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LowellArts Theatre Auditions

The Whale

Upcoming Auditions

The Whale

By Samuel D. Hunter

Director: Brent Alles

Stage Manager: Zack Conrad

Performance Dates:

October 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29

Call for Actors:

We are currently only casting Elder Thomas at this time.

ELDER THOMAS: M, 19. Mormon missionary.

If interested, please email to arrange a virtual audition.

Actors with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities are welcome to audition. LowellArts Theatre is accepting of all people, and strives to create a positive and welcoming environment for everyone.

What to Prepare:

No preparation necessary. Actors will cold-read scenes with the director via Zoom.

About the Play:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Content Warning:

This play has been rated R (Restricted) with recommended ages of 17+ for:

  • Strong profane language

  • Discussion of death and dying

  • Simulated self gratification

  • Substance use/abuse

If accommodations are needed in order to have a successful and comfortable audition, please contact in advance to discuss.

Tentative Schedule


Rehearsals​ are currently planned for 3-4 days per week, typically on weekday evenings, beginning September 5.

Audition FAQS

LowellArts Current COVID-19 Policy

(Updated 2-1-2023): 

For actors cast in a LowellArts production: If you are scheduled to rehearse or perform and you begin to feel symptoms of illness, contact the director right away. It is up to the director's discretion if you will be allowed to rehearse with the cast. If you are experiencing symptoms, wearing a mask while rehearsing will be required. Masks are available at LowellArts.


If you have symptoms of illness near the day of a public performance, you will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours for PCR or within 24 hours for antigen) before you will be allowed to perform. This policy is subject to change, dependent on current Covid cases in Kent County and Grand Rapids.

What should I wear to the audition?
Wear something presentable and comfortable. You should be able to move comfortably in your clothes, though athletic wear is not necessary. Show us your sense of style but be sure to look neat and clean.

Are there backstage opportunities?

Most often, yes! If you'd like to get involved backstage, please contact LowellArts (

Audition Tips

It’s okay to be nervous! Just about everyone is nervous. Do your best to smile and have a good time. Take a deep breath and slow yourself down - trying to rush through the words will often lead to mistakes!

Research. Find out what you can about the play and the characters. Read a summary of the play before the audition.

Be on time. We want to know that you’re punctual and reliable. A good rule to live by: if you’re 5 minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re “on time,” you’re late.

Be kind to everyone and smile. Remember that your audition is like an interview, and it begins the moment you walk in the door.

Be prepared. If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it many times.

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