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Roles available in OLT’s 2015-2016 Season – The Book of Characters

Local playwright!  Popup: Life is Complicated by Kendra Leanne Malm (Comedy – Staged Reading) 

***AUDITIONS / CALLBACKS CHANGED *** Director Martin Larson AUDITIONS/CALLBACKS Monday April 25 & Wednesday April 27 @ 7pm

Chelsea Walsh is a single professional woman in her forties. Egged on by her free-spirited best friend, she starts a relationship with a much younger man who works down the hall from her.  Then her mother shows up and reveals something about Chelsea's past that she would rather have kept hidden.  This revelation shocks her new boyfriend, fascinates her best friend, causes conflict in her family, and makes Chelsea re-evaluate her life so far.

Performance Dates:
7:55pm:  6/9, 6/10, 6/11
1:55pm:  6/12


Chelsea Walsh  A single professional woman, urban planner for the city of Seattle, mid 40’s. She is attractive, and dresses professionally, but stylishly. She is also quite tall, with an athletic figure rather than being either model-slender or curvy, moving with a controlled energy. She has a dry sense of humor which she often uses to protect herself and which becomes more biting after her secret is revealed.

Zoë Vandervecken     A free-spirited artist/graphic designer, Chelsea’s friend, 30’s.  Bright and outgoing, she has no filters and says whatever pops into her mind, though there is no malice in her and she is not by any means dumb. She has a hip style to her dress that’s not exactly high-fashion, nor bohemian, nor artsy, but a unique combination of the three.

Dave Walsh       Owner of a game & comic store, Chelsea’s brother, late 30’s.  His laid-back manner and geek attitude hide a sharp mind, which he uses to banter with his sister and later with Zoë.  Supports Chelsea when things go south on her.

Jordan Kramer  Lawyer for city, works in same building as Chelsea, 30’s.  Chelsea’s love interest and a match for her physically and intellectually.  Has an off-beat sense of humor which compliments hers and helps bring her out of her shell.  Is hurt and perplexed when Chelsea’s secret comes out because she didn’t confide in him.

Midge Walsh     Stylish suburban housewife, Chelsea’s mom, 60’s.  She’s a trim, stylish woman, the picture of the perfect upper-middle-class housewife and mother, which is part of her problem; she has a deep need to keep up that image.  Not pleased with the choices Chelsea has made and is the vehicle for her secret coming out.  She does love her children and is in her own meddling way trying to protect Chelsea.

Chuck Walsh     Aerospace engineer & ex-Marine, Chelsea’s dad, 60’s.  He is a tall, fit man with a very no-nonsense manner to him.  Reserved almost to the point of being taciturn, he takes life as it comes, though this hides a similar sense of humor as Chelsea’s.

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (Drama)

Director Toni C. Holm <> AUDITIONS / CALLBACKS May 15 to 17 (May 15 @ 2pm, May 16 @ 7pm, May 17/18 callbacks at 7 pm if needed) Final casting mid May 2016, Rehearsals Begin June 1

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (Drama).  Brooke Wyeth’s family have always been involved in both Hollywood and conservative politics:   In Palm Springs, CA with her for a Christmas reunion are: her father (a former Western movie star known for his prolonged death scenes and a staunch GOP politician), her mother (fiercely protective, but a forceful practitioner of “tough love”) and aunt (liberal and alcoholic) and her brother, creator of a highly successful “reality” TV show.   Brooke has brought the manuscript of her long-awaited new book, a memoir about her older brother’s death, his involvement in a fatal Vietnam War-era bombing of a military recruitment center, and her view of their parents' responsibility for his suicide.  Is she seeking forgiveness or permission?  How will her image-conscious family cope?  What really happened to her older brother?

Performance Dates:
7:55pm:  7/8, 7/9, 7/14, 7/15, 7/16, 7/21, 7/22, 7/23
1:55pm:  7/17, 7/24

Characters are smart, quick-witted and most, deeply flawed. The dialog is swift and sharp.  Actors must be quick.  It’s a drama, but with a fair amount of humor and big doses of irony. The characters are not always exactly what they initially appear to be.
Trip: “We’re all adults here; they will accept it.”
Brooke: “Trip, have you met our parents?”
Brooke Wyeth: (female, late 20’sto early 40’s.) An intelligent, tortured and dry-witted writer, with issues. She idolized her long-gone older brother, doesn’t much like her mother, and tends to bond with her aunt and brother. She is forced to reevaluate all these relationships and some life-long assumptions during the course of the play.
Polly Wyeth: (female, 60’s) Brooke’s Mother. Tough, elegant, forthright and whip-smart. Republican and conservative to the core.  Polly is a “bitch” with high standards for herself and those around her. Externally, fiercely protective of her family, she is not “nice”, but would do anything for her children. The challenge to playing her will be to make her admirable, even if not always likeable.
Lyman Wyeth: (male 60’s-early 70’s.) A former Western movie star. (His lengthy death scene were legendary.)  He’s fit & handsome, but not as strong as he used to be. He loves his children. He’s compassionate but has very firm beliefs about right and wrong. 
Trip Wyeth: (male, mid-20’s-30’s) the younger son. Bright and a bit snarky, he’s the creator and  producer of a TV realty series called “Jury of your Peers”  The only relaxed person in the family Trip has clearly done a lot of therapy.  He’s generally sane and happy with his life and if the others scorn his creation, he’s OK with that.
Silda Grauman: (female, 50+) Sister to Polly. Former Hollywood writer (with her sister). Wise-cracking, alcoholic, a just-out-of-rehab a mess, but with a lot of style.  She’s bright & desperate. Lovely character study of her by Judith Light
For more information about any of the productions, contact the directors directly or the OLT office at 360-786-9484.

   General info about OLT auditions

Our audition procedures are generally as follows, but may vary at the discretion of the Director:
Auditions are typically held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both nights of auditions, but you are welcome to read both nights of auditions if you'd like. If callbacks are necessary, the director will schedule the date and time.

Audition appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend auditions on the regularly scheduled days and times. In that case, the Director may agree to schedule a separate audition appointment for you. This choice is entirely up to the Director.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not need to have prepared monologues. Copies of the scripts for the current season's plays are available at the Downtown, Lacey, and Tumwater branches of the Timberland Library. You may ask for a copy of the script at the information desk. Scripts are only available for use at the library and may not be checked out.

Headshots and resumes are welcome at auditions, but are not necessary.

Rehearsals are typically Monday through Thursday. Additional rehearsals and/or the rehearsal schedule are at the Director's discretion. Performances are typically Thursday through Sunday; Sunday is the only matinee. Special performances are typically on the Tuesday evening after the second weekend of performances.

Olympia Little Theatre is a community theater and you need not have any previous experience, just passion and commitment!