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Auditions for Exit 7 Youth Players Productions of She Kills Monsters, and The Wolves!

Exit 7 Players is thrilled to announce that we will be holding auditions for our E7 Youth Players production of She Kills Monsters, and The Wolves!

After a difficult year for many young people in our community, we could not be happier to welcome the youth back to the Paul R. Hamel stage at the Exit 7 Players theater.

Since 1985, Exit 7 Players has been committed to supporting youth theater. We believe that theater is critically important to the education, creativity and self-esteem of young people and are committed to supporting young actors and in our community.

Last year, we made the difficult decision to cancel the summer youth production due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, it is our intention to rehearse and perform these two plays in-person, in full compliance with all applicable Covid-19 public health and safety guidelines in effect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The safety of our guests, members and volunteers is our most important priority. We will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure that Exit 7 reopens to the public only when it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with any health and safety guidelines.

Performance dates for She Kills Monsters is August 5-8 and The Wolves is scheduled for performances on August 12-15. It is possible that ticket availability for these productions may be limited by any social distancing requirements for audiences in Massachusetts in effect at that time.

How to Audition – Auditions will take place online, over Zoom, on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16. Callback auditions for roles, if needed, will take place the following weekend, May 22 and 23. These may also take place on Zoom or may be held in-person at the Exit 7 Players theater at 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow, MA 01056. If you are not called back for a role, this does not mean that you are not cast as we may choose not to have callback auditions.

Youth wishing to audition must complete and submit the Audition Application via email no later than May 12, 2021 (e7youthauditions@gmail.com). Please include a photo/headshot and resume in your package:

1.      Audition Application (link for the Audition Application https://forms.gle/tVurUhVwoWdmrgsi8) - please fill out this application, and when you are finished, click submit to send in your application.

2.      Photo/Headshot & Resume – Also, please email a recent photo or headshot and resume, if you have one, to e7youthauditions@gmail.com. If you do not have a professional headshot, you do not have to get one for this audition. There is a section on the application to list any theater experience. However, if you have a theater resume, please also attach that and send it to us in the same email with your photo. If you do not have a theater resume, it is not required for you to make one for this audition. Please include your name and date of birth in the subject of the email that you send.

3.      Prepare Two Monologues for Your Zoom Audition – (please see below for more information).

Individuals of any background, level of experience (including those new to theater), race, gender identity, and orientation are encouraged to apply. Individuals auditioning for roles that were assigned a specific gender by the playwright, should be comfortable playing that character’s assigned gender.

Once you submit your completed Audition Application and email your photo/headshot and resume, you will receive a confirmation email from Exit 7.

A separate email with a Zoom audition date and time will be sent to all applicants no later than May 13.

In addition, youth who are interested in working behind the scenes as part of the technical crew (sound, lighting, stage hands) may also email us at e7youthauditions@gmail.com. Volunteers for the technical crew may be needed for both productions. Technical crew should plan on joining rehearsals at some point in July and must be available August 1– August 8 for She Kills Monsters, and August 1 and August 8 – 15 for The Wolves

Preparation and Expectations for Zoom Auditions – Everyone who auditions must prepare two short monologues to perform live during their Zoom audition. One should be comedic, and one should be more appropriate for drama or feature the more serious side of your acting ability. Each monologue should be 30 seconds – 1 minute in length. Monologues may be longer than that, but not excessively so in fairness to the other actors scheduled to audition.

This exercise should show us that you are capable of interpreting dialogue in a serious or comedic manner, and can make choices in how you communicate to your audience. We may ask some of those auditioning to repeat their monologue in a manner or style that we would like to hear from you (ex. would you read this as if you are sad, or as if you are happy). Monologues may, but do not have to be memorized. If you are unsure about what to prepare for your monologues, try something from a play or movie that you like, or try looking on a website like www.monlogueblogger.com. No preference will be given to what anyone chooses to read at auditions. We are looking to see how you read and interpret your monologues.

All roles are open for both plays, but casting must be limited to the roles listed in this notice. Due to this limitation and health and safety guidelines for Covid-19, we cannot cast everyone who auditions. For those that are not cast in either production, on request, we will email information about additional theater opportunities and/or provide feedback on your audition.

Rehearsals – If you are cast in either production, we require a genuine commitment from all involved, both at and outside of rehearsals. All actors are expected to attend every rehearsal, with limited exceptions or conflicts. Show dates and technical weeks (August 1 – August 8 for She Kills Monsters, and/or August 1 and August 8 – 15 for The Wolves) are required attendance, no exceptions. Any conflicts must be communicated on your audition sheets. We are unable to cast individuals with excessive conflicts. If you are concerned that conflicts may be excessive or that you may be ineligible due to your unavailability, this can be discussed when you submit your application. If you are cast in either show, individuals who continue to add conflict or vacation dates and/or do not attend rehearsals risk having their roles recast and being removed from the production at any point in the rehearsal process.

