Eclectic Full Contact Theatre is now accepting submissions for their upcoming world premiere production of "The Wonder" by Maggie Lou Rader and directed by Gaby Labotka, running 4/21-5/13 at The Edge Theatre, 5451 N Broadway.
The Wonder is inspired by the first documented case of spiritual possession in America. Mary Roff's unearthly illness turns her family and the town of Watseka, Illinois upside down, that is, until Lurancy Vennum follows in her footsteps. The Wonder is a journey of hope, loss, undying familial love, and healing beyond the bounds of this world. Also, it's a ghost story. An American Midwest Gothic ghost story for mothers and daughters.
"Content Advisory: This play and some of the sides contain mentions and/or depictions of blood, seizure, self-mutilation, suicide, and miscarriage."
Audition Dates: Video Submissions due by February 12th, in person auditions will be February 15th from 6-10 pm
Audition Location: Broadway United Methodist Church 3338 N Broadway. BUMC is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator to reach the rehearsal space.. The auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides can be found at eclectic-theatre.com/auditions. Actors will be scheduled for a one-hour block of time and read with other auditionees within that block of time. When submitting, please let us know your accessibility needs.
Pay: $250 stipend/ $125 for understudies. Understudies are guaranteed one performance.
See below for character breakdown
A note about characters-the following character pronouns reflect the character as written, but not necessarily the way the characters will be cast. Actors of all gender identities are encouraged to audition for whichever character(s) speaks to you. In the words of director Gaby Labotka, "I encourage and celebrate gender f@$#ery"
Also, while "The Wonder" is based on actual people, specified identities or casting requirements are not explicitly written into the characterizations. EFCT is committed to casting that reflects the world we live in and the community we are a part of. Therefore, BIPOC, AAPI, Latine actors, actors of all gender identities, abilities, and body types are invited to audition for any character.
Mary and Ann do sing in the play, but we do not need to see you sing at the audition.
Ann Roff- (She/Her) Mary's mother. Loves fiercely, lives quietly.. most of the time.
Mary Roff- (She /Her) A young woman of stunning heart. Wise, patient, loving, if not a bit timid.
Asa Roff- (He/Him) Mary's father. Possesses as much hope as goodness. Both are a lot.
Lurancy "Rancy" Vennum- (She/Her) A young woman who most adults would call "a handful." Smart, impatient, fourteen.
Lurinda Vennum- (She/Her) Lurancy's mother. A woman who tries in all things.
"The Wonder" goes into rehearsals March 6th. Rehearsals are Mondays-Thursdays from 7-10 and Saturdays from 12:30-6 at the Broadway United Methodist Church 3338 N Broadway
Tech for actors begins 4/13 at the Edge Theatre 5451 N Broadway. Exact times TBD, but there will be no 10 out of 12's.
Previews run 4/18-4/20 at 7:30 Regular run is Th-Sat at 7:30, Sat matinee at 2:00, and Sunday matinee at 3:00. The Edge Theatre;s performance space and dressing room/backstage areas are all wheelchair accessible