Auditions

All experience and abilities are always welcome.

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One of the great benefits that community theatre provides is the opportunity for people of all backgrounds to take their spot in the limelight. It doesn’t matter if you have previously graced the stage with your acting prowess, dabbled in acting way back in high school, or if local live theatre is on your “bucket list” – IVT has a role for you and auditions are a great place to start! All are always welcome, so bring your friends, neighbors, and any local natives that will fit in your car.

Throughout the year, IVT puts on productions from Melodramas at the Sandwich Fair to comedies to musicals and dramas, and the available roles are just as diverse. Our current audition opportunities are listed below and we invite you to join us for one – or all – of our shows! You will find being part of our community theatre family will provide you with the acting experience that feeds your aspirations and provides an experience of working with a tight-knit group that pulls together to “break a leg” on stage!


Upcoming Audition Opportunities with Indian Valley Theatre


 

Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma

Times: 
July 30 from 1 to 4 and July 31 from 7 to 9– No appointment necessary.
Location: Sandwich Opera House Community Room
Preparation: Be prepared for a cold reading from script​ 

Identities are mixed doors are slammed, and pot brownies are eaten in this new farce by the authors of Sex Please, We’re Sixty!

Performances: 
Friday, October 20th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm.

Venue: Historic Sandwich Opera House

Times: July 30 from 1 to 4 and July 31 from 7 to 9– No appointment necessary.
Location: Sandwich Opera House Community Room
Preparation: Be prepared for a cold reading from script​ 

Identities are mixed doors are slammed, and pot brownies are eaten in this new farce by the authors of Sex Please, We’re Sixty!

Performances: 
Friday, October 20th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 22nd at 2:30 pm.

Venue: Historic Sandwich Opera House

Show Description

Joan Scheller lives with the great love of her life, Sandy. In an effort to hide their relationship from her overbearing sister-in-law, the former movie star Olivia St. Claire, she introduces him as her psychiatrist. One little white lie leads to another. Before long, Vinny the Enforcer, a quintessential Italian mobster, masquerades as her security guard, while her son, Chris, is forced to wear a dress and become her daughter Christina. Further complications occur when her new neighbor, Rachael, whose life appears to be a series of catastrophes, creates chaos and confusion wherever she goes. “The Doctor” is in. Has Joan created a monster? Everyone wants a session. Olivia wants to discuss her love life, Rachael wants to know why she’s such a disaster, and Vinny wants to discuss his work as an “Enforcer.” Sandy is forced to listen and give misguided advice, which, to everyone’s surprise, seems to work. But what about love? Of course there’s Joan and Sandy, if they can survive Joan’s white lies; then there’s Rachael, who is strongly attracted to Chris, if he can survive her mayhem. Finally, there’s Olivia, who hires Vinny away from the mob to be her personal security guard (With benefits?).

Character Descriptions

JOAN SCHELLER – (Age 45+): A middle-aged widow, she lives with her former gardener, Sandy. She is unconventional and free spirited. She doesn’t seem to care what others think of her, except her sister-in-law Olivia who seems to dominate her in some strange way. In fact, she and Sandy grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal recreational use in a white washed green house, they call the “potting shed”. Neither her son Chris, nor Olivia, are aware of Joan’s penchant for marijuana, or her relationship with Sandy. As Joan interacts with each of the characters, she is quick thinking and resourceful. Her seemingly innocent white lies create chaos and confusion throughout the play.

SANDY – (Age 45+): An easy going, mild mannered guy who appears to be in love with Joan. He was in fact her gardener, who began working for her after her husband died. At the very beginning of the play, Sandy and Joan are kissing on the couch, when Olivia arrives unexpectedly and almost catches them. Joan, afraid of Olivia’s disapproval, introduces Sandy, as Dr. Gardener her psychiatrist, and explains they were simply having a session. Joan has left him no choice but to go along with her deception. Little does he realize that he will be in great demand as a psychiatrist for the rest of the play.

VINNY “THE ENFORCER” – (40+) Age : The quintessential Italian mobster. He dresses like one, he talks like one, and he carries, in a concealed shoulder holster, a magnum 45, which he does not hesitate to show to everyone. He is looking for Joan’s son, Chris, who has accumulated considerable gambling debts and who is now on the run from the mob. Although he appears tough, we later learn this is all bluff and bluster as he turns out to be sensitive pussy-cat. He has a rough, “New Jersey” accent.

