** AUDITION NOTICE **
Auditions for Puffs
Announcing auditions for The Newtowne Player’s Puffs. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs ... who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 17th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Three Notch Theater
21744 South Coral Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
February 11th – February 27th, 2022
Director: Tessa Silvestro
Assistant Director: Neil Compton
Producer: Robin Finnacom
Stage Manager: Beth Sanford
What to Bring to Auditions: Please come with a list of your conflicts between Oct 16th through Feb. 27th.
If you have questions or need more information please contact email@example.com
Please choose TWO of the following monologues to perform at your audition. You do not have to memorize the monologues but you should be comfortable with them. Each character you present should feel, sound, and act differently. GO BIG! This is a ridiculous show. We are looking for big, strong character choices. Even if it may not be the character choices we end up using we are looking for actors who make big choices. If you feel stupid, you’re doing it right.
MEGAN JONES / Megan is dark, brooding and mysterious. I never wanted to be a Puff. Every member of my family? Puffs. We’re like THE Puff family. But I’ve always known that I was different. There’s nothing even special about Puffs. Loyalty? Being really nice? A bunch of lame, awful failures doomed to be stupid walking personality-less nobodies that no one will ever care about ever? Ugh. My mom was a Puff. But she was different. She became something bigger. She made the name Jones finally mean something other than a bunch of ... Puffs. I thought ... I knew ... I would be different too. But ... after all my hard work to make myself not a Puff, what do you know? The hat puts me with the Puffs. I did everything. I mean, I even changed my accent just so I wouldn’t sound like my Puff family.
HARRY / Perhaps Harry doesn’t actually possess the heroic qualities he is so famous for. Say ... remember the First Task? That was pretty crazy. At first, I was like, “oh no”, but then I was like “broom!” And then I was like “vroom vroom”, but then the dragon broke off his chain and chased me all around the school and almost killed a bunch of people. Hahaha ... ahhh. Remember that? Feels like ages ago. Bye, Wayne! Cedric, look out for that dragon! Just kidding.
LEANNE / Leanne is bubbly, excited, and so proud of her Puffness. No! I don’t want to leave. Why is everyone always so down on us? I won’t stand for it anymore! And I won’t sit for it either. And I also won’t stand on one leg because I can’t. Watch. Anyways. Look at your hand! You have a wand! (Everyone looks at the hand that in fact does not have a wand in it.) Unless you looked at your other hand. Look at yourselves! Hannah. You used to be so awkward. And you still are, but we don’t mind anymore! Who’s that? It’s Ernie Mac. And he is basically the best. And Sally. Remember the time you did that thing?
WAYNE HOPKINS / a normal guy who wants to stand out and have others think he is special Question. Hypothetical. What if I don’t have enough of a personality for the magic talking hat to sort me? Like...how much authority does this hat really have? Never mind. This place is crazy huh? I never thought I’d go to school in a castle. Pretty cool. I’ve never really liked school. People were mean. To me. I’m talking too much. You probably have all your own nervous thoughts going on ... can I tell you something? I think I might be ... special? I watch a lot of movies and read lots of books, and it’s like; a normal boy finds out he actually has amazing abilities and is swept away to a new, magical world? Does that sound familiar? Because that is now my ACTUAL life. And THAT kid, through some incredible circumstances always becomes like the most important person. Like in the whole world. A sort of ... Chosen One. AHH! Magic is real, and this orphaned boy wizard is ready for seven years of amazing adventures!
MISTER VOLDY / is the embodiment of evil So. Since we’re on the verge of our victory to be remembered for all dark ages to come, pats on the back by the way, I’ve been working on some fun one liners to say when we vanquish our great teenage enemy, Potter. Maybe I can try some out, so you can see how fun thy are - eh hem. “Boy who lived? How about the boy who’s dead now? HA!” “Nice second scar - the one that’s on your whole body - since I killed you.” “Mother’s love your way out of that!” Or my favorite - “Loser says Avada what -” he says, “What” - “KEDABRA!” - then he dies. What? The megaphone is still on? Really? Oh my. I am just having a day, aren’t I? YAH! Harry!
CEDRIC / a very popular kid, a bit of a rockstar in the Puff house, but not the sharpest tool in the shed And my name…is Cedric. Thanks. Now gather round. Don’t be shy. Welcome to the Puffs! Just a few things to get you acquainted to the school. First, the stars move. Don’t freak out. Just breathe. Second…the Puffs don’t exactly have the best reputation here. People will make jokes about you. Or throw food at you. Or they might curse you. In fact, here is a list of curses you can expect to be hit by at some point in the next week. But none of that matters. Because really, we’re a bunch of nice, fun, happy people. Also, badgers. Badgers are great!
PART TWO (Everyone will present these character snippets)
Most actors in Puffs will pay several roles, so we are looking for actors who have the ability to quickly switch form one comedic character role to another. You will present these four character snippets in quick succession. They do not have to be memorized. Bold vocal and physical choices are encouraged.
