Auditions: Pride and Prejudice
Raleigh Little Theatre is seeking performers for its upcoming production of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen. This show will be presented in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.
For the safety of volunteers, staff, and students, all performers and crew members for the production of Pride and Prejudice must show proof of vaccination in order to participate. Other safety measures include: a mask requirement inside the building, a fully vaccinated staff, and an ongoing commitment to reduced class, crew, and audience sizes. RLT remains committed to prioritizing the health and safety of everyone who is working inside our facility and our community. You will be required to show proof of vaccination at the auditions. Special exemptions can be made for anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.
About the Show
This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools…than the high-stakes game of love?
Auditions: Monday, November 8, 2021 and Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 7pm in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (at the intersection of Pogue & Everett St) on the RLT Campus. Actors only need to attend one of the nights to audition.
Callbacks: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 7pm in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin TBD
Tech rehearsals: January 5, 2022 – February 3, 2022
Performances: February 4, 2022 – February 20, 2022
About the Roles
Raleigh Little Theatre encourages actors of any ethnicity, identity, ability, etc. to audition for any role. If the script requires strict adherence to any characteristic(s), those will be listed in the character description. For this production, performers must be 18+.
If you need any specific accommodations to audition, please contact Artistic Director, Patrick Torres, to make your request. Examples of accommodations made in the past are: wheelchair accessible audition space, large print materials, prompters in the audition room, volunteers to help fill out forms, and auditions by appointment. Any choreography for the audition and the production will be designed to include actors of all abilities.
The cast will be made up of 8 actors who will play multiple roles. The final doubling of character may change from what is indicated below.
Roles for Female Presenting Performers
JANE (presents late 20s – early 30s). The eldest Bennet daughter. Kind, idealistic, different. Always tries to do the right thing.
MISS DE BOURGH. Lady Catherine’s daughter; a gremlin. Probably allergic to the sun. Underneath all her veils, she may be covered in scales.
LIZZY. A year or two younger than Jane. Clever, spirited; can be sharp-tongued. Gets flustered, which makes her klutzy. Prides herself on good judgment. Very, very scared of marriage, after absorbing the lessons of her parents’ marriage.
LYDIA (presents as a Teen). The youngest Bennet. Lively, prone to imitating others’ behavior and eavesdropping.
LADY CATHERINE. Patrician Caesar – meets – drill sergeant.
Roles for Male Presenting Performers
DARCY (presents late 30s – 40s). One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self-control and good judgment.
COLLINS. A pedantic, obtuse man. The original mansplainer. Rector to Lady Catherine.
WICKHAM. A charming gentleman. Probably a sociopath. Raised with Darcy.
MISS BINGLEY. A very rich young woman. Fancies herself witty. (May be played by a female presenting or male presenting performer, depending on the doubling.)
Roles for Male or Female Presenting Performers
BINGLEY (presents late 30s – 40s). Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular friend. Almost literally a dog.
MARY. The third Bennet girl. Violent and dark undertones; prone to pedanticism and sulking. A dark goth Bronte character trapped in an Austen world. Coughs to get attention, or to make a point; may fancy that she is dying.
CHARLOTTE LUCAS. Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of humor. May be doubled with Mr. Bennet.
BENNET. The patriarch of the Bennet family. Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life. Can be somewhat apathetic; probably a bit depressed, under everything. Enjoys antagonizing. Disappointed in marriage.
MRS. BENNET. The matriarch of the Bennet family. Mostly a silly woman, of mean understanding and variable temper. Hypochondriac; when she’s upset, she fancies she’s dying. The business of her life is to get her daughters married. She traumatizes her family with some regularity.
SERVANTS (all servants with lines in this production happen to be male presenting).
About the Production Team
Director: Jeri Lynn Schulke
Scenic Designer: Derrek Ivey
Lighting Designer: Elizabeth Droessler
Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
Stage Manager: David Wilk
About the Auditions
Please prepare one very short comic monologue (45 seconds – 1 minute).
Short scenes will also be read. Please select one scene in which you cast yourself in a role for which you wouldn’t normally be cast. For example, if you are female presenting, choose a scene to read either Mr. Bennett, Darcy or Wickham, and so forth. Scenes will be made available by clicking links below. A reader will be at auditions.
In addition to preparing your monologue and short scene, please make sure to do the following before attending auditions:
- Sign up for an audition slot by registering here!
- Fill out this RLT audition form and bring it with you (copies will also be available at the theatre)
- Conflict calendar – please list every weeknight or weekend day that you have a conflict.
- Bring your proof of vaccination! This can be your original vaccination card, a picture of it on your phone, or you can show proof through a vaccine passport app.