Auditions

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Our auditions are posted on this page when available.

We also forward this information to the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and other local media. We hold auditions for adults and children, depending on the production.

Upcoming Audition Dates:
Audition signups begins approximately 4-6 weeks prior to auditions. Signups for audition notices are posted on our website. You can sign up on our website to receive audition notices as soon as they are announced.

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R.U.R. ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions for, R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots, SATURDAY, JUNE 1 and SUNDAY, June 2, 2024

Audition signup slots are available at THIS LINK

Please review the rehearsal and performance dates and list any conflicts. Conflicts not listed at the time of audition may not be honored. 

Call 503-635-3901 if you need assistance with sign up.

R.U.R. a dramatic science fiction thriller, adapted and directed by Matthew B. Zrebski from the original 1921 script by Karel Capek.

All roles are open and all receive remuneration. Lakewood encourages diversity in casting and the directing team is strongly seeking artists of all races, cultural backgrounds, abilities, body types, and gender identities to audition for all roles. Callbacks will be held at the director’s discretion on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 PM.

Audition Location: Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

Materials Needed:
•Please complete the appointment sign up listed below.
•Please email a resume and headshot to bio@lakewood-center.org and note R.U.R. and your LAST NAME in the subject line. Please bring both resume and headshot to your audition appointment as backup.

Auditions:
•Each 10-minute audition slot will allow 4 actors to sign up to read together as a group.
•Auditions will consist of various sides from the new adaptation. (No prepared monologues necessary.) Sides will be available on the theater’s website one week prior to auditions. Actors unfamiliar with the play are encouraged to read the original English translation available at: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/59112/59112-h/59112-h.htm
•The new adaptation will be radically streamlined and contain other alterations, but the major thrust of plot and theme will honor the original
•Please do not be concerned with which role you may be asked to read. The director will read for more specific roles at call-backs.
•Actors will be asked to review their audition form to make sure the information is correct and update any rehearsal or performance conflicts
Rehearsals:   
•A table read of the full adaptation draft will happen on July 1 6:30 PM till 10:00 PM; standard rehearsals are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 28 at 6:30 PM.  
•Rehearsals will be Sunday through Thursday 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM (adding in Saturdays 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM closer to opening)          
•A final schedule will be determined after the first cast meeting.
Performance Schedule: R.U.R opens September 13, 2024 and continues through October 20, 2024. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays, at 2:00 PM and two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220 seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the Play
Artificial Intelligence or AI is today’s hot topic. However, in 1921, playwright Karel Capek envisioned a world with millions of highly efficient humanoid robots that love nothing and have no will of their own. But what happens when the president of the League of Humanity seeks to protect the robots and ensure they are treated like people? A prescient look at AI and new technologies.

ROLE BREAKDOWN:
In this adaptation, numerous roles, originally intended as “male roles” are able to be cast as any gender. Director / Adapter Matthew B. Zrebski seeks to assemble a diverse cast.

DOWNLOAD PDF SIDES for audition readings

HUMANS

HARRY DOMIN; male; 30s – 40s; Central director of Rossum’s Universal Robots. Clean cut, officious, transactional, quickly falls in love with Helena.

HELENA GLORY; female; 20s – 30s, elegant. Daughter of the President. Goes to island to liberate the robots, but marries DOMIN instead.

NANA; female; 40s – 60s; Helena’s nurse. Religious and skeptical, distrusts and dislikes the robots. A voice of the common people.

ALQUIST; any gender; 40s – 60s; builder, chief of construction for R.U.R., grizzled, carelessly dressed. Always skeptical of the project, survives the overthrow and is the last human living.

DR. GALL; any gender; 20s – 50s; head of the physiological and research divisions of R.U.R. Vivacious, delicate, dark, lively. Gall works with Helena to change the robots leading to the overthrow. Always interested in the biological science and pushing the envelope.

DR. HALLEMEIER; any gender; 30s – 60s; head of the institute for robot psychology and education. Robust personality and noisy. Human-centric. Holds down the barricade during the siege.

FABRY; any gender; 20s – 40s; engineer, general technical director of R.U.R., serious but gentle. Thoughtfully and deeply optimistic.

BUSMAN; any gender; 30s – 60s; General Marketing Director and Chief Counsel of R.U.R., Thinks only of business and marketing. Arrogant.

THE ROBOTS

PRIMUS (played by the actor who plays DOMIN); a helpful robot, who is in love with Robot Helena.

ROBOT HELENA (played by the actor who plays HELENA); a helpful robot who is in love with Robot Primus.

RADIUS; male; 20s; a once malfunctioning robot who joins the revolution and helps overthrow the factory.

MARIUS; male; 20s – 30s; office robot, indistinguishable from everyday assistants.

