The Academy Center of the Arts’ Community Through Theatre Committee is excited to announce open auditions for their upcoming production of:
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon and Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by: Corey Wilson
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
Roles are available for actors ages 17+. The Academy and CTT are fully committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities and all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Please note that this production requires most actors to be present on stage throughout the entire production and some roles are playing multiple characters throughout the production. All actors are required to speak in a proper British accent. The production will be hiring a dialect coach to assist as needed.
Dates and Times:
Monday, January 13, 2020 Registration begins at 5:30 PM Auditions begin at 6 PM until 9 PM
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Registration begins at 5:30 PM Auditions begin at 6 PM until 9 PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Callbacks (if needed) at TBD time.
Academy Center of the Arts
Lippard Room (Please enter from the rear entrance upon arrival, not the Warehouse Lobby)
519 Commerce Street Lynchburg, VA 24504
What to Prepare:
All actors will be asked to read sides from the script during the audition process. Auditions will begin promptly at 6PM and will be held in order of arrival. Please plan to be on site throughout the entire scheduled audition time.
Headshot and resume would be greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Please bring a full list of potential schedule conflicts with you to the audition.
If you have any questions about auditions, please contact Corey Wilson at [email protected].
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Performance Dates: March 7, 12-14, 2020 at 7:30 PM March 8, 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Cast of Characters:
Christopher Boone (Male 15+). Christopher Boone is an English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Deeply intelligent and sensitive. He must be physically very fit and agile. English accent.
Ed Boone/Others (Male 35-55). Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. English accent appropriate to working middle class.
Judy Boone/Others (Female 35-55). Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, is a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son. English accent appropriate to working middle class.
Siobhan/Others (Female, 25-49). Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings; English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent.
Mrs. Shears/Others (Female, 35-59). Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor. She is rough around the edges and furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. English accent appropriate to class.
Mrs. Gascoyne/ Others (Female, 35-59) is the headmistress of the school for special needs children that Christopher attends; condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination. English accent appropriate to class.
Roger shears/Others (Male, 35-59) Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears’ ex-husband, a middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. English accent appropriate to class.
Duty Sergeant/Others (Male 35-59) Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accent appropriate to class.
Mrs. Alexander/ Others (Female, 60-79)
Reverend Peters/ Station Policeman/Others (Male, 40-59)
Policeman 1/Mr. Thompson/ Man with Socks/ Others (Male, 20-36)
No. 40/ Information/ Punk Girl/ Others (Female, 20-36)