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Austen in Elgin – Three Times a Charm?

Well, here we go again.

We’ll be holding a third and final round of auditions for our upcoming Austen in Elgin season on Saturday, March 24,  starting at 10:00 am at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to finalize casting for Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. The play is adapted from the original story written by Jane Austen. The production will begin rehearsals in April and run July 13 -July 22.

We’re seeking men between the ages of 20-40 to fill the parts of Colonel Brandon, Robert Ferrars and John Dashwood. We’re seeking women between the ages of 30-50 to fill the parts of Mrs. Henry Dashwood and Mrs. Jennings. 

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at janus.auditions@gmail.com to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

AUSTEN IN ELGIN

We’ll be holding auditions for this summer’s Austen in Elgin season on Sunday, January 29,  starting at 2:00 pm at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

Jane Austen is coming to Elgin

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to cast Pride & Prejudice, directed by Marge Uhlarik, and Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. Both plays are adapted from the original stories written by Jane Austen. The productions will begin rehearsals in May and run June 29-July 22.

We’re seeking men and women to cast both productions. All parts are open.

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at janus.auditions@gmail.com to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

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Upcoming Auditions

We’ll be holding auditions for part of our upcoming season on Saturday, April 16, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin. Use mapquest for directions and the location.

We’re looking for men and women ranging in age from 20’s – 50′s.

During May 26-29, we’ll be presenting the second annual Elgin Short Play Festival, featuring works from award-winning playwright David Ives.

During August 4-28, we’ll be presenting the Janus Theatre Summer Repertory, featuring Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Terry Domschke and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Sean Hargadon. Both plays will be presented in rotating repertory.

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact Stage Manager Kate Collins at collins.a.kate@gmail.com to request an audition slot. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script.

Shakespeare Auditions coming

We’ll be holding auditions for William Shakespeare’s Richard III on Saturday, September 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago. 

We’re looking for men and women ranging in age from 20’s – 50’s. We are also looking for two young boys in their early to mid-teens. Note: The role of Richard is already cast.

Appointments for audition are by email only. Please contact Stage Manager Kate Collins at collins.a.kate@gmail.com to request an audition slot. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script.

Performances for Richard III will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 29 – November 14 in downtown Elgin.

After the Auditions

We had auditions this last week. It was the usual brew. A small, but talented turnout of actors, who took a chance on a project and playwright that they never heard of – Elgin Short Play Festival: featuring the short plays of Theresa Rebeck.

This is typical. The only time we get lots of people is when we do a show that’s been done three or four times in the last year by other theaters, or if we’re doing a play by Shakespeare. And even then, the challenge is always the same: Where are the men?

I remember when I auditioned for Glengarry Glen Ross at Steel Beam in 2009. There were close to 40 men inside the theater. It was great. Aaron Thomann, the director, took the time to recognize this when he said, “Where have you people been?”

Well here we are again. We had some fine talent come out on Monday, and we plan on casting them for some of the shows in our Elgin Short Play Festival, but I’ve already started emailing other people to try to get more actors. This used to upset me in the past, but now, I take it as a matter of form.

My only hope is that this will change in the future as we continue to mix things up and actors start to realize that there is a world elsewhere beyond Chicago with a greater variety of new theater opportunities waiting for them .

Coming In May

Coming in May.  The Elgin Short Play Festival will run May 28-30, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Featuring the short plays of award-winning writer Theresa Rebeck, who’s plays have been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters across the country. She’s also written television for L.A. Law, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Third Watch. She’s also a screenwriter and novelist.

This festival will be one of the few times Rebeck’s short plays will be presented together in an evening.

For reservations, please call 847-841-1713.  Tickets are $12. (Cash or check at the door)