Auditions

Wanting to audition for a show at ETC? Auditions are open to everyone who is suitable for the designated roles. There is no fee to audition, but successful members who are cast in ETC productions must agree to pay the $20 annual membership fee which covers administration and insurance costs. This is payable within one month of rehearsals.

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2022 SEASON

Tiny Beautiful Things

Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos
Directed by Alexander Gibbs

Audition Dates: 

Saturday 21 May 2022 – 11am – 4pm
Sunday 22 May 2022 – 11am – 4pm

Bookings essential for audition time via director Alexander Gibbs at AlexanderGibbs1982@gmail.com or 0410 933 582

Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please apply to organise your audition time and for any further information including script and audition pages. Please bring along completed audition form (can be found on the ETC Website at www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au) along with a non-returnable photograph.  

Please arrive 10 minutes before audition time. 

Please ensure you are available for all performance dates and times (see below). 

Audition Venue:
Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
West Essendon  VIC  3040 

Google Maps: https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Essendon+Theatre+Company/@-37.753079,144.893059,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6ad65c132fe4d1e9:0xde935373e7f0cb3f  

Characters summary:

There are roles for 1 female and approx. 3-5 performers of any gender.

Characters:

Sugar

F, 30s-40s. A struggling writer. Real name is Cheryl but she does not reveal this until the end. Divorced, with no regrets. Remarried, finally loved for the person she is. A history of drug abuse; would happily vomit all over the first person who labels her with “a history of drug abuse”. Has experienced child abuse but does not let this define her.

Letter Writers

Gender/age neutral. No specific accents required.

These are the various characters who write letters to Sugar – these are mostly drawn verbatim from real letters and lived experiences.

NOTE: You may be cast as more than one Letter Writer – most characters come with their own monologue, and some are longer than others. Those cast as letter writers with particular characters may also be asked to learn and understudy other ‘letters’, to prepare for the possibility that the production run may be impacted by COVID.

The characters of these Letter Writers include the following examples:

  • “Confused”: dating a woman but afraid to say “I love you”
  •  “Stuck”: a woman who has recently miscarried; guilty about the numbness this makes her feel; angry with her doctor for blaming her weight
  • “Crushed”: middle-aged, married, with a crush on a friend
  • “Orphan”: male-transitioning transgender; estranged from her parents
  • “Why Tell?”: a rape victim; afraid to admit their experience to their new partner
  • “Sexy Santa”: dating a girl who is sexually aroused by Santa Claus; starting to consider putting on the suit to spice things up
  • “Gump”: male, bit of a dick; dumped his ex for being self-absorbed; started sleeping with her best friend; does a terrible Forrest Gump impression that he thinks is pretty damn hilarious
  • “Thief”: a reformed kleptomaniac; self-loathing; grew up with an abusive mother
  • “Living Dead Dad”: in his own words, ‘a sad, angry man whose son died’ (NOTE: this is the longest Letter Writer monologue)

Contact: 

All enquires or to book an audition contact director Alexander Gibbs at 0410 933 582.


Synopsis: 

“Sugar” is trying to finish a book. To make ends meet she reluctantly agrees to take on work as an anonymous advice columnist. In a series of connected vignettes, “Sugar” gets to know several different people and their plethora of personal problems – and in turn, they (and the audience) discover some of her deepest, darkest secrets.

Trigger warning: this show contains themes of sexual and child abuse, addiction and pregnancy loss.

Rehearsal Period: 

Rehearsals will be twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-10pm, with the possibility of Sunday rehearsals if needed, in discussion with the cast and advance notice being given.

Performances Dates: 

14 -16 July 2022 (there will be two performances on 16 July 2022 – a matinee and evening performance).
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Matinee at 2pm 

Please Note: 

Successful cast MUST BE available for rehearsal period as well as all production dates. Please check you are available for all performance dates before booking your audition time. 

ETC is a community theatre company and, as such, no actors are paid.

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