Toronto Casting Call:
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a beautiful and powerful telling of one of literature's most loved stories, and we invite you to be a part of this epic show. The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. it premiered on Broadway in 1991.
The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is eleven years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire England to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a local Yorkshire young man bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.
NOW ACCEPTING AUDITION VIDEOS
We are accepting audition videos for the role of BEN and for adult and youth ensemble for The Secret Garden
Auditions are by appointment only. Please scroll down for audition requirements.
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Directed by Sarah Langford
Choreographed by Aniko Nagy
ALL REHEARSALS ARE IN TORONTO (Mt Pleasant and Eglinton area) beginning SEPTEMBER 4th 2019. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 6-10:15 and Sundays 5-10pm.
PERFORMANCES will be November 3-10 2019 at Newmarket Theatre. Performers will be carpooled to production.
ELIGIBILITY: Non paying production. Wavestage is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal opportunity designed to promote a model of inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities to audition.
32 bars of a song that best shows your singing abilities (bring a second piece, which we may or may not request). Please have your own accompaniment tracks on hand. YouTube tracks are accepted. An aux cord will be provided as well as a lightning adapter, but please bring your own adapter if your device does not have an aux input or lightning cable input. Please have your tracks ready to go upon entering the audition room.
A recent headshot.
A resume of training and experience.
A short paragraph monologue displaying your ability to speak in an accent. If auditioning for a specific role please use the accent required in the character description.
MARY LENNOX - Voice type: Mezzo (B-E) Stage age: 11-13 Role type: Lead Character: Raised in colonial India, Mary is an orphan whose parents have died of cholera. She has no close relatives and has been sent to live with Archibald Craven, her late mother’s sister’s husband. A spoilt child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl. Mary Lennox speaks with a British English dialect Received Pronunciation. This is a big role with a lot ot lines, songs and rehearsal time. We are looking for a performer that has an old soul, and yet an innocence all at the same
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Voice type: tenor (C-Ab) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Lead Character: Master of Misselthwaite Manor, Archie is a mildly handicapped man who lost his beloved wife Lily in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy, reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 11 years. Unable to face his son, who is sickly and bed-ridden. British English dialect Received Pronunciation
NEVILLE CRAVEN - Voice type: Baritone (C-F#) Stage age: 35-50 Role type: Lead Character: Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the care-taking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her and grieving the loss of what never was. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite. He is often portrayed as the villain in this piece, but must believe he is doing what is best at all times. He is jealous of his brother having been willed the family estate and the fact Archibald got the girl he pined after. He is serious, manipulative, and incredibly charming. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.
LILY CRAVEN - Voice type: Soprano (D-C: D optional) Stage age: 25 Role type: Lead Character: Archie’s late beloved wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie and died giving birth to Colin. In life a warm and loving young woman. In death a very benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.
MARTHA - Voice type: mezzo (low F – D) Stage age: 20-25 Role type: Lead Character: Housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted woman, feisty and courageous. Needs vocal warmth. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent. Needs to be able to inspire Mary when she is at her lowest. She is both sisterly and motherly. She is quirky, honest, has a quick whit and fantastic sense of humor. Must move well/be coordinated.
DICKON - Voice type: tenor (C-G) Stage age: 20 Role type: Lead Character: Martha’s brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. Requires a Northern Yorkshire accent.
COLIN CRAVEN - Voice type: Boy soprano (A-Eb) Stage age: 11 Role type: Lead Character: Lily & Archibald’s son. Spent his life in bed due to medical conditions related to his premature birth. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants as it is the only way for him to get attention. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death, which is a lot to carry around for anyone, let alone a child. Has to be a very strong actor capable of playing this complex young character. We’re not looking for Colin to just be an angry, whiney brat, we want to also understand and be able to sympathize with him. We are hoping to find not only a child with the voice of angel, but one that can take on the physical and emotional demands of this role head on.British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.
