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8 roles for Chuck Berry Caper (Mystery). Deadline for auditions is Wednesday, August 31 11:59 PM CT (-6 GMT).


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13 roles for Venus of Ille (Horror). Deadline for auditions is Monday, August 15 11:59 PM CT (-6 GMT).

10 roles for Sour Cherry Pie (Fiction). Deadline for auditions is Monday, August 15 11:59 PM CT (-6 GMT).

8 roles for Chuck Berry Caper (Mystery). Deadline for auditions is Monday, August 15 11:59 PM CT (-6 GMT).

 

Audition Details

These are unpaid roles for credit only, in an audio play production. All actors selected will be given a free copy.

Below you will find a list of character roles. Please record your best 5 takes of each line in the role you are wishing to audition for.  Save each line take as individual takes in an mp3 file. Do not clean your takes.

Please name your files in the following format:

PROJECT_CHARACTERNAME_LINE##_TAKE#_YOURNAME.mp3. For example, let’s say you wanted to audition for a character in Beauty and the Beast and wanted to play Beauty. Your first file would be named BEAUTYANDTHEBEAST_BEAUTY_LINE1_TAKE1_JOANSMITH.mp3 and so on through 5 takes. Then your second line should be named BEAUTYANDTHEBEAST_BEAUTY_LINE2_TAKE1_JOANSMITH.mp3. And so on.

 

Please send all of your auditions in one .zip file to Casting@windingtrailsmedia.com

 

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your auditions within 48 hours, please contact us immediately at Producer@windingtrailsmedia.com.


For information and recommendations on recording equipment, click here.

 

If selected, all rehearsals and final production will be performed on a video chat. An email with your selection and the information will be sent to you to schedule time to record your role.

 

With all Winding Trails Theater plays, we put a focus on understanding and bringing the character and the story to life. To do this, it is crucial to understand the characters and the audience. Please carefully read through not only character description and notes, but also all of the character descriptions, notes, and the story note.

 

Please do not audition with any other accent than your natural accent, unless you really sound like a natural speaker. Also, please feel free to audition for as many roles as you are interested in doing. Remember, you don’t have to be the character (age, ethnic background, etc.) —just sound like it.

 

It truly comes alive when you understand what you’re saying and can relate it to the audience. Please read through the character descriptions and notes carefully. Doing so gives me a better idea of which actors are best suited for a role.

 

Please do your best and good luck.

 PROJECT: THE TRAGEDY OF GAIUS GRACCHUS

Description

A historical fiction story set in ancient Rome about Tribune Gaius Gracchus, his attempt to protect the citizens of Rome from a corrupt Senate and his assasination.


Roles:

ANY GENDER

First Citizen:  (any age)
Line 1: Is it true what they say? Is Gaius Gracchus to speak for the people?
Line 2: But what of Tiberius Gracchus? He kept his promises.


Second Citizen: (age 50+)
Line 1: I have heard such hopes before but they always come to nothing.
Line 2: When you’ve lived as long as me boy, you’ll know what bitterness is. I’ve seen many a tribune of the people
appear to rise and just as quickly fall.


Third Citizen:  (any age)
Line 1:
Bah! You’re just bitter old man.
Line 2: Yes, and if they don’t sit down they beat them down! (LAUGHS LIKE A FOOL)

MALE

Gaius Gracchus (age 30s):  Tribune of the people.

Line 1: I am as well as could be considering the letters you have sent me. Is it true what you write? That behind
my back the senators have been blackening my name?
Line 2: In the early days of the Roman Republic, long before the empire or the Caesars who ruled it, there were two classes in constant conflict. The poor Plebeians who voted on who would rule them, and the wealthy Patricians who ruled.


Pomponius (age 50+): A friend of Gaius.
Line 1: I believe you are right. Gaius does appear to have them nervous but, is it wise to goad them so? I long
for your son’s entry into civic life as much as your ladyship, but too much too soon may force some confrontation.
Line 2: Well, I hope for your son’s and your own sake lady, that Gaius may always remain a rising star then.


Flaccus (age 30s): A friend of Gaius.
Line 1: Then let the senate look well and know the people are no longer slaves.
Line 2: Ah Gaius, I didn’t believe you had the stomach for it. But now you see! You see what a little backbone might accomplish!


