GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION AND POLICIES
Auditions for Theatre Northwest productions are open to IU Northwest students, regardless of academic major. In addition, auditions are open to members of the Gary area community. In the case that two actors are equally suited to a role, preference will be given to the IU Northwest student.
No previous theatre experience is required to audition.
Students majoring or minoring in theatre are required to present a 60 second monologue at auditions to be considered for casting.
Rehearsals are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm for up to 8 weeks prior to opening. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening approaches. Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.
Auditions are generally held at the beginning of each semester for all Theatre Northwest productions unless otherwise noted.
Failure: A Love Story
Theatre Northwest’s production of
Failure: A Love Story
A funny, romantic and heartfelt story by Chicago playwright Phillip Dawkins, first produced in 2012.
Who: ANYONE! Auditions for Theatre Northwest productions are open to IU Northwest students, regardless of academic major. In addition, auditions are open to members of the community. No previous theatre experience is required.
When: Wednesday, January 20
6-7pm Monologue auditions (majors/minors only)
7-9pm Open Auditions
Thursday, January 21
6-9pm Callbacks (actors unable to attend on Jan 28 are welcome to attend)
Where: Theatre Northwest On Grant (3660 Grant Street, Gary), three blocks west of campus next to Arts on Grant and AutoZone.
How to Prepare: Wear comfortable clothes (soft clothing, athletic shoes) and be prepared to read from the script.
Scene A - Chorus
Scene B - Gerty, Mort, Clocks
Scene C - Nelly, Mort, Gramophone
Scene D - John N., Dog, Chorus
Scene F - Mort, Jenny June, John N.,Moses
Synopsis: By the end of 1928 the Fail sisters, Gerty, Jenny June and Nelly, will be dead. That does not stop their story, set in the Fail Clock Works on the corner of Lumber and Love in Chicago, from being full of adventure, love and happiness. Based on true events, this magical, musical fable shows that in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures.
Roles (2 men, 3 women, 2-6 flexible)
Gertrude Fail – The oldest of the Fail daughters, practical, hard working and an excellent clock maker. In love with Mortimer, but chooses not to reveal her feelings until both of her sisters have passed.
Jenny June Fail – The “middlest” of the Fail daughters, competitive, direct and almost masculine, fiercely protective of Nelly. Attempts to be the first woman to swim across Lake Michigan. In love Mortimer, but does not recognize her feelings until it is too late.
Nelly Fail – The youngest of the Fail daughters, wide-eyed and enthusiastic. Wants to be a professional singer, but never gets the chance. Falls head over heels for Mortimer the first time she meets him.
John N. Fail – Adopted brother of the Fail sisters, socially awkward and introverted. Loves animals and relates to them better than to people. Secretly in love with Jenny June. Founds the Fail Sister Hospital for Animals.
Mortimer Mortimer – A successful investor who has everything he could possibly want but no one to share it with. The largest role in the play, Mortimer learns through his love for each member of the Fail family, the meaning of success. (The actor in this role must be able to sing.)
Chorus – A group of 2-6 actors who help tell this story. No singing required. They share narration as well as taking on many characters including Henry and Marietta Fail, Mae and December (a pair of parakeets), Moses (a python), and the Fail clocks.
Gramophone – A member of the chorus who sings accompaniment throughout the performance. Songs include “Let Me Call You Sweetheart, ” “Lover Come Back to Me,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” as well as some original music.
**ALL ROLES can be played by ANY actor regardless of age or race.**
CREW POSITIONS: There are always opportunities to be involved backstage at Theatre Northwest. We are looking for those with interest and/or experience with stage management, costumes, properties, lighting, set construction and painting. Contact Tim O’Donnell, Technical Director, email@example.com.
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held Monday –Thursday, 6-9 pm, between February 15 and April 6. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening approaches. Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.
PERFORMANCES: Performance Dates: April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and April 10 at 2:30pm
CLASS CREDIT: You can receive academic credit for your involvement with this show by registering for 1 credit of T168 THEATRE PRACTICUM. Contact Katherine Arfken, Assoc. Professor of Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL OTHER QUESTIONS: Contact Mark Baer, Asst. Professor of Theatre, email@example.com