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The Shawshank Redemption Auditions

Avenue Arts proudly announces auditions for the OHIO PREMIERE of The Shawshank Redemption

AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Located at 1001 Market Ave. N Canton, Ohio 44702

SYNOPSIS: When Andy Dufresne is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in the notorious Shawshank prison, he must find a way to keep himself and his hope alive by using his wits and forging friendships. Based on the novella by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption brings the story of resilience made famous by the acclaimed film to the stage.

"THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION" is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Directed by: Jared Sparks
Stage Manager: Michael Porter

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 24th and Wednesday, August 25th from 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will take place later in the week, date TBD.

All auditioners are asked to come prepared to cold read from the script. We also ask that you bring a current headshot and resume with you to auditions. 

At this time, there are no stipends and/or AEA contracts being offered!

VACCINATION INFO: Please let us know if you have received the COVID-19 vaccination. This information will be used to assist us in working with our local health department on safety protocols. The COVID-19 Vaccination is NOT a requirement for you to be cast in this production!

Performances: October 8th-24th (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm)

 

ROLES AVAILABLE: 

Andy Dufresne (male, any ethnicity, 30s-40s) - prisoner convicted of double murder. Quiet, very intelligent, softly-spoken. Manages to retain his humanity and his dignity.
THIS ROLE REQUIRES PARTIAL NUDITY (i.e. appearing naked with clothes covering genitals. Dance belt will be used)

Red "Ellis Boyd Redding" (male, African-American, 30s-40s) - a wily con of many years. Mr. Get-things inside the prison. 

Warden Gregory Stammas (male, any ethnicity, 50s-60s) - warden, religious, quiety scheming. Stammas is a coward, a bully and a cheating hypocrite and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. 

Bryan Hadley (male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s) - Chief guard, ruthless. Isn't aware of it, but he is just as institutionalized as the cons on his landings. He would have no idea what else to do if he wasn't a warden at the Shank. It give him power that he could never attain anywhere else. 

Bogs Diamond (male, any ethnicity, 30s-40s) - prisoner, smart, calculating. Psychopath but he's not stupid and not without charm and humor. He is feared throughout the prison. Jealous of Andy, sees him as a challenge and tries his best to break him. 

Brooksie Hatlen (male, any ethnicity, 60s-70s) - prisoner, librarian, unable to cope with the outside world. Shot his wife and daughter in a drunken rage. Became a model prisoner in the Shank and was in charge of the library trolley. 

Mert Entwistle (male, any ethnicity, 20s-40s) - guard, follows orders. Part of the furniture at Shawshank. Follows in the scary shadow of Hadley, who treats him like a slave. Has a heart when he can and goes easy on the cons. Tries to play the tough guy but doesn't full anyone. 

Rooster "Roger" Coogan (male, any ethnicity, 30s-50s) - prisoner; beat his stepson to death with a claw hammer when he threated to tell his mother about Rooster's sexual advances. "Trailer trash" from Alabama. Drug addict all his life, and his attraction to men manifests in sexual violence. Never wants to leave the Shank. 

Jordan Dawkins (male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s) - prisoner; murder his two former associates. Dawkins has a short fuse and can be prone to violence, but could be described as an ordinary decent criminal. Obsessed with gambling and will bet on anything. 

Tommy Williams (male, any ethnicity, 20s) - prisoner, believes Andy is innocent of his conviction; youngest con in the Shank and the best looking. Good kid at heart and is desperate to better himself. Andy is a father figure to him and is helping him with his studies. 

Paul "Rico" Rodriguez (male, any ethnicity, 30s-40s) - prisoner; Rico is bipolar. Now a born again Christian after setting his house on fire and burning his family to death.
THIS ROLE REQUIRES PARTIAL NUDITY (i.e. appearing naked with clothes covering genitals. Dance belt will be used)

Pinky (male, any ethnicity, 20s-30s) - prisoner
THIS ROLE REQUIRES PARTIAL NUDITY (i.e. appearing naked with clothes covering genitals. Dance belt will be used)

Additional GUARDS or CONS as needed

 

All questions should be directed to [email protected] 

Created by:   Avenue Arts
 
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