AUDITION NOTICE FOR

‘CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME’

The Henry Players Board of Directors is excited to announce open auditions for their upcoming production of:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Winner of the 2015 Tony Awards

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon and Adapted by Simon Stephens

Co-Directed by: Adriana Beckner & Meghan Bedford

 

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.


AUDITION INFORMATION

Roles are available for actors ages 15+. The Henry Players are fully committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities and all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Please note that this production requires most actors to be present on stage throughout the entire production and some roles are playing multiple characters. All actors are asked to speak in a proper British accent. 

Audition Dates and Times:

Monday, December 21, 2020  7 PM until 9 PM

Monday, December 28, 2020 7 PM until 9 PM

Callbacks (if needed) at TBD time and date. 

 

Location:

The Henry Players Theatre 

@ The Hood Street Art Center

136 Hood St, McDonough, GA 30253

 

What to Prepare:

60 second monologue.

All actors will be asked to read sides from the script during the audition process. 

Please bring a full list of potential schedule conflicts with you to the audition. 

 

Read through/1st Rehearsal: December 28

Rehearsals will be Mon, Tue, & Thur – 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Full schedule will be available at audition (Bring full list of schedule conflicts)

 

Performance Dates: Feb. 11-14 & 18-21 (with an option to add a 3rd weekend)

 

If you have any questions about auditions, please contact Adriana Beckner at thehenryplayers@gmail.com


Cast of Characters:

Christopher Boone (15+).  Christopher Boone is an English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Deeply intelligent and sensitive. He must be physically very fit and agile. 

Ed Boone Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. 

Judy Boone Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, is a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior. Christopher believes she died of a heart attack prior to the time when the novel begins. Remembered as a loving but impatient and volatile woman, she was at times overwhelmed by the difficulty of caring for her troubled son.

Siobhan Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines.  Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings. Irish accent.

Mrs. Shears/Others Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor. She is rough around the edges and furious at the world because of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. 

Roger Shears/Others Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears’ ex-husband, a middle-class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. 

Mrs. Alexander/Others An elderly resident of Randolph Street. A kind lady, Mrs. Alexander lives a quiet existence filled by caring for her garden and pet dachshund, Ivor. She exhibits grandmotherly tendencies toward Christopher, owing in part to his resemblance to her own grandson. She reveals to Christopher important information about the affairs of Christopher’s father and mother.

Reverend Peters/Others A vicar, pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test.

Policeman One/Others Policeman is a Swindon policeman who arrests Christopher after Christopher hits them while being questioned about the death of Wellington, the dog. They have no patience or understanding of Christopher’s way of thinking. 

No. 40/Others No. 40 is a neighbor of Christopher’s who he interviews during his investigation of who killed Wellington the dog. They try to gently suggest to Christopher that he should talk to his father before asking these questions.