CVLT Needs Your Talent!
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre depends on volunteer talent for all of its plays each season. Our auditions are open to anyone with an interest in performing in community theater. Age ranges, experience levels and other requirements change from production to production, so keep your eyes on us - you just may be the one we're looking for!
Auditions are publicized right here on our website, as well as via our mailing list, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and via Fred Sternfeld's the Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List (NEohioPAL). You may also find our audition notices in your local newspapers from time to time.
- Unless specified otherwise, all CVLT auditions are open to all and no roles are pre-cast.
- No appointments are required.
- Come prepared to read from the script.
- Headshots and acting resumes are welcome, but not required.
- CVLT does not offer union contracts and performers are volunteers.
Auditions for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Auditions at 7 PM on Sunday August 14 and Monday August 15, 2016
by EDWARD ALBEE
October 21 - Nov. 5, 2016
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM at CVLT's River Street Playhouse
DIRECTOR: Claudia Lillibridge
George and Martha are a middle aged married couple, whose charged relationship is defined by vitriolic verbal battles, which underlies what seems like an emotional dependence upon each other. This verbal abuse is fueled by an excessive consumption of alcohol. George being an associate History professor in a New Carthage university where Martha's father is the President adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Late one Saturday evening after a faculty mixer, Martha invites Nick and Honey, an ambitious young Biology professor new to the university and his mousy wife, over for a nightcap. As the evening progresses, Nick and Honey, plied with more alcohol, get caught up in George and Martha's games of needing to hurt each other and everyone around them. The ultimate abuse comes in the form of talk of George and Martha's unseen sixteen year old son, whose birthday is the following day.
ALL ROLES AVAILABLE! Ages flexible. Come prepared to read from the script.
Martha (Lead): Female - older
married to George, though disappointed - and now embittered - with his aborted academic career, a daddy's girl with an acid tongue and a quick & sometimes malicious mind, has suffered great emotional trauma.
George (Lead): Male - older
a member of the history department at New Carthage University, married to Martha in a once loving relationship now frequented by acrimony, a brilliant mind who feels disempowered, and lashes out through sarcasm.
Nick (Supporting): Male - younger
Midwestern, good-looking, clean-cut, married to Honey, has just become a new member of the biology faculty at New Carthage University and is looking to climb up in the world, confident, and focused on his future, science, and the American dream.
Honey (Supporting): Female - younger
petite, mousy, and anxious wife of Nick, has a weak stomach and prefers to avoid issues than dwell in their complexities.
Auditions for "Moonlight and Magnolias"
By Ron Hutchinson
Auditions at 7 PM on Monday August 22 and Tuesday August 23
Directed by Stephen Kay
Auditions at 7:00 PM, August 22 & 23
All roles open. We will read cold from the script.
Headshots and acting resumes welcome but not required.
No appointments necessary.
January 13 - February 4, 2017
Friday/Saturday nights at 8 PM
Synopsis: Hollywood, 1939, and mogul David O. Selznick has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history, Gone With The Wind, scrapping the script and sacking the director. Hollywood is a buzz. Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht - possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel - and the movie’s newdirector Victor Fleming, straight from the set of The Wizard Of Oz after squabbling with the Munchkins and coming to blows with Judy Garland.
Roles: 3 males, 1 female
All roles involve frenetic physical activity and crisp diction for rapid line delivery.
David O. Selznick (ages 32-42) Fanatically driven producer, son in law of the producer Louis B Mayer, the movies were in his blood. The son of a movie distributor who became bankrupt in the 1920s, Selznick rose to the top of the Hollywood tree working at RKO, Paramount and MGM before starting his own Selznick International Pictures. He was notorious for his frantic, Benzedrine-fueled pace of work and the astonishing volume of memos he produced on every aspect of the productions (seen by some as meddling and by others as attention to detail). Must be able to project a variety of voices while 'acting out' Gone with the Wind for Hecht.
Victor Fleming (ages 45-55) Started his working life as a motor mechanic, but got a break in the film business as a camera assistant, moving on to direct many action movies in the 1920s and 30s. With a robust manner and love of outdoor sports Fleming was known as a “man’s director”, but his two best known and most successful directing credits were The Wizard Of Oz and Gone With The Wind. Coincidentally, in both cases he was a substitute, brought in to replace the original director in the early weeks of shooting. Must be able to project a variety of voices while 'acting out' Gone with the Wind for Hecht.
Ben Hecht (ages 40-50) A successful Chicago journalist, Hecht became one of the most celebrated and prolific screenwriters in the early days of film in Hollywood, as well as contributing uncredited work as a “script doctor” on many more [including Gone With The Wind]. As well as journalism and screenplays, he wrote short stories, novels, plays [including The Front Page] and later ghost wrote Marilyn Monroe’s autobiography. A lifelong activist for Jewish causes, his active support of the Zionist movement in Palestine led to a British boycott of his work in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Miss Poppenguhl (ages 26-36) Selznick’s exceptionally efficient secretary. Usually tireless, by the end of the five days even she is more than a little dazed. In reality, Selznick employed two full time secretaries to keep up with his frantic pace of dictation. The actress will need to portray the same physical deterioration over the 5 days as the men and be able to demonstrate physical comedy often with no lines as she works to meet all of Selznick's demands.
Auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Auditions 1 - 3 PM on Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28
Auditions to be held at CVLT's River Street Playhouse, 56 River Street (the white, 1-story building just west of the main CVLT building).
November 18 - December 18, 2016
Friday/Saturday nights at 8 PM, Select Sundays at 2 PM
DIRECTOR: Michael J Rogan
Musical Director Lynne Provance
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Audiences adore the musical that launched the career of Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. Joseph is the rocking retelling of the tale of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis, and how he saved Egypt with his ability to interpret dreams.
Seeking men and women of all ages, plus young people for a children's chorus. Please come prepared with sheet music for an up-tempo song in the correct key. All roles EXCEPT FOR THE NARRATOR and JOSEPH are available. No appointments necessary. Headshots and acting resumes welcome, but not required.