultural and artistic diversity. Artists of all ethnicities, genders, and abilities are welcome and warmly encouraged to audition. For the health and safety of all performers, all actors are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; unvaccinated actors will not be considered.
Sunday, April 2nd from 1 pm to 5 pm

Use Signup Genius link below for an audition slot

Callbacks by invitation, Sunday, April 2nd from 6 pm to 7 pm

What to Prepare:
Cold reads from sides provided. Sides available online (on the SignUp Genius page for download) and at the theatre at time of audition. Select the side for each character that you wish to be considered for. Bring current headshot, resume and rehearsal conflicts.

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8989 E. Via Linda, Suite 118, Scottsdale, 85258

Rehearsal begins week of May 21st (or possibly one week later)

Rehearsals are held at the theatre on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm and also either on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to Noon or Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm. Tech Week will be the week of July 23rd. Expect longer rehearsals for tech week.

Performance Dates:
July 27th through September 2nd

The run is six weeks for a total of 24 performances. Shows are weekly at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Saturday matinees. There are no performances on Sundays. Call time is 1 hour prior to show time. A stipend will be paid. Please do not audition if you cannot be at every performance.

Characters/Roles Available:
NORMAN THAYER, JR. Age 79. Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, Department of English. He is grand. Has a manner, a way of speaking and carrying himself. On one hand he is boyish and peppery, having hung onto his vigor and his humor. On the other, can be a curmudgeon and feels that his age entitles him to be! Still very much in love with Ethel, his wife.

ETHEL THAYER. Age 69. Still very pretty and youthful. A determined woman. Direct in her communication. Energetic, active, and bright. Positive Attitude. Full of life spirit. Very caring and very loving. She is still very much in love with Norman. 

CHARLIE MARTIN. Age 44. The local mailman by boat delivery. Physically tall. He is charming with smiling eyes. He is simple and thoughtful. Not sophisticated. Tends to laugh a lot. A long-time family friend. Still single. He has had a crush on Chelsea forever.

CHELSEA THAYER WAYNE. Age 42. An attractive woman. Not thin or skinny. Shapely. A divorcee. She has a nervous edge to her presence. Carries a chip on her shoulder. Intense. Still dealing with past issues with her father, Norman. Though she does have a sense of humor.

BILL RAY. Age 45. Chelsea's fiancé and Billy's father. An attractive man. A bit uptight. Tends to be too serious and concerned. Although he does have a sense of humor. He is not the outdoors type at all! Trying to make a good impression!

The role of BILLY RAY JR., the teenage son of Bill Ray, has been pre-cast.

Email Director Diedra Celeste Miranda with questions:

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