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Otherworld Theatre


Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Yes

Seeking Actors for Puffs the Play, and Otherworld Theatre Mainstage that opens June 2020

Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. "PUFFS" is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers.

Compensation: $50 rehearsal stipend, $30 per performance week

NARRATOR (LEAD): Male, Female, or Nonbinary Age: N/A
The narrator of the story. She/he guides us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British accent. Must be a great storyteller, as she/he/they must keep the audience engaged and updated on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy skills a must, improv background is a plus.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

WAYNE HOPKINS (Lead): Male Identifying, Age: 20 - 35
The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and video games, knows nothing about magic or this weird magic world he is now a part of. Best friends with Oliver and Megan. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

MEGAN JONES (Lead): Female Identifying, Age: 20 - 35
One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother's reputation. Her mother is a dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Over time, her tough veneer begins to soften, as a budding romance with Oliver becomes apparent. Defiant and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that her adamance of being completely unique and independent really stems from her desire to be loved and accepted.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

OLIVER RIVERS (Lead): Male Identifying, Age: 20 - 35
20s-early 30s. One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn't the top of his class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than any algebra class could ever promise. Real comic chops, incredibly appealing, youthful. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

SUSIE BONES/HARRY/OTHERS (Supporting): Female Identifying, Age: 20-35
Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from "Winnie the Pooh." Constantly in fear of her or her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets into a few wacky situations, but it's nothing the bonds of friendship can't overcome.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

CEDRIC/MR. VOLDY (Supporting): Male Identifying, Age: 20-35
An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II. Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone's favorite, but still loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil. Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror. (Or, ya know, just an amazing Ralph Fiennes impression.)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

HANNAH/FEMALE TEACHERS/OTHERS (Supporting): Female Identifying, Age: 20-35
Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kind of different personalities. (Maggie Smith impression for McG.)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

ERNIE MAC/MALE TEACHERS/OTHERS (Supporting): Male Identifying, 20-35
Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure he's the best. Male Teachers: Potions Teacher/ Locky/ Professor Turban/ Mr. Moody. All impressions. Strong comedic ability. (Impressions: Rickman/ Branagh/Gleeson/Whoever played Quirrell in the movie).
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

J. FINCH/OTHERS (Supporting): Male Identifying, Age: 20-35
Improvisational skills a MUST. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

SALLY/BIPPY/OTHERS: Female Identifying, Age 20-35
Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student's attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

LEANNE/OTHERS (SUPPORTING): Female Identifying, Age 20-30
A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities/Cultural Background

Time Commitment:
Rehearsals start early April 2020
Tech Dates: May 24th - June 4th 2020
Puffs Previews: June 5th - June 7th 2020
Puffs Opening: June 8th, 2020
Puffs Run: June 11th - July 12th, 2020 Thursday - Sunday
*Possible Extension*

Material To Prepare:
Prepare one comedic monologue and one impersonation. Improvising background a plus. Actors and improvisors familiar with Otherworld Theatre's mission and programming strongly considered.

Contact Info:
Email Headshot/Resume to Tiffany Keane Schaefer (she/her/hers) at with subject line - ACTOR AUDITION - PUFFS. An audition slot will be emailed to you. Due to the potential volume of submissions, all submissions may not receive an audition slot.

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Audition Location:

Otherworld Theatre
3914 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL

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Audition Dates:

Oct 19 10-5pm
Oct 20 10-5pm
Oct 26 10am
Oct 27 10am
Posted Date: Sep 5, 2019