Anticipated rehearsal dates for both productions are as follows: Sundays early to late afternoon, and evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Specific times for each production’s rehearsals will be determined at a later date. Not all may be called for each rehearsal, but individuals should plan to be available for all rehearsals. Rehearsals will begin with the read-through date for both shows on May 30, 2021.

Masks and social distancing will be required for all rehearsals, unless or until state Covid-19 regulations are modified or changed. Additional information about rehearsal expectations and safety compliance will be communicated at a later date to everyone cast in the productions. All Covid-19 safety regulations will be followed throughout rehearsals and in performance.

The Plays – A synopsis of the plays, roles available and character requirements are as follows:

She Kills Monsters (Young Adventurers Edition) by Qui Nguyen
Performance Dates: Thursday, August 5, 2021 to Sunday, August 8, 2021
Eligible Ages of Participants – (11-19)
Directed by Drew & Stephanie Gilbert

Debuting in NYC in 2011, She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy set in the ‘90s in Ohio, and in the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons. It tells the story of Agnes, who has lost her sister and family in a car accident. On finding her sister’s Dungeons & Dragons game, Agnes embarks on a journey to better know her sister, and finds herself catapulted into the adventure and fantasy world that was her sister’s refuge in life. Along the way, she encounters fairies, elves and ogres and plenty of references to ‘90s popular culture. The play has minor adult themes. The version to be performed at Exit 7 was written specifically for youth actors.

Roles (& Monsters) Available – (Gender listed below is the required gender of the character, not the actor playing the role)

Agnes – (Gender F) from Athens, Ohio. Smart and snarky cheerleader, but a bit lost with unsettled questions.

Tilly – (Gender F) sister of Agnes, creative, questioning and vulnerable, lover of Dungeons & Dragons, LGBTQ.

Chuck – (Gender M) Grunge influenced, nerdy comic book store employee, uber-Dungeon Master, “DM Biggs”.

Miles – (Gender M) Agnes’ boyfriend and high school football player. Also plays a gelatinous cube monster.

Kaliope/Kelly – (Gender F) Dark elf with superior strength/cheerful girl with physical disability.

Lilith/Lily – (Gender F) Demon queen and girlfriend of Tillus the Paladin/quiet & shy teen.

Vera – (Gender F) Agnes’ friend, gothic cheerleader, GAP employee and not a fan of Miles.

Orcus/Ronnie – (Gender M) Demon overload of the Underworld/awkward teen boy.

Narrator (Gender F or M) mysterious narrator of the story.

Evil Gabbi/The Beholder – (Gender F) mean girl & evil succubus cheerleader/D&D boss monster.

Evil Tina/Farrah the Faerie – (Gender F) mean girl & evil succubus cheerleader/D&D boss monster.

Steve (the Mage) – (Gender M) classmate of Tilly and mage in need of honing his magic skills.

Monsters – Many characters will also double as kobolds, wraiths, bugbears and other assorted monsters.

The Wolves -  by Sarah DeLappe
Performance Dates: Thursday, August 12, 2021 to Sunday, August 15, 2021
Eligible Ages of Participants – (13-19)
Directed by Stephanie & Drew Gilbert

All of the characters listed below are female gendered and youth actors must be ages 13-19 to be considered.

The Wolves is the story of nine teenage girls, and revolves around the interactions and conversations that they have with one another on the soccer field during pregame warmups. Characters are identified only by numbers, but come from various backgrounds and perspectives. Actors play members of the soccer team, and should know or be able to learn some physical soccer warm ups and activities (concerns about the physicality or athletic nature of these characters can be addressed with the directors and should not be a barrier to auditioning). Character discussion ranges from the mundane and frivolous to more serious and significant concerns. Ultimately, the team emerges ready for any challenge that lies ahead-they are the Wolves! The Wolves is a critically acclaimed play and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Wolves does have some adult themes and language, and is appropriate for audiences age 13 and up.

Roles Available –

#11 – Midfield. Brainy, morbid, budding elitist, thoughtful.

#25 – Defense. Captain. (Ex)coach’s daughter.

#13 – Midfield. Daffy and wacky teen.

#46 – Bench. New girl, awkward, just wants to fit in with peers.

#2 – Defense. Innocent, unlucky and kind.

#7 – Striker. Too cool for school, sarcastic with thick eyeliner.

#14 – Midfield. #7’s insecure sidekick.

#8 – Defense. Childlike and determined to stay that way.

#00 – Goalie, Suffers from anxiety, perfectionist and high achiever.  

Those cast in either production will be required to become a member of Exit 7 for a nominal fee ($5 individual, $10 for a couple, or $15 for families) and pay a $20 Activity Fee, which will be used to help pay for production expenses. Scholarships are available for those that cannot afford to pay these fees. Audition applications, photos and resumes must be emailed to Exit 7 at e7youthauditions@gmail.com no later than May 12, 2021.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at e7youthauditions@gmail.com.