Audition Call

Greeting all:

Here is the updated audition call for the 2011 season. If you have any questions, please contact the individuals indicated.

See you at the theatre,


Highlands Summer Festival 2011 season auditions

Scot Denton – Artistic Producer
Melissa Stephens – Executive Producer

2011 Audition Information for the following productions

  • Anne of Green Gables, The Musical
  • Looking
  • Educating Rita

Thank you for your interest in the Highlands Summer Festival’s Season for 2011. The Festival has just celebrated another exciting season, which provided opportunities for many performers to appear in three productions: the musical The Goodbye Girl and two comedies – Sylvia and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Over thirty skilled and dedicated individuals contributed to these productions by building sets and costumes or being part of the running crew. A good number of our actors and crew last season were new to the Festival – several of the actors appeared on stage for the first time. We invite you to consider volunteering to take part in some capacity. The upcoming season will provide many opportunities. We encourage you to audition, even if you have limited or no stage experience. We are committed to helping people develop their talents.

The mounting of a summer theatre season is an enormous amount of work. The rewards, however, can be huge. Before you make a commitment, please study the contents of this package carefully. The Highlands Summer Festival is a regionally based community theatre with charitable status. We pride ourselves on producing stage work of the highest calibre. Over the last ten years we have worked hard to improve every facet of our operation. Our faithful patrons have come to expect quality programming and we are committed to delivering just that.

Should you have any questions regarding the audition process or about the Festival in general, please do not hesitate to contact:

Melissa Stephens – Executive Producer – 705-455-2366

Audition Information

We are again looking for a large number of performers for our season. Ages listed for a character may describe performer range or character and serve as guidelines only. The director may adjust them as required.

Anne of Green Gables, The Musical

Adapted by Don Harron, Music by Norman Campbell, Lyrics by Harron and Campbell, Additional Lyrics by Mavor Moore and Elaine Campbell, From the Novel by L. M. Montgomery

The classic tale of an orphan girl who rises from destitution to happiness in Prince Edward Island farm country entirely by virtue of her pluck and personality.In the brief role descriptions below ‘late teens’ refers to the performers age.

  • Anne Shirley Soprano, Lead, late teens: – Feisty orphan adopted by the Cuthberts
  • Marilla Cuthbert Soprano, Lead: – Matriarchal spinster, sister to Matthew
  • Matthew Cuthbert Baritone, Lead: – Shy brother to Marilla
  • Gilbert Blythe Tenor, Lead, late teens: competes with and falls for Anne
  • Miss Stacy Soprano with Belt, Supporting, age flexible: the new Schoolmistress
  • Diana Barry Soprano, Supporting, late teens: Anne’s bosom buddy
  • Mrs. Rachel Lynde Alto/Mezzo, Supporting: 60s
  • Josie Pie Soprano/Mezzo, Supporting, late teens: – Anne’s competition
  • Lucilla Soprano, Cameo: – Clerk in Blair’s store
  • Mr. Phillips Baritone, Cameo: – the schoolmaster
  • Ladies of Avonlea Mixed voices, 40s – 50s: Mrs. Barry, Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs.
    Sloan, Mrs. Pye
  • Young Ladies at Avonlea School Late teens: – Prissy Andrews, Ruby Gillis, Tillie Boulter, Gertie Pye
  • Boys at Avonlea School: Late teens – Charlie Sloan, Moody MacPherson, Tommy Sloan, Malcolm Andrews
  • Men of Avonlea, Mixed Voices, Ensemble: The Minister, Earl the mailman, Cecil the farmer, the Stationmaster
  • Young Ensemble ~8 – 12: As well as the roles listed above, there are places for two or perhaps three younger children at Avonlea School.

Note: The choreography for Anne will be chosen to suit those cast. There will be additional dance classes and rehearsals to allow these young performers to realize their potential and benefit from this opportunity.


by Norm Foster
Full Length, Comedy

Val’s an O.R. nurse, Andy’s in the storage business, Nina’s a police officer and Matt’s a radio morning show host. They’re middle-aged, single and ‘looking’. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper. Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support. High romance and contagious laughter are the result.

