Colonial Park / Mischief

Colonial Park by Shauntay Grant 

Mischief by Lisa Nasson

Both productions will be presented in tandem and directed by Lisa Nasson 

 

Submission Deadline: December 7th, 2022

Audition Date(s): December 20th, 2022 / possible callbacks on December 21st, 2022

Rehearsals: February 13th to 23rd, 2023 

Touring: February 24th to March 12th, 2023 (with possible extension to March 19th, 2023

 

There are two ways to submit: 

  1. Submit through Neptune Theatre’s Submission Portal by using your existing profile or by creating one by uploading a resume and headshot. Link to Submission Portal: https://www.neptunetheatre.com/neptune/submission-portal
  1. Submit a resume and headshot in PDF format by email to: tour@neptunetheatre.com. Please remember to label your document file name with your first and last name, the play title, and include which character(s) you would like to be considered for in the body of the email.

 

We recognize that not everyone will have what could be considered to be a professional headshot photo or resume. Please do not let this be a barrier to your application. A clear photo of your face will do and if you are not confident with your resume, a short paragraph of your work as an artist and why you want to be a part of these shows will be acceptable. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us at tour@neptunetheatre.com.

Neptune Theatre is seeking four (4) actors for a TYA show traveling to schools and community centres throughout Nova Scotia, with a focus in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The rehearsal schedule has been truncated to reflect show run time.

 

Material:

Artists selected to audition will be asked to prepare sides from the show. Sides will be sent after the submission deadline. A reader will be present for the auditions. 

 

In attendance at the audition:

Lisa Nasson (Director for “Colonial Park” & “Mischief” / Playwright for “Mischief'')

Shauntay Grant (Playwright for “Colonial Park”)

Rebecca Wolfe (Director for “Birds of a Feather”)

Laura Caswell (Director of Education at Neptune Theatre)

Reader TBD.

 

Show Description(s): 

These two short plays will be presented in tandem as one 45 minute production. 

Colonial Park, by Shauntay Grant:

Set in January 2018, two youths watch the removal of the controversial statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. In recent years, Cornwallis' legacy as founder of the City of Halifax has been overshadowed by his infamous 1749 scalping proclamation. The play tells the story of two young people engaged in conversation around Cornwallis, colonialism, and the fall of colonist statues around the world.

Mischief, by Lisa Nasson:

Brooke, a strong Mi’kmaw woman in Halifax, is held in an interrogation room after taking a

chainsaw to the head of the statue of Edward Cornwallis. As she sits with a police officer

who she names ‘Miss’, she dreams of a better world for her people. Brooke’s brave actions

are put up against the law of society, and we see the two opposing women attempt to come to an understanding. A story filled with fantasy, memory and wit, Lisa Nasson’s play shows us how heart is more powerful than rules. 

One presentation, two incredible stories.

 

Available Roles:

Afam: Afam is a 21 year old Black male. He is a 3rd year undergraduate student. He arrives at Cornwallis Park and comes across Alex. He is insightful, passionate, and strives to keep people accountable. 

Alex: Alex is a 20 year old white male. He is a 2nd year undergraduate student majoring in Journalism and writer for the student paper “The Voice”. Alex is sitting at Cornwallis Park in anticipation of the Cornwallis statue being removed. He is detail-oriented and thorough, but perhaps takes himself too seriously. 

Brooke Stevens: Brooke is a 24 year old Mi’kmaw woman, originally from Millbrook First Nation. On the outside, she appears to be an activist, but it’s her blood, ancestors, and community that lead her to create change. She is quick-witted, energetic, determined, and lives without fear.

Miss: Miss is a 27 year old white police officer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is very structured, judgemental, and professional in her work. She is ignorant to the culture of Mi’kmaq people,

and at times, oppresses them. She holds herself without understanding the Mi’kmaq way of life, and we see that she needs to begin her journey of education.

Actors cast in “Colonial Park” and “Mischief”, will perform in both stories. 

 

Neptune Theatre wishes to engage with our local Indigenous and Black communities in casting the characters Brooke and Afam. In addition to accepting submissions from established artists, we believe in seeking people who desire to perform and have not yet had the chance. Director and Playwright, Lisa Nasson, will workshop and mentor prior to rehearsals, and walk-through these stories together. We strive to make the audition process as comfortable as possible, without any pressure to “get the part”. We want to get to know you as an artist, as we discover the characters’ voices together.

