Auditions

This page shows auditions and opportunities to work backstage, front of house, and on the technical sides of future productions.

Kanata Theatre is a community organization which originated in the then-new Beaverbrook community of Kanata. From the start, members were expected to take part in all activities: building and painting scenery, making costumes, setting up lights and sound, selling tickets and so on, as well as acting. We have tried to keep that tradition, even though our “community” is now the whole City of Ottawa.

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Current Auditions

Outside Mullingar  

Written by: John Patrick Shanley
Directed by: Alain Chamsi

Auditions:
Sunday October 24, 1:00 – 2:30, 3:00-4:30
Tuesday October 26, 7:00-9:00
Sunday October 31, 1:00 – 4:00 (callback if needed)

Run Dates: February 1-5, 8-12 2022
Rehearsals start: November 14 2021

Location: Ron Maslin Playhouse – 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata, ON

Auditions for this play will take place at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, in the Rehearsal Room, and will be by appointment only. We will incorporate all appropriate Covid-19 protocols, including masking, hand-sanitizing and social distancing. Groups will be limited to 10 or less. Following provincial protocols, you must bring proof of double vaccination (hard copy or digital version) in order to enter the building – there will be no exceptions.

Synopsis

Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon have grown up next to each other on two farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary fell in love with Anthony at the age of six, and is convinced that he will eventually come to her. Anthony had his heart broken as a young man, and hasn’t dared open it to another woman since. Forty years later, the two of them are still living next to each other instead of together. With a small land feud happening between the two families, it seems unlikely that a romance will ever happen.

Roles

Oeife: Female, 60-77 – Rosemary’s mother, in bad health. When we meet her, she is grief-stricken because her husband has just died. Sharp and straight-shooting, she doesn’t suffer fools.

Anthony Reilly: Male 40-49 – An intense dreamer, dutiful and quiet. His subdued manner masks a full, yearning heart. Sensitive and guarded.

Rosemary: Female, 40-49 – A farmer’s daughter and a tough cookie. A bit of a tomboy, but with a romantic soul. Single-minded, willful, patient and optimistic.

Tony Reilly: Male, 60-77 – Anthony’s father. A wily old Irish farmer, cantankerous, set in his ways, and sly. Proud, stubborn, and gruff.

*Note that Irish accents will be required during the run of the play but are not necessary for the auditions.

For more information and to book an appointment please contact Alain at alain_chamsi@rogers.com.


Opening Night – the 2022 edition!

Written by: Norm Foster
Directed by: Brian McManus

Auditions dates by appointment:
November 21, 1:30 – 5:00
November 22, 7:00pm -9:30
Call backs, if required, will be Nov 24, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Run Dates: March 22 to April 2, 2022
Rehearsals: start on January 9, 2022 

Location: Ron Maslin Playhouse – 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata, ON

Auditions for this play will take place at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, in the Rehearsal Room, and will be by appointment only. We will incorporate all appropriate Covid-19 protocols, including masking, hand-sanitizing and social distancing. Groups will be limited to 10 or less. Following provincial protocols, you must bring proof of double vaccination (hard copy or digital version) in order to enter the building – there will be no exceptions.

There are four spots to fill, including Ruth, Cilla, Libby and Clayton. 

Synopsis

On the occasion of her 25th wedding anniversary, Ruth would like to rekindle spontaneity in her marriage. Her husband, Jack, however, would be happier watching the World Series. Cilla, whose biological clock is ticking, is hoping for more commitment from her partner Richard who is hoping his show doesn’t crash and burn. Young Tom, a novice, is wondering if he’ll ever get a part. Michael is worried he’ll never get a part again. Young Libby is certain she is destined for fame following her big open, while Clayton worries his best work is behind him.

Roles

Tom: A young fellow fresh out of theatre school, he is super keen to network and hopefully get his first part. He is struggling to present a confident front. 

Michael: An aging actor whose career is on the descent. 

Ruth: Ruth, an empty nester, is hoping that this is the beginning of an exciting new (post mum) phase. Maybe there is more to life – some spicy romance, perhaps. Is that too much to ask? 

Jack: He is into sports big time and is interested in wood stain. While not particularly sophisticated, he is warm-hearted in his own way and bumbles his way through some great sitcom/romcom scenes.

Clayton: An older British actor who plays Ol’Daddy in ‘Whisper on the Wind’. Curiously unaware of his accent, he struggles with the part. In the end, he finds redemption as a charmingly romantic old bard.

Libby: A young actor who plays Missy Gal in ‘Whisper on the Wind’. She is ambitious and overly- confident and is centre stage for a couple of memorable moments that will give her therapist something to talk about. 

Cilla: A successful socialite art dealer in her late thirties. Although Richard doesn’t know it yet, she is pregnant. She is at times snobbish, needy, sarcastic, distressed, and strong. She is a counterpoint to Ruth, with many great zingers.

Richard: The director of ‘Whisper on the Wind’ comes off as self-absorbed, arrogant and somewhat caustic. Michael seems to think he’s a “prick”. He experiences a lot of stress and friction.  There is lots of razor-sharp banter interspersed with a certain amount of humiliation.

To book an appointment please contact brian.mcmanus@kanatatheatre.ca


The Savannah Sipping Society

Written by: Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by: Michael Gareau

Auditions dates by appointment:
Monday, February 14, 2022 – Group 1: 6:30PM Group 2: 8:15PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – Group 1: 6:30PM Group 2: 8:15PM

Run Dates: May 10-21, 2022
Rehearsals start: February 27, 2022 

Location: Ron Maslin Playhouse – 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata, ON

Auditions will be held in groups of 12 by appointment only in the theatre of the Ron Maslin Playhouse, entry door located off the parking lot at the rear of the theatre. All Covid protocols will be followed (masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing) and as per provincial protocols, proof of double vaccination as well as photo id will be required to enter. For further information or to book an appointment, please contact the director, Michael Gareau at mikig1953@gmail.com. Once an appointment has been secured, other audition specifics and sides will be provided.

Synopsis

The Savannah Sipping Society is one of those delightful, laugh-out-loud comedies, very much akin to a modern day Golden Girls. Four very unique Southern women, all needing an escape from their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve all lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and an abundance of liquid libation, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives, realizing it’s never too late to make “new” old friends.

Roles

Miranda “Randa” Covington, the perfectionist and workaholic, architect by trade, is struggling to cope with a recent career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. High strung, confident yet easily distracted and very “OC”.  Stage age 49+.

Dot Haigler, an endearing widow reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch, all alone. Stage age 65+.

Marlafaye Mosley, earthy, boisterous and a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. She works for the local Liquor Control Board and is always well supplied. Stage age 55+.

Jinx Jenkins is a spunky ball of fire. She is an esthetician specializing in makeovers and an experienced life coach. Stage age 50ish.

Southern charm and accents will abound and the action will take place on the second story veranda of a stately old Savannah home. Southern accents vary greatly but the directing team would at least like to hear you attempt one for the auditions.

To book an appointment please contact Michael Gareau at mikig1953@gmail.com.

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