  • Val Lead, 35- 50 – Single O.R. Nurse
  • Andy Lead, 35- 50 – Single, in the Storage Business
  • Nina Lead, 35- 50 – Single Police Officer
  • Matt Lead, 35- 50 – Single Radio Morning Show host

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell
Full Length, Comedy

Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old working-class hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

Frank Lead – 50s – Tutor of English
Rita Lead – late 20s – Hairdresser/Student

The play takes place in Northern England – Frank and Rita will both speak in dialect.

Audition Dates and Location

The auditions will be held on Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion at the High School in Haliburton. Be sure to book a time for your audition.

Audition Requirements

Book an audition time by calling Betty Mills at 705-457-1354. Print the last two pages of this package – the Audition Information Sheet – fill them in and bring them to your audition. Dress comfortably and bring indoor shoes. If you are new to the Festival, be prepared to either perform a short monologue (max 2 minutes) or tell a short story.

You may be asked to read “sides” (a short scene). Be prepared to spend an hour or more for the audition process.

If you are new to the Festival and would like to audition for the musical, we will need to hear your singing voice – please prepare just 16 bars or one verse of any song from the Music Theatre repertoire – have a copy of your music with you for the accompanist.

Candidates are encouraged to be familiar with the specific shows. A limited number of scripts for Looking and Educating Rita will soon be available. They can be borrowed for a short period of time by calling Betty Mills at 705-457-1354. You will be required to leave a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when you return the script. Librettos and scores for Anne of Green Gables, The Musical are rented and not readily available at this time. There will be some sides of the script available for you to look at if your are asked to read for a specific role. (Some information about the musical and the plays is available online.)

Rehearsal Schedule

It is the expectation that a minimum of 100 hours of rehearsal time for each production will have been achieved prior to performance (120 hours for the musical). The exact rehearsal schedules will be established by the directors and their casts. However, each production has rehearsals each week on Friday evening and/or Saturday and Sunday during the day, beginning towards the end of April or early in May. Actors cast in supporting roles may not be required at every rehearsal.
Please note: The Festival moves into the theatre toward the end of June. During the ten days to two weeks prior to each production’s opening (see dates below), rehearsals may be more frequent.

Performance Schedule

Anne of Green Gables, The Musical – July 2 (preview), July 3 Opening (matinee), July 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
10 (matinee), 12, 13, 14 and 15

Looking – July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

Educating Rita – August 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12

The “breaks” allow for our five concerts.

The Commitment

Part of the mandate of the Highlands Summer Festival is to develop the talents and skills of people, especially young people, in the performing arts. Wherever possible, we prefer to utilize the talents of the residents of Haliburton County. In order to achieve and maintain this standard, a commitment of time, talent and energy must be made by all involved. The expectation is that performers will be in attendance and on time for ALL rehearsals/performances. If you are unable to make such a commitment, please do not audition.

To book an audition time, please call Betty Mills at 705-457-1354

Audition Information Sheet

Please print off these last two pages and make sure you bring it with you to the
auditions. Print clearly when completing the information.

Name _____________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________
Telephone: Home _________________________ Other __________________________
Email ____________________________________________________
Age (if under 20) ____________

The above information will be used by the Festival to contact you and will be retained only if you get a role or indicate an interest in other aspects of the Festival. The contact information may be shared with others involved in the Festival.

If you are familiar with the plays and/or musical, you may wish to indicate which roles you are interested in auditioning for.

I am interested in auditioning for the role(s) of:
_________________________ ________________________ _____________________

Please indicate one of the following:

___If not chosen for the role(s) indicated, I would consider another role.
___I am interested only in the role(s) indicated.

The Festival requires reliable back-stage help from people with a strong work ethic and a desire to help bring our plays to life. Of extreme importance is the role of Stage Manager, who serves as the director’s right hand and calls the show. This person would attend all rehearsals and some production meetings. Other key roles are Assistant Stage Managers, Tech Assistants and Crew. We offer support and some training for all of these positions.

Please indicate if you wish to be considered for stage management or crew:
_____Yes _____No

Please indicate specifically any conflicts you might have with the rehearsal schedule:

Your signature: _________________________________

Date _____________, 2011

Please summarize any experience and/or training you have which you will bring to the Festival. You may attach a resume.

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