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When are the auditions?


Saturday, June 1 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Carleton Place Arena


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Time slot choices: 12:00  * 12:30 * 1:00 * 1:30 * 2:00 * 2:30  * 3:00

Fill out the Audition sheet, print it out and bring it to your audition.

READ THROUGH: Will happen on June 15, place and time to be determined.

How should I prepare for the audition?


Be prepared to:

  • Read aloud from the script

  • Repeat some simple dance steps

  • Sing 16 bars from one of these two songs

Join us at our pre-audition info session!


Saturday, May 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Carleton Place Arena.

For anyone who wants to know more about the show—whether you want to be onstage or backstage—this session will help you decide!

What’s it all about?


A young boy takes refuge in the Carleton Place Museum and he finds a magical archive where every item, when touched, brings history to life. He meets an Indigenous warrior, a historian, and the museum curator. They teach the boy about our past and present; how the threads of love, time, death, sacrifice and community weave together to create a beautiful tapestry.

Is it a musical?


You bet it is! The song list includes:

  • Remember – Harry Nilsson

  • Gentle Annie – Stephen Foster

  • Bottle of Smoke – The Pogues

  • Wavin' Flag – K'naan

  • Paper Moon – Harold Arlen

  • Highway of Heroes – The Trews and Gordie Johnson

  • As Time Goes By – Herman Hupfeld

  • History Repeating – Propellerheads: Miss Shirley Bassey

  • The Greatest Love of All – Linda Creed and Michael Masser

  • Abide With Me/Shall We Gather at the River – Hymns

  • Bibit – from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

What are the show dates?

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 @7:30

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 @7:30

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 2:00

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @7:30

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 @7:30

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 @7:30

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 2:00

Who’s in charge?


The core crew includes:

  • Producer: Jeff Lee

  • Writer/Director: Catherine Clark

  • Assistant to Catherine Clark: Jennifer Pfitzer

  • Pianist: Peter Brown

  • Musical Director: Laurel Tye

  • Stage Manager: Barb Dickson


What kinds of roles are in the show?


Fun fact: The show needs 40 actors to play 116 parts!

Principle roles

  • Billy| Boy | 12 to 15

  • Warrior| Man | Indigenous | 25 to 50

  • HistorianMan 45 to 85

  • CuratorWoman 35 to 75

Secondary roles

  • Morphy| Founding father | 35 to 65 Irish accent Will be a “heckler” seated in the audience

  • Moore| Founding father | 35 to 65 Irish accent Will be a “heckler” seated in the audience

  • Celtic/Highland dancers| 6 girls or young women

Supporting roles (each actor will play several roles)

Roles include: Pioneers, lumberjacks, immigrants, historical persons and more!

  • 4 Women | Various ages

  • 12 Men | Various ages

  • 3 Girls | Various ages

  • 3 Boys | Various ages

When are rehearsals?


Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, starting Wednesday, September 4

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So You Want to Audition


First of all, that’s terrific! Good for you!


Mudds auditions vary on how they are run from show to show, Director to Director. You should always make sure to read the instructions for the specific show all the way through. There is nothing worse than arriving at an audition and finding out you were supposed to have sheet music, a monologue or a song prepared, that you missed in the instructions.


Most Mudds adult performances work on a scheduled audition. You will be asked to contact the organizer to arrange for a time for your audition. Usually, the audition itself can range from bringing in a prepared song and/or monologue, learning a specific song either from the show or a similar piece of music, or possibly a reading from the show.


It’s important that you take the time to learn the piece to help vanquish any nerves you may be feeling.


There are generally 3-5 very nice people on the audition panel. These can include:


  • The Director

  • The Music Director

  • The Producer

  • The Accompanist

  • Others, at the Directors behest

Youth and children’s auditions can vary depending on the Director and the show. Again, the children may be asked to audition in much the same format as the adult auditions described above. However, in many cases, there may be a group audition which can be much less intimidating for children. Particularly those who have not had a great deal of experience auditioning.


Just remember, the Mudds endeavor to encourage and support all members of the community in all areas of theatre. If you have questions about the process or concerns, please contact the rehearsal organizer or any member of the Mudds board.


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