LEAPING LIZARDS ON STAGE
IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR ITS 1ST EVER SUMMER THEATRE PRODUCTION
“Mockingbird” (Touring Version)
AGES 10 - 22
Auditions April 1st 6:00 pm
Rehearsal and Audition Space at Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio
6907 Lansdowne Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
REHEARSALS: May 30th-June 28th
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm
June 24th-June 28th (rehearsal times TBA)
SHOW DATES: June 29th, June 30th and July 1st at 7:00 pm
Performances Space: TBA
PARTICIPATION FEE: $160. (Only due if accepted into the production class)
*Mockingbird deals with intense topics that are very present in these current times, such as school shootings and bullying. All those interested in auditioning for this production, are strongly encouraged to read the script in its entirety and decide if this is something they are comfortable participating in. Mockingbird is based off the novel by Kathryn Erskine, which is intended for individuals aged 10 and up. In the play and novel, itself, the setting takes place in the aftermath of the school shooting, and the shooting itself does not happen in the play. This story will be most enjoyed by audience members 10+ However Leaping Lizards will leave that decision to the parents/guardians.
Show Description: Caitlin is an 11-year-old on the autism spectrum. Not all things make sense to her. Emotions are mysterious and voices are almost always too loud. Suddenly, she must grapple with the unthinkable. A mass shooting has taken her brother away. He was the one person who helped her cope. Now she is alone with her grieving father and a cacophony of children at school. She struggles with empathy, what facial expressions mean and why a drawing might have more than one color. We see the world from Caitlin’s point of view. We struggle as she does. We take comfort in the times when she finds a friend, draws a multicolored mockingbird, and can finally cry for her brother.
AUDITIONS WILL CONSIST OF COLD READINGS OF A MONOLOGUE AND A SMALL SCENE FROM THE PLAY. ALL PRINTED MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED. THOSE WHO ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PRODUCTION WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
AUDITIONS WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 6:00 PM. EXPECT TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE TIME.
THIS AUDITION PROCESS WILL BE VERY LOW-KEY, SO DO NOT STRESS IT.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ/UNDERSTAND THE PLOT OF THE SHOW TO ACCURATELY PORTRAY THE CHARACTERS AT THE AUDITION.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROCESS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO MICHAEL CURDT AT email@example.com
ALL THOSE CAST MUST PAY THE PARTICIPATION FEE BY THE FIRST REHEARSAL.
Director: Michael Curdt
Assistant Director: Robin Michelle Berger
Stage Manager: Gianna Curdt
Production Advisors: TBA
Costumes: Simon Desilets
CAITLIN: An 11-year-old girl, on the autistic spectrum. She may have a curious speech pattern, may speak too loudly, too precisely. Longer passages of her dialogue might be delivered to quickly and mechanically. She hardly ever looks at people and avoids physical touch. She may also have physical tics and various routinized behaviors, like sucking her sleeves, rocking, moaning, shaking her hands, and jumping in patterns.
DAD: Caitlin’s father, plays age 40-50
MRS. BROOK: Caitlin’s school counselor, to play age 35-45
MRS. JOHNSON: Caitlin’s fifth-grade teacher, to play age 25-35
MICHAEL: Caitlin’s friend, first-grader. May be missing his r’s, to play age 7
JOSH: School bully, fifth grader, to play age 11
EMMA: A leader, fifth grader, to play age 11
BRIANNA: Pretty, trendsetter, fifth grader, to play age 11
SHANE: Energetic boy, fifth grader, to play age 11
JOSE: A follower, fifth grader, to play age 11
WILLIAM H. A boy more extreme on the autism spectrum, to play age 6-9
MR. SCHNEIDER: Michael’s father, to play age 30-40
FUNERAL GUESTS: age any
FIRST GRADERS: to play age 6-7
STUDENTS/ENSEMBLE: to play age 7-13
CASTING NOTE: The ensemble, and minor parts in the show, are extremely important in the telling of this story. All those cast in minor roles will be utilized in almost every scene, and in many cases the actors will play more than one character. Leaping Lizards is looking to cast anywhere between 10-20 actors to tell this story.
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