OLIVIA ST. CLAIRE – (Age 40+): Joan’s sister-in-law. A wealthy, aging movie star, who never enters a room, but always “makes an entrance.” A well meaning, but overbearing woman, she asserts her authority upon everyone, especially Joan, whom she sees as weak and incapable of taking care of herself, since her husband’s death. Joan, embarrassed to let Olivia know that her son is in debt to the mob, creates yet another deception, and introduces Vinny as her security guard. Olivia appears to be quite taken with the rough and street smart Vinny.

RACHAEL– (Age 20+): Joan’s new neighbor. She seems to live in her own world, constantly being nosey and taking liberties. She continually refers to disastrous incidents in her life and we soon see why they happened. With her flighty demeanor and malapropisms, you’re left to wonder how she ever survives in life. She is, however, a sweet, thoughtful, and kind woman.

CHRIS – (Age 20+): Joan’s son is on the run from the mob. He is seemingly out of work, and living a care free life. He does not seem to take his situation very seriously. Joan, however, takes it extremely seriously and, fearful for his safety, persuades him to masquerade as her daughter, Christina. Later in the play, we discover that he, in fact, works for the FBI as an undercover agent


A Mostly Minnesota Christmas

Times: Sunday, 
Sept 17th 1 to 4pm.. And Monday  Sept. 18 7 to 9pm. –  No appointment necessary.
Location: Sandwich Opera House Community Room
Preparation: Be prepared for a cold reading from script​ 

‘Tis the season to be merry…and annoyed by your family. As Bill and Abby prepare for Christmas in frigid northern Minnesota, long-estranged relatives start showing up on their doorstep to heal old wounds and reconcile irreconcilable differences. Besides the surprise relatives, Abby is busy producing and directing the Christmas Pageant at her church and let’s face it, bringing together one’s family to celebrate Christmas never goes quite as planned. With a sharp tongue and a soft heart, this rollicking comedy is a reminder of how Christmas and family go hand-in-hand, no matter what happens.

Performances: 
Friday, December 1st at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 3rd at 2:30 pm.

Venue: Historic Sandwich Opera House


On Golden Pond

Times: Sept 24th from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8.
 No appointment necessary.
Location: Sandwich Opera House Community Room
Preparation: Be prepared for a cold reading from script​ 

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Performances: Two Weekends. 
Friday, March 2nd 2018 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 pm.  PLUS Friday, March 9th 2018 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 10th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 pm.

Venue: Historic Sandwich Opera House

 

 

Be prepared when you arrive. Download an audition form!

Audition Form


A Note About Rehearsals

Directors are sensitive of the personal commitments of their actors and production crew and will coordinate their rehearsal schedules to allow for the most beneficial process. Usually, rehearsals will be held on select evenings during the week and on the weekends, commonly during the day.


Please keep these things in mind when considering auditioning for IVT

Be prepared: Thoroughly research the audition requirements provided and prepare with material to fulfill those requirements. Different shows mean different directors, so study the audition notice to understand the specific requirements for the show for which you intend to audition.

Know your schedule: Please come to the audition with a clear knowledge of your availability. If significant conflicts exist, be prepared to list them for the information of those casting the show.

Know the show: If the materials are available, research the show for which you are auditioning. If it’s a musical, listen to the soundtrack. If it’s a scripted play, research it online so you better understand the characters for which you are auditioning.

Musicals: In the event we are casting for a musical, please be prepared. If the audition notice calls for singing, bring music that you plan to sing with either a pianist provided or bring a soundtrack to sing with. The audition notice will stipulate what the vocal format will be at the audition.

Be polite and courteous and listen: Everyone is given a chance to audition, from beginners to veterans. Listen carefully at the audition.  Details about the timing of casting decisions, first rehearsals, etc. are often given verbally at the audition. Always listen carefully for these details and take lots of notes!

Don’t get discouraged: You may, once casting decisions have been made, be unhappy with the role you receive or you may not get cast at all. Don’t be discouraged! There will always be another show and auditioning in itself is great practice for roles to come!

 

We look forward to seeing you at the next audition. Good luck!

The best way to stay current with upcoming auditions is to watch this page regularly and to follow IVT on Facebook.

 

 

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