LowellArts Theatre Auditions
For Sylvia by a.r. Gurney, June 9 & 10
By A.R. Gurney
Director: Marcus Chapman
Stage Manager: Noah Potter
July 29, 30, 31 & Aug 5, 6, 7, 2022
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park – or that has found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife as Sylvia becomes a rival for Greg’s affection.
*This play may not be suitable for all audiences due to strong language and some sexual themes.
Audition Dates / Times:
Thursday, June 9 at 6:00pm
Friday, June 10 at 6:00pm
223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331
What to Prepare:
No preparation needed. Actors will cold read short scenes from the play, provided at the auditions.
Actors with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities are highly encouraged to audition. LowellArts Theatre is accepting of all people, and strives to create a positive and welcoming environment for everyone. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
Greg (45-70): Masculine-Identifying - A stubborn man who is slightly misguided. Has a kind soul and love to give but doesn’t have the know-how to apply it correctly. May or may-not be going through “MANopause.”
Kate (45-70): Feminine-Identifying - A successful teacher who is eager to take back the city-life she sacrificed raising kids in the suburbs. She’s energetic and intelligent, however she has a tendency to choose bitterness over patience. She is an avid reader of Shakespeare and operates as though she sees herself as a tragic hero in a play.
Sylvia (20-30): Any Gender-Identity - An energetic dog that becomes Greg’s whole world. She is quick-witted, sassy, and sexually deviant. (Despite the gender of the actor, Sylvia will be referred to as a girl with she/her pronouns.) *Specific physical needs required.
Variety Track (30-60): Non-binary /Agender/Gender-Queer or Fluid - Portrays several characters: Tom, a macho guy who reads way too much about men and their relationships to pets; Phyllis, Kate’s friend that is struggling with the same things with her husband and his goldfish; Leslie, canonically genderfluid, a therapist that Kate & Greg turn to in their hour of need. (Despite actor’s identity, will be referred to as she/her & he/him throughout the show.)
LowellArts Current Mask Policy
Masks are not required inside LowellArts, though strongly encouraged, especially for events where social distancing is not possible. Masks are available at LowellArts. This policy is subject to change, dependent on current Covid cases in Kent County and Grand Rapids.
Actor Covid Precautions:
If cast, actors will be required to show proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for PCR or within 24 hours for antigen, if unvaccinated) before they can perform unmasked. Audiences will be encouraged to wear masks during the performances, though currently still optional.
What should I wear to the audition?
Wear something presentable and comfortable. You should be able to move comfortably in your clothes, but athletic wear is not necessary. Show us your sense of style but be sure to look neat and clean.
How do I pick a monologue/song for the audition (if preparation is required)?
Pick something within the same genre and era of the play. Your monologue or song should reflect some of the same themes of the show you are auditioning for. For example, if you are auditioning for Romeo and Juliet, it would be wise to pick a monologue about being in love from another Shakespearean play. When in doubt, choose a monologue or a song from the play you are auditioning for!
Research. Find out what you can about the play and the characters. Read a summary of the play before the audition.
Be on time. Of course, life happens occasionally, but 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.
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!
Be prepared. If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it many times.