Theatre Bristol Announces 2018 Season

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Upcoming: Auditions for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – January 13, 14, and 15

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It’s been a great 2017 and Theatre Bristol is excited about the new year!

Theatre Bristol’s 2018 season opens with River’s Way Does Shakespeare on February 17, continues in March with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in June at the Paramount, Summer Camp and Tartuffe in July by the Youth Service Board, Pinocchio in Aug/Sept, Blithe Spirit in October, She Loves Me in November at the Paramount, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in December! We invite you to get involved, including upcoming auditions for Alexander in January.

Thank you to our audiences, sponsors, and volunteers for taking Theatre Bristol into its 53rd year!

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River’s Way – Jan 2018

Shows February 17 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Auditions at Theatre Bristol (512 State Street)

Saturday, Jan 13 @ 10:30 am
Sunday, Jan 14 @ 2:30 pm
Monday, Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm
Callbacks Jan 18 at 6:30 pm
Start Jan 21 at 2:00 pm
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Thursday sat 6:00 pm
Fridays at 6:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Tech week – daily starting March 4
Shows are March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at the ARTspace
Possible school shows March 15 and 22

Director’s Notes on the Audition Process

Thank you for your interest in Theatre Bristol’s production of “Alexander….” The following information should help you understand how the process will work and in the following you will find:

  • Audition Information
  • Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
  • Audition Days and Times
  • Production Crew Information
  • Character Descriptions

Auditions at Theatre Bristol are open to all. The audition process for Alexander will be in two parts: initial auditions and callbacks.  Initial auditions are used to see how well your talents and appearance fit the needs of the show.  Callbacks are used to match actors to specific roles.  The show is cast after callbacks. 

Some paperwork is required. We will be taking your picture to help us remember you. Knowing your prior experience, if any, is helpful. Having no prior experience will not prevent you from being cast, but experience is helpful in securing a large role.  If you have a resume or headshot you’d like to bring, please do, but this is not required.

It is important that you provide us with any conflicts you may have with rehearsals as specifically as you can.  You cannot be cast if you are not available for the shows or tech week. We only need to know your conflicts for days at times for which you are potentially needed for rehearsal or for a show, but we do need to know when you must leave on a given day or when you can be here if you must arrive late. The dates and times for which you need to list your conflicts are:

We do cast people who have a limited number of conflicts. It is only fair to tell you, however, that conflicts add stress to the process.  A large number of conflicts will not allow us to use you in this production. Even a smaller number of conflicts may prevent you from being cast into a major role. Conflicts late in the process are especially problematic and may cause changes to plans made.

You will be given an opportunity to tell us in which roles you are interested. If you are simply auditioning to be in the show and are willing to accept any role, you can indicate that. If you would only consider being in Alexander if you were given a particular role or two, you can tell us that as well. If you indicate that you will only accept a specific role and are not the best choice for it, nothing else will be offered.

Since we encourage people who may not have been in a show before to audition, we do not require prepared material for the initial audition. We use cold readings and a song we will give you. Before you sing for your audition we will teach you the song and give you a chance to get comfortable with it. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be given a monolog to read. You will be given a chance to look at it in advance. If you choose to bring prepared material, you are welcome to bring your sheet music with the vocal cutting not exceeding 32 measures and monolog not exceeding 2 minutes. An accompanist will be provided.

We will also ask you for a movement/dance audition so we can see how you move. The choreographer will teach you a combination. Wear closed-toed shoes that will stay on your feet. No flip-flops, sandals, or boots please.

Actors should not be alarmed if they don’t have an opportunity to read or sing for a specific role at initial auditions. Most actors who will be offered a role will be called back for a second audition, however, it is possible to be cast and not asked to come to a callback. Actors who wish to be cast must be available for callbacks as needed. Those who are needed will be notified shortly after the first round of auditions is concluded. You may be asked to memorize a short monologue for callbacks. These will be provided for you by email.

No roles will be offered until the callback process has been completed. We realize that it is hard to wait for the phone to ring, but please be patient. It may take more than one day to make the casting phone calls after the decisions are made. We will tell you by what point you should expect a call if you are cast.

We are going to need help with the construction of the show and with running the show in performance. If you want to help backstage, please let us know. We are also anxious to have family members and friends helping with the show. Willingness to help backstage, whether or not you are cast, will not affect casting.

Again, thank you for your interest in Alexander. We’ll see you at auditions.

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Audition Schedule

Doors will open 30 minutes before first audition. All auditions are at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, 2nd floor rehearsal hall.


Characters are just descriptions. Actual casting for any of the characters may be young children, older children, teens, or adults, the results depending on those auditioning.


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Sunday, Aug 5 at 2:30 pm
Saturday Aug 11 at 10:00 am
Sunday, Aug 12 at 2:30 pm
Monday August 13 at 6:30 pm
Callbacks August 16 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsal start Sept 10

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