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Auditions

Ayr Community Theatre (ACT) is proud to present Lerner & Lowe’s ‘Brigadoon’, the enchanting musical that inspired the classic film and productions all over the world. Featuring such standards as "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Heather on the Hill," Brigadoon is a timeless, romantic classic which vividly brings the mystery and magic of the Scottish highlands to life.

 

New Yorker Tommy Albright unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, a beautiful villager in this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life, or stay in Brigadoon — forever.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning!

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Production Information

Creative Team

Director - Michele Di Tomasso

Musical Director - Merry Schmidt

Choreographer - Ciara Moules

Asst. Choreographer - Laura Hole

Highland Dance Choreographer - Leslie MacDougall

Producer - Diana Barber

Stage Manager - Jennifer Roeder

Production Designer - Brent Roth

 

Performance Dates

Wednesday, June 5 @ 8:00 p.m. (Preview)

Thursday, June 6 @ 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 7 @ 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8 @ 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 @ 8:00 p.m

* All performances will be held at Knox United Church, 92 Northumberland Street, Ayr N0B 1E0

During the run of the show, all cast members need to be at the performance venue 2 hours before

show time to get into hair, makeup and costume.

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AUDITIONS & CALL BACKS

 

Audition Schedule:

Thursday, February 15

  • Adult auditions (16* and up) - 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

  • Ayr Community Centre, 7 Church Street, Ayr

 

Saturday, February 17

  • Youth auditions (10 to 16*) - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m

  • Adult auditions (16* and up) - 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Knox United Church, 92 Northumberland Street, Ayr

 

Youth Auditions (10 to 16* years old)

These auditions will take place from noon to 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 17. Parents/Guardians are welcome to accompany their child in our waiting area until it is time for them to audition for our panel.

As there are no speaking roles for children, they do not have to read a side. If they would like to read a side for the experience, we would certainly be happy to allow them to do so.  They will be expected to sing a song (Happy Birthday is fine) and be part of the movement call. 

*16 year olds can choose if they would like to audition with Youths or Adults.

Call Backs

Sunday, February 18 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m

  • Knox United Church, 92 Northumberland Street, Ayr

 

Links to Call Back songs are listed under each Character.

 

Audition requests must be submitted by midnight Monday, February 12.

 

Equity and Inclusion

Ayr Community Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourages applications from our diverse community which includes gender non-conforming people, people of colour, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations.

 

Roles

 

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Information and Audition Sides

Fiona MacLaren*

Graceful, lovely and frank young woman with a gentle sense of humour. She falls in love with Tommy. Jean’s older sister. Playing Age - mid 20s to Late 30s Accent - Scottish Voice Range - Soprano B3 to A5 Dance Skills - Yes

Tommy Albright*

Charming New Yorker with a sensitive side. Engaged to Jane and falls in love with Fiona. Playing Age - mid 20s to Late 30s Accent - American Vocal Range - Tenor B2 to C5 Dance Skills - Yes

Jeff Douglas*

Tommy’s good natured best friend. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - mid 20s to Late 30s Accent - American Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - Mover

Harry Beaton

Sensitive son of Archie. In love with Jean. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - mid 20s to Late 30s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - Yes

Andrew MacLaren

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Father of Fiona and Jean. A hearty soul who is a bit pompous with a loud and gruff voice. Playing Age - 50s to 60s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Baritone Dance Skills - Mover

Jean MacLaren*

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Andrew’s shy daughter engaged to Charlie. Fiona’s younger sister. Playing Age - Late teens to Mid 20's Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Mezzo Soprano Dance Skills - Yes

Meg Brockie*

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Sells dairy with Angus. Playing Age - 30s and 40s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Alto G3 to C5 Dance Skills - Mover

Mr. Lundie

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The kind school master of Brigadoon. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - 50s to 60s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - N/A

Charlie Dolrymple*

Jean’s fiance and son of Stuart. Playing Age - 20s to 30s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Tenor F2 to B4 Dance Skills - Yes

Angus MacGuffie

Dairy seller in MacConnachy Square with Meg. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - 30s and 40s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - Yes

Sandy Dean

Candy seller in MacConnachy Square. Playing Age - 30s to 50s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Bass Dance Skills - Mover

Ian MacGregor

Meat seller in MacConnachy Square. Played Age - 50s and 60s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Baritone Tenor Dance Skills - Mover

Archie Beaton

A kind man who sells fabrics. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - Adult Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - N/A

Frank

A New York bartender. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - Adult Accent - American Vocal Range - Spoken Dance Skills - N/A

Kate

Jean’s friend. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - Late teens to mid-20s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - Yes

Jane Ashton

Tommy’s glamorous fiancé in New York. Mostly a speaking role. Playing Age - Mid 20s to late 30s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Ensemble Dance Skills - N/A

Stuart Dolrymple

Sells clothes in MacConnachy Square with Meg Playing Age - 40s to 50s Accent - Scottish Vocal Range - Tenor Dance Skills - Mover

*These roles include intimacy including hugging, kissing and close contact with another actor. An Intimacy Coach will be involved in blocking the scenes with these characters and every effort will be made to ensure that the actors feel comfortable and safe in their roles.