XAVIA JONES (evil, crazy, dangerous) - I want you to hurt them. Torture them. Kill them, maybe? Prove to me that you are my daughter.
MYRTLE (quirky, unpredictable, odd ghost with a very distinctive voice) - Goodbye, Cedric. Think of me every time you see a toilet. Waaaaahhhhhhhhh!
A CERTAIN POTIONS TEACHER (slimy, sinister, mean, demanding) - You are the most dunderheaded students I have ever seen sit in my class. If you manage to succeed in my course this year, I will eat a shoe. Ten points from the Puffs.
UNCLE DAVE (Distant, goofy, not ready for parenthood) Oh my Gawd! I forgot to tell you. Yer a Wizard, Wayne! …Also, wizards exist! … and you are one. Just like your British parents. Oh right! Yer parents were British! Wow. We gotta talk more. Come on, I’ll drive ya to the airport!
CHARACTERS TO BE CAST:
WAYNE HOPKINS The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and video games, knows nothing about magic or thie weird magic world he is now a part of. Best friends with Oliver and Megan.
OLIVER RIVERS One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn’t the top of his class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than any algebra class could ever promise. Real comic chops, incredibly appealing, youthful.
MEGAN JONES One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother’s reputation: a dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Over time, her tough veneer begins to soften, as a budding romance with Oliver becomes apparent. Defiant and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that her adamance of being completely unique and independent really stems from her desire to be loved and accepted.
NARRATOR The narrator of the story. She/he guides us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British accent. Must be a great storyteller, as she/he must keep the audience engaged and updated on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy skills a must, improv background is a plus.
ERNIE MAC and A VERY TALL MAN / SEAMUS / A CERTAIN POTIONS TEACHER / PROFESSOR TURBAN / GHOST HISTORY TEACH / PROFESSOR LOCKY / MR. NICK / SAL / SECOND HEADMASTER / REAL MR. MOODY Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure he’s the best. Male Teachers: Potions Teacher/ Locky/ Professor Turban/ Mr. Moody. All impressions. Strong comedic ability.
HANNAH and FIRST HEADMASTER / PROFESSOR McG / PROFESSOR SPROUTTY / XAVIA JONES / PROFESSOR LANNY / RUNES TEACH / MS. BABBLE Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kinds of different personalities.
J. FINCH FLETCHLEY (male) and UNCLE DAVE / GOYLE / A FAT FRIAR / CLUMSY LONGBOTTOM / HERMEOONE #3 / VIKTOR / MR. BAGMAN / ZACH SMITH Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger.
LEANNE and GINNY / HELGA / FRENCHY A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs.
SALLY PERKS and HERMEOONE / BLONDO MALFOY / ROWENA / RITA SCOOTER / BIPPY Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student’s attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying.
SUSIE BONES and HARRY / COLIN / HERMEOONE #2 / RIC GRYFF / MYRTLE Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.” Constantly in fear of her or her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets into a few wacky situations, but it’s nothing the bonds of friendship can’t overcome.
CEDRIC and MR. VOLDY An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II. Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone’s favorite, but still loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil. Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror.
DEATH BUDDIES to be played by all.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NTP will be following CDC and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) guidance for performers and crew. We will implement a frequent screening process which includes CDC and MDH recommended self-check questions.
As updated guidance is released from the State and County Health departments this guidance may be modified. We appreciate your flexibility as we seek to audition, rehearse and perform safely.
This is my first audition, any advice?
It's easy (and very normal) to become nervous about auditioning, especially if it's your first time. Relax! You're going to be great. The most important thing is to just have fun ... that's why we're all here, right?!
What should I prepare?
Most of our auditions will include cold reading from the script. There will be select scenes from the play that the director may ask you to read from. You will be given time to look over them before you step into the limelight! Musicals require a prepared song (usually about 16 bars). Special requirements will be posted in the audition notice.
Should I come both days?
Most of our shows will have two days of regular auditions. You only need to come for one day. We hold two rounds of auditions with the hope that at least one of the days will work with everyone's schedule. If it does not, use the audition line to contact the director and make other arrangements.
What should I wear?
Always wear comfortable clothing that you can move well in, and please wear closed-toe shoes. Special requirements for dance will be noted in the audition notice.
I was cast in the show. Now What?
Congratulations! Being in a show is one of the most fun and rewarding things to do, we hope you have a blast. Make sure you check your email often, we will be in touch soon with rehearsal and performance schedules. If your email address changes, let us know immediately.
I wasn't cast this time. Now what?
Auditioning for any show is always a great experience, regardless of whether you make it or not! Keep up the good work. If you are still looking for ways to get involved, check out the show pages, there are volunteer opportunities posted and opportunities to help out in the front of house.
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