Lucius Opimius (age 30+) : Senator, leader of the anti-Gracchan faction.
Line 1: Lady Cornelia! What sunny weather for cloudy weather clothes. Why dress you now in black for mourning, do you not know today is a day of celebration?
Line 2: Trifling? So desertion and abandonment of one’s duties are trifling charges?


Drusus (age 25+ ) : Co-conspirator.
Line 1: And what part am I to play in this game?
Line 2: Yes Lord Opimius, with but a word they’re leveling the scaffolding in the marketplace.


Philocrates (any age over 18): Servent of the Gracchan faction
Line 1:  It is the sacred Grove of the Furies my lord.
Line 2:  (THROUGH TEARS.) I serve my master--though--it pains me much to do so.



First Senator (any age above 25): Corrput Senator
Line 1: Of that you can be sure.
Line 2: Having considered your words carefully we have come to a ruling. You are hereby found innocent of the charges of desertion and dereliction of duty. However, see that in future your action’s do not give cause to offend.

Second Senator (any age above 25): Corrput Senator
Line 1: Yes! No more games, how do you answer for yourself?
Line 2: (AS AN OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENT, NOT TO ANYONE IN PARTICULAR.) The senate shall now recess for one hour.


Man (age 50+):  A disgruntaled market vendor
Line 1: And what a fine job you ladies would do, I’ve seen how well you run your husbands!
Line 2: I expect we all would look done in after losing a son as she did.


FEMALE

Cornelia: Mother of Gaius. (age 50s)
Line 1: Ah yes! Be assured Pomponius, my son will listen to reason. The loss of Tiberius shook him most of all,
they were so close that one could hardly tell where one did end and the other begin.
Line 2: Death!? My son did not die like an old man in his bed. Murder is the only thing to call it when one’s
brains are bashed out in the street.


Licinia: The wife of Gaius. (age late 20s to early 30s)
Line 1: Gaius! I had no word you were here. Why are you so soon returned from Sardinia?
Line 2: Such nonsense. You are beloved by all the state and every man who’s fit to name.


Woman One: (age 50s+): A mourner of the death of Gaius Gracchus
Line 1: Such as it is with politicians, we would be better off to run things ourselves.
Line 2: Is it true what they say, is Gaius Gracchus dead?


Woman Two: (age 50s+): A mourner of the death of Gaius Gracchus
Line 1: And isn’t that Senator Opimius and his gang? What’s that urn they’re carrying?
Line 2: We were just talking of Gaius Gracchus and what a shame it was.



PROJECT: VENUS OF ILLE

Description

A horror story set in the early 1800s France of a statue of Venus that comes to life and kills the son of its owner, whom it believes to be its husband.

Roles

ANY GENDER

Driver (age 28)

A servant who works for Mr. De Peyre. Weathered voice.

Line 1: How can such a rotten tree have so many roots?
Line 2:  There, sir. That’s where we found her, under an old olive tree. You’ll be wanting to study her, no doubt, for your job, but if I was you, sir, I’d pretend I never saw her. She’s vicious and wicked——wicked from the start.

 

SCAMP #2 (age 17)

A scamp from Ille

Line 1: Bah! With what? She’s copper.

Line 2: Let’s get out of here!

 

Servant (age 30)

A servant in the De Peyre household

Line 1: What’s that, sir?

Line 2: Yes, sir.

 

MALE

Parisian (age 35)

An official inspector of antiquities.

Line 1: (NARRATING) I’ve seen many statues during my time as official investigator of antiquities. Some beautiful, some haunting, but none as memorable or disturbing as the Venus of Ille. I came upon her quite by accident, happy, at first, to learn that she was a recent discovery. Just two weeks before I arrived they uncovered her in the small village of Ille in southern France.

 Line 2: (NARRATING) Mr. De Peyre was a prosperous landowner in Ille and an eager antiquarian. I’d been assured he would be completely at my disposal during my stay. But his son’s wedding now seemed likely to upset my plans.

 

Mr. De Peyre (Age 50)

Rich landowner in Ille

Line 1:  Here now! Stop that!

