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Aethereal Jest Arts Council is holding open auditions for "Anne of Green Gables" by Joseph Robinette and directed by Taryn Jennifer Huffman.


Auditions take place on Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a potential callback on Monday, June 24, 2024 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. The show runs Friday, August 30, 2024 through Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 7:00 PM on Fridays, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturdays, and 2:00 PM on Sundays with a public Preview Performance on Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 7:00 PM.

Casting will be done without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability or genetic information.

Early and virtual auditions will be held at the discretion of the director; requests must be received at info@aetherealjest.com no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, June 21, 2024.

All listed roles are available and this opportunity is paid, non-union, and non-equity.

Please note:

  • Auditions are located at Aethereal Jest's studio located at Millworks Arts Studios, 2020 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Although rehearsed monologues are not required, they are welcome. Dress comfortably and be ready for movement. The entire audition process will last no longer than forty-five (45) minutes. Be prepared to stay for your entire audition slot.

  • If you have a resume and/or head shot, email them to info@aetherealjest.com or attach them to the audition application.

Synopsis

This dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne's growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an "old friend" of Anne's or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature's most unforgettable characters. The flexibility of casting and the simplicity of the set make this an ideal production for community and school groups.

 

~ Courtesy Dramatic Publishing

Characters

Anne Shirley (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) A bright, headstrong, young woman with a fanciful imagination that runs wild. Anne is incredibly optimistic despite a difficult upbringing. Her spirit and exuberance get her into trouble from time to time, though she always has good intentions even if things don’t always go according to plan. She is very sensitive about her looks, specifically her red hair and freckles.

 

Matthew Cuthbert (Playing age late 50s-60s) A quiet, gentle, good natured, man who along with his younger sister Marilla, takes in Anne after a mix-up at the orphanage. He suffers from a worsening heart condition and plans to adopt an orphan boy to help out around the farm. Anne becomes akin to a daughter and considers Matthew a kindred spirit. He listens more than he speaks and is the first person to have a relationship with Anne.

 

Marilla Cuthbert (Playing age early 50s) An unmarried, no nonsense, woman who raises Anne alongside her brother Matthew. On the surface, Marilla is stern and blunt. Once she gets to know Anne, you are able to see her caring, maternal side come out. She has a good sense of humor, although it is often hidden by her strong level-headed exterior. She is religious and believes it is her responsibility to train Anne to be a proper, Christian woman.

 

Rachel Lynde (Playing age 40s-50s) The town busy-body and a mother of twelve. She is blunt, judgmental and incredibly nosy, despite her claims. She lives to gossip and does not hold her opinions back about anything, ever. A member of the Ladies Aid Society.

 

Diana Barry (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) Diana is a dark haired girl of Anne’s age who lives down the way from Green Gables. She’s intelligent, humble, and kind. After meeting Anne, they quickly swear to become Bosom Friends. Diana accidentally gets drunk after drinking currant wine during a tea party with Anne. She is then forbidden by her mother to see Anne anymore. She has a crush on Gilbert Blythe, although never acts on her feelings.

 

Minnie May Barry (Playing age 5-10, willing to cast older to play younger.) Diana’s younger sister. She is eager to hang out with Diana and the older girls, and does not like being excluded from their games. She comes down with pneumonia and the croup while her parents are out of town and is saved by Anne.

 

Josie Pye (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates who comes from a wealthy family. She has a very high opinion of herself, but can often be jealous when she is not the center of attention. Like Rachel Lynde, she can be a gossip.

 

Ruby (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. She is a good student and is best friends with Jane. She has a BIG crush on Gilbert Blythe that she carries all the way through her time at Queen’s Academy.

 

Jane (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. She is optimistic, very well-behaved, and a rule follower. She could be referred to as a goody-two-shoes.

 

Bessie, Carrie, and Tillie (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) Anne’s classmates.

 

Gilbert Blythe (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. The smartest and most handsome boy in school. He teases the girls in his class, but meets his match in Anne Shirley, who takes none of his nonsense. He and Anne are academic equals and push each other to work harder. In the end, he gives up his teaching position at the school in Avonlea so that Anne can stay near Marilla and not have to sell Green Gables.

 

Moody MacPherson (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. He is kind and respectful. He plans on becoming a minister when he grows up.

 

Charlie Sloane (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. He has a crush on Anne. He wants to be elected into Parliament when he grows up. He teases the girls at school like Gilbert does. He is not good at math.

Jimmy (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. A betting man.

 

Mrs. Barry (Playing age early 50s) Diana and Minnie May’s mother. She is a very proper woman and only wants her daughters to be associated with young ladies of the same cloth. She bans Diana from seeing Anne after Anne gets Diana drunk. Only after Anne saves Minnie May’s life, does Mrs. Barry forgive Anne and allow her to once again be friends with Diana.

 

Josephine Barry (Playing age 70s) Diana and Minnie May’s Great-Aunt. She is a wealthy woman who lives in Charlottetown. “She’s old and rich and prim and proper.” She has had a difficult life and sees herself in Anne.

 

Miss Rogerson (Playing age 20s-30s) The Sunday School teacher. She is both punctual and practical. She is surprised by Anne’s knowledge of the Bible and her quick ability to learn.

 

Mary Jo (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) A French-Canadian girl who lives with the Barry’s as their maid.

 

Priscilla Andrews (Playing age 13-17, willing to cast older to play younger.) One of Anne’s classmates. She has a relationship with Mr. Phillips, and gets a lot of private attention from him.

 

Jerry (Playing age teens-30s) The hired help at Green Gables. He helps take care of the chores and estate.

 

Mr. Phillips (Playing age 20s-30s) The Avonlea school teacher. He has a relationship with Prissy and takes special interest in her, to the notice of others. Mr. Phillips leaves his teaching position once Prissy graduates.

 

Miss Stacy (Playing age 20s) A recent graduate of Queen’s Academy. She is incredibly intelligent and takes over as the Avonlea School teacher after Mr. Phillips leaves. With her encouragement, Anne returns to school after having quit once Gilbert teased her about her hair and Mr. Phillips left an ‘e’ off of her name.

 

Mrs. Blewett (Playing age 20s-50s) An overwhelmed mother who is looking to adopt a young lady to help her take care of her house and children. She is prepared to take Anne off Marilla’s hands when she finds out that the orphanage has sent Marilla and Matthew a girl instead of a boy.

 

Mr. Sadler (Playing age 20+) A gentleman who wants to buy Green Gables from Marilla after Matthew’s passing.

 

Reverend Allan (Playing age late 20s-40s) The new Reverend in town after Reverend Bentley retires.

 

Mrs. Allan (Playing age late 20s-40s) Reverend Allan’s wife.

 

Reverend Bentley (Playing age 50s+) An aging Reverend with a fading memory.

 

Station Master (Playing age 20s+) A gentleman who works at the train station. He is the first person in Avonlea to meet Anne.

 

Queen’s Academy President (Playing age 30s+) The President of Queen’s Academy. A scholar and academic man.

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