Auditions

WHAT: Auditions for Top Girls (performing November 9-18).

WHERE: Auditions will be held in Kimpel Hall Room 404. 

WHEN: General auditions - Wednesday, Sept 12th from 6pm to 10pm
Initial callbacks will be held in the last hour of the general audition (9pm to 10pm). Additional callbacks may be announced as needed.

Rehearsals will begin on October 1, 2018.

WHO CAN AUDITION: Department of Theatre auditions are open to all current University of Arkansas students.
You do not need to be a Theatre major or minor to audition or be cast. However, you must be willing to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule, which includes evening and weekend commitments.

If you have any questions about the time commitment involved, please send your question to theatre@uark.edu and we will get it to the appropriate director.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Sides from the show will be used for this audition. Please contact Joe Millet for a copy of the sides that have been selected.
However, actors are also encouraged to prepare a single monologue up to 2 minutes if desired. This monologue will be in addition to reading from the script. If you choose to include a prepared monologue, please let audition staff know when you arrive.

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About the Play

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill won the Obie Award for Best Play when it was
produced in NYC in 1986 and was recently remounted on Broadway
featuring Marisa Tomei and Martha Plimpton.

In Top Girls, Marlene has been promoted to managing director of the
London based Top Girls employment agency and has unequivocally fought
her way to the top. This tragic-comic play highlights the different sides of
being a thriving career woman in the 1980s.

In the opening act, Marlene hosts a dinner party to celebrate her promotion attended by several famous female figures from history and literature, including the Victorian British explorer Isabella Bird, Pope Joan, the courtesan turned nun Lady Nijo, and Patient Griselda from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The
unlikely group discuss their own histories and sacrifices. As the play moves on to focus on high-flying Marlene, it becomes clear that her professional success has deeply damaged her personal life. Her relationship with her working class sister, Joyce, is strained and distant-- while Joyce’s daughter, Angie, does not realize that Marlene is actually her mother. Leaping back and forth in time, Marlene attempts to make sense of her life and come to terms with her decisions in the age of Margaret Thatcher and the pursuit of success at all costs.

About the Characters

Lady Nijo - A courtesan to the Emperor of Japan in the 13th Century and later, a
Buddhist nun. She had 4 children, all of whom were taken away from her.
She is one of Marlene's dinner guests in Act I.

Kit - Angie’s younger next-door neighbor and closest friend. Kit is a bright,
innocent 12 year old with academic ambitions who often is bullied by Angie
(and must be smaller than she).

Shona (played by the same actor who plays Kit) - A young woman who interviews with Nell at Top Girls. Nell is impressed
with her until she discovers that Shona has a wild imagination, telling her
false stories about her background.


Audition Material

For Kit: P45-47
Kit and Angie both have a working class/Northern English dialect
Begin with Kit: Do you wanna watch the Exterminator?
End with Angie: You don’t know nothing because you’re just a baby.

For Shona (played by same actor as Kit): p. 71-74
Shona has standard English/London accents.
Begin w/ Nell: Is this right? You are Shona?
End w/ Shona I could though, I bet you

For Lady Nijo: the Lady Nijo monologue of your choice

Spring 2019 Auditions will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018

WHAT: Auditions for Macbeth (performing February 1-10) and A Little Night Music (performing April 5-14)

WHERE: Auditions will be held in the University Theater in the Fine Arts Center. 
Callback locations to be announced. All locations are subject to change.

WHEN: General auditions - Sunday, November 4 from 10am to 5pm
Callbacks will be held on the evenings of Monday, 4/5 and Tuesday 4/6 from 5pm to 10pm. Individual callback schedules will be announced after the initial audition.

WHO CAN AUDITION: Department of Theatre auditions are open to all current University of Arkansas students.
You do not need to be a Theatre major or minor to audition or be cast. However, you must be willing to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule, which includes evening and weekend commitments.

If you have any questions about the time commitment involved, please send your question to theatre@uark.edu and we will get it to the appropriate director.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Two contrasting monologues of up to 3 minutes (combined) is preferred. 
However, a single monologue up to 2 minutes is also acceptable. If you are auditioning for the musical, you will also need to prepare a short selection of music (no more than 1 minute in length) and bring the sheet music with you.

Further details will be given closer to the audition date, or you can email theatre@uark.edu with any questions.