Audition!

Arís is holding non-equity auditions
Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10:30am – 5:00pm
for

"The Importance of Being Earnest"


(Steampunk Edition)
by Oscar Wilde
Adapted and Directed by Kathleen McManus

Steampunk accent

Audition Location: Shakespeare Tavern Academy, 497 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308
Audition Date & Time: Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10:30am – 5:00pm

Performances will take place at 7 Stages Theatre Back Stage, November 4 – 21, 2021.
Rehearsals begin on October 11, 2021
Show opens Friday, November 5, 2021 (preview Thursday, November 4th)
Show closes Sunday, November 21, 2021.
Performance dates will be:

  • 8pm November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20
  • 2:30pm November 7, 14, and 21

About the Play:

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the greatest comedic farces in the English language. It follows the exploits of John Worthing and his friend, Algernon Moncrief, as they each pursue freedom from the constraints of their family obligations by inventing alter egos who provide convenient excuses for them to escape their boring lives. Everything works perfectly until John declares his desire to marry the intoxicating Gwendolyn, and Algernon becomes a bit too interested in John’s charming and clever ward, Cecily!

Kathleen McManus’ adaptation is imbued with a steampunk ethos – the marriage of Victorian art-nouveau design and anachronistic technologies that creates a fresh, energetic take on the beloved classic.

Character Descriptions:
Algernon Moncrief - a dandy, committed to the single life (presents as male)
John Worthing - a free spirit with a big secret (presents as male)
Gwendolyn Fairfax - a delicious debutante with a determined mind (presents as female)
Cecily Cardew - naïve and overprotected, but intelligent and observant (presents as female)
Lane - an impertinent servant in the employ of Algernon (all genders)
Miss Prism - a gentle person with a lot of guilt (presents as female)
Reverend Canon Chasuble - a good natured confidant and helpful friend (presents as male)
Merriman - a faithful servant of the Worthing/Cardew household (all genders)

The role of Lady Bracknell has been pre-cast.

All roles will be compensated.

Audition:
You will be auditioning with others in 30 minutes blocks. For the audition, you will be asked to read sides in an English/Received Pronunciation dialect . Sides will be provided for review upon confirmation of your audition time.

To receive an audition appointment:
Send an email with the subject: "Arís Earnest Audition Request" to audition@aristheatre.org.
Note WHICH CHARACTER (or characters)you wish to audition for.
Attach your headshot and resume
Please indicate if you have a preference for a specific time slot (between 10:30am and 4:30pm).
All audition requests must be received by July 31, 2021
You must make an appointment in order to audition.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Any questions regarding these auditions should be sent to ATTN: Amanda Brooks at audition@aristheatre.org.

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COVID Protocols:

For auditions: If you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the building except when actually auditioning.

For rehearsals: All cast and crew members will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of rehearsal. We will be following CDC Guidelines and Actors Equity Safety Requirements for fully vaccinated workplaces.

For performances: We will be following CDC Guidelines and Actors Equity Safety Requirements for live theatre performances. These guidelines are due to be updated in October.

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