Audition

The Hudson Players are a true community theater. Thus all our shows feature volunteer actors and stage personnel. All roles in our productions are always open to auditioners, with no restrictions. For non-musicals scripts are usually available for perusal at the Hudson Library at least two weeks prior. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. For musicals, auditioners are asked to have a song prepared and to bring along appropriate sheet musical for the accompanist. Musical auditioners will also be asked to read from the script and in many cases shown a brief movement exercise. Those interested in working backstage, on sets, lights, etc, are encouraged to come to auditions as well and fill out a form letting the producer know their areas of interest. All auditions are held at the Barlow Community Center on Oviatt St in Hudson, typically at 7pm on Sunday and Monday evenings.

Our audition form is available online allowing for completion prior to arrival at auditions.

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2018-2019 Season

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War of the Worlds – Radio Broadcast
Auditions: Sept 16 & 17, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Performances: Oct 19 & 20

All actors (except for Sound Effects Artist and family) must be able to speak with different voices for each character. Rehearsals will be minimal; only once per week for 4 weeks except for Tech week. Characters are as follows:

Orson Welles/Professor Pierson: Male (20’s to 30’s) – Leader & director of the radio play and also plays a professor of astronomy.

Announcer/Commander Voght/Stranger: Male (any age) – Typical radio announcer. Also plays a military communications operator, military lieutenant, and a stranger highly effected by the invasion and is interviewed by Pierson at the end of the play.

Announcer One & Two/Operator One: Male or Female (any age) – Introduces other characters and acts as a sort of narrator. Also plays a military communications operator.

Announcer Three/Mr. Wilmuth/VP Harry McDonald/Gunner/Operator 2: Male (40’s to 60’s) – Radio announcer, farmer, executive, military gunner and military commmunications operator.

Reporter Carl Phillips/Observer/Operator Four: Male (20’s to 40’s) – Radio reporter who interviews Professor Pierson and also plays a military observer & communications operator.

Policeman/Captain Lansing/Secretary of the Interior/General Smith/Officer/Operators Three & Five: Male (50’s to 70’s) – Policeman, military captain, politician, military general, artillery office, and military communications operator.

Sound Effects Artist (Male or Female, any age): able to create sound effects throughout the play. Non-speaking role.

Family of 3-4: Need a small group to play a Mom, Dad and their children (1-2 teens or preteens) as a family around a radio listening to the original 1938 broadcast of the show and being drawn in thinking that aliens are invading the earth. Think a family like the ‘The Waltons’. Non-speaking roles but need to be very expressive.

 

Arsenic & Old Lace
Auditions: Sept. 9 & 10, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Performances: Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17, 2018

Character Descriptions:
WOMEN
Abby Brewster
A darling lady in her sixties or early seventies who poisons elderly men, Abby is the sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Martha Brewster
A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Elaine Harper
An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.
MEN
Mortimer Brewster
Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down.
Teddy Brewster
Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Officer O’Hara
A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Jonathan Brewster
Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. I bit oversensitive to his “new” appearance.
Dr. Einstein
A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times, with his most recent work resulting in a Boris Karloff resemblance.
The Rev. Dr. Harper
Minister and father of Elaine. A bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner.
Officer Brophy /Lieutenant Rooney
A flatfoot Brooklyn cop with the usual charm of a police officer / A tough and dominating police officer
Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon

A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium

Hands On A Hardbody
Auditions: Nov. 11 & 12, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Performances: Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23, 2019

Character Descriptions:
6 women and 9 men (Texas accents definitely a plus, unless otherwise noted) to play the following very real characters (ages are approximate and can vary):

Kelli Mangrum: Female, 22 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-E5)
A pretty UPS worker with steel ambition and big dreams.

Heather Stovall: Female, 29 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-D#5)
A flirtatious restaurant hostess. Used to bending the rules and getting away with it.

Cindy Barnes: Female, 34-50 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Former Miss Gregg County, still fond of pageant hair and pastels. Works in Public Relations at the Nissan dealership.

Norma Valverde: Female, 35-45 (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-G5)
A stout Latina woman, kind and hopeful, quiet until moved by the spirit. Infectious laugh.

Virginia Drew: Female, Mid 50s (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-C5)
A one-time beauty queen settling into middle-age.

Janis Curtis: Female, Mid 60s (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-Bb4)
A tough old bird with sun-burnished skin and missing teeth. Comic and full of integrity. Married to Don.

Greg Wilhote: Male, Early 20s (Range: Tenor, D3-B4)
A cute young man in a baseball cap. Generous and determined.

Jesus Pena: Male, 20s (Range: Tenor, E3-B4)
A hard-working, smart first generation Mexican-American. Slight Mexican accent.

Chris Alvaro: Male, 20s (Range: Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)
Well-built under his hoodie, a pair of aviator glasses conceal his eyes. Military steeliness and hidden vulnerability.

Ronald McCowan: Male, 35 (Range: Tenor, F3-B4)
A good-natured African-American guy with a slight Louisiana accent and a love of Snickers bars.

Mike Ferris: Male, Late 30s (Range: Tenor, Eb3-Bb4)
Boyishly handsome, wears a cheap tie with a Nascar clip. Questionable ethics. Works at the Nissan dealership.

Benny Perkins: Male, Mid 40s (Range: Tenor, C#3-G#4)
Weather-beaten face, ingratiating grin, and lots of homespun philosophy. Our narrator of sorts. Also a very angry man.

Frank Nugent: Male, Mid 50s (Range: Bari-Tenor, Eb3-Gb4)
Radio personality, a diehard good ole boy dressed in a Stetson.

JD Drew: Male, 60 (Range: Baritone, G2-D4)
A good old boy with pomaded gray hair and a high wattage grin. Virginia’s husband.

Don Curtis: Male, Mid 60s (Range: Baritone, A2-Bb3)
Wears a cardboard sign on his head that proclaims

Doctor Stokes: Male, Age Flexible (Possibly same actor who plays Don Curtis)
A professor from LeTourneau University.

 

Pirates of Penzance
Auditions: Feb. 17 & 18, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Performances: April 26 & 27, May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18, 2019

Open Auditions:

All Hudson Players auditions are open auditions with all roles available. No experience is necessary. For non-musicals please be prepared to read from the script. For musicals please bring sheet music for the accompanist and prepare at least a 16 bar audition song. Musical auditions will also normally include a movement exercise and reading from the script. Please email [email protected] with any questions.