UPCOMING AUDITIONS

Virginia Stage Company strives for an inclusive creative work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups to audition.

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Virginia Stage Company presents
Sense & Sensibility

by Kate Hamill, based on the novel Jane Austen
Directed by Jessica Holt (Director of Venus in Fur, Fun Home)

Local Auditions

Friday, August 2, 3-6pm
The Wells Theatre | 108 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk

Callbacks will be Saturday, August 3, from 12:30-6pm

The Virginia Stage Company is seeking local actors to join the versatile and captivating ensemble of Kate Hamill’s brilliant adaptation of Sense & Sensibility.

Please be prepared to:

Read the side(s) for your desired role as well as "The Gossips" side (sides accessible by clicking the name of your desired role, further below).

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, August 3, from 12:30-6pm. If you are not available for this date, please let us know in advance of your audition.

If you are not available on Friday, but still interested, please email auditions@vastage.orgfor an alternative schedule OR to submit a video audition of your desired side. Video submissions are due by Tuesday, July 30.

To request an appointment, please email auditions@vastage.org; title your email “Desired Role - Sense & Sensibility Auditions’’. Please submit headshot and resume with your email to secure your appointment, only submissions with the above listed items will be considered for an appointment.

Sense & Sensibility - Important Dates
1st Day Rehearsal Tuesday – December 31, 2019
Tech Begins Friday – January 17, 2020
Opening Saturday – January 25, 2020
Closing Sunday – February 9, 2020

ROLE DESCRIPTIONS & SIDES:

Note on Roles: Roles are broken down by actor’s track, therefore all characters listed in a character description will be performed by the same person (i.e. Mrs. Dashwood will double as Anne and a Gossip)

Elinor Dashwood (female) -  20s-mid30s, any ethnicity. The eldest Dashwood sister. Sensible, intelligent, responsible, composed. A caregiver. Always tries to do the right thing, inclined to follow the rules, aware of social and economic restraints. Vibrant inner life, she feels things much more greatly than she is willing to reveal. Big-hearted and sensitive under it all. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Marianne Dashwood (female) - 20s, any ethnicity. The middle Dashwood sister. Sensitive, spontaneous, romantic, impetuous, and emotional. Bursting with desire to live life to the fullest. She feels EVERYTHING! Leaps before she looks. Falls head-over-heels in love with Willoughby.  Sings and plays piano. British accent. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Margaret Dashwood (gender non-specific) - teen/20s, any ethnicity. The youngest Dashwood sister; 10-13 years old. Desperate to be a grown-up. Wants to be included. Has read one too many romance novels. A chip off of Marianne’s block. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Gossip (female) - 20s-50s, any ethnicity. Mrs. Dashwood: Their mother. Loving, warm-hearted, highly principled, protective of her daughters. Optimist. Loves a good drama. Anne Steele: Lucy’s sister. Indiscreet. Very odd. Obsessed with men, a babbler, terrible at reading social cues. Beta to her sister’s alpha. Actor must have strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton/Gossip(female) - 20s - 30s, any ethnicity. Fanny: Nasty. John Dashwood’s domineering, selfish, manipulative wife.  Lucy: A young girl with no fortune. Clever, manipulative, and self-serving, a social climber. Outwardly sweet veneer masks a calculating strategist. Lady Middleton: an overbred lady. Actor must have strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Mrs. Jennings/Mrs. Ferrars/Gossip (female) - 30s - 60s, any ethnicity. Mrs. Jennings:  A good-natured, boisterous woman; mother-in-law to Sir John and a terror to the countryside. Enthusiastically, joyously meddling; it’s what she lives for. Mrs. Ferrars: A wizened, unpleasant old woman, mother to Edward, Robert, Fanny. Actor must have strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Sir John Middleton/Servant/Doctor/Gossip (male) - 30s - 40s, any ethnicity. Sir John Middleton: A country gentleman; distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood. Effusive, amiable, madcap. An enthusiastic and exuberant bull in a china shop. Having just the best time, and wants everyone else to have the best time too. Actor has strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

John Willoughby/John Dashwood/Gossip (male) - 20s-30s, any ethnicity. John Willoughby: Unusually handsome, a true romantic hero; dashing, irresistibly charming. Impulsive; a rule-breaker, has a dark side that he tries to hide.  He is not a bad man necessarily but he is an irresponsible and often selfish one. A pleasure-seeker. Fundamentally wants to be liked. John Dashwood: The Dashwood sisters’ half-brother. Wealthy.  Well-intentioned but weak-willed; subservient to his wife Fanny’s wishes.  Actor has strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Colonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton/Gossip (male) - 40s-50s, any ethnicity. Colonel Brandon: An older bachelor; principled, quiet, restrained, a poet’s heart underneath it all.  Retired officer. Lady Middleton: an overbred lady. Actor has strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

Edward/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middleton/Gossip (gender non-specific) - 20s - 30s, any ethnicity. Edward: A gentleman; a bachelor. Private, sensible, kind. Drawn to a quiet life, though he is caught under his mother’s rule. Robert Ferrars: A callow young man; Edward Ferrar's younger brother. A lout and a twit.  Very fond of himself. "That guy" at every party. Lady Middleton: an overbred lady. Actor has strong comic/physical/clown-skills, devilish sense of play. British/RP dialect. Actors of all ethnicities strongly encouraged to submit.

The Gossips (gender non-specific) - These roles are doubled and will be assigned to some of the roles listed above. British/RP dialect. All actors should be prepared to read for The Gossips.


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 auditions@vastage.org for more information.

Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to auditions@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 auditions@vastage.org.


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