Casting Call for The Diary of Anne Frank
Performances Sept. 28-Oct. 7
Directed by Kathy Eunice
Needed for the cast: 5M, 5F
Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. on stage
Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. on stage
Call backs on Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m., if needed.
**Use the side door entrance next to the small parking lot to enter the theatre.
Those auditioning will be asked to perform cold-readings from the script. There will be time to prep the scenes beforehand. Don't worry about using accents. Those we will learn to do together at rehearsals.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. with a read-through of the entire script. Rehearsal schedule and copies of the script will be made available that evening.
Most rehearsals will be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. Time and days may be negotiated later, depending on the availability of the cast. Later in September, weekends will be utilized for rehearsals and set construction. This is a community theatre, so we use a team effort approach to prepare the production for public performances.
If you are cast in the show, you will be asked to please clear your calendar for ALL rehearsals. This show requires much work on stage timing, so the actors need to be portraying their roles on stage regularly.
Main Characters on stage throughout play as the occupants of the secret annexe:
Otto Frank - Anne's father, gentle, cultured European in his middle years; trace of German accent in his speech; patient and lenient; he is the mediator; he needs nothing for himself; always thinks of others before himself; likes to read Charles Dickens; always the optimist
Edith Frank - gentle bred mother; reserved, but likes things done her way; younger than Mr. Frank; slight German accent; always instructing; calm and cool personality; unruffled with the others; closer to Margot than Anne; pessimist
Margot Frank - sixteen years old; beautiful, quiet, shy; very good student; dutiful young woman; passive; allows others to talk around her without making any comment
Anne Frank - thirteen years old (15 yrs when they are found); quick in her movements; interested in everything; unpredictable in her emotions; good student - loves reading, writing and history, dislikes math; loves her family, but fights and argues with her mother constantly (says her mother is, "untidy, sarcastic, and lacks sweetness")
Mr. Van Daan - portly man in his late forties; smokes cigarettes; Mr. Frank's business partner (spice and herbs imports), because he has a nose for spices; talkative; opinionated; likes food; enjoys a good argument; wears expensive well-cut clothes
Mrs. Van Daan - pretty woman in her early forties; German and trying to learn Dutch, but doesn't make much of an effort; very possessive of the fur coat her father gave her; likes being rich and the things money has afforded her to own; always protective of her belongings and what portions of food she gets to put on her plate; moody and argues often with her husband; Anne describes her as, "very pushing, selfish, cunning, calculating and never content; she is vain and flirtatious with the other men; likes to stir up trouble."
Peter Van Daan - shy, awkward boy of sixteen; has a pet cat (Mouschi); dislikes schoolwork; prefers peace and quiet; doesn't like to draw much attention to himself; reserved and distant; does not have a very good relationship with his parents; Anne says he is, " lazy, spoiled, and a hypochondriac." Later in February 1944, he and Anne start to fall in love with each other.
Mr. Dussel - comes to stay in the annexe "for a few days until other arrangements can be made" about four months after the others have been there; a local dentist in his fifties; meticulous and finicky; bewildered and lost without his wife (who was luckily out of the country and safe when the war started); quiet man; doesn't like change in his routine; Anne describes him as,"stodgy, old-fashioned disciplinarian, dull, small-minded, and a preacher of long, drawn-out sermons on manners." She refers to him as "His Lordship"; he is self-centered and an egotist
Those Dutch friends who come and go throughout, helping the hideaways:
Miep Gies - Dutch Christian girl about nineteen - twenty-two; stenographer and secretary in Mr. Frank's business; helps bring food, medicine, news and supplies; she holds the business together and going the best she can under very strenuous situations; she is courageous, compassionate and very protective of her attitude toward Mr. Frank (who she loves and respects)
Mr. Kraler - an older Dutchman; dependable and kind, wears a hearing-aid; brings food and supplies; visits with news of the war and the business; he helps run Mr. Frank's business; has stomach problems later in the story due to all the stress of the war
Show Dates: February 22 - March 3, 2019
Directed by Kathy Eunice & Mike Ensign
Casting Call Nov. 26 - December 1
Needed for the cast:
* adults/teens male & female various ages, for leading and supporting roles
* girls (ages 6 - 13 yrs) for Annie, the Orphans, and a few other ensemble roles
* boys (ages 6-13 yrs) are welcome to audition for ensemble roles
* Doors open at 6:00 pm to start completing paperwork and audition procedures.
* We will start on stage at 6:30 pm with checking vocal ranges and then proceed with the auditions afterwards.
Cold readings from the script may be utilized for those auditioning for the leading roles.
Singing audition expectations:
1.) Please prepare TWO (approx. 1 minute) song selections to highlight the best qualities of your singing and vocal abilities. Please don't try to sing an entire aria or ballad!
2.) Song selections should be something entertaining, fun, and upbeat from any genre and era of music. Please do not plan to sing anything from ANNIE!
3.) We like you to just stand up there on stage and sing. We will be video recording for our brains to remember you better when it comes time for casting purposes.
4.) We do not provide accompaniment for you. If you would like to accompany yourself with an instrument, that's great. We will have a piano on stage available for you to use, as well. No recordings or vocal trax allowed.
Remember, doors open at 6:00pm to complete paperwork and auditions start at 6:30 pm. It will take approx 2-2.5 hours to finish. Eat before you come, or bring your dinner to eat out in the lobby. Bring your homework, if you need to work on it until you're called.
Mon., Nov. 26 -- adult men and women interested in leading and supporting roles
Tues., Nov. 27 -- just girls please for Annie and supporting orphan girls; If you want to play Annie, show up tonight!
Thurs., Nov. 29 -- open call for all roles any age; anyone who auditioned previously may come back for script reading on stage; no additional singing audition required
**Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. CALL BACKS (by invitation only by the directors)
Rehearsals will begin on Mon., Dec. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.