Be My Baby Audition Notice

Audition Date- Sunday 18th March 2018 

Audition Time- 10am

Written by Amanda Whittington                                                    

Directed by Rebecca Dickinson                                                                    

The Production dates:

Monday 11th June -Saturday 16th June 2018 inclusive

Please ensure you are available for all dates (including the week before for dress rehearsals) before auditioning.

The Storyline:

The central character of this play a 19-year-old girl called Mary. Her mother (Mrs. Adams) discovers that Mary is seven months pregnant and sends her to a religious mother-baby home. Other pregnant girls staying at the home are Queenie, Norma and Dolores. Queenie is a street-smart girl with a past; Dolores is a dreamer, whilst Norma is not very bright. Each of them is forced to come to terms with their pregnancy, and through the time that they spend at the home, not only do they learn a little bit about pregnancy but the four girls also become great friends, bonding over songs by The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups. 

The Cast (all female). Please note ages are that of the character – anyone over 16 can audition.

Mary, 19

Initially quiet and shy but grows in confidence. A dreamer. Must be able to sing in tune.*

Approx. 350 lines

Dolores, 17

Not very bright. Does not fully understand her situation. Dreams of a future with her baby.*

Approx. 150 lines

Norma, 20

Naïve and vulnerable. Must be able to show a range of emotions including distress from hallucinations. *

Approx. 90 lines

Queenie, 20

Street-smart with a past. Aspires to be a singer one day. Bold and witty character.*

Approx. 240 lines

Mrs Adams, 35+

Mother to Mary. Anxious and timid lady who just wants the best for her daughter.

Approx. 120 lines

Matron, 40+

Matron of St Saviour’s. Firm but fair matron to the girls with a softer side seen at times.

Approx. 230 lines

 

*For those auditioning for Mary, Dolores, Norma or Queenie, you will be required to sing the first verse and chorus of either Be My Baby, The Ronettes, or Chapel of Love, The Dixie Cups.

For more information and to express your interest please contact Rebecca Dickinson via Facebook, on 07521 977707 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guards Guards! AUDITION NOTICE

Adapted by Stephen Briggs from the Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Venue: Chorley Little Theatre

Performance Dates: Mon 23rd – Sat 28th April 2018 inclusive

Auditions Date: Sun 14th January 2018 @ 1pm

Directed by Keya Edge and Paul Carr

Produced by Jackie Green

The Story:

The play is based on one of the 41 Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, which have sold around 85m copies but don’t worry if you’ve never read one or haven't heard of Discworld because you don’t need to know anything about the books to be able to audition or follow the show (even Paul has no idea what’s going on!)

Discworld consists of a large disc resting on the backs of four huge elephants which are in turn standing on the back of an enormous turtle, named Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. Pratchett’s books take the reader into a whole new world of fantasy, and that’s exactly what we are going to do too!

In “Guards Guards!”, the infamous city of Ankh-Morpork is under threat from a 60-foot fire-breathing dragon, summoned by a secret society of malcontent tradesmen in order to rule the city. Defending Ankh-Morpork against this threat is the underpaid, undervalued City Night Watch – consisting of a drunken and world-weary Captain Vimes, a cowardly and overweight Sergeant Colon, a small opportunistic Corporal Nobbs (of dubious parentage) ...and their newest recruit, Lance Constable Carrot, who is upright, literal, law-abiding and keen.

Aiding them in their fight for truth, justice and the Ankh-Morporkian way, are a small swamp dragon called Errol, Lady Ramkin and the Librarian of Unseen University (who just happens to be an orang-utan!) This unlikely band of misfits need to defeat the dragon, restore order to Ankh-Morpork, and preferably doing all this without having to do anything too strenuous!

Auditions:

Auditions are open to anyone of any experience and you can just turn up on the day but it may help if you let us know in advance via the contacts at the end of this notice (especially if you want to see audition pieces ahead of time). Alternatively, register on our Facebook event here.

