Warsaw Uprising Original Play Audition Notice
Coming this May, Ad Astra Theatre Troupe, Ltd. will preview its first original play written by SUNY Adirondack professor Lale Davidson, and local teens, Catie LeCours and Grace Alberti. Based on the women of the Warsaw Uprising, our story follows two sisters in the early days of the ill-fated rebellion. “Uprising” examines childhood intertwined with warfare, culture tangled with causality, and the uncanny presence of those lost.
Ad Astra Theatre Troupe is seeking a main cast of thirteen teenage actors and a small teen ensemble. Auditionees should be versatile and fascinated by character analysis, with a desire to participate in an authentic workshop experience. There is no fee required to audition or participate in the production.
Auditions — 2-5pm, February 3rd
Callbacks — 2-5pm, February 10th
Rehearsals will take place Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm starting March 24th at the Bloom Movement Studio in Saratoga Springs. Most actors will not be called to every rehearsal,
Performances will take place in late May and early June, 2018.
Auditions will take place at Bloom: A Movement Studio, Suite 1000, 153 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
WHO WE ARE
Ad Astra Theatre Troupe is a non-profit teen-run performance company focusing on spreading education, confidence, and a sense of community through the arts. Founded in 2017, we’re unique because we provide opportunities for local teens to experience leadership in all forms of theatrical development, with new opportunities in direction, production, choreography, technical, publicity, and stage management, with little to no cost to families. For more information please visit www.adastratroupe.org.
WHAT TO EXPECT Please register by emailing your interest to AdAstraTroupe@gmail.com by January 31, 2018. You will be sent an audition form to fill out and the audition sides. Bring the completed form with you to auditions on February 3, 2018.
Familiarize yourself with the character descriptions, plot summary and your preferred sides. You will be asked to read in front of the group of auditionees.
Within three days after the audition, a callback list will be sent out, with additional sides and information. Callbacks will be February 10, 2018, from 2-5pm. A cast list will be emailed out a week after callbacks.
HALINA DOBOSZ – 17. A skilled combatant caught between the desire to preserve some semblance of a normal life for her younger sister and the desire to uphold her beliefs by joining the Uprising. She finds herself strained between realism and impulse.
ELŻBIETA DOBOSZ – 13. Halina’s idealistic younger sister, who wants nothing more than to be included in her sister’s life, and in the rebellion at large. Stubborn to a fault, steadfast ‘til the end.
BEATA KOCHANSKA – 16. Born to a German mother and a Polish father. Through naivete rather than callousness, she takes her privileges for granted. An excitable, romantic, and somewhat oblivious character, she has no trouble finding things to moan about. Her features tend towards her German lineage.
JADWIGA MIKITIENSKA – 18. A courier who is informally Ignacy’s second in command, due to her rational nature. Despite her seeming sobriety, she can be convinced to dance if it’s Zofia doing the convincing.
ZOFIA ZALENSKA – 17. A passionate combatant with a wit and intelligence that could take down an army. Thoroughly enjoys messing with her friends, and is quite excellent at it, too. Appreciates a good flirt with Jadwiga.
STEFANIA OLBRYS – 19. The daughter of an Underground supplier. Very knowledgeable in the goings-on of the resistance. As she grew up into it, her resources and organization remain as a necessity for the group – a fact she relishes in.
PIOTR KOSTKA – 15. Your local saucy rogue. A self-assured and somewhat flirtatious young man. A longtime friend of the Dobosz girls.
ZYGMUND KOSTKA – 17. Piotr’s brother, composed of a similar merry temperament. He takes every opportunity he can get to inform Halina of his feelings for her – most often through swank.
IGNACY ROSAK – 19. The leader of Halina’s battalion. A true pragmatist, his cynical sense of humor does not diminish his ardent belief in the uprising.
MATEUSZ ŚWITALSKI – 16. Another member of Ignacy’s battalion. He is deeply distrustful of anyone German, and it has been suggested that he has a more
sympathetic view of the USSR than is healthy.
WITOLD STYS – 18. Another member of Ignacy’s battalion. He is deeply religious which occasionally leads to conflict with the communism that fascinates Mateusz.
OTTO HEIDRICH – 18. An agent of the Gestapo. An intelligent mind always seeking justification for the atrocities he participates in, but who is not brave enough to resist the pressure put on him by his oppressive society. His desire for praise and conformity ultimately wins out over his sympathy for other humans.
ERHARD TEUFEL – 17. Another agent of the Gestapo. Angered by the hard times Germany has been subjected to, he carries out his duties with cruel glee. He is very aware of his power, and revels in it.