Line 2: We’re lucky to have such a learned man who will rescue us from scholarly oblivion!

 

Alphonse De Peyre (Age 27)

Acquisitive son of the De Peyre’s

Line 1:  Good evening, my little wife.

Line 2:  May I ask you, sir, where you got your watch chain?

 

Jean Coll (Age 26)

Another worker for Mr. De Peyre

Line 1:  Keep digging, or the master will uproot you!

Line 2: Ah, my beauty, (GROANS) how lucky you are to have Jean Coll under you, eh?

 

SCAMP #1 (age 17)

A scamp from Ille who insults Venus

Line 1:  So, Venus, you broke Jean Coll’s leg. If you were mine, I’d break your neck.

 

Line 2: If I had my chisel I’d pry out her big white eyes. They’re both worth more than a hundred.

Spaniard (age 27)

A Vulgar Muleteer

Line 1:  (LOW VOICE) Me lo paragas.

 

Priest (Age 52)

Officiates at a funeral

Line 1:  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. But we live in the hope of the resurrection and eternal life.

 

District Attorney (Age 40)

Local prosecutor of crime

 

Line 1:  Still, I don’t see any clear motive that connects it to the murder. No need to include it in the report. So, you’ll be leaving us!

Line 2: Curious thing, this statue. The way she looks at you. I can see how it might have affected the wife.

 

 

FEMALE

Fiancée/Bride (Age 18)

A beauty engaged to Alphonse

Line 1: Cold, like ice. I bumped against it once. I dared not look.

Line 2: We plan to visit Paris at the end of our honeymoon.

 

MRS. DE PEYRE (Age 50)

Line 1:  Do you like the pigeons, sir?

Line 2: Perhaps a beauty here will tempt you. One marriage, they say, brings another.

 

 

PROJECT: SOUR CHERRY PIE

Description

A fictional story set in the country outside of Chicago in the mid-1900s about a young man and his cousins on a summer adventure to raid a farmer’s field for cherries one evening—a field protected by a farmer with a cannon.

Roles

MALE

 Billy (age 17)

College Student

Line 1: I can’t wait to see Cousin Sally. Maybe we’ll have another great adventure.

Line 2: Duh! It’s a glass eye, dummy.

 

Dad (Age: 50s)

Billy’s father (peacemaker, fair-minded)

Line 1: It’s great to get out here and relax, and fish. That traffic back in town is the last we’ll see for the next three days.

Line 2: They were just starting to bite, but we were ready to relax, so we came home. That new motor works like a dream. A couple more hours and we would have had a mess of fish.

 

Fred (age 50s)

Mom’s brother, Billy’s uncle, realist, miserly, mistrustful

Line 1: Oho, it’s about time you folks rolled in. I see you finally got sprung loose from the city!

Line 2: They didn’t have any use for that one either, so they threw it into the deal. I’m just getting ready to put it on the old boat, a Seahorse 8-horsepower.

 

Timmy (age 15)

Sally’s younger brother, gangly, cracking voice

Line 1:  See, Cheryl, this big old living room is where we gather in the evenings and on rainy days. The folks mostly drink and talk, but there’s always been plenty for us to do. I’ll stoke up the log fire in the stone fireplace. It ought to take off the September chill.

Line 2: Pop carved the owl, and he turns those gavels and the bases for all these lamps on his lathe.

 

Farmer (age early 60s)

Owner of the cherry orchard, defensive, irascible

Line 1: Hey you, get out of there!

Line 2: Stop, thief!

 

FEMALE

Mom (age 50s)

Billy’s mother, over-protective, easily annoyed

Line 1: Gosh, that shutter is hanging by one rusty hinge. The place hasn’t been painted in years.

Line 2: I certainly do. To keep you out of trouble, Jenny had to come up here the next day and pay his wife for the crop you stole.

 

Laura (age 12)

Billy’s little sister, wants to be included

Line 1: Did the teacher teach all the grades in that one room?

Line 2: So he could drive his truck right up to the spot where he wanted to put up the house?

 

Jenny (age 50s)

Billy’s aunt, Fred’s wife, cheery, loving, all-forgiving

Line 1: Lunch is ready, and then you can try my fresh batch.