Equity and Non-Equity actors are eligible to apply. Artists will be engaged under a TYA contract. Preference will be given actors living in Atlantic Canada. 


Birds of a Feather

By Robert Watson 

 

Submission Deadline: December 7th, 2022

Audition Date(s): December 20th, 2022 / possible callbacks on December 21st, 2022

Rehearsals: March 19th to March 29th, 2023

Touring: March 30th to May 19th, 2023 (tentative end date)

 

There are two ways to submit: 

  1. Submit through Neptune Theatre’s Submission Portal by using your existing profile or by creating one by uploading a resume and headshot. Link to Submission Portal: https://www.neptunetheatre.com/neptune/submission-portal
  1. Submit a resume and headshot in PDF format by email to: tour@neptunetheatre.com Please remember to label your document file name with your first and last name before submitting.

 

We recognize that not everyone will have what could be considered to be a professional headshot photo or resume. Please do not let this be a barrier to your application. A clear photo of your face will do and if you are not confident with your resume, a short paragraph of your work as an artist and why you want to be a part of these shows will be acceptable. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us at tour@neptunetheatre.com.

Neptune Theatre is seeking two (2) actors for a TYA show travelling to schools and community centres throughout the maritime provinces, with a focus on touring in Nova Scotia. The rehearsal schedule has been truncated to reflect show run time. 

 

Material:

Artists selected to audition will be asked to prepare sides from the show. Sides will be sent after the submission deadline. A reader will be present for the auditions. 

 

In attendance at the audition:

Rebecca Wolfe (Director for “Birds of a Feather”) 

Laura Caswell (Director of Education at Neptune Theatre) 

Lisa Nasson (Director for “Mischief” and “Colonial Park” / Playwright for Mischief)

Shauntay Grant (Playwright for Colonial Park)

Reader TBD.

 

There are two ways to submit: 

  1. Submit through Neptune Theatre’s Submission Portal by using your existing profile or by creating one by uploading a resume and headshot. 

Link to Submission Portal: https://www.neptunetheatre.com/neptune/submission-portal

  1. Submit a resume and headshot in PDF format by email to: tour@neptunetheatre.com

Please remember to label your document file name with your first and last name, the play title, and include which character(s) you would like to be considered for in the body of the email.

 

Show Description:

While on vacation with her grandma in Hawaii, junior birdwatcher Sarah befriends Violet who introduces her to the world of the Laysan albatross, a native species of bird that has a different kind of family from many others. The girls create a story about Makani and Kainoa, two albatross who are working together to hatch an egg. Through their exploration they learn about compromise, believing in yourself, and that family in all its varieties is made up of the people who love you. The birds rejoice when their egg finally hatches and the play concludes with Sarah feeling secure in the knowledge that her family is the perfect one for her.

 

Available Roles:

Sarah: A sweet girl, a little self conscious and eager to make a new friend and play pretend.  Sarah is jealous of people with traditional families, but loves her Mother and Grandma a lot. 

Violet/Grandma: Bold and enthusiastic, she is quick to make a friend. She is supportive, encouraging and a leader.  She has two Dads and a big imagination.

Both characters play pretend as birds in the show. Comfort with or experience in physical theatre is an asset. Please highlight any applicable skills in your submission. Experience working with children or TYA is also an asset. 

 

Equity and Non-Equity actors are eligible to apply. Artists will be engaged under a TYA contract. Preference will be given actors living in Atlantic Canada.


Casting statement:

Neptune Theatre is committed to fostering an environment of equity and diversity, and factor this into every casting decision we make. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities and identities, and will give scheduling priority to those who self-identify as IBPOC, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, living with disabilities, and/or facing other systemic challenges in our industry. All artists are invited to remove measurements and physical features from the resume.

Applying artists should be aware that Neptune does not tolerate any form of harassment of its employees, clients, volunteers, or any persons visiting or spending time on its premises.

 

Neptune Theatre is located on sacred land that has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

As artists, we are grateful to work and build community here. As stewards of culture, we are in the process of learning more about how our company can improve our relations with Indigenous People and uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that we do. 

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