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Auditions for The Secret Garden,
and Matilda the Musical

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11AM-4PM
Monday, December 10, 5PM-8PM
The Wells Theatre, 108 East Tazewell, Norfolk, VA 23510

The Virginia Stage Company is seeking both Actor’s Equity and Non-Union performers to join the casts of The Secret Garden and Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.

We are also seeking young performers for the roles of Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, and John and Christian Bechdel in Fun Home

For All Auditions: Unless music/sides are provided, please come with sheet music to sing 32 bars (or one minute) of a musical theater selection, an accompanist will be provided; as well as the sides for your desired role.

Seeking Actor’s Equity or non-union performers for:


This Tony Award Winning masterpiece musical premiered at Virginia Stage Company in 1989 before it’s acclaimed Broadway run. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s novel, this magical tale follows lonely orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire moors and discovers renewed life, for herself and her sickly cousin, in bringing a secret garden back to life. Soon returning to Broadway, this is a rare opportunity to hear this gorgeous music performed live before it heads back to the great white way. Presented as a concert version of the musical, this performance will pay homage to the beautiful music, lyrics, and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman’s script.

Director: Tom Quaintance 
Music Director: Joanna Li

The Secret Garden Dates:
First rehearsal: Monday, February 11, 2019
Opening night: Friday, February 15, 2019
Closing: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Seeking Actor’s Equity or non-union performers for:

Lily - Female, Any Ethnicity, 20s-30s. Soprano - in the “Angelic Soprano” style of soprano. Dead (well, a ghost, mostly - though does appear in some flashbacks.) RP dialect.  Lily Song

Dr. Neville Craven - Male - Any Ethnicity, 30s-40s. Resentful of his position as the younger brother, whose hunchback older brother married the woman he loved. He’s taking it hard. Baritone (C-F#) RP dialect. Dr. Neville Craven’s Song - Lily’s Eyes

The Fakir - Male - Indian/Southeast Asian, 20s-50s. Strong high tenor. A spirit of the past from India. Should have mystery and gravitas. Fakir Song

Seeking non-union performers for:

Ben Weatherstaff - male - 40s-60s, any ethnicity - Gardener at Misselthwaite. Loyal servant of many years standing who dearly loved the late Lily. Can be crotchety, but essentially very gentle. Requires Yorkshire accent. Baritone. Ben’s Side

Ayah - female, 20s-50s, Indian/Southeast Asian. Mary Lennox’s Indian nanny. Dead (for most of the play - dies of cholera in the opening number) - re-appears as a ghost. Some dance and ensemble singing involved.

Rose Lennox -  Mary Lennox’s mother, 20s-30s, any ethnicity. Selfish, really. Thinks the cholera can’t touch her because she can’t be bothered. Turns out to be wrong, and spends most of the play dead, though looks fabulous. Mezzo/Soprano. RP dialect.

Captain Albert Lennox - Mary Lennox’s father, 20s-40s, any ethnicity. Would have survived if his wife hadn’t insisted on hanging around during a cholera epidemic. The fact that he did tells you all you really need to know about him, other than he has an RP dialect and is a tenor.

Auditions are by appointment only.Please send email titled ‘Secret Garden - Desired Role/Desired Date’ to audition@vastage.org to schedule an audition slot. 


This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a young girl with a sharp wit and love for books. With her special brand of ingenuity, she dares to stand against the tyranny of adults who seek to crush her imagination. This multi-Tony award-winning musical provides the perfect opportunity for collaboration between Virginia Stage Company and The Governor’s School for the Arts to highlight our local students alongside some of the top professional actors from around the country.

Director: Tom Quaintance 
Music Director: Allan Decipulo

Matilda the Musical Dates:
First rehearsal: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Designer Run: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Tech Begins: Friday, May 17, 2019
First preview: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Opening night: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Closing: Sunday, June 2, 2019

Seeking Actor’s Equity or non-union performers for:

Miss Agatha Trunchbull – Non-Gender Specific. Any Ethnicity. 30s-40s. Baritone with a strong F sharp. Headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School. Miss Honey's Aunt. Once a famous athlete, she is described as a "gigantic Holy terror", a "fierce tyrannical monster" who "marches like a storm trooper with long arms swinging" with an "aura of menace". Ribbon dancing, gymnastic vault and hammer throw a plus. Dialect Heightened RP. Agatha Trunchbull - Side   |  Agatha Trunchbull Song - The Hammer

Miss Jennifer Honey – Female Identifying. Any Ethnicity. 20s-Early 30’s. Mezzo-Soprano A mild, quiet person who never raises her voice and seldom seems to smile - yet possesses the rare gift of being adored by every small child under her care. She should have a curious warmth that is almost tangible. Dialect RP. Some dance required. Miss Jennifer Honey Song & Side

Mr. Harry Wormwood -  Male Identifying. Any Ethnicity. 40’s. Baritone A dealer in second-hand cars - "a mean crooked crook" - with a penchant for wearing jackets with large, brightly coloured checks. Should ideally be a clown and could have an ex-punkish rocker voice.Dialect East London. No dance required.   Mr. Harry Wormwood Song - All I Know

Mrs. Phelps  -   Female Identifying. African-American or Mixed Race. 30s-40’s. Caribbean, African or RP dialect. Ensemble singer. Warm and nurturing local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. She has an inner peace and a reader’s curiosity. May appear as a parent in Miracle where there is some dance.     Mrs. Phelps - Side

Dance Captain / Doctor (20s-30s male or female identifying) or Rudolpho (20s-30s, male identifying)

Note: Male and Female adult ensemble roles for Matilda (20s-30s) include Rulolpho, Sergei, Doctor, Escapologist, Acrobat and Parents. All use UK dialects and require some dance. Auditions will be held at a later date for both adult, and young ensemble roles.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please send email titled ‘Matilda -Desired Role/Desired Date’ to audition@vastage.org to schedule an audition slot. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers.  All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.

Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see below. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.) 

Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.    

Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail audition@vastage.org for more information.

Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to audition@vastage.org with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.

Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.

For specific inquiries, please contact audition@vastage.org.

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