MRS MEDLOCK - Stage age: 35-55 Role type: Featured role Character: Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent.We are looking for an incredible actor that is able to be explosive when needed with a fabulous accent.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Voice type: Baritone (F-D) Stage age: 45-65 Role type: Supporting role Character: Gardener at Misselthwaite. Yorkshire accent. Head gardener. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He is a self-proclaimed crusty, grouchy man who is a sour as he looks. He has a great friendship and affection with the robin and you see that he is truly a sweet and tender man that cares very much about what he does. He takes pride in his work and loves what he does. We are looking for an incredible and honest actor who can sing. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent.
MRS WINTHROP - Voice type: Stage age: 40 -50 Role type: Cameo Character: A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). Scottish dialect
MAJOR SHELLEY - Voice type: Speaking only Stage age: 35+ Role type: Cameo Character: An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). British accent
MRS SHELLEY - Voice type: Speaking only Stage age: 30+ Role type: Cameo Character: Wife of Major Shelley. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). British accent (Will double as a servant/dreamer
THE DREAMERS - The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals commenting on events for the living,and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble. All dreamers must be strong singers and actors; all named dreamers have a great deal of solo singing and several scenes; must be able to hold harmonies well and should at the very least have some movement ability.
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: An army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.
ROSE LENNOX - Voice type: Mezzo / soprano (Bb-G: optional B) Stage age: 30-35 Role type: Supporting role Strong singer required Character: Watch out for the thorns. She is vain, self involved, loves her husband and is extremely disconnected with her child. She has virtually no relationship with her and priorities fashion, parties and functions over being a parent. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that ultimately takes her life. She dies not only without ever showing true love and affection to her daughter, but without ever teaching her anything or giving her any life shills. She doesn’t understand how her sister, Lily, could truly love Archibald as he is a hunchback and she sees only the outside of a person. Ideally she moves very well and has experience with ballroom/partner dancing. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.
THE FAKIR - Voice type: High tenor (G-B) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: Seeking Indian actor as the role is an Indian mystic / servant. Sings in Hindi and English with a Hindi Accent.
AYAH - Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G) Stage age: 20-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver. Sings in Hindi and English with a hindi Accent. Seeking actress of Indian or Middle Eastern descent.
LIEUTENANT IAN SHAW - Voice type: baritone (Bb-F) Stage age: 25-45 Role type: Supporting role Character: Army officer. working class’ dialect of English Cockney.
LIEUTENANT PETER WRIGHT - Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F)Stage age: 25-45 Role type: Supporting Character: Army officer. working class’ dialect of English Cockney.
MAJOR HOLMES - Voice type: Bass (low F#-F) Stage age: 30-50 Role type: Supporting Character: Army officer. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation
CLAIRE HOLMES - Voice type: Soprano (A-G) Stage age: 25-30 Role type: Supporting Character: Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation
ALICE - Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B) Stage age: 25-30 Role type: Supporting Character: Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation
ADULT DREAMER ENSEMBLE (BRITISH FRIENDS OF MARY’S FAMILY) - SATB adult chorus Seeking strong singers with good harmony abilities.
YOUTH CHORUS of Marys School Friends from India age 7-15 Seeking children with strong singing voices and good harmony abilities.
DANCERS - Strong lyrical dancers with ballet background, who also have strong singing voices with the ability to sing in harmony. To portray a variety of roles throughout production. Male or female age 18-40.
Seeking Youth Performers for Into the Woods Jr.
Wavestage is seeking talented Toronto & GTA performers ages 9-19 for our 25th Season Youth production of Into the Woods Jr. This Tony Award-winning musical includes many of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of Beanstalk fame, and of course the Witch – all who meet and interact in this whimsical show. Step into adventure as their different stories intertwine with each other when they all journey Into the Woods. The musical weaves together the tales of a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk; and Little Red Riding Hood who just wants to bring Grandma a few croissants! When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
Auditions are by appointment only. Please scroll down for audition requirements.
Director: Sarah Langford
Choreographer: Aniko Nagy
AGES: Youth production age 9-19
EXPERIENCE: All levels of experience are encouraged to apply.
ETHNICITY: All ethnicities.