We will release audition pieces ahead of the auditions through this group so that you can prepare for your audition and get familiar with the pieces ahead of time – giving you more scope in the audition to concentrate on the performance rather than just reading the lines. You DO NOT need to have learnt the audition pieces (and they will be provided again on the day) but please do familiarise yourself with them so that we are not seeing you reading ‘cold’.

Click here to download the Audition Pieces (remember, we're not expecting you to learn them off-by-heart but being familiar will help). 

The format will be closed auditions but as the play is an ensemble piece we may ask you to read against other auditionees to get a feel for the dynamics between different actors. We are aiming to try and be in a position to cast the show on the audition day so if you are going to have any difficulty with the date or time them please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate seeing you before the main auditions so that you can be considered.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals will begin in late January and will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights – possibly with the addition of Sunday afternoons as we get closer to the show. Evening rehearsals are typically from 7:30pm until 10pm and schedules can be worked around known absences if needed – not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal.

Staging:

The staging for the show is simple yet relatively complex, incorporating dragons, orangutans, skeletons, fantastical scenery and special effects – and the CADOS technical team are pulling out all the stops to create Pratchett’s fantasy world onstage. Medieval style costume and bizarre props will all help to make this show one to remember!

Characters:

PLEASE NOTE – All cast are to be aged 18+ (though some may be playing younger) and ages of many characters are given as a guide only. Many could be played as significantly older or younger depending on how the casting goes. (If you’re not sure if you will fit a part then please ask!)

 

Character

Male / Female

and approx. (guideline!) playing ages

Approx. Lines

Carrot

M 16

122

Captain Vimes

M 45

229

Lupine Wonse

M 35

140

Corporal Nobbs

M/F 40s

99

Sergeant Colon

M/F 50s

78

Lady Sybil Ramkin

F 45

74

Footnote

M/F

20 (mini paragraphs)

Librarian

M/F

28 ‘ook’s! - nonspeaking

Brother Plasterer / Patrician / Voice at Door

M 40+

96

Brother Fingers / Archchancellor

M 30+

35

Brother Doorkeeper / Chief Assassin

M/F 30+

30

Brother Watchtower / First Worthy

M/F

45

Brother Dunnykin / Second Worthy

M/F

25

Chorus 1 (Carrot’s Dad, Zebbo Mooty, First Warrior, First Citizen, Bunting Carrier, First Guard)

M 30+

60

Chorus 2 (Knowlessman, Urdo Van Pew, Second Warrior, Second Citizen, Servant, Second Guard)

M/F 30+

33

Death / C.M.O.T. Dibbler

M 45+

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some additional details about some of the characters (as written in the Pratchett novel) are given below as a guide, but we are interested in seeing your own take on the roles as well

Carrot             Red hair (a wig will be acceptable!) is a dwarf, for he was adopted and raised by dwarfs, so needs to be tall(ish - taller than Nobby). His human name "Carrot" describes his shape, not his red hair. Carrot is the most consciously and conscientiously law-abiding citizen in Ankh-Morpork. Having been brought up in dwarf culture, Carrot takes everything literally and believes in obeying rules. He isn’t stupid, just very enthusiastic.

Captain Vimes             Captain of the (useless) Night Watch, Sam Vimes is by nature an extremely cynical person. His first impression upon meeting someone is that they're guilty of something. Equally, he is known to be an angry person. Vimes is far from being perfect, and he knows the fact better than anyone. A drunk man who slowly sobers up during the play to help save the day. A strong character, who is a little fed up, but deep down cares deeply for Ankh-Morpork

Lupine Wonse            An ambitious man, he advanced upwards from his poor roots to become chief secretary to the Patrician. Slimy character, the baddie of the plot. Sneaky and mean he runs the Brethren whilst also being the chief secretary to the Patrician, and is the ‘brains’ behind summoning the dragon

Lady Sybil Ramkin            In appearance Lady Sybil is a strong woman with a large build. She is one of the notable breeders of swamp dragons. Her house includes a pen-house for the dragons. She is often wearing a lot of leather armour, rubber boots, thick gloves, as she works on the dragons. Posh aristocrat, falls in love with Vimes

Sergeant Colon            Lazy and over weight and has been described as looking something like a pork butcher. Not stupid, but not fully aware of what’s going on.