SULLA; female; 20s – 30s; office robot, indistinguishable from everyday assistants.

SERVANT ROBOT; any gender; any age; subservient robot, like maid or butler

ROBOTS (4 more – any gender; age range 16yrs or older) – The robots are android like creatures, made of some chemical almost organic substance (think more Blade Runner or West World than machine/metal). They realize their power and overthrow the human world only to discover that they cannot reproduce.

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NOISES OFF

July 13 & 14, 2024

Sign up online to secure an audition appointment on the Lakewood website: Audition Signup. Call 503-635-3901 if you need assistance with sign up.

Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, will be directed by Don Alder.

All roles receive remuneration. Lakewood encourages diversity in casting and the directing team is strongly seeking artists of all races, cultural backgrounds, abilities, body types, and gender identities to audition for all roles. 

Callbacks will be held at the directors descression Wednesday July 17 at 6pm.

Audition Location: Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

Materials Needed:

  • Please complete the online appointment sign-up at Lakewood-center.org.
  • Please email a resume and headshot to bio@lakewood-center.org and note “OFF” and your LAST NAME in the subject line. Please bring both resume and headshot to your audition appointment as backup.
  • Callbacks will be at the director’s discretion.
  • Conflicts not listed at the time of audition may not be honored. 

Auditions:

  • Auditions will consist of a read from the script. (No prepared monologues necessary.) Sides are available through the theater’s website.
  • Please do not be concerned with which role you may be asked to read. Director will read for specific roles at call-backs.
  • Actors will be asked to complete an online audition form, including any rehearsal or performance conflicts and vaccination status.

Sides:
Side 1: Dolly
Side 2: Gary, Lloyd
Side 3: Lloyd, Gary, Belinda, Freddy
Side 4: Freddy, Lloyd, Belinda
Side 5: Selsdon, Burgler
Side 6: Tim, Poppy, Lloyd
Side 7: Poppy
Side 8: Freddy, Belinda
Side 9: Gary, Brooke

Rehearsals: Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in January. The tentative schedule planned will be Monday – Thursday 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, and Saturdays andSundays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  A final schedule will be determined after the first cast meeting at the discretion of the director.

Performance Schedule: Noises Off opens February 28, 2025 and continues through April 6. 2025 Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays, at 2:00 PM and two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the Play
In theatre parlance, “noises off” refers to commotion in the wings. In Frayn’s play, the noises are the backstage yelps and battle cries by third-rate touring actors who are supposed to be presenting a saucy little sex farce called Nothing On. Everything goes wrong except the things that should go wrong. With a plot involving wayward plates of sardines, misplaced clothing and an Arab sheik, Nothing On is the silliest and most ineptly acted play one could ever hope to encounter. Noises Off has been the most requested comedy to be restaged by the Lakewood Subscribers.

Character breakdown
DOTTY OTLEY A late-middle aged actress… very good natured. Plays Mrs. Clackett, the housekeeper for the Brents’ home in England in Nothing’s On. Is having a thing with Garry.

LLOYD DALLAS The director of the play-within-the-play, called Nothing’s On. Harried, hassled and horny.

GARRY LEJEUNE A stuttering actor, easily fired up. Plays Roger, the estate agent looking to let the Brents’ house in Nothing’s On.

BROOKE ASHTON A young inexperienced actress from London. Plays Vicki, who works for the tax authorities and is trying to woo Roger in Nothing’s On.

POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR Assistant Stage Manager who is romatically involved with the director, Lloyd Dallas.

FREDERICK FELLOWES Has a serious fear of violence and blood. Plays Phillip Brent, who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit in Nothing’s On.

BELINDA BLAIR Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. Plays FLavia, Phillip Brent’s wife, who is dependable, though no one for household duties in Nothing’s On.

TIM ALLGOOD An over-worked Stage Manager who also understudies two roles in Nothing’s On. Very capable but exhausted throughout.

SELSDON MOWBRAY Elderly and with actorly mannerisms. Plays Selsdon, a burgler and an old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents’ house in Nothing’s On. 
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About Lakewood Theatre Company

72 Years of Live Theatre: Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1952, Lakewood Theatre Company is a theatre dedicated to the study and presentation of drama in all its forms; the training and development of actors; and the creation, maintenance, and operation of a theatre in which to present plays and other forms of entertainment. Lakewood Theatre Company is the oldest continually operated, not-for-profit theatre company in the Portland Metropolitan area. It annually provides more than 350 theatre artists the opportunity to learn and display their craft and attracts more than 35,000 people to its shows.

– 72 Season –

Productions in the 2024-25 season are underwritten, in part, by

The Oregon Arts Commission

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Kinsman Foundation

The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation

The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation

Marilyn & Ron Nutting

Don & Jessie Adams

The Jackson Foundation

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