The Stage at Burke Junction
Casting for 4 Shows!
The Stage at Burke Junction 2022 Group Audition is in full effect soon! Lots of roles. Darned near something for everyone. It’s a lot but give it a look. And, as always, if you wanna know any of these shows better, give us a message and we’ll get you more info…possibly a script copy.
February 4th at 7-10pm
February 5th at 12-6pm
(Additional Times TBD)
The Stage at Burke Junction
3300 Coach Ln e1
Cameron Park, CA 95682
All roles will be paid a stipend based upon rehearsal commitment and cast size.
Rehearsals are generally weeknights and Saturdays over a six-week period.
Auditions will be scheduled in rolling hour chunks.
Unless specified, all roles are open to any race, age, gender, etc.
Here’s the breakdown.
All My Sons Character Breakdown
By Arthur Miller / Directed by Andrew Vonderschmitt
Rehearsal Begins March 7th
Show Dates – April 22nd – May 15th
A tragedy in three acts. World War II is over and a family, mourning a son missing in action, plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. A storm blows down the tree and a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying journey towards truth.
All My Sons is a scathing indictment of the American Dream. The story deals with familial obligation, established familial norms and maintaining appearances, the lengths one will go to in the quest of wealth, morality and consequences of action or inaction, liability and the crushing weight of guilt.
*After its publication Arthur Miller was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he famously refused to give evidence against others.
Casting the following roles:
Joe Keller — (M to play 50s-60s) A genial, uneducated but hardworking manufacturer, Joe is secretly responsible for the death of 21 pilots because he allowed damaged cylinder heads to be shipped during WWII. He has blamed everything on his former friend and partner, Steve Deever, but during the course of play, his secret is divulged.
Kate Keller — (F to play 40s-50s) Kate maintains that their son, Larry, is alive although the war is over more than 3 years. She is nervous, compelling and truly charming. She is a part of Joe’s secret and has fabricated a web that includes denying her son Chris’s opportunity to marry the girl of his dreams because she used to be “Larry’s girl”.
Chris Keller — (M to play 30s) A strong, steady everyman, Chris served in the war and returned a man with ideals and beliefs. He idolizes his father and believes in his innocence. Chris is devastated when he discovers the truth. He loves Ann and hopes this is the start of a new life for both of them.
Ann Deever — (F to play 20s-30s) An intelligent, lovely girl, Ann has returned home in hopes of marrying Chris. After her father’s imprisonment, she left the area and has been living in New York. She has shunned her father and during the course of the play reveals that Larry committed suicide after hearing about his father’s issues with the law.
George Deever — (M to play 30s) George is Anne’s brother, a successful attorney and WWII veteran and childhood friend of Chris’s. He initially believed in his father’s guilt, but upon visiting Steve in jail, realizes his innocence and becomes enraged at the Kellers for deceiving him. He returns to save his sister from her marriage to Chris and is the catalyst that destroys the Keller family.
Frank Lubey — (M to play 30s) Another childhood friend, Frank was ahead of the draft. He married Lydia and with her has three small children. He is helping Kate by drawing up a horoscope that proves Larry couldn’t have died. He is somewhat simple, but a kind family man.
Lydia Lubey — (F to play 20s-30s) Frank’s wife and George’s former girlfriend, Lydia is the picture of domestic bliss and a sweet, positive example of the one-who-got-away.
Jim Bayliss — (M to play 40s-50s) Jim is a successful doctor, but is frustrated with the stifling domesticity of his life. He wants to become a medical researcher, but continues in his job as it pays the bills. He is a close friend to the Keller family and spends a lot of time in their backyard.
Sue Bayliss — (F to play 30s-50s) Sue is Jim’s wife: needling and dangerous but affectionate, she too is a friend of the Keller family, but is secretly resentful of what she sees as Chris’s bad idealistic influence on Jim. Sue confronts Ann about her resentment of Chris in a particularly volatile scene, revealing to Ann that the neighbors all think Joe is guilty.
Bert — Bert is a little boy who lives in the neighborhood; he is friends with the Bayliss’ son Tommy and frequently visits the Kellers’ yard to play “jail” with Joe. He appears twice in the play.
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight – Character Breakdown
By Lauren Gunderson / Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Rehearsal Begins – May 16th
Show Dates – July 1st – July 24th
Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
Emilie du Chatelet: Around 40. Confident and curious.
Voltaire: Around 50. Charming and boyish.
Soubrette: mid-20s. Plays Emilie (see above)/Mary-Louise –dim and flirty /Daughter–direct and strong
Gentleman A: A handsome man in his 30s. Plays Jean-Francois–Doting and sincere/Maupertuis–sexy and academic
Gentleman B: A man in his 40s-60s. Plays The Marquis–serious but warm, formal, a military man/ Marian–snide and proud/Sir Isaac Newton–an icon, as imagined by Emilie
Madam: 50s-60s. Plays Mother–serious and traditional/ Madam Graffigny–obnoxious and rich
By David Lindsey-Abaire / Directed by Chris Smith
Rehearsals begin August 1st
Show run September 9th – October 2nd
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start.