FOR MALE ROLES: both changed and unchanged voices are welcome
NOTE: Actors will not be paid. Required Tuition Fee.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Initial auditions are by appointment only. Please be prepared to sing one song that best displays your vocal abilities and have your own accompaniment tracks on hand. YouTube tracks are accepted. An aux cord will be provided as well as a lightning adapter, but please bring your own adapter if your device does not have an aux input or lightning cable input. Please have your tracks ready to go upon entering the audition room. Please also bring a recent headshot and your resume.
NARRATOR:The narrator is the storyteller who speaks directly to the audience. This character helps control the pacing of the show and always needs to be ready for their next entrance, as they pop in and out throughout the story. Find a charismatic girl or boy with great diction for this large speaking role with minimal singing. Gender: Both
CINDERELLA: Cinderella is a simple peasant girl whose one wish is to go to the Festival. Unfortunately, when her wish comes true she learns that wishes sometimes come with consequences. Cinderella s inner beauty always shines through her sometimes clumsy and awkward exterior. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: A3.
JACK: Jack is an energetic young man who is always looking for an adventure. He begins this show as a simple little boy (his best friend is a cow), but by the end of the show he learns a few valuable lessons. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: A3.
JACKS MOTHER: Raising a son and running a farm all by herself has made Jack's Mother a bit frazzled and most definitely overworked. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
THE BAKER: The Baker is a good-hearted, likeable person who believes he can take on the Witch's curse all by himself. At first, this confidence and his desire to have a child drives him, but he soon learns he needs his wifes help to accomplish the goal. Vocal Range: Ab3 - Eb5
THE BAKERS WIFE: The Baker's Wife is a strong, determined and loving woman whose desire to have a child drives the action of the whole show. Her storyline helps tie all the characters storylines together. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
LITTLE RED: Little Red starts the show as a loud, bratty, pushy, glutton who happily manipulates people and situations to get her way. Eventually, she learns some valuable lessons and softens around the edges. Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
THE WITCH The Witch is an ancient, mysterious and manipulative woman who will do anything possible to regain her beauty and protect Rapunzel. While she may seem old and haggard, she still has the strength to control other people. Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: C4
CINDERELLAS PRINCE: Cinderella's Prince is a conceited fellow who adamantly pursues Cinderella and can't take no for an answer. When not chasing her, he is trying to show up Rapunzel's Prince. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3
CINDERELLAS STEPMOTHER: Cinderella's Stepmother is a mean, evil woman who only cares about her birth children, daughters Florinda and Lucinda.
CINDERELLA STEPSISTER: Cinderella's Stepsisters are spoiled brats who care only about themselves and marrying Cinderella's Prince. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: C4
CINDERELLA FATHER: Cinderella's Father will not win any Father-of-the-Year awards. He doesn't care about his daughter's well-being or her actions.
CINDERELLA MOTHERS: Cinderella' s Mother comforts Cinderella in her one short song. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4
RAPUNZEL: Rapunzel has been stuck in a tower for the majority of her life. Finally, she stands up to the Witch in order to get out to see the world. Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: G4
RAPUNZELS PRINCE: Rapunzel's Prince is the pompous and arrogant brother of Cinderella s Prince. Sibling rivalry runs rampant between the brothers, including each brother s belief that his lady love is the most beautiful. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3
MYSTERIOUS MAN :Just like the name suggests, this is one mysterious person. Everything he does is to help the Baker, but he does not explain his motives until the last moment. *This role can be filled by a boy or a girl.
THE WOLF: The Wolf is a sly and dangerous character intently focused on attacking Little Red Ridinghood. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
GRANNY Granny is a feisty woman who is not afraid to fight the Wolf face to face.
THE STEWARD:The Steward is the servant of Cinderella’s Prince. He is dependable and willing to do whatever Cinderella’s Prince asks.
MILKY WHITE: Milky-White is Jack's cow.
Wavestage encourages submissions from all qualified performers, and prides itself on having an environment of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Artists from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply for auditions without regard to age, disability, ethno-cultural identity, gender or any other basis prohibited by law. All artists are invited to remove measurements and physical features from the resume.
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