The Luckenbooth Theatre
ACCEPTING AUDITION SUBMISSIONS THROUGH FRIDAY, OCT. 2!
A young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother live in a world where child-hating societies of witches secretly exist in every country. The witches are all ruled by the extremely vicious and powerful Grand High Witch, who in the story has just arrived in England to organize her worst plot ever. But an elderly former witch hunter and her young grandson find out about the evil plan and now they must do everything to stop it and defeat the witches.
Rehearsal will start on Zoom Monday, October 5. If script edits are needed, rehearsal will start Tuesday the 6th instead. We will be on Zoom at least the first week of rehearsal, possibly moving into the black box as early as October 12th. Rehearsals will be weekday evenings until Tech week/performances which will also include weekend commitments. This show will provide our FIRST in person viewing opportunity since closing down due to Covid restrictions in March. These performances (and rehearsals) will follow strict rules and regulations based on health and safety protocol from the CDC, Actor’s Equity and our state guidelines. The production will also be filmed (Hamilton style from the black box) and streamed On Demand for 2 weeks for patrons not comfortable coming in person just yet. Actors will need to be available and committed to the production through November 8th.
Interested actors, should send a filmed one minute monologue, resume and headshot by 11:59pm Friday, October 2. Callbacks will take place via Zoom on Saturday, October 3. Actors under the age of 18 are asked to pay a $100 production fee. Our production fee follows the industry standard among top ranking theatres nationwide and covers all production materials for each actor, a professional headshot session with our company photographer, personal direction/coaching and experience working alongside industry professionals. Proceeds will also be put towards Luckenbooth’s bounce-back fund as they recover from financial losses due to Covid19 restrictions.
The Narrator (M or F) – seven years old, defeats the entire witch population of England, has all the qualities it takes to be a successful bad-guy-getter, and humble to boot.
Grandmamma (F) – an 86-year-old Norwegian lady with a walking stick who smokes cigars and tells witch stories – basically the coolest grandma on the planet
The Grand High Witch (M or F) – give them a bike and a theme song and they might as well take over for the Wicked Witch of the West; mean…just plain mean; manages an army of witches who hate children for a living
Bruno Jenkins (M) – the dictionary definition of an oaf. He’s big, he’s greedy, he’s slow-witted, he’s just… oafy. (We made that word up, but we’re allowed to after all the made-up words in The Witches.) He’s always eating, he brags about his dad’s wealth, and he even kills ants with a magnifying glass. He might not be our favorite character, but he’s definitely an important one. He’s the only character, other than our narrator, to experience the Witches and live to tell the tale.
The Witches (M or F) – all kind of less intense versions of the Grand High Witch. They, too, are mean, but just in a less specific way. There are a few witches who speak up – one gets smoked, one gets reprimanded, and one is responsible for sniffing out our narrator – but mostly they’re followers. They’re quite good at repeating everything the Grand High Witch says, and they sure are skilled in the art of flattery. So why do we need all the witches when they don’t really have individual personalities? Well, the story wouldn’t be quite as exciting if our protagonist defeated just one…the hero in this story defeats them all.
*Additional, supporting characters, including Witch with Snake, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, The Doctor, The Nurse, Mrs. Spring, and Mr. Stringer also appear in the script.