RLT is committed to building a theatre community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Actors from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Any performer may be considered for any role in which specific casting demands are not indicated by the playwright.
THE RLT PROCESS
Casting Committees: Each of our productions has its own team. Each team has its own casting committee, a group of people donating their time and talent to get the best cast possible for each show. According to the RLT by-laws, the Director and Producer for each show must sit on the casting committee. Beyond that, no single person can sit on two casting committees in the same season, so each time you audition you are seeing new people!
Family Members at Auditions: Since we are a family theatre, we often have family members auditioning and we love that. When someone on the casting committee has a family member auditioning, the casting committee member leaves the casting table to allow the rest of the casting committee to determine if the family member is a good fit for a role in the production.
Open Auditions versus Closed Auditions: Different directors make different choices for their audition processes. All RLT auditions are "open call," that means anyone can come and audition. You can register ahead or simply walk in the day of, and you are welcome! We love having new people and new talent walk across the stage! All of our auditions are "open" in that way. Sometimes a director wants to see one person at a time, without an audience. If that is the case, they will have "closed" auditions where the theatre is kept quiet and one person is allowed to enter at a time. Other times directors will choose to have "open" auditions where everyone can watch each other audition and family members are allowed to stay as well. Try to trust the director and be willing to give your best audition regardless of their style.
Ken Ludwig's LEADING LADIES
Auditions: July 12 at 6:30PM
Callbacks: July 14, if necessary
Show Dates: October 1-10, 2021
Directed by Chris Parker
Produced by Mandy Maloney
This show was cast in 2020 and was postponed because of the pandemic.
Two actors are unavailable for the new dates; those two roles are available.
Actors must be 18 or older.
Actors from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING IN ORDER TO AUDITION:
1. Read the audition information below.
2. Complete an online registration form HERE.
ABOUT Leading Ladies AUDITIONS
Auditions and callbacks, if necessary, will be held in the auditorium of the DeSoto Theatre.
Auditions will be held Monday at 6:30pm. Registration and check-in will begin at 6:15pm. Advance registration via the RLT website is preferred.
Allow yourself enough time to be ready to begin at the scheduled time. Late arrivals, unless arranged in advance, will be seen only at the discretion of the casting committee.
Auditions will be CLOSED for safety and fairness. Only the casting committee and the actors who are auditioning will be allowed in the auditorium. Thanks for understanding.
Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged for those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination.
ABOUT LEADING LADIES: [H]ilarious comedy about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. -from KenLudwig.com
AUDREY: Very sweet, very kind, very attractive. The love interest of…well…more than one character.
DUNCAN WOOLEY: The local minister, he’s very suspicious of Jack and Leo. He is also engaged to Meg.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT AUDITIONS: Auditions will consist of a monologue, improv, and cold readings from the script. Be prepared for anything! Each actor is asked to perform a one minute comedic monologue of their choosing. Although memorization is not required, it is strongly encouraged. If you like, you may use the monologue below, but give it a comedic context. Be creative!
DEFAULT MONOLOGUE (This is from The Scottish Play, and is the most famous of Lady MacScottishplay’s monologues. Perform it out of context. Give it a completely new subtext, or character twist. Have fun with it. There are no wrong choices here.)
The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full
Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,
Stop up th' access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry "Hold, hold!"