Will Kempe’s Players Seek Two Child Actors for “Happy Birthday Wanda June”

We at Will Kempe’s Players are looking for two child actors (1 male 1 female/10-16) to fill two roles in our first production of the 2018 season, Happy Birthday Wanda June, by Kurt Vonnegut.

In his first published play, Kurt Vonnegut finds a powerful vehicle for his tragicomical imagination. When the great hunter Harold Ryan–missing and presumed dead–returns from South America after eight years, his wife is aghast and his son is enchanted. Happy Birthday Wanda June is a play about expectations vs. reality, ideas of masculinity, and what it means to be a hero.

**This production does have mature language, and descriptions of sexual situations, none of which are exhibited by the minor cast members.***

Available roles:

Wanda June- (female, 10 years old) The play?s title character, ten year old Wanda June, is dead, hit by an ice cream truck on her birthday, and is now in heaven. With her bubbly attitude and wisdom beyond her years, she isn’t upset about being dead one bit.

The actor playing Wanda June must read young, but an older actor may be considered. We may also consider casting an understudy for this role.

Paul Ryan- (male, 13 years old) The son of Penelope and Harold Ryan. Paul was only four years old when his his father disappeared. He idolizes the idea of his father, but is devastated by who his father reveals himself to be.

Paul has a wide range of emotional depth that may require an actor a bit older than the stated in the description. Those considered will be asked to return for callbacks to read with Penelope and Harold.

*Auditions will be held at the Washington Ave location of the Albany County Public Library,161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210 on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm in the auditorium. *

WKP is a touring company and performances are; one week in May 11-13th at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St, Troy, and a second week in June at the Albany Barn theater 56 2nd St, Albany.


Please contact us at willkempesplayers@gmail.com Happy Birthday Wanda June Auditions in the subject line, to schedule an appointment. Auditions will consist of reading provided sides from the play, short monologues encouraged but not mandatory. All auditioners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Will Kempe’s Players Cooperative is a new company based out of Troy, NY with the intention of putting on theatrical works not only by Shakespeare, but also his contemporaries in productions that are both integral and idiomatic to the Elizabethan era. We also intend to produce new works relevant to our experiences in the current times and begin a narrative of regenerative creativity in a world we feel could benefit from it. “…and we’ll strive to please you every day.”

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