If you’ve been interested in diving into the acting world, then our auditions in Norcross are the perfect opportunity for you! At Lionheart Theatre, we put on a new production almost every month, and each month is different. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at a number of varying roles.
Lionheart Theatre Company is always looking for new faces to join our continuously growing acting family. Your level of experience doesn’t matter as long as you’re willing to learn and have fun. The right attitude can bring out the best in actors, experienced or not. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs to audition.
Check out our upcoming shows and auditions below. The stage is calling your name!
August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
Lionheart Theatre Company
Directed by Myrna Feldman
Auditions: Sunday, June 4th at 6:00 pm and Monday, June 5th at 7:00 pm
Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm
Location: 10 College Street, Norcross, GA 30071
Performance dates: September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1
Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Appointments are not necessary. Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required. Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between July 10th (including weekends) and the dates of the show.
The read through will be Monday, June 12th at 7:00 pm. Rehearsals will begin July 5th. Non-equity; non-paying.
Show description: Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August: Osage County takes place during a hot summer month outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. When Beverly, the patriarch of the Weston household mysteriously vanishes, the rest of the family gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another. This includes the matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” their three daughters and their problematic lovers, Violet’s sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance.
Beverly Weston is husband to Violet and father of Barbara, Ivy, and Karen. A one-time world class poet and now full time alcoholic, Beverly appears in the first scene of the play. He has a two page monologue and then interacts with Violet and Johnna.
Violet Weston is the matriarch of the family. She is addicted to painkillers and suffers from cancer of the mouth, but it doesn’t stop her from spewing her cynicism or her hilariously cruel insults.
Barbara Fordham is the eldest daughter, a college professor, and the most like her mother. She has a hard edge and a low tolerance for foolishness.
Bill Fordham is Barbara’s estranged husband. Also a college professor, he has left his wife for one of his students. He wants to be there for his family but his patience his running thin.
Jean Fordham is Bill and Barbara’s sharp-tongued 14 year old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents’ split. (Casting of this role will not be based on age, but on the ability to believably portray a 14 year old.)
Ivy Weston, the middle daughter, is a librarian, stereotypically mousey. She has stayed near home, unlike the other sisters, and has had to endure her mother’s acid tongue for many years.
Karen Weston is the youngest daughter, newly engaged to Steve. She considers him the “perfect man” and clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.
Steve Heidebrecht is Karen’s fiancé. It is hinted that his business may not be legitimate and he flirts with young Jean throughout the play.
Mattie Fay Aiken is Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife, and Little Charles’ mother. She constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband.
Charlie Aiken is a genial man, life-long friend of Beverly, who struggles to get Mattie Fay to respect Little Charles.
Little Charles Aiken is un-employed and lives with his parents. He’s a clumsy man whose mother calls him a “screw-up,” and this may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Johnna Monevata is the live-in Native American housekeeper. She is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all the characters.
Deon Gilbeau is the local sheriff.
Questions? Email the director at email@example.com or go to Lionheart Theatre’s website at www.lionhearttheatre.org
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon
Lionheart Theatre Company
Directed by Jeremy King
Auditions: Saturday, August 19th at 2pm and Sunday, August 20th at 2:00 pm
Location: Lionheart Theatre 10 College Street, Norcross, GA 30071
Performance dates: November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Appointments are not necessary. Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required. Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between August 29th (including weekends) and the dates of the show.
The read through will be Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 pm.
Rehearsals will begin September 5th..
Show description: Inspired by Simon’s early experience as a junior writer for “Your Show of Shows”, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince—the star of a weekly comedy/variety show circa 1953 and his writing staff. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The play also reflects on political and social climates of the time such as the rise of Joseph McCarthy, censorship, and attitudes towards women. Seen through the eyes of Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, this is a laugh-a-minute comedy with characters loosely based on real life counterparts.
Lucas Brickman is Neil Simon’s alter-ego and serves as the narrator of the play. A junior writer in the mid-20’s, he is at the start of his writing career and working to make a name for himself while experiencing the competition of the comedy writing world.
Milt Fields is a writer in the group. Aged 30’s-40’s. He considers himself the least talented of the group, although he is probably the wittiest of them. When it comes to humor, he values quantity over quality.
Max Prince is the host of the Max Prince Show at NBC. He is described as someone who is just “funny” without trying. He is like a general in the writing room. He exudes great strength, coming more from his anger than his physique. He is often monosyllabic—using a word or two to convey his thoughts. Although intimidating, there is a part of Max that genuinely and deeply cares about his staff.
Val Skolsky is the senior writer in charge of the group. Originally from Russia, he immigrated to the United States as a young boy, but never managed to shake his thick accent. He is easily the most politically aware of the writers.
Brian Doyle is the only ‘gentile’ writer of the group. He is Irish, in his 20’s-early 30’s, and a heavy smoker, cougher, and drinker. He has a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life.
Kenny Franks is easily the most sophisticated of the writers group. Now in late 20s-early 30’s, he is described as the “boy genius” who was writing jokes professionally when he was only fourteen.
Carol Wyman is the only woman writer in the group. She is late 20’s-early 30’s. Being the only woman, she has a strong and quick defense system to her personality. She is very mindful of the fact she is the only female writer, but is determined to be viewed as an equal among her peers when it comes to writing comedy.
Ira Stone is a hypochondriac. He is all energy with a touch of brilliant madness. He may be the most talented of the group, but is also the most frustrating to the rest. He is extremely self-centered, and possesses the ability to command the attention in a room the moment he enters.
Helen is the attractive young secretary (young-mid 20’s.) Eager to please and help the writers. She has writing aspirations herself, but has a lot to learn about the basics of humor.
If you have any questions please email Jeremy King at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Prepare for Auditions
The best way to prepare for auditions is to know your character. Yes, memorizing lines is important, but understanding who you are portraying is what turns a good actor into something great. Take the time to sit down and research your character. What’s their background? What motivates them? How do they change throughout the play? As you learn more, try to apply this knowledge to your lines.
You can also work on your lines with a friend or family member. Don’t just read the lines aloud; try to make them come to life. Exaggerate your emotions, and keep your facial expressions in mind. If you can find a way to connect with the character, don’t be afraid to let it show! All of these efforts will translate well in your audition.
Lastly, be sure to work on your confidence. Every actor starts somewhere, so even if you have no experience at all, walk into your audition with your head held high. Chances are, doing so will help you shake some of those audition nerves.