LCP AUDITIONS FOR 2019-2020 SEASON
Mom’s The Word
By Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol,
Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams
November 20 and 21, 2019
Auditions & Callbacks will be held in Maryse Leitch Hall in the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. Paid parking available at rear of building. Street parking is free after 6:00pm. Enter through box office doors.
DIRECTOR: Rob Coles
PRODUCER: Aiden Thomas
STAGE MANAGER: Mona Brennan-Coles
AUDITIONS: Will be conducted in a group setting with participants having the opportunity to read several of the roles. Readings will consist of straight monologues or in groups of two as the scene demands. Option of Wednesday, November 20 or Thursday, November 21. Both days 7:00-10:00 pm.
CALLBACKS: Only if required – date and time to be determined if necessary.
PRODUCTION DATES: February 27 – March 8, 2020 on the Main Stage at the Palace Theatre.
REHEARSALS: Ideally blocking rehearsals will be held Sundays (1- 5pm), Mondays, and Wednesdays (7-9 pm) starting January 5, 2020. Readings and table talk will occur Dec 9, 11, and 16.
Mom’s the Word was created out of a Saturday morning writers’ support group. Getting together to share their experiences, six women performers struck upon the idea to write about what they were going through as mothers trying to maintain their careers, their individual identities and their relationships with their partners. The result is an evening of hilarious stories, bittersweet monologues, poetic reflections and revelatory anecdotes. Touching tales of giving birth to a premature baby are balanced against comic, ribald rants on diaper soup; whispered, hesitant conversations about sex after children; and the desperate confessionals of the over-stressed.
All six moms have two children, display the keenly-honed emotional edge of the sleep-deprived and share among themselves (and with the audience) some of the most outrageous stories ever heard on the agony and ecstasy of motherhood—all of them true. Mom’s the Word offers its audiences an emotional nakedness that is instantly recognizable as elemental. An evening with these Moms is one of those rare occasions where life, stripped to its essentials, does not imitate art, but lifts itself on its diaper-pins to become art.
The result is one of the most popular shows ever to come out of the Vancouver theatre community. Originally presented at the 1994 Women in View Festival, Mom’s the Word moved rapidly from smaller stages to a tour of Western Canada in 1996-1997; to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in 1998; to London in 1999; and is scheduled for performances in the USA, Israel and Spain in 2000.
*Winner 1995 Arts Club Theatre – Jessie Richardson Award: Outstanding Original Play or Music
There are six (6) female roles available and the women portrayed are as diverse in their opinions, appearances, and perspectives as one can possibly imagine. The actors must pull off the illusion that they are not acting but rather relating a true story about themselves. All must be comfortable with addressing the audience directly.
Robin: Robin is practical, realistic, and down to earth. She has a dry sense of humour and takes no BS.
Alison: Alison relates the stories of her premature firstborn in a clear and unsentimental way. Her life’s experiences have in no way dampened her sense of humour.
Linda: Linda has the ability to commit 110% to bother her quest to communicate and the ridiculous.
Barbara: Barbara is physically, comedically, and vocally large.
Jill: Jill is a self-proclaimed bohemian who struggles with low self-esteem. She was in her thirties when her first child was born.
Deborah: Deborah is an edgy comedienne, who does not pull any punches with the bleakness of her stories.
If you would like to view the script in advance, please contact the Palace Theatre Box Office (519-432-1029). A $20 refundable deposit is required to sign out a script.
If you are not an actor but would like to work on a show, please contact us! There are usually more people working backstage and in the booth than there are on stage.
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