Season 2020-21 Auditions

We are committed to casting that embraces diversity and inclusion. We believe in the value that diverse voices bring to telling a story, and the importance of casting that pushes against historical systems. Artists of all ethnicities, heritage, genders and ages encouraged to apply.

Announcing General Auditions for
The Tabard Theatre Company’s
2020-21 Season ‘Celebrate Life’

General Auditions will be via self-tape submission. Callbacks will be held via Zoom as-needed.

For consideration, please:

  1. Video yourself performing two contrasting monologues, or one monologue and a song, no more than 4 minutes total.
  2. Upload your audition to a video sharing site such as youtube or vimeo, and email the link along with your headshot and resume to casting@tabardtheatre.org

  3. Please also fill out our audition form here.

If you’d like to be considered for Arsenic & Old Lace, please send your audition by August 14. For all other shows, submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis.

We are a non-union company. All roles are volunteer positions with per diems for food and gas.

Specific rehearsal and performance schedules will vary for each show, but we generally rehearse for 3 to 5 weeks,  3hrs/day on weekdays with one 5 hour rehearsal over the weekend. Performances for Mainstage shows are generally three weeks, Thu-Fri at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and/or 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.

The health and safety of our artistic team is very important to us. We are following all State and County regulations for live streaming. Currently that means:

  • Cast and crew sizes are being reduced to ensure that we comply with Santa Clara county health regulations.
  • Temperature and symptoms are checked and logged for every person on arrival.
  • Rehearsals will be a combination of outdoor locations, socially distanced at the theater or remote via video-conferencing.
  • Tech week and performances will be onsite at our theatre in downtown San Jose.
  • Distancing and masks are required when not performing.
  • Cleaning and sanitation is performed multiple times throughout the day
  • Personal make up/prep stations will be assigned to each performer
  • Hand sanitation station provided throughout the building

 

Show descriptions and character breakdowns below.

 

Celebrate Life Season 2020-21

ARSENIC & OLD LACE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Delightful Dark Comedy

By Joseph Kesselring 

Rehearses Sept 1 – 17

Shows Sept 18 – Oct 5 2020

Drama critic Mortimer Brewster has just gotten engaged when he discovers that his sweet aunties have a deadly secret involving lonely old men and elderberry wine. Add in an eccentric brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and another criminally insane brother who shows up unexpectedly with his plastic surgeon accomplice and a body to hide, and the result is hilarity and mayhem in this comedy presented as a  live radio show.

There will be double casting—cast size is limited to 8

ANNOUNCER/HOST,  M/F  – The radio announcer.  

ABBY BREWSTER,  F 60s – A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

THE REV. DR. HARPER,  M 40s – 60s – Minister, father of Elaine

TEDDY BREWSTER,  F/M 40s – Nephew/Niece of Abby and Martha Brewster.  Thinks that they are Theodore Roosevelt.

OFFICER BROPHY,  F/M 20s – 50s – A police officer

MARTHA BREWSTER,  F 60s+ – A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

MORTIMER BREWSTER,  M  20s – 30s – Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.

ELAINE HARPER,  F  20s – 30s – An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancee, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.

JONATHAN BREWSTER,  M  20s – 40s – Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

EINSTEIN,  M/F  50s – A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times.

LIEUTENANT ROONEY,  M/F 40s – 50s – Tough, dominating and harsh police officer

WITHERSPOON,  M/F  30s – 70s – Superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium 

VARIOUS RADIO ANNOUNCERS

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Based on a True Story

By Joanna McClelland Glass

Oct/Nov 2020

Former Attorney General and cantankerous patrician Francis Biddle had numerous secretaries quit while helping him write his memoirs until he hires a feisty, young Canadian woman who matches him wit for wit. Intimate and charming, this tale of generational reconciliation is a touching story of grace and humor. 

Characters:

Note: The role of Judge Biddle has been pre-cast.

JUDGE BIDDLE  M, 81 – A once brilliant man who was Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt.  After a long and illustrious career he now functions, as he says, “somewhere between lucidity and senility”. He is the aristocratic scion of an old, Main Line Philadelphia family.

SARAH SCHORR  F, 25 – She has been hired, by Mrs. Biddle, to be the judge’s secretary. She is a direct, plain-spoken, pleasant girl, originally from the prairie province of Saskatchewan.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Heartfelt Holiday Classic

Adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling

December 2020

Experience this beloved American holiday classic as a live 1940s radio broadcast complete with sound effects done right before your eyes and a small ensemble, each playing multiple roles as they bring to life the story of idealistic George Bailey and his encounter one fateful Christmas Eve with an angel named Clarence. 

 

Characters:

JAKE LAURENTS  M, 20 – 40 – a good-looking, charismatic, all-American good-guy. Plays George Bailey.

FREDDIE FILMORE  M, 30 – 60 – excellent character actor, able to play multiple roles. Plays Announcer, Joseph, Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy Bailey, Ernie, Mr. Bailey, Old Man Collins, Ed, Man, Giuseppe Martini, Nick, Bridge Keeper & Binky.

HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD  M, 30 – 49 – excellent character actor, able to play multiple roles. Plays Harry Bailey, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody,As-2, Sam Wainwright, Lawyer, Dr. Campbell, Randall, Tom, Man 2, Charlie, Carter, Horace the Bank Teller & Mr. Welch.

SALLY APPLEWHITE  F, 18 – 60 – attractive, sweet, all-american girl next door. Plays Mary Hatch Bailey. 

LANA SHERWOOD  F, 30 – 50 – excellent character actress, able to play multiple roles. Plays Violet Bick, Matilda, Ruth Dakin Bailey, Rose Bailey, Mrs.Hatch, Passerby at Run on Bank, Mrs. Thompson, & Mrs. Davis.

CHAPS!

Madcap Musical Comedy

By Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner

March, 2021

Whoa, Britannia! Panic at the BBC! It’s 1944, America’s favorite singing cowboy Tex Riley and his musical mavericks are late for a special broadcast. Out of desperation, their tour manager and frantic young producer grab whomever they can, slap them into costume, hand them scripts and shove them in front of the studio audience. Staid Brits become singing Yankee cowboys before your eyes—and ears!

Characters:

ARCHIE LEITCH – Cockney sound engineer, down-to-earth and quick with a quip. Plays the guitar, loves cowboy songs — and knows quite a few of them.

MILES SHADWELL – Intense young producer responsible for bringing the Singing Cowboys to Great Britain. If this holiday broadcast doesn’t come off, he might as well kiss his job good-bye. If he wasn’t so neurotic, he’d be a nice guy.

LESLIE BRIGGS-STRATTON – Imperious, arrogant snob of a BBC announcer á la George Sanders. Loathes cowboy songs. Is convinced he is civilization’s last line of defense against the rise of vulgar populism on the radio. Nobody knows he was once a featured performer in music hall pantomime.

CLIVE COOPER – A radio personality of sorts, Clive IS the “Saltey’s Fish ‘n’ Chips Man.” An old school tie kind of guy, he really thinks of himself as a great AC-tor.

MABEL CARTER – Tex Riley’s stage manager. Mabel is used to being a behind-the-scenes wallflower. But once she steps up to the mike, she’s a rose in full bloom.

STAN – The sound effects man. Like Buster Keaton, this shell-shocked veteran is a man of few words.

CAMELOT

Beloved Classic Musical

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner,  Music by Frederick Loewe, Book Adapted by David Lee 

Adapted from T.H White’s The Once and Future King, a fictional telling of the Medieval King Arthur 

Apr/May 2021

 “In short, there’s simply not/A more congenial spot/For happily-ever-aftering than here/In Camelot….” King Arthur and Guinevere lead a cast of eight in a creative reimagining of this heralded musical, bringing the magical story to life with passion and vitality. 

Characters:

Note: The roles of Arthur and Guinevere (Reveler #6 and 7) have been pre-cast. 

We are not specifying gender for these roles. Please consider the vocal range of these characters when applying.

REVELER #1  (MORDRED & SQUIRE DAP),  20-35 A2  – D4  – Mordred is an evil young man, who was “sired” by Arthur when the knight was young and naïve. An illegitimate son of Arthur. 

REVELER #2 (DINADAN) – A knight who serves Arthur and is devoted to Guinevere. 

REVELER #3 (SAGRAMORE) – A knight who serves Arthur and is devoted to Guinevere. 

REVELER #4  (LIONEL) –  A knight who serves Arthur and is devoted to Guinevere. 

REVELER #5 (TOM OF WARWICK)  10-12, B2 – G4  –  A young boy destined to be a Knight. He gives Arthur hope for the future. 

REVELER #6 (ARTHUR) 25-50, Bb2 – F4  – “The Once and Future King.” Arthur is at once generous, compassionate, boyish unsure of himself, yet an inspiration to others. A rich and complex character, strong actor. 

REVELER #7  (GUINEVERE)  20-40, A3 – A5  – A spirited woman quite caught up in chivalry and the exciting possibilities of a promising life. She loves Arthur, but is in love with Lancelot. 

REVELER #8 (LANCELOT)  20-35, A2 – G#4  – Abundantly self-assured knight from France who is a passionate disciple of Arthur and his Round Table. “The Greatest Knight in the World,” whose only weakness is his love for Guenevere. 

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE 1938 RADIO SCRIPT

Infamous sci-fi classic

by Howard E. Koch, Based on the novel by H.G. Wells 

Directed by Jonathan Rhy Williams

Oct/Nov 2020

We are looking for an 8 member cast of talented voice actors to recreate the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 classic telling of the War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells.  Actors will bring to life the 20+ characters and create all the sound effects.

Characters include:

Announcer

Narrator

Reporters

Professors

Studio Announcers 

Policemen

Brigadier General 

Field Artillery Officers

Observers  

Radio Operators 

Facist Stranger 

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