|Audition Notice||The Seagull||
by Anton Chekhov
The director writes :
The cast consists of 13/14 characters but some of these may be doubled up.
The characters are :
Playing ages are provided as a guide. Ages are ideal ages and may be adjusted proportionally, dependent on casting choices. If there is a part you wish to audition for but feel you do not meet the playing age audition anyway or contact the Director to discuss matters prior to the auditions.
Arkadina, an actress  : A wealthy actress and mother of Konstantin, vain, foolish, egocentric.
Konstantin (Kostya) Treplev, her son [25+] : An aspiring playwright. Immature, self-absorbed, self-pitying, has new ideas about playwriting. Loves Nina. Jealous of Trigorin.
Sorin (Peter), her brother  : Retired Law Court official. Kind, sympathetic. A bachelor. Had aspirations to become a writer once but accepts his lot in life. Unassuming and self-deprecating. Rheumatic/arthritic. Fond of a drink and good food. An unfulfilled life, in his eyes.
Nina, young daughter of a wealthy landowner [19+] : Aspiring actress, loved by Konstantin, with great capacity for love and self-delusion. Virtually kept prisoner by her father and stepmother.
Trigorin (Boris), a novelist [late 30s] : A successful writer. Arkadena's lover. Confident, charismatic and without moral scruples. Raffish.
Shamreyev (Il'ia), a retired lieutenant, Sorin's steward [50+] : Rather a bore. Pedantic. Bossy. Diligent to the extreme.
Masha, his daughter  : Secretly in love with Konstantin. Stoical. Resigned yet hopeful. Observant and intuitive. Loved by Medvedenko. Likes a drink - possibly too much.
Polina, his wife [40s] : Although married to Shamreyev, she's always been in love with Dorn. Under the thumb of her husband.
Dorn, a doctor  : Good looking, once an "idol" of the neighboring estates. Matter of fact and sympathetic to others but indifferent to Polina's feelings. Appears disinterested in matters of the heart. Urbane and charming.
Medvedenko (Semen), a teacher [30-40] : Loves Masha but this is unrequited. Kind and thoughtful. Looks after his elderly mother on very little money. [May be doubled with a Workman]
Yakov, a workman [40+]
A Maid [any age]
A Cook/Workman [any age/gender]
Please read the Michael Frayn translation of this play before auditioning.
We are looking for the following :
Lighting Designer : As well as the lighting changes required by the script, an inventive use of lighting to convey the emotional states would be key to this production.
Sound Designer : Music and SFX required by the action but also key to the overall.
Stage Manager / Assistant Stage Managers : The play takes place at the Treplev family estate - there are two interior and two exterior sets over four Acts and props to be kept to a minimum.
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director via the Tower Office.