Auditions

Take the Stage!

At KLT, we conduct open auditions and welcome anyone in the community to have the opportunity to “take the stage”. Auditions are generally held three to four months prior to the show’s production dates. Details of upcoming auditions will be communicated on our Facebook page, through email blasts and on our website.

For information on preparing for your audition and what to expect when auditioning at Kernersville Little Theatre, please scroll to the bottom of this page.  We want to make sure you make the most of your audition experience.

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Audition Dates

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Director

Michael Kamtman

Michael Kamtman has been a Triad director, actor and teacher since 1988 and has directed over 75 productions in the Triad, including 10 operas. He spent 15 season as an actor/fight choreographer with the N.C. Shakespeare Festival where he performed in over 50 productions. He has an MFA from UNC Greensboro in Directing, a MA from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Bucknell University. He has taught at Greensboro College, Davidson College, UNC Greensboro, Salem College and High Point University. He is now an Assistant Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University. For KLT Kamtman has directed The Sound of Music, South Pacific, The Secret Garden, Inherit the Wind and The Pajama Game.

***KLT is excited to be producing 1776 with an all female cast. All roles, male & female will be portrayed by women.***

Character Breakdowns

John Adams
Delegate from Massachusetts. John is a dutiful husband. Opinionated, passionate, and a bit boisterous, he wears his age with pride. Starving for independence from England.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 45

Stephen Hopkins
Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins’ drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the 2nd oldest in the Continental Congress. He has a dirty old man playfulness about him.
Gender: male
Age: 65 to 70

Roger Sherman
Delegate from Connecticut. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 60

Robert Livingston
Delegate from New York. Recently a father, Livingston’s disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years.
Gender: male
Age: 28 to 35

Benjamin Franklin
Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship.
Gender: male
Age: 60 to 70

John Dickinson
Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 50

Col. Thomas Mckean
Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue.
Gender: male
Age: 40 – 50

Richard Henry Lee
Delegate from Virginia, Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating.
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 50

Thomas Jefferson
Delegate from Virginia. Though noticeably tall, Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well read man, he is very much in love with his wife.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 35

Edward Rutledge
Delegate from South Carolina. Despite his good looks, Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous as the youngest member of the Continental Congress. There is a serpent-like quality to him.
Gender: male
Age: 26 to 30

Abigail Adams
Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband.
Gender: female
Age: 32 to 35

Martha Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson’s very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. She doesn’t shy away from a good time. Joy radiates from her.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30

Courier
The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war firsthand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20

Ensemble
Age: 18 – 70

Location

Auditions are held at Fitzpatrick Auditorium, located at:
Kernersville Elementary School
512 West Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

Audition Preparations

*Audition Form – Our audition form is now available here for you to download. Please bring 3 copies with you to auditions! This will speed up the process.

*Age Range – Look for the character descriptions and any minimum age requirements in each audition notice.

We want you to get the most out of your audition with KLT.  Below are some general guidelines about our audition process and tips on preparing for your audition.

*Experience – You don’t need any experience to audition, or even to get a great part at Kernersville Little Theatre.  We get people with lots of experience and some with none at all.  All that is required is an interest in performing and a willingness to commit!

*What to Bring – You will be asked to identify any conflicts that you will have starting with the audition dates and running through the last performance, so bring your calendar.  If you have a resume showing your performing experience, you can bring that, but most people don’t.  We will ask you to fill out an audition form with your contact information and experience.

*What to Wear – Always wear comfortable clothes and shoes – NO SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS, especially if you are auditioning for a musical.  If you are an experienced dancer you may want to bring your specialty dance shoes.

*What to Prepare – The audition for non-musicals will consist of reading from the script.  You do not have to prepare anything, but it can be helpful to have read or seen the play ahead of time so that you are familiar with what is going on in the script.  Individual directors may ask you to participate in some improvisations or theatre exercises, but don’t let that intimidate you – we’re here to have fun and to learn more about you!

If you are auditioning for a musical, you will also need to be prepared to sing a song.  You should bring a rehearsed song as well as the piano accompaniment. The accompanist will be seeing your music for the first time, so don’t worry if they don’t play it perfectly – just do your best!  The Music Director will probably also ask you to sing some scales to understand your vocal range.

Musical auditions may also include a simple dance routine.  The choreographer will give you some dance steps to do in a group to evaluate your basic ability.

 *Bring your calendar – We will ask you to complete an audition form.  You’ll be asked to identify any conflicts that you will have starting with audition dates and running through the last performance.

*Most Important – Relax and have fun! And don’t be afraid to ask questions if anything isn’t clear to you. KLT is all about creating opportunities for you to get experience on and off stage. Come PLAY with us!

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