The Weir 

Conor McPherson

Full Length, Drama

4 men, 1 woman

Director: August Scarpelli 

Show Dates: October 14-29, 2022 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 2PM)

 

Synopsis: 

In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore.

 

AUDITIONS:

Sunday May 29th from 3pm to 7pm

Tuesday May 31st from 7pm to 10pm

Where: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd,Bath, OH 44286

 

Callbacks as Needed: Thursday June 2nd from 7pm to 10pm

 

 

Sign Up for a Time Slot at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FACAA28A7F8C61-auditions1

 

 

  • Those auditioning will be asked to have prepared a one minute monologue in the style of the show.  Also, be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. Potentially in an Irish Accent. Those cast will also include Irish dialogue sessions. Please email august@thewrp.org with any questions.

 

  • The character descriptions below should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types. 

 

  • Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play.

 

  • Roles are open to all ethnicity and gender identities.

 

  • We ask that all who are auditioning at this time read our Safety and Covid policies. Actors are asked to show proof of vaccination status and must be fully vaccinated by the first day of rehearsal. 

 

  • We will work with all actors and will accept video auditions as well. Unlisted YouTube links or Vimeo links are the preferred method of sharing your video content. Please be sure your share settings are correct before sending. Please avoid sending large video files to download. Please do not exceed 3 mins total in your video.  Also include headshots and resumes and email links to 2022WRPAuditions@gmail.com and august@thewrp.org  All Videos must be submitted by _______

 

 

 

No equity contracts offered at this time.

 

 

Roles Available at this time:

 

Jack: Supporting, Male, 45-55

gregarious; quick-witted; attractive enough; never married; mechanic; lifelong resident of area; a bit competitive; underneath a little worried about missed chances; getting older; being alone; a bit volatile.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

 

Brendan: Supporting, Male, 30-40

bartender and owner of a pub where play takes place; his home is attached; owns fields and a little cattle; never married; lives alone; easygoing and kind, but a bit brooding and lonely; a little haunted underneath.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

 

Jim: Supporting, Male, 40-50

never married; handyman; lives with/takes care of his 90-year-old mother, who’s about to die; friendly and warm; perhaps a little shy; suggestion that sometimes people (outside of the bar) might think he’s not particularly smart, but he is a watcher, a gentle person.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

 

Finbar: Supporting, Male, 45-50

though Finbar grew up with the others, he is the only one who moved to “town,” got married, got into a regular job (owns a hotel, sells real estate); he’s got the gift of gab but sometimes he seems to use it as a selling tool (for whatever he’s selling); values the other fellas’ friendship but secretly thinks none of them have done the “right” thing in terms of getting ahead, rearing a family; perhaps a bit competitive with Jack.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

 

Valerie: Supporting, Female, 30-40

a quiet but friendly/capable woman who has just moved to the rural area alone, leaving her husband and university job; traumatized and haunted by the relatively-recent drowning of her little girl; isn’t certain that her daughter isn’t calling for her mother’s help from “the other side.”

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent

 

COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Requirements for The Western Reserve Playhouse:

 

  • If you are working on a production with The Western Reserve Playhouse, you must have received your vaccine before the first rehearsal/day. Proof of vaccination card may be required. 

 

  • Everyone working with the 2022 WRP Mainstage Adult Productions  (designers, contractors,employees, etc.) will also be vaccinated.

 

  • Vaccinated WRP actors and production staff who come into contact with COVID exposure in their personal lives while working on a production with The Western Reserve Playhouse will immediately notify WRP and will stay home until testing negative for the virus (or some similarly effective safety measures have been met, depending on the situation). The Western Reserve Playhouse is dedicated to help those involved with as much support during this process. 

 

  • Audiences will be appropriately distanced from the actors and production staff at all times (no meet & greets, etc.). Audiences will be held to high standards of safety according to the current CDC recommendations for gatherings at the time of performance. At this time WRP has their audience masked optional. This is subject to change based on community spread and guidance. 

 

  • Sanitizing products will be available at all times. (Hand sanitizer, brand new air purifications systems, HVAC Filters, new dressing rooms, UV wands, disinfectant spray, a place to wash hands, etc.)

If you have any questions about the Covid Safety Protocols please contact WRP’s Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski at dawn@thewrp.org

Western Reserve Playhouse in Bath, Ohio are holding auditions for our youth Main-Stage Production The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest) 

Adapted by David S. Craig. Based upon the novel by Michael Ende

 

The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest) 

Adapted by David S. Craig Based on the novel by Michael Ende

Directed by Shley Snider

Performances:  August 26-28 & September 2-3, 2022 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 28 at 2PM)

 

Synopsis

 

Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. Commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre and Imagination Stage.

 

 

When: May 28, 2022 from 1-4PM


Where: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd, Bath, OH 44286

 

Show Dates: August 26, 27 28, 2022 and September 2 & 3, 2022

 

Callback:  If needed, will take place Monday May 30th from 6pm to 8pm .Callbacks will be in person at the theater. Come dressed to move.

 

Sign Up for a Time Slot at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4facaa28a7f8c61-auditions 

 

 

  • Those auditioning will be asked to have prepared a 30-second comedy or fantasy monologue, preferably where you are playing a character that is energetic or full of movement. Monologues should be memorized. Connection to character, ability to memorize, and the actor’s movement will all be assessed, so choose a monologue that requires lots of energy! You may choose a speech from a play or from a movie.

 

  • Please bring a headshot or photo and a resume if you have one. 

 

  • The character descriptions below should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types. 