Corporal Nobbs             Shorter than the average dwarf. Nobby, perhaps, should have been disqualified from the human race (for shoving). Nobby, shall we say, acquires things. He is good at ‘acquiring’ things, even though he is part of the watch. Nobby is both a romantic and a cynic. Nobby is shorter than many dwarfs, and due to a personal hygiene problem he can tarnish and corrode any metal near him. He lodges many half-smoked cigarettes behind his ears. Cleverly stupid, bit of a geezer.

Librarian            The Librarian is a faculty member, and so he must have once been a human wizard. A strong wave of magic, altering reality, transformed the Librarian into an orang-utan. After things settled down, the Librarian's colleagues found that he liked being an orang-utan, and fought all efforts to transform him back to human. All the Librarian ever utters is 'oook' or 'eeek'. Will be required to act like an orang-utan at all times, very physical actor needed.

Footnote            Footnote is the narrator of the piece, though is never ‘technically’ seen! They explain parts of the show as a voiceover (with some manipulation skills required!) making sure no one misses a plot point or explaining points about Pratchett’s world. This role would suit someone who is less confident at appearing onstage but has good vocal skills.

The Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night (the Brothers) are mysterious hooded characters who are a Monty Pythonesque bickering band of halfwits, and inadvertently summon a dragon that they then cannot control. Always robed and wearing masks they each need quite distinct voices to get their characters across:

Brother Plasterer: only slightly less thick than the plaster he works with

Brother Fingers: the thief, gets stuck with the crappy jobs. Always sent for the food, because he'd never mastered the art of paying for it.

Brother Doorkeeper: a jobsworth, wants to be important.

Brother Watchtower: One of the more clever (or at least not quite as stupid) members, he briefly assumed leadership of the secret society in the Supreme Grand Master's absence

Brother Dunnykin: moody, anxious and accompanied by constant muttered complaints

(The Brothers also double as a number of other key roles)

Patrician             The leader of the city. A man not to be messed with, but not the baddie. Very smart, Clever man. 

Urdo Van Pew             He is the President of the Thieves' Guild. Gets arrested by Carrot for being a thief, and doesn’t take it well. A stern man.

Death             As old as the death of the first living thing, is the anthropomorphic personification of death on the Discworld. He appears as the traditional Grim Reaper, with a skeletal body, a black robe and a scythe. Tall, not what you'd call fleshy. Death is a 7-foot-tall (but theatre trickery is wonderful!) skeleton with blue eyes and big scythe, and a very sinister deep voice (think Christopher Lee). Rides a horse called Binky. Loves cats and curry.

Dibbler             Weaselly. Dibbler always manages to make a living by selling sausages to people who have gotten sick from his sausages before. This demonstrates that he is a very good salesman. Dibbler's nickname CMOT comes from his claims along the lines of "selling this at such a low price that it's cutting me own throat". Bit of a “Del Boy”. Always trying to flog something, that is usually worthless. Con merchant.

Contact:

For more information please contact Keya or Paul through Facebook messenger or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Star in this year's Panto!

Actors Sunday 17th September - 10am

Dancers: Sunday 24th September - 2pm - see below for details.

 

Production Dates: Friday 8th - Saturday 16th December 2017

 

Writer/Directors: Andy Burke & Steven Catterall

Musical Director: Paul Carr

Producer: Ian Robinson

Choreographer: Rebecca Dickinson

Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Joanne Callander

 

If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! Particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, or wants to be involved in the technical side.

 

The Show:

The CADOS Pantomime is the biggest show in Chorley and we pride ourselves on delivering a very high standard of production every year. The Panto has been a sell-out for 6 years in a row.

 

Directors Andy Burke and Steven Catterall previously directed Aladdin in 2015, and have a long history with CADOS, winning NODA awards for their work. They’ve written a panto for all ages in the traditional style, which aims to be about 50-60 minutes each half and is packed full of jokes, slapstick, wordplay, songs and dances.

