Auditions for Flora and Ulysses

By John Glore Based on the Novel by Kate DiCamillo

Performances February 1- 17, 2019 Directed by Jen Ryle

Auditions 6:30 pm- Monday November 5th and Tuesday November 6th at Olympia Family Theater
Auditions are for adults and youth 16 and up. Rehearsals will begin in late December- January

Please arrive on time
Dress safely and comfortably for movement and action
Prepared monologues are not required, we will read scenes from the play
Bring a resume, if you have one
Bring your calendar to let us know about schedule conflicts during rehearsal/production period
Unavailable on our audition dates? Contact us and we’ll do our best to schedule something else
All roles are open, we do not pre-cast
Everyone is welcome
OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds

Casting info: 7-12 actors needed including at least one puppeteer

Characters- 
Flora a ten-year-old girl
Tootie Tickham her neighbor
Donald Tickham Tootie’s husband (an off-stage voice)
Ulysses a squirrel (a puppet whose thoughts are voiced by the puppeteer)
Phyllis Buckman Flora’s mother
George Buckman Flora’s father
William Spiver an eleven-year-old boy
Dr. Meescham an elderly woman
Rita the waitress at Do-Nut World
Ernie the cook at Do-Nut World Mr.
Klaus a cat (puppet)
Alfred T. Slipper a.k.a. The Amazing Incandesto (looks a lot like George Buckman)

Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn a superhero. Indeed, this once average squirrel can suddenly understand Flora, fly, and even write poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. For fans of Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses is a happy marriage between the warmth and wackiness of Mercy Watson and the gentle life lessons of Edward Tulane. Ten-year-old Flora is a girl worth knowing, and one you won’t soon forget.

Produced with permission from Plays for Young Audiences

AUDITIONS FOR THE HUNDRED DRESSES 

By Mary Hall Surface Adapted from the book by Eleanor Estes

Performances March 15- 31, 2019 Directed by Samantha Chandler

Auditions Thursday Nov. 15th 7:00 pm and Saturday Nov. 17th at 10:00 am at Olympia Family Theater

Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl from an immigrant family who was picked on by other kids. The author, Eleanor Estes, never forgot this little girl from her own childhood and the book was inspired by her.

7 roles for youth (12 and up may audition for this show)
5 roles for adults

Rehearsals will begin in February 2019.

Please arrive on time
Dress safely and comfortably for movement and action
Prepared monologues are not required, we will read scenes from the play
Bring a resume, if you have one
Bring your calendar to let us know about schedule conflicts during rehearsal/production period
Unavailable on our audition dates? Contact us and we’ll do our best to schedule something else
All roles are open, we do not pre-cast
Everyone is welcome
OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds

Character breakdown- some are listed by ages, these are what actors can play, not actual age of actors. Wanda Petronski: 10 – 11 years old, shy, soft-spoken child of a Polish immigrant. Peggy Thomas: 10 – 11 years old, attractive, most popular girl in school. Very verbal, powerful. Madeline Reeves: 10 – 11 years old, imaginative. Playful. Peggy’s best friend. Cecile Allen: 10 – 11 years old, well-dressed, well-spoken, but on the giggly side. Jack Beggles: 10 – 11 years old, fun, smart, motor-boat designer whiz. Dreams big. Willie Bounce: 10 – 11 years old, a boaster, full of adventure and dares. Miss Mason: any age. the classroom teacher. Compassionate, clearspoken. Shelly Reeves: 40ish. Madeline’s Mom. Kind, industrious in the face of hard times. Mr. Petronski: 40ish. Wanda’s father, a Polish Immigrant, speaks broken English. Hard worker, supports his children. Jacob Petronski: 13 – 14 years old. Wanda’s brother. More hardened to life. Mr. Svenson: 50s/60s. Lives alone on Boggins Heights. Reclusive. Lonely.

 

 

Questions? Contact OFT’s Artistic Director Jen Ryle. Call: 360-570-1638 or Email: jenryle@olyft.org

2018-19 General Audition Info 

Olympia Family Theater produces a main stage season of 5 shows including at least 1 musical.  We produce “theater for young audiences” or TYA.  Our main stage season is made up of local community adults who are volunteers and perform for our all ages family audiences.  Everyone is welcome. OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds- no matter the role or show. Youth age 16 and up are encouraged to audition for all shows. Open Auditions will be announced as they are scheduled for our main stage season.  Rehearsals for the main stage shows are generally weekday evenings for 4-6 weeks depending upon the production.

OFT is a small non-profit organization, the participation of the creative people of this community is essential to the success of the organization’s mission and vision. Come out and audition or sign up to volunteer- we can’t do this without you! 

ADULTS

New to town and interested in auditioning in the future?  Please join our mailing list AND send your resume and a head shot to OFT’s Artistic Director: jenryle@olyft.org.

  • As they are scheduled, open auditions will be announced on this page, to our mailing list, on Facebook, and on the “Olympia Actors League” Facebook page
  • There are no Olympia Actors League general auditions this season. But, you can join their Facebook group to hear about up to the minute auditions at our company and many more in our area
  • We have an anti- harassment policy, as well as a conduct with minors policy in place and OFT requires a background check on all staff, teachers, cast, crew, and volunteers

General Audition Tips:

  • Please arrive on time
  • Dress safely and comfortably for movement and action
  • Prepared monologues are not needed
  • Bring a resume, if you have one
  • Bring your calendar to let us know about schedule conflicts during rehearsal/production period
  • Unavailable on our audition dates? Contact us and we’ll do our best to schedule something else
  • All roles are open, we do not pre-cast.
  • Everyone is welcome. OFT values inclusion and supports casting of all genders and ethnic backgrounds.