 

  • Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play, book or watch the movie.

 

  • Roles are open to all ethnicity and gender identities.

 

  • We will work with all actors and will accept video auditions as well. Unlisted YouTube links or Vimeo links are the preferred method of sharing your video content. Please be sure your share settings are correct before sending. Please avoid sending large video files to download. Please do not exceed 3 mins total in your video.  Also include headshots and resumes and email links to august@thewrp.org  All audition videos should be submitted no later than 5/25/22.

 

  • You will be asked to sign for and accept your role if cast. 

 

  • Cast members should arrive at their first rehearsal with all of their lines memorized.

 

  • In person rehearsals will begin the first week of August and only be 4 weeks including tech week. There will be additional zoom meetings or small group zoom meetings to go over characters before rehearsals start. 

 

 

No equity contracts offered at this time.

 

 

 

The following roles are available. All parts except Bastian will also play additional small roles. All roles are open to actors of all genders, races, and ethnicities.

 

Casting ages 11-18 for youth parts and see breakdown for the two adult parts listed below. (These adult parts would be a great time for parents to get involved too!!!)

 

BASTIAN – a bullied child who finds an escape in reading.

 

BULLY #1 (Age range 11-18)

 

BULLY #2 (Age range 11-18)

 

BULLY #3 (Age range 11-18)

 

ATREYU – a young warrior in Bastian’s book and the story’s hero.

 

FALKOR – A luck dragon with a sassy attitude.

 

YGRAMUL – A terrifying spider-like creature with five heads.

 

ARTAX – Atreyu’s faithful horse and best friend.

 

MORLA – a lazy tortoise-like creature and the most ancient being in Fantastica.

 

ENGYWOOK – a friendly gnome who believes he is a great scientist.

 

URGL – his wife who loves to pick on him.

 

THE CHILDLIKE EMPRESS – Ruler of Fantastica.

 

ENSEMBLE (AGE RANGE 11-18)

 

Additionally, the following roles are available for adult actors. Adult actors will not be required to attend all rehearsals.

 

FATHER/GMORK – male presenting, 30-50, strong movement skills.

 

BOOKSELLER – male presenting, 40+, friendly and mysterious.

 

Adult actors may email interest to director Shley Snider at thatswhatshleysaid@yahoo.com  to discuss the roles and set up an audition if needed.

The Western Reserve Playhouse is holding VIRTUAL OPEN auditions for our 

CaBARet Series!

The Western Reserve Playhouse is thrilled to announce open auditions for the ongoing CaBARet series. We are looking for 21 or older cast members that can not only sing but tell a story. Cabarets are more than just a concert full of songs. They are an experience where audience members get to see actors for who they truly are as people, not just a character. So we’re looking for actors that would be willing to share personal stories about their lives and connect with the audience. You get to do all of this while also enjoying a few cocktails on stage!

 

There are no equity contracts at this time. 

 

The Series rehearsal process for each event is short, filled with fun, and flexible. 

 

(See below for series breakdown)

 

Virtual Audition Information:

 

What: One to two songs that show off your vocal skills. Highly encourage you to sing a song that you have a personal connection to and let us know why you have such a personal connection with it.

 

  • Please email Patrick Hanlon at patrick@thewrp.org – YouTube* or Vimeo links are the preferred method of sharing your video content. Please be sure your share settings are correct before sending. Avoid sending large video files to download (Google Drive.) Do not exceed 3 mins total in your video.
  • Along with video submissions, actors must submit a headshot and applicable resume. 
  • We ask that you clearly state your name, title, and composer of the song before you sing. 
  • All CaBARet Company Members must follow the COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Requirements for The Western Reserve Playhouse 2022 Season.
  • At this time, all CaBARet Company Members must be 21.

 

The Upcoming CaBARet Series Events:

 

Director of the CaBARet Series: Patrick Hanlon

Musical Director: David Cox 

 

2D to 4D- Friday TBA

 

This is the cabaret featuring songs from musicals that were originally cartoons. 

 

Songs like BFF from Spongebob the Musical, If The World Should End from Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, and My New Philosophy from You’re Good Man Charlie Brown.  

 

Screen To Stage- Friday TBA

 

This is the cabaret featuring songs from musicals that were originally movies. 

 

Songs like Teachers Pet from School of Rock, She Used To Be Mine from Waitress, and Revenge Party from Mean Girls.

 

COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Requirements for The Western Reserve Playhouse 2022 Season: 

 

  • If you are working on a production with The Western Reserve Playhouse for 2021-2022 Reopening projects and season, you must have received your vaccine before the first rehearsal/day. Proof of vaccination card may be required. 

 

  • Everyone working with the 2022 WRP Mainstage Adult Productions  (designers, contractors,employees, etc.) will also be vaccinated.

 

  • Vaccinated WRP actors and production staff who come into contact with COVID exposure in their personal lives while working on a production with The Western Reserve Playhouse will immediately notify WRP and will stay home until testing negative for the virus (or some similarly effective safety measures have been met, depending on the situation). The Western Reserve Playhouse is dedicated to help those involved with as much support during this process. 

 

  • Audiences will be appropriately distanced from the actors and production staff at all times (no meet & greets, etc.). Audiences will be held to high standards of safety according to the current CDC recommendations for gatherings at the time of performance. At this time WRP has their audiences fully masked. This is subject to change based on community spread and guidance. 

 

  • Sanitizing products will be available at all times. (Hand sanitizer, brand new air purifications systems, HVAC Filters, new dressing rooms, UV wands, disinfectant spray, a place to wash hands, etc.)