 

The Story:

The traditional panto story of Dick Whittington, an orphan who goes to London with his cat to seek his fame and fortune. He falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren but doesn’t have the money to marry her so somehow ends up sailing the high seas with his new friends, including Sarah the Cook and Silly Billy.

This is a fast-paced show, using special effects, lighting and video sequences.

 

ACTORS - 10am

Cast List - ALL these parts are up for grabs

3 Male

3 Female

4 either Male or Female

All cast to be 16 or over during the performance of the show.

 

Dick Whittington - (F) Traditional Principal Boy, singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Alice Fitzwarrren - (F) Traditional Principal Girl singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Cat - (M/F) Character part feline in nature possessing of certain celebrity traits, self obsessed, narcissistic , singing.  

King Rat - (M/F) Typical Ratty panto villian, singing

Sarah The Cook (M)(Dame) - Traditional Dame character, singing, audience interaction 

Simple Simon - (M) Cook’s son. Lead comedy role - audience interaction 

Fairy Bow-bells - (F) Inelegant but tries hard trainee fairy 

Alderman/Neptune - (M) Comedy baron role, doubling as King of the Sea

Roe and Dent - (M/F) Comedy duo, good comedy timing and accents 

 

Audition pieces will be given out at the audition.

 

Any problems or any more information please feel free to contact Steven Catterall

 

Anyone who wants to audition for a part with singing marked next to it please bring a back track on C.D to the audition and be prepared to sing. For musical enquiries, contact Paul Carr. We advise picking a track suitable to the nature of the show i.e. fun, uplifting, aspirational.

 

GOLDEN RULES FOR AUDITIONS!

DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!

DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!

DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition

DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!

DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles

DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance

DON’T assume someone else has it ‘in the bag’ - it comes down to performances on the day and how everyone fits together

DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!

DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance

DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!

 

 

DANCERS AUDITION

Dancers audition

Date: Sunday 24th September

Time: 2pm start (Registration from 1.30pm)

 

Do you want to be a dancer in this years’ Pantomime?

Then come along to the auditions on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Chorley Little Theatre.

 

Registration from 1.30pm, starting at 2pm (aiming to be finished by 4.30pm).

If you are aged between 6 and 16, and believe you can act, sing and dance then we would like to see you there. Formal dance training is preferred but not necessary.

 

Please ensure you are available for all the performance dates and the week prior before auditioning. If you are not available for all dates, you may not be considered.

 

Please ensure you dress appropriately and bring dance shoes and adequate drinks as you will be dancing throughout the audition period. Parents / Guardian must remain with any child under the age of 16 throughout the audition day.

 

For any further information please contact Rebecca Dickinson, Choreographer, on 07521 977707 or state your interest through our Facebook event!

 

This year's Pantomime is sponsored by Adactus Housing.


 

CADOS presents

‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’

Writer/Director Mark Jones
Producer Rebecca Dickinson
 
AUDITION NOTICE
Auditions on Sunday 26th November 2017 – 10am-12pm at Chorley Little Theatre
 
The Performances
Mon 19-Sat 24 February 2018 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
 
The Rehearsals
Tuesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
 
This Play
After solving the mystery of a supernatural Hound in 2013, and killing off Moriarty in 2015, the great detective Sherlock Holmes returns to unravel a dark web of murder, robbery, and bribery that threatens the whole world. We last saw Holmes plunging to his death over the Reichenbach Falls, and now he is back - much to the surprise of Watson. How did he survive?
 
Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories this witty, vibrant and thrilling production brings the tales bang up-to-date as Sherlock tackles his trickiest cases yet. This is the final play in a trilogy that has won NODA Best Play awards for the first two instalments. The best description of the play is Brecht meets Chekov meets Tarantino!
 
The Director
This will be Mark’s 13th production for CADOS, following on from ‘Our House’ (2017), ‘Pals’ (2016), ‘The Final Problem’ (2015) ‘Breaking the Code’ (2014); ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2013), ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004).
 
