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Call for auditions for "The Giver" - 1st date

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:00
St Ursula's Church, Jubiläumsplatz 2, Bern

Call for auditions for "The Giver", adapted by Eric Coble from the book by Lois Lowry, directed by Anke Breihan and Sebastian Coleman

Auditions
If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the Doodle form https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/aMjEEVRb
or write to director@upstage.ch to sign up.

Each individual audition lasts between 10-25 minutes,
depending on the role. You are free to choose any of the available time slots in the doodle form. To reduce the number of people waiting in the room, there is a maximum of four people auditioning for every time slot. This will also allow you to plan your audition according to your
schedule. All auditions will be held at St. Ursula's Church (Jubiläumsplatz 2, 3005 Bern).
Dates:
● Wednesday 06.07 / 10:00–13:00
● Friday 08.07 / 17:00-19:00

If you can’t make it to any of the dates, you can still write us an email to director@upstage.ch and tell us what part you would like to audition for.
Procedure:
● We expect you to prepare a short monologue (1-2 minutes) from a contemporary piece of
your choice.
● We will then hand you a monologue or short scene from the play, supplied by the directors
at the time of auditioning.
Important: When you arrive at the audition, you will need to fill out a form with your available days during the week and planned absences. After the auditions, we will inform you via email of our decision.

Roles
● Jonas, young boy about to grow older. He is sensitive and intelligent, with strange powersof perception that he doesn’t yet understand (young adult, male, main role)
● The Giver, an old man who holds the memories of the community. He is a mentor to Jonas and guides him through the responsibility of his new and important role (elderly, male, main role)
● Father, Jonas’ good-natured father. He is a law-abiding citizen and a mild-mannered, tender-hearted nurturer who works with infants (middle-aged, male, medium role)
● Mother, Jonas’ good-natured mother. She is a practical, pleasant woman with an important position at the Department of Justice (middle-aged, female, medium role)
● Lily, Jonas’ younger sister. She is a chatterbox and does not know when to keep her mouth shut (young adult, medium role)
● Asher, Jonas’ best friend. Asher is a fun-loving, hasty person who usually speaks too fast, mixing up his words (young adult, medium role)
● Fiona, friend of Jonas’. She is mild-mannered, patient and works as a Caretaker in the House of the Old (young adult, female, medium to small role)
● The Chief Elder, the master of the ceremony. The Chief Elder is the pillar of stability and a highly regarded and influential member of the community (elderly, small role)
● Rosemary, a young girl from the past (young adult, female, small role)
● Members of the community (up to 4 actors, could also double as backstage helpers, all ages, act as background artists in key scenes)

Rehearsals
After the auditions, another form will be sent out to the cast to fix all the dates. Rehearsals will be scheduled twice a week in the evenings, starting in August. For the minor roles, you won’t have to attend every rehearsal. Information on when and where you need to attend will be in the rehearsal schedule.
There will also be a rehearsal weekend. The exact date will be set after the audition.

We encourage you to try out for a part!