Cast: 4 women, 2 men
Margie Walsh – late 40s – 60 – white – She’s been beaten down by life for years between terrible, low wage, low skill jobs, raising a handicapped adult daughter, being alone. She lacks confidence to get herself out of most situations she jumps into and lashes out when cornered with a fairly sharp wit. Her greatest redeeming quality is that she’ll do anything for her daughter.
Mike – late 40s – 60 – white – Ex high school boyfriend of Margie who is now a married and successful doctor. Mike really doesn’t want to see or talk with Margie as he’s of a different “class” now and really wants to keep her stories of his past from his beautiful, young wife and kids. He’s not necessarily cruel but he’s not welcoming to Margie.
Kate – late 20s – 40 – black – Mike’s wife. She’s by far the nicest person in the story. Happy with her charmed life, husband and children, she tries to stay nice as Margie and Mike get mean.
Dottie – 60s and up – any ethnicity – Landlady for Margie’s apartment and reluctant babysitter for Margie’s daughter. She rides the line between friend and desperate landlord as Margie is always late and friendship only goes so far.
Jean – around 30 – any ethnicity – Margie’s younger friend who’s just, well, mean. The young friend around who’s constantly snarky about life.
Stevie – 20s – any ethnicity – The manager of a dollar store where Margie works for the first scene at least. He’s far too young to be in charge of someone as mature and irascible Margie. He’s very sweet and understanding but in way over his well-meaning head when having to confront her about her constant lateness.
The Stupidest Angel
By Christopher Moore / Adapted by Chris Smith / Directed by Michael Coleman
Rehearsals begin October 3rd
Show run November 18 – December 18th
When young Josh Barker witnesses Santa being murdered, or rather, when he sees evil developer Dale Pearson, playing the town’s Santa in the Christmas parade, being dispatched by his ex-wife’s shovel … well, things get complicated. Combine the boy’s earnest wish that Santa return from the grave with the best intentions of the stupidest angel in all creation and this Christmas in Pine Cove is certainly going to be one to remember.
Cast: 6 men, 5 women
Theophilus Crowe – male, 40-55 – Theo is the town constable and “former” resident pothead. Capable and relaxed. Amiable. A good man in a tight spot, who can roll with the punches.
Molly Michon – female, 40-55 – Molly is a former B-movie actress, who is off her meds (to save money for her husband’s X-mas gift). Volatile and unpredictable. Loving and passionate. Ultimately capable.
Lena Marquez – female, 35-45 – Lena is a kind soul with a neurotic brain. She used to be married to the town’s evil developer. Thoughtful to a fault. Overthinking but helpful.
Tucker Case – male. 35-45 – Tucker is new in town, arriving to fly helicopter for the DEA. Quick witted and odd. A former ladies man. The friendliest, good kind of sociopath.
Mavis Sand – female, 70+ – Mavis has lived in the town forever. Owner of the Head of the Slug saloon. Acerbic and gravelly. Sassy and sexual. This actor also plays Esther, the dead schoolteacher.
Dale Pearson – male, 50-65 – Dale is the evil town developer and overall thorn in everyone’s side. Unlikable and openly hostile. Not one to let death get in the way of his plans. This actor also plays Skinner, the dog.
Narrator 1 – male, 35-55, plays Gabe Fenton, Malcolm, Boy 2 – Gabe is a behavioral field biologist, and the town’s crazy science guy, and Theo’s pal. A bit stir crazy. Malcolm is the town’s deceased antique book seller.
Narrator 2 – male, 20’s, plays Raziel, Brian, Jimmy – Raziel is the archangel sent from heaven to grant a child’s Christmas wish. He is a bit slow in the ways of humans. Brian is the sci-fi geek boyfriend of Josh’s mom. Jimmy is the dead motorcycle loving teenager.
Narrator 3 – female, 20’s, plays Josh, Voice, Arthur – Josh is a 10 year old who believes Christmas is in danger and prays for divine intervention. He is well versed in the ways of zombies. The Voice is Molly’s off medication Jiminy Cricket. Arthur is a local orange grove “rancher”, who has been dead for five years.
Narrator 4 – male, 30’s, plays Ben, Roberto, Marty – Ben is a former high school jock who peaked in high school. Mostly due to his steroid use. Roberto is a fruit bat owned/parented by Tucker Case. Marty was the town’s radio personality until a run in with a carjacker 20 years ago.
Narrator 5 – female, 35-55, plays Val, Bess, Boy 1 – Val is the town psychiatrist who has recently ended her relationship with Gabe. She is very smart, clinical, and potentially kinky. Bess is the former wife of a rancher who poisoned her. She no longer believes in relationships.