Things to Know Before You Audition for MCP
Monroe Community Players maintains a policy of open casting at all auditions. This means that you will be auditioning in front of a group of others who are auditioning and may be asked to perform along with them.
You do not have to be a member of MCP to audition or be cast in a show. However, you do need to be a member to participate. If you are cast, we ask that you join MCP at whatever level you feel comfortable at by the first rehearsal, before receiving rehearsal materials. Individual membership in MCP starts at $20.
Depending on the costuming and other needs of a show there may also be a mandatory participation fee.
On rare occasion, a role may be precast. If a role is precast, it will be announced before auditions.
To speed up the check in process you may bring a completed MCP audition form with you to the audition.
By policy, the Monroe Community Players not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, height, weight or marital status in the programs, services, or any other activities. However, in some cases a script may call for a specific ethnicity, gender, or age. Whenever contractually required to do so MCP will cast within the guidelines of the script and the playwright’s desires.
For information, contact the Board of Directors at P.O. Box 23, Monroe MI 48161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All auditions are held at MCP@the Mall (The Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St, Monroe, MI). Enter the Mall at the Planet Fitness entrance (between Monroe City Church and Funland). Our venue is down the corridor on your right.
A new play by Jonathon Douglas Sparer
Audition Dates: Thursday, August 4th and Friday, August 5th at 6:00 PM
Show Dates: September 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:00 PM, and September 18, 25 at 2:00 PM
Director: David Wahr
These auditions are open to everyone from ages 18 on up.
This new play by local playwright Jonathon Douglas Sparer is presented as part of MCP’s mission to present new works to the community.
Always starts four days before the death of Aaron, the narrator/player, as he recounts the reality, his dreams, and his speculations about the brief affair with Joan that changed his life thirty-two years earlier.
Always examines the bond between Aaron and Joan that stretches to death, and slightly beyond, even though they met only six times while in their twenties.
Always actively spars with questions of mortality and fate, it aspires to evoke wonder, its resolutions are not fashioned entirely by logic, but by a process that expands the mind so that awe might suffuse the soul.
Always has mysteries resolved and unresolved, a woman’s quest to escape two men with whom she had children, the undying love of a father and a son, and delivers a quintessential love story.
(8m/4w + 2m and 2w dancers)
Older Aaron (50s): The narrator and main character. Terminally ill and near to death.
Young Aaron (20s): Same character as above, but in his prime. Full of life. Senior English Literature student at Wayne State University.
Boy Aaron (under 10). Same character as above in his childhood. (Note: one appearance – this role is pre-cast).
Alex (60s): Aaron’s Father. Now dead. Appears in what Aaron perceives as dreams. He was a rehearsal pianist on Broadway as a youth.
Younger Alex (40s): One appearance at this age with very young Aaron.
Dr. Kensington (50s): Aaron’s primary physician.
Dr. Leonard (40 – 50): English Professor at WSU. Enthusiastic, engaging, witty, prone to using gestures as he speaks. A trifle affected.
Joe (any age): Bartender, Leo’s Bar. Slightly lecherous.
Joan (20s): Elegant, unique beauty, and sensuality. Ideally with light blond hair, blue eyes radiant with light. There is no frailty to her, but instead, an athletic strength, a sureness of movement.
Becky (under 35): Nurse who dresses and tends to Aaron. Friendly and understanding.
Mrs. Kay (over 50): Whistler’s mother type. She habitually sits in the window next to Joan’s home, acting as the neighborhood spy/lookout.
Female LPN (30-40): Tends to Older Aaron at the hospital.
Girard: Play Director
Jeffry: Set Designer.
These three characters appear briefly, or perhaps, not at all. If not at all, Aaron speaks to them while they are in the wings.
Dancers: Four minimum, but as many as possible. Will appear off and on throughout the play. Will also function as students in class, orderlies, LPN, bar patrons, etc. Mikey and Sarah are cited by name.