Monday, August 11, 2008



Quick Note - the Turnout Sunday was tremendous - however, we still need high school age boys (approximately 14 years of age). If you know of anyone please encourage them to come by and audition this evening.

WHAT: Auditions for the upcoming production of "Little Women" by Children's Theatre of Knoxville

WHEN: Sunday, August 10 from 3 PM to 5 PM and Monday, August 11 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, 100 S. Gay Street (1 block south of Regas Restaurant and 1 block north of Summitt Hill Drive.

WHO SHOULD COME? Beginning or veteran actors between the ages of 7 and 80 are invited to audition! That's right, there are roles for a wide variety of ages in this play. We will be casting up to 8 girls, ages 7 to 17; up to three boys, ages 12 to 17; and up to five adults, from early adulthood to senior citizens.

WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE? You may prepare a very short 1-minute monologue to perform, if you wish. A monolgue is a series of lines from a play or dramatic scenario spoken by one actor. You may take a monologue from a play you own, or choose a series of lines spoken by one character in a play, and run them together to form a monologue. You should also bring your calendar with you, because you will be asked to list any conflicts you will have with a proposed rehearsal and performance schedule, which will be given to you during the audition.

DO I HAVE TO PREPARE A MONOLOGUE? WILL IT GIVE ME A BETTER SHOT AT A ROLE? You do not have to prepare a monologue. Some very good actors have common reading disorders, such as dyslexia, and a prepared monolgue allows the actor to concentrate on emotion and expression better than a script reading. Other actors just seem to express themselves more naturally during a prepared monologue. Still others excel at reading from the script. Every auditionee will be given a fair chance at being in the play, whether he/she performs a monolgue or not.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? Auditionees will be asked to perform his/her monologue, if he/she has prepared one. Everyone will be asked to read an excerpt from at least one scene in the play. You will also be asked to fill out a short audition form, which asks auditionees about potential conflicts with the rehearsal and performance process, as well as about any relevant special needs you or your family may have. It is an easy and fun process; arrive in the mindset to be as expressive as you can be! You will not know if you are cast at the end of the audition. We want to see everyone and give it some careful thought before casting the play. A cast list will be sent via e-mail to everyone who auditioned. Those who have been cast in the play will then receive further instructions.

WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND EITHER AUDITION DATE? We will see a very limited number of appointments after the auditions, if you cannot attend either date. Contact Zack Allen at to schedule an appointment. There will be a couple of times and dates to select from. No other auditions will be scheduled outside these makeup appojntments, and we will see no more than 6 actors in outside appointments, on a first-contacted, first-scheduled basis. WHAT IS THIS PLAY ABOUT? "Little Women" is a play, based on a much-loved book by Louisa May Alcott. It tells the story of the March family, especially the four March duaghters: Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy. The play deals with the period in the family's lives, when Mr. March has left to work as a chaplain in the American Civil War. The family must pull together, even as the daughters are struggling to find their own individual identities, during this period of wartime and personal sacrifice. The book was made into a feature film about ten years ago, starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? There will be approximately 26 reherasals for the play. Rehearsals generally take place from 7 PM to 9 PM, Mondays through Thursdays, and from 2 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoons. The play will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for three weekends in late September or early October. The schedule will be finalized when the direcor has a chance to look at the auditionees' conflicts. A conflict with a rehearsal can often be worked around by the director, but in order to be considered for a role, the actor must be available for all performances. WHAT IS CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF KNOXVILLE? Children's Theatre of Knoxville is a new TN nonprofit corporation, formed in October 2007. CTK was founded by Jenny Ballard, who serves as the group's Artistic Director, and Zack Allen, who serves as Executive Director. Together, they have over 40 years of experience in teaching creative dramatics and creating theatrical productions, and both have worked closely with Clarence Brown Theatre, The Actors Co-Op, Tennessee Stage Company, and Theatre Knoxville. Since February, CTK has produced three shows; and over 1,000 people have seen these productions. Our last show, "Treasure Island USA," played to sold-out houses for every performance! "Little Women" will formally kick off our first full season of programming, which will include 5 full-scale productions and dozens of acting classes and workshops for young actors.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS! WHERE DO I FIND ANSWERS? Contact Zack Allen or Jenny Ballard at . Or call us at 865-599-5284.

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