Audition Announcement: Sense and Sensibility
April 12, 2022

Sense and Sensibility

Title of Show: Sense and Sensibility

Synopsis: While remaining true to the values and priorities of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Kat Hamill’s playful new adaptation of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and romantically sensitive Marianne – after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th century England, the play is full of humor and emotional depth, while
examining our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Director: Dawn Hagerty

Ages Called: Casting ages 18+, with the exception of Margaret Dashwood (character 11-13 years old, but may be played by someone older)

 

IMPORTANT DATES

AUDITIONS

Monday, April 18 (6-9 PM) @ SBCT
Tuesday, April 19 (6-9 PM) @ SBCT

Callbacks: By Appointment

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

  • First Rehearsal: Monday, June 1 2022
  • Rehearsals are Monday – Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tech Week begins Saturday, August 6, 2022

LIVE SHOWS

  • Friday, August 12, 2022 @7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 @7:00pm
  • Sunday, August 14,
    2022 @2:00pm
  • Thursday, August 18 2022 @7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 20 @7:00pm
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 @7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 @7:00pm
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 @2:00pm

What to prepare

  • Sides will be provided at the audition

ROLES 

 

ELINOR DASHWOOD: the eldest Dashwood sister; sensible

MARIANNE DASHWOOD: the middle Dashwood sister; sensitive & romantic

MARGARET DASHWOOD : the youngest Dashwood sister; 11-13 years old

MRS. DASHWOOD: mother of the Dashwood sisters; warm hearted

JOHN DASHWOOD: half-brother to the Dashwood sisters (from their father’s side; no blood relation to Mrs.Dashwood). Easily swayed by wife Fanny

FANNY (FERRARS) DASHWOOD: wife to John Dashwood, sister to Edward & Robert; nasty

COLONEL BRANDON: An older bachelor

JOHN WILLOUGHBY: a handsome young man

SIR JOHN MIDDLETON: a country gentleman; distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood 

MRS. JENNINGS: a good natured, boisterous woman; mother-in-law to Sir John and a terror to the countryside

LADY MIDDLETON: Sir John’s wife; a stuffy overbred woman

LUCY STEELE: a young woman of no fortune… with a secret

ANNE STEELE: Lucy’s sister; indiscreet chatterbox

ROBERT FERRARS: a haughty, callow young man; Edward & Fanny’s younger brother

MRS. FERRARS: mother of Edward, Fanny & Robert; unpleasant & unkind

THOMAS: Dashwood servant 

DOCTOR

*GOSSIPS 1-5: a chorus of high-society creatures; often listening in or inserting themselves into the action… some taking on physical/audio representation of objects/animals/severe weather.
The Gossips have a large presence throughout the show & are often doubled with smaller roles

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Series will be performed in rep. Not all, but MOST, will be cast in both shows, with
    shows performed alternating every other night. Don’t let that intimidate you! One or
    two may have more substantial roles in both shows, but most will have one larger/one
    smaller role… the second may even be a part with no lines, but integral to the
    production. Please indicate roles preferred, or “any”, on your audition form.
  • *Colorblind/color conscience casting, all body types & abilities encouraged to audition
  • Accent (British) needed for Sense & Sensibility ONLY. If you’re uncomfortable, just use
    your own voice with clear diction.
  • Both of these shows are fun & clip along, so no need for stuffy Shakespeare. Have fun
    with it!

    Questions? Reach out to the director!

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