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Watch on the Rhine Auditions

Audition dates for Watch on the Rhine have been announced. Click here for details!

OffBook: Interns

Operations Team Secretary guest blogs this month and discusses the internship program. Click here to read!

Colonial Players Offers Scholarships!

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Rocket Man Raffle

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Performance and Technical Workshops

The Colonial Players is offering several performance and technical workshops throughout the 2014 - 2015 season. Click here for details!

Promising Playwright Contest 2014

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2014 Angel Tree Program

Colonial Players and Anne Arundel County's Department of Social Services invite you to donate to the Angel Tree Program!

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Auditions

The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are generally held our Annex (2132 Renard Court) near the Annapolis Mall, unless otherwise noted. Colonial Players welcomes actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Auditioners are encouraged to download and print the audition form available on our downloads page, fill it in, and bring it to auditions. (The form cannot be filled in on-line.)

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You may opt to attach a photo in the space indicated, or one will be taken at auditions.

Note: It is Colonial Players, Inc. policy that all persons involved with a production are or become members. The fee is $10 per year. First time volunteers receive a complimentary membership, valid through the end of the current membership year. If cast, your membership status will be reviewed and non-current members will be asked to renew. Your participation in auditions indicates understanding of and agreement with this policy.


Watch on the Rhine

by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Terry Averill

Performance Dates

February 27 - March 21, 2015

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m., with one additional performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Auditions

Location: The Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

Saturday, December 6, 2014: sign-in starting at 4:30 p.m., auditions begin at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 2014: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions begin at 7:00 p.m.

Callbacks

Individual actors will be notified following the auditions, if needed.

Location: The Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

Monday, December 8, 2014: callbacks begin at 7:00 p.m.

General Information

  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions beginning promptly at the start times listed above.
  • Any arrivals after the scheduled times will not be auditioned unless prior arrangements have been made with the director or producer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • To expedite the sign-in process, the audition form is available on the Downloads page of our website under Forms and can be downloaded and completed in advance of arrival. Please bring the completed form with your resume or list of experience and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have recent photo, one will be taken at sign in.
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If an auditioner would like to present a prepared, 2 - 3 minute monologue, this will be welcome. Please let the director or staff know of your preparation at the start of the audition.
  • A vocal coach will be at the audition to work with individuals to assess the actors’ potential with dialects.

For more information, or to borrow a script, please contact the director, Terry Averill, at 410-268-3195 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Show Synopsis

This play takes place outside Washington, D.C. in May 1940, before Pearl Harbor drew America into World War II. Sara, daughter of a privileged family, has returned home after 20 years away. She married a German, Kurt Muller, and they have three children. Kurt is intensely involved in anti-fascist efforts in Germany opposing the rise of Hitler. They have returned to Sara’s Washington D.C. home for safety and rest, but Kurt plans to return to Germany to continue his dangerous underground work. While staying with his wife's family, another house guest recognizes him, prompting violent action, the discovery of which shocks Sara's family out of their complacency, bringing the European struggle to America. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” come at a high cost.

Character Breakdown

Anise (female, 55-70): French woman; Farrelly family’s nanny for over 30 years.

Joseph (male, 55-70): African-American butler; has worked for Farrelly family most of his life.

Fanny Farrelly (female, 60-75): Washington, D.C. ‘grand dame’; widow; mother of David and Sara.

David Farrelly (male, 38): Unemployed lawyer; Sara’s younger brother.

Marthe de Brancovis (female, 30-40): American-born friend of the Farrelly family; married to Count de Brancovis; infatuated with David.

Teck de Brancovis (male, 40-55): Penniless gentleman; Eastern European royalty; married to Marthe.

Sara Müller (female, 40): Fanny’s daughter; has lived in Europe for 20 years; married to Kurt; has 3 children.

Joshua Müller (male, 16-18): Oldest son of Sara and Kurt; speaks German and English (some French).

Bodo Müller (male, 9-12): Youngest son of Sara and Kurt; speaks German and halting English.

Babette Müller (female, 12-15): Daughter of Sara and Kurt; speaks German and English.

Kurt Müller (male, 40-45): German husband of Sara; father of 3, anti-facist; cultured; war-weary; speaks several languages.