Line 2: What was all that ruckus across the river?

 

Sally (age 17)

Jenny’s daughter, Billy’s country cousin and pal

Line 1: Hey, Cuz. Climb up here, and I’ll race you to the house.

Line 2: Of course not, you city weakling! Besides, I’m older than you.

 

Cheryl (age 15)

Timmy’s girlfriend and guest, spoiled, whiney

Line 1: There’s quite a collection: comfortable old overstuffed chairs, a bamboo-framed couch with plaid cushions, a cracked leather sofa. Did your Pop make the hand-crafted end tables?

Line 2: You have all these books, too. My gosh, these are really old mysteries—Penny Parker, Nancy Drew. You must have the complete sets.

 

PROJECT: CHUCK BERRY CAPER

Description

A hard boiled mystery set in St. Louis in modern times where someone has stolen a famous statue.

 

Roles

MALE

 Lou Simmons (age 50s)

Private eye. Tough talking. Mature, not a kid. Out of the Bogie school perhaps. Or, today, Clooney or De Niro.

Line 1: (Narrating) Sometimes you get this feeling that your best move is to just move away. I had nothing on my books for the next three weeks, but this Parker character felt like he'd be more trouble than he was worth. Like a politician who offers you free tickets to the World Series. Don’t get me wrong. Clients hadn’t exactly been bustin’ down my door and the bills kept coming in. Still, a guy’s gotta have some standards, if you know what I mean.

 Line 2: I closed the one window in my office, turned off the one light on my desk, grabbed my hipster hat, and headed for Maxie’s.

 

Parker (age 30s to 50s adult)

A nervous caller hiring a Private Eye

Line 1: You handle high finance cases?

Line 2: My books. If he was cheating with my wife, I wouldn’t care. I’m ready to get rid of her anyway. Find someone younger, no wrinkles, good teeth, under 150 pounds, strong legs.

 

JOE (age early 60s)

Kind of an aging hippie. Tries hard to be relevant and cool. Laid

back.

Line 1: (STRESSED) We gotta talk.

Line 2: If I had some ideas, I'd go to the cops, not you. Thing is, Loopwise, we've had some problems there. Minor stuff mostly, but you know how the news is. Anything that sounds scary, they play it up. So I don't want the word to get out about the swipe. I'm gonna tell people we brought it in for refurbishing.

 

DANNY Z (age 40s +)

Former newspaper guy, now a bartender at BB’s. Jovial, good

natured, literate.

Line 1: Still standin' anyway. Little thick around the middle maybe.

Line 2: Wow. I still got contacts but, you're talking top tier now. Gettin' to them is tougher than talking to the Queen. I assume you're in a hurry for this, right?

 

HARRY (Age: Any)

High energy, compulsive. The sculptor.

Line 1: Whatever you're calling about. (BEAT) Just kidding. What can I do for you? I'm kinda busy right now.

Line 2: Yeah. The one on Delmar. Yeah. That's mine.

 

KIRBY (Age: Any)

The other sculptor. Upper class attitude with an “I don’t care”

approach to life.

Line 1: Definitely. I bid on the Berry project. Maybe three, four years ago. Didn’t get it though. As you already know.

Line 2: Know of him. That’s fine, I guess, if you want a guitar player to look like a second baseman. But if you’re insinuating I might have something to do with the disappearance of the Berry sculpture, you’re sadly mistaken. What the devil would I want with a rather ordinary replica of a man who doesn’t like me?

 

FEMALE

 

MAXIE  (age 40s)

Likable lady, pal of Lou, runs Maxie’s Pub.

Line 1: Looks like Joe’s a happy guy again.

Line 2: You get held up at the office? Or whatever you call that place?

 

FLIP-FLOP LADY (any age)

Probably African-American. Has an edge.

Line 1: You’ve got it, sweet pea. Chuck was not to be admired in some areas. Those being a large group of female acquaintances

 

 

GLORIA (late 60s)

Widow. Older woman. African American. Approach is gentle,

self-confident.

Line 1: I was wondering how long it’d take you to find me. Come in.

Line 2: What Joe’s got to realize, and I’d tell him this to his face: My father deserves a bronze sculpture.

 

Casting Calls

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