 

You can indicate in the Audition Application if you are interested in being a part of the ensemble.

 

All cast members must be over 10 years of age or older. A small number of children will be onstage as villagers and will need to follow all audition requirements in order to be considered for casting in the show.

Vocal Audition

Prepare a classic musical theatre song that is not from Brigadoon. Examples of classic musicals are Oklahoma, Carousel, Camelot and My Fair Lady along with many others.

 

 Please save the backing track to your device as WIFI in the audition venue may not be available. The track should have no other vocals. Please no a capella auditions.

 

Acting Audition

Prepare a side of your choice depending upon the role(s) you are interested in. You do not need to memorize the side. Actors are asked to attempt a Scottish accent. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, we’d just like to hear you try!

Here are links to interviews with Scottish actors so that you can get a feel for the accent:

https://youtu.be/dmq54BTrvPQ?si=CHg5Selrf6CHNKPf

https://youtu.be/nHzRrqNh2-4?si=MjYuh-q25iSTcQpt

 

DANCE AUDITIONS

 

Movement Call

All auditioners will participate in a Movement Call. Please be prepared to learn a short, simple choreographed routine in small groups. For this call, we are looking for enthusiasm and a willingness to take risks. So be bold, showcase your personality and have fun! Please wear suitable clothing and dance shoes or sneakers.

Highland Dance Audition

Highland Dancers will be required to dance a four-step Highland Fling. The set steps will be shedding, first back stepping, rocking and last shedding (with two turns). Please wear dance school class attire. You will also be asked to sing a short song. If you’re not certain what to sing, consider something that you are comfortable and familiar with (i.e., Happy Birthday). You will be included in the Movement Call as well (see above).

Audition Application

To schedule your audition, please use the form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O7wPjqL3ti8hFXI_SxQ-Xx4RN1kI5mfn0dTQXd1ixbI/viewform?edit_requested=true. Once you have completed the audition form, a member of our production team will email you an invitation to audition. We will do our best to accommodate the date and time you have requested.

 

Please see the Audition Application https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O7wPjqL3ti8hFXI_SxQ-Xx4RN1kI5mfn0dTQXd1ixbI/viewform?edit_requested=true for more details.

 

Expenses

You don’t need to be a Member of ACT to audition however membership is required to be involved in the show as cast or crew. Individual membership is $25 and $50 for a family.

 

There will be a participation fee of $20 for cast members participating in this production. This fee is set by the Board of Ayr Community Theatre and will be used towards show and cast related expenses.

These expenses can be paid at your first rehearsal or by e-transfer to treasurer@ayrcommunitytheatre.com.

 

In addition to expenses, all cast are required to contribute 10 hours of their time towards the production. This could be set painting, help with props or costumes, etc. There will be plenty of opportunities to contribute your hours and lot of reminders so you don’t lose track. Please be aware that if you do not meet your commitment of the 10 hour requirement, ACT reserves the right to charge a fee of $100. This fee is intended to encourage our cast to get involved and support our production and it will not be charged if you complete your required hours.

Please note that if the expenses associated with this production are a barrier to your involvement, subsidies may be available for you. Please reach out to us at info@ayrcommunitytheatre.com for more information.

Rehearsals

All rehearsals will be held at the Ayr Community Centre, 7 Church St., Ayr.

 

Registration, Meet & Greet and read/sing through will be on Sunday, March 17 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

You will receive your script, music and a Welcome Package that we will review together so that you understand expectations and policies.

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, March 19

  • Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Sunday rehearsals are from 2:00 to 5:30 and 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Rehearsal attendance is imperative as we bring this production to stage. Be sure to list any known conflicts you may have (i.e, vacation, business trip, etc.) in your audition application.

Tech Week

The cast will be required for Tech Week from Saturday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 4.

All cast and crew will help with teardown after the performance on Sunday, June 9.

Ayr Community Theatre acknowledges that the land on which we create and gather is traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Chonnonton People. We also recognize the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the indigenous people with whom we share this land today.

If you have any questions regarding the audition process or have accommodations you would like us to be aware of (for example, use of an elevator), please email info@ayrcommunitytheatre.com and we will be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you!

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