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Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble

Sweet Sixteen Extravaganza!!!

Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Stipend

Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble seeks submissions for their upcoming devised production, SWEET SIXTEEN EXTRAVAGANZA!!!.

Harmony, a former star of the child beauty pageant circuit, celebrates her "coming-of-age" amid "loving" family and, uh, "friends." When a stranger arrives on the compound of her super-farmer father, the birthday girl is rocked by nightmarish visions, and her glitzy worldview is shaken to its rhinestone-studded core.

In a Golden Age of Television still ruled by the toxic male gaze, Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble will draw from such diverse texts as Oscar Wilde's Salome, True Detective (season 1, of course), and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, to create a blackly comic piece exploring the blurred line between art and pornography. SWEET SIXTEEN EXTRAVAGANZA!!! asks: when exploitation and empowerment look eerily similar, how old is too old to wear a tiara?

A portion of proceeds from this production will benefit a thematically relevant charitable group or organization.


We are seeking a diverse cast of actors with a passion and background in any mixture of improvisation, physical theatre, heightened text, playwriting, music, dance, pop culture, stage magic, and especially, ensemble-devised work. All ages, ethnicities, and abilities are encouraged to submit. Please note that this piece may contain a sexualized pageant routine. An intimacy designer will be part of all physical contact between actors.

We are casting for the following nine characters/types:

HARMONY - a teenager and former child pageant star, female-identifying

THE SISTER - 20s, female-identifying or non-binary

THE MOTHER - 40s, female-identifying

THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE - 40s, male-identifying

THE INTRUDER - any age, male-identifying

THE SUITOR - 20s, male-identifying

THE ASSISTANT - any age, male- or female-identifying or non-binary

GUARD 1 - any age, male- or female-identifying or non-binary

GUARD 2 - any age, male- or female-identifying or non-binary


Actors should come to auditions in comfortable clothing, prepared to move. Auditions will be held Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00am-2:00pm at The Cuckoo's Theatre Project (7077 N Ashland Blvd, Chicago, IL 60626) and Monday, September 25th from 6:00pm-10:00pm at TimeLine Theatre (615 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657). Callbacks will occur the evening of Monday, October 2nd at TimeLine Theatre.

For auditions, each actor will receive a thirty minute time slot and should prepare a 1 to 2 minute heightened monologue and be prepared to complete a short devising exercise based on a prompt to be given at auditions.

Actors will receive a $75 stipend for their work.

Time Commitment:
As this is a devised project with a strong focus on ensemble-created work, it is important for actors to be able to attend as many rehearsals as possible.

Material To Prepare:
Please submit your headshot, resume, and prepare a 1 to 2 minute heightened monologue. Please also be prepared to complete a devising exercise based on a prompt to be given at auditions--maybe bring a pencil and paper? :-)

Contact Info:
Email with H/R and availability during audition dates to set up an audition.

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Audition Dates:

Sep 23 10-2pm
Sep 25 6-10pm
Oct 2 Callbacks
Posted Date: Sep 10, 2017