The Auditions - Interested?
There is no preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
 
The Roles – Already cast
The following will be repeating their roles from ‘The Final Problem’:-
Sherlock Holmes – Dave Reid;
John Watson – Danny Almond;
Mrs Hudson – Siobhan Edge.
 
Other Roles….
 
Inspector Hopkins (F) Age 30 + Appears in 4 major scenes. Looking for someone who has good dramatic acting skills
 
Adeline (F) Age 30 + Appears in 4 major scenes.
She looks like Lauren Bacall in ‘To Have and Have not’. She is the victim, turned murderer and is head of ‘The Vindicta Virgins’. A key role – need a good dramatic actress.
 
The following actors/actresses will play multiple roles. Looking for 2 Males and 2 Females who can create and build different characters, each one different in terms of voice, age and style. Versatility is a key requirement. Ideally (but don’t be put off on this) looking for 1 Male/1 Female 40+ and 1 Male/1 Female 20+. Each male will play 7 characters. Each female will play 3 characters. As a minimum – for the roles below - must be 20+
 
Male
French Man in a bar 1
French Man in a bar 2
Sebastian Moran.
Detective 3
The Duke of Mackleton
Ruben Hayes
Charles MIlverton
Alex Overton
Lord Brackenstall
Security Guard 1
Security Guard 2
The Foreign Secretary
Simon Milverton
A Bloodied Man
 
Female
Detective 1
Detective 2
Lady Brackenstall
Vindicta Virgin 1
Vindicta Virgin 2
The Prime Minister
 
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the Director – Mark Jones on - 07877 111 248
 

AUDITION NOTICE: “Seasons Greetings” by Alan Ayckbourn.

Production Dates October 23rd to 28th at Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane CHORLEY.

Director, Kath Ashworth,   Producer, Barry Ashworth,    SM, Siobhan Edge   ASM, Ceire Edge, 

Audition Dates  Sunday JULY 23rd  10am to 1pm

Audition pieces on the day but if you have a copy of the play contact me for page numbers Contact no 01204 699156 0r 07765365023 or 07430367005.

Rehearsal nights  WED, FRI, LATER SUN.  when cast rehearsals nights can be adapted

Cast Profiles:

Neville Bunker……30s t0 40s. More interested in tinkering with electronics than thinking about his family. Not aware that is wife is not happy.

Belinda Bunker….30 to 40s Attractive bored house wife, feels neglected.

Harvey…..60 to 70 age is definite. Robust pensioner uncle to the Bunkers. Enjoys action films and TV with aggression. Can be blunt and outspoken.

Phyllis… age 30 Plus age flexible but no younger than 30. Neville’s sister. She has a problem with alcohol and it goes on throughout the play. Well-meaning but a liability.

Bernard ….age 30plus flexible. Quiet nervous man a doctor. Long suffering husband of Phyllis who is cares for all the time, well-meaning but boring.

Eddie…. former work colleague of Neville. Age 30 plus. A great fan of Neville also neglecting his family. Tries to emulate Neville.

Pattie ….age late 20s plus. Heavily pregnant long suffering wife of Eddie also feels   neglected a bit whiny.

Rachel…. Age 30 plus older plainer sister of Belinda, a spinster and bookish.

Clive…. Age late 20s to 40. Younger than most of the cast, an author shy and reserved and a little out of his depth. He has been invited by Rachel who has a romantic interest in him which he is not really aware off.

Most ages have some flexibility except for Harvey. The characters are middle class in some ways but they are settled in their family life with their 2-4 children. No particular accents own voices 

Synopsis 

The Bunkers always have the Christmas celebrations at their home and this year is no exception. The usual people are there including Bernard’s usual unwanted puppet show. It is a middleclass house hold with all the trimmings, but with some unfulfilled women, oblivious men and children who are never seen or heard but talked about and spoken to during the play. The three days of this Christmas are changed when a good looking interesting young man is invited by Rachel. Some of the ladies in the house have a very different emotionalf three day Christmas celebration this year, thanks to the appearance of Clive. 

 

Any questions contact Kath or Barry 01204 699156  We could also do with a prompt willing to attend most rehearsals and the week of the show.