CHILDREN

  • At least ONE of our main stage shows every year is multi-generational and has some roles for children, with children playing child roles alongside adults playing adult roles. This season, Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol calls for two teens/young adults (looking for act0rs 16 and up) The Hundred Dresses will have select roles for young people (for this play we’re looking for actors age 12 and up)
  •  OFT has many educational programs where kids (age 5 and up) can sign up and all the students participate in the creative process of putting on a play.  Make sure you are on our mailing list to hear about all of our auditions and our educational offerings

OFT’S 13TH MAINSTAGE SEASON
(2018-19)

CORDUROY

  • Story by Don Freeman
  • Adapted for the Stage by Barry Kornhauser
  • Directed by Jon Tallman
  • September 28- October 21, 2018
  • Presented by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action!

TALES TOLD IN TEN

November 3- 4, 2018

This is our annual original 10 minute play festival. If you are interested in participating as an actor, writer, director, technician, or volunteer, please contact Jen Ryle, jenryle@olyft.org. Writers receive prompt on Nov. 2nd and directors/technicians/actors rehearse on Nov. 3rd and we perform for the public on the 3rd and 4th!

TINY TIM’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  • Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
  • Directed by Michael Christopher
  • November 30- December 23, 2018
  • Produced by special permission from Samuel French

Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas day even if it means teaching Ebeneezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer! Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, Tony award winner Ken Ludwig writes a heartwarming Christmas tale full of family fun!

Ensemble Cast 6-8 actors

FLORA & ULYSSES

  • By John Glore
  • Based on the Novel by Kate DiCamillo
  • February 1- 17, 2019
  • Directed by Jen Ryle
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn a superhero. Indeed, this once average squirrel can suddenly understand Flora, fly, and even write poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. For fans of Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses is a happy marriage between the warmth and wackiness of Mercy Watson and the gentle life lessons of Edward Tulane. Ten-year-old Flora is a girl worth knowing, and one you won’t soon forget.

Casting info: 7-12 actors needed including at least one puppeteer

Flora a ten-year-old girl
Tootie Tickham her neighbor
Donald Tickham Tootie’s husband
an off-stage voice Ulysses a squirrel (a puppet whose thoughts are voiced by the puppeteer)
Phyllis Buckman Flora’s mother
George Buckman Flora’s father
William Spiver an eleven-year-old boy, towheaded and small for his age
Dr. Meescham an elderly woman
Rita the waitress at Do-Nut World
Ernie the cook at Do-Nut World
Mr. Klaus a cat (puppet)
Alfred T. Slipper a.k.a. The Amazing Incandesto; looks a lot like George Buckman Doubling (using cast of seven, total)
Rita doubles with Tootie Tickham (or with Dr. Meescham)
George Buckman doubles with Alfred T. Slipper (The Amazing Incandesto)
Donald doubles with Ernie and Mr. Klaus (or possibly Dr. Meescham) – might also double with William Spiver Other options: George could play Donald; may not need an actor for Mr. Klaus

THE HUNDRED DRESSES

  • By Mary Hall Surface
  • Adapted from the book by Eleanor Estes
  • Directed by Samantha Chandler
  • March 15- 31, 2019
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl author Eleanor Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids.

Wanda Petronski just wants to join the fun of having friends like everyone else. But in 1930’s small town America, a Polish immigrant doesn’t easily fit in. When Maddie’s best friend Peggy starts to tease Wanda, Maddie knows it isn’t right. When the teasing doesn’t stop and the Petronskis move to get away from the town’s prejudices, Maddie is wracked with guilt. She soon realized that allowing her friend to be a bully can be just as bad as acting that way herself. Determined not to let her fear get the best of her again, Maddie braves the scorn of her classmates and stands up to them, making an unlikely friend in the process.

Characters:
Wanda Petronski: 10 – 11 years old, shy, soft-spoken child of a Polish immigrant.
Peggy Thomas: 10 – 11 years old, attractive, most popular girl in school. Very verbal, powerful.
Madeline Reeves: 10 – 11 years old, imaginative. Playful. Peggy’s best friend.
Cecile Allen: 10 – 11 years old, well-dressed, well-spoken, but on the giggly side.
Jack Beggles: 10 – 11 years old, fun, smart, motor-boat designer whiz. Dreams big.
Willie Bounce: 10 – 11 years old, a boaster, full of adventure and dares.
Miss Mason: 30s/40s. the classroom teacher. Compassionate, clearspoken.
Shelly Reeves: 40ish. Madeline’s Mom. Kind, industrious in the face of hard times.
Mr. Petronski: 40ish. Wanda’s father, a Polish Immigrant, speaks broken English. Hard worker, supports his children.
Jacob Petronski: 13 – 14 years old. Wanda’s brother. More hardened to life.
Mr. Svenson: 50s/60s. Lives alone on Boggins Heights. Reclusive. Lonely.

5 adult roles and at least 7 roles for youth (age 12 and up)

GO, DOG. GO!

  • Story by P. D. Eastman
  • Adaptation by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory
  • Music by Michael Koerner
  • Directed by Deane Shellman
  • Musically Directed by TBA
  • May 10- June 2, 2019
  • Produced by special permission from Plays for Young Audiences

P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life – and never stops.

Casting: 6-8 actors