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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.


The Colonial Players announces auditions for the upcoming production of:

MORNING'S AT SEVEN

Written by Paul Osborn
Directed by Rick Wade
Produced by Tom Stuckey

AUDITIONS

Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

Sunday, July 12, 2015: sign-in starting at 1:30 p.m., auditions begin at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, July 13, 2015: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions begin at 7 p.m.

CALLBACKS

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

Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.

SIGNIFICANT DATES

  • Performances: November 20 - December 13, 2015
    • 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
    • 2 p.m. on Sundays 
    • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015 (Sunday evening performance)
  • First Read Through: TBD based on cast availability
  • Rehearsals: TBD based on cast availability
  • Publicity Photo Shoot: Sunday, October 11, 2015 (tentative)
  • Tech-In: Saturday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Invited Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Archive Photo Shoot: Sunday, November 22, 2015 following the matinee performance

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions, which begin promptly at the start times listed above.
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated only as time permits. If you know you will be late, please make prior arrangements with the director by emailing 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. Please bring the completed form with your resume (or list of experience) and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have a recent photo, one will be taken at sign-in.
  • Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts between July 12 and December 13, 2015; no absences can be permitted during tech week.
  • Auditioners will be asked to will be asked to read from the play.
  • For more information, please contact the director, Rick Wade, or the producer, Tom Stuckey, by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHOW SYNOPSIS

Morning’s at Seven, Paul Osborn's 1939 family comedy, re-visits a bygone era and brings the realization that though the lifestyle depicted may be gone, the fears and despair that accompany aging and the binding ties of family connections are timeless.

The play is set in the era we nostalgically think of as tranquil that was sandwiched between two monumental and seismically life-changing events, the Great Depression and World War II.

While the plot, something of a sitcom precursor, plays out over just two days in the lives of the four Gibbs sisters (only one of whom retains her maiden name), those two days lay bare a lifetime of familial affection and resentment, and stir up a current of fears and joys with spurts of humor to leaven the darker emotions. Like many period plays, the event that sends the plot spinning is the arrival of a stranger. Her name is Myrtle Brown and even though she and Homer, Carl and Ida’s forty-year-old son, have been keeping company for a dozen years, no one in the family has ever met her.

Having Myrtle, heretofore a subject of much sisterly speculation, materialize at last is indeed a major event. While everyone welcomes her, the visit and official engagement coincide with one of Carl's periodic "spells" during which he rants about having "taken a wrong turn " instead of fulfilling his dream of becoming a dentist. This latest spell gives Ida second thoughts about cutting Homer loose from her apron strings. There's also the matter of the handsome house Carl built and kept empty in case Homer marries, and which Cora has her eye on for reasons of her own.

Thus we have four sisters who have always lived within walking distance of each other, three retired husbands, a reluctant-husband-to-be and his eager-to-please lady love -- the youngest thirty-nine (Myrtle), the oldest in their seventies (Esther and David). They are ordinary people living un-extraordinary lives, their emotions tightly corseted and their talk peppered with platitudes. Only Carl, with his manic "spells," voices the common pain of aging and its accompanying anxiety and anger about taking the wrong fork in life's road.

This being a comedy, rest assured that the marital upsets stirred by Myrtle's visit and the obstacles to her joining the family circle will be resolved by the time the curtain falls. A suspenseful plot is not what Morning’s at Seven is about. Neither is it a laugh-a-minute comedy as much as a family drama lightly punctuated with laughter and generously spiced with charm. Its rewards come from getting to know and like these people, which, given the wonderful performances by the sisters and all their stage kin, is just about guaranteed..

CHARACTERS

Esther Crampton, Ida Bolton, Cora Swanson, and Aaronetta Gibbs: Females, mid 60s to early 70s, the Gibbs sisters

Myrtle Brown: Female, Late 30s

David Crampton: Male, mid 60s to early 70s

Carl Bolton: Male, mid 60s to early 70s

Theodore Swanson: Male, mid 60s to early 70s

Homer Bolton: Male, about 40


The Colonial Players announces auditions for the upcoming production of:

SIDE MAN

Written by Warren Leight
Directed by Jim Reiter
Produced by Wes Bedsworth

AUDITIONS

Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

Saturday, July 18, 2015: sign-in starting at 10 a.m., auditions begin at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions begin at 7 p.m.

CALLBACKS

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

Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

Saturday, July 25, 2015: callbacks begin at 3 p.m.

SIGNIFICANT DATES

  • Performances: October 16-31, 2015
    • 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
    • 2 p.m. on Sundays 
    • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015 (Sunday evening performance)
  • First Read Through: TBD based on cast availability
  • Rehearsals: TBD based on cast availability
  • Publicity Photo Shoot: September 13, 2015 (tentative)
  • Tech-In: Saturday, October 4 - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • Invited Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8 p.m.
  • Archive Photo Shoot: Sunday, October 18, 2015 following the matinee performance

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions, which begin promptly at the start times listed above.
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated only as time permits. If you know you will be late, please make prior arrangements with the director by emailing 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. Please bring the completed form with your resume (or list of experience) and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have a recent photo, one will be taken at sign-in.
  • Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts between August 1 and October 9, 2015; no absences can be permitted during tech week.
  • Auditioners will be asked to perform cold readings from the script.
  • For more information, please contact the director, Jim Reiter, or the producer, Wes Bedsworth, by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHOW SYNOPSIS

Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee is a poignant memory play that unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Clifford recalls the key moments in his life, such as the day when he, fresh out of college, picked up his first unemployment check and was congratulated by Gene and his band mates, Al, Ziggy and Jonesy. Gene's music career on the big band circuit crumbles with the advent of Elvis and rock-n-roll, and Terry begs him to get a nine-to-five job to support the family, but Gene refuses to enter the "straight world" of regular paychecks, mortgages, and security. For Gene and his bandmates, music is not just a job, it's life. The marriage slowly dissolves along with Gene’s career, and young Clifford is witness to it all. As things worsen, Clifford assumes the role of parent and throws the hopeless Gene out of his mother's apartment. When an adult Clifford visits Gene in a rundown jazz club years later, he asks that the old man play his mother's favorite song, the old standard "Why was I Born?" Clifford then asks, "Dad, why was I born?" It becomes Clifford's last, heart-breaking plea for his father's love.

Note: Side Man contains mature themes and graphic language.

CHARACTERS

Note: 5 men, two women; listed ages are character ages, not actor ages.

(M) Clifford – late 20s to early 30s at (one point plays 10 years old); the son who narrates the play

(M) Gene – late 20s through late 50s/early 60s; the father whose life is his trumpet; spacey, detached, except when playing or talking about music

(F) Terry – mid 20s through mid 50s; the wife/mother who lets drink take over her life when Gene pays no attention

(M) Al – late 20s through late 50s/early 60s; trumpet; the ladies’ man, married briefly to Patsy

(M) Ziggy – late 20s through late 50s/early 60s; trumpet; bilateral lisp, wisecracker

(M) Jonesy – late 20s through late 50s/early 60s; trombone; one-eyed wisecracker, junkie but more aware of reality than the other guys

(F) Patsy – mid-20s through mid 50s; waitress, lover or wife to each of the guys at some point, except Gene; tends to mother Clifford