Auditions & Casting Calls
Merlyn Productions is committed to giving performers of many different ages and levels of experience the opportunity to appear on stage, creating a situation whereby upcoming actors – and even first-timers – can hone and develop their craft working alongside seasoned professionals.
As part of this philosophy, many of our plays are cast via auditions open to the public, and also offer opportunities to work in various departments "behind the scenes".
Updated: September 8, 2018
GENERAL AUDITIONS - September 2018
UPDATE: General Auditions have been extended until September 11, with a present need for additional male actors ages 16 to middle-aged.
Per the call below, ALL actors & actresses ages 10 to 65+ are welcome and encouraged to submit résumés & headshots, but immediate appointments will only be made with those who may have a suitable role in the October show.
Merlyn Productions Theatre Company will hold General Auditions for actors and actresses ages 10 to 65+, on the evenings of Wednesday September 5 and Thursday September 6.
Those that audition will be immediately considered for roles in the October, November, and December productions, and also added to the company's general performer files for further consideration into Spring/Summer 2019!
- "SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED"* (October 17 to 21) has loads of humour and a happy ending, with all the classic fairy-tale characters and more: two poor but beautiful sisters, a loving mother, a kindly king, a handsome prince turned into an animal by evil magic, a mean troll – and even meaner tax collectors! Cast of 8; requires 4 actors and 4 actresses aged teen through adult.
- "PUSS IN BOOTS" (November 16 to 18) returns for a special extended run from the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Available roles will be those of any Fringe Festival cast members who are unavailable (TBA).
- "THE BEGGAR AND THE WOLF" (December 26 to 30) is a holiday special for the whole family. This outrageously comical version of the 13th century folk-tale is filled with hilarious antics that ultimately deliver a heart-warming message of human togetherness. Large diverse cast of 16+; requires 6 adult actors, 5 adult actresses, and 5 children or young teens, with optional extras.
*N.B.- If necessary to ensure suitable casting, the title of the October show is subject to change to an alternative classic fairy tale pending the results of the General Auditions.
For further information and instructions on booking an audition appointment, please see the following PDF file:
For further details about planned productions, please see:
Updated: August 26, 2018
Merlyn Productions is seeking an individual with a passion for stagecraft and community theatre to assume the position of TECHNICAL DIRECTOR on its Company Staff!
The Technical Director (TD) supervises the execution of each production's technical designs within the parameters set by its artistic vision. His own work is chiefly concerned with scenery: leading its planning, construction, transport, set-up, and tear-down.
Reporting directly to the Artistic Director, this is considered to be one of the most key positions in the day-to-day operation of the theatre company, and is held on a voluntary basis. Intended commitment is for the entire season (i.e.- a calendar year), not show-by-show, due to the status and training involved.
Selected applicants will have the opportunity to work on the October production of "SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED" on a trial basis.
Interested individuals should review the following PDF for detailed information:
- Technical_Director_(2018).pdf (3 pages, 271 KB)
N.B.- The above document is written for a single TD, but given the right combination of interested applicants, the AD is amenable to the idea of bringing onboard both a Technical Director and an Associate Technical Director to share the responsibilities of the position as a "technical team".
To express interest: e-mail Artistic Director John Chase at email@example.com with production résumé (if available), or telephone 204-415-2714.
Merlyn Productions does not retain a permanent stage management staff, but seeks one out on a per-show basis: providing regular opportunities to become significantly involved in local live theatre "behind the scenes".
The company welcomes expressions of interest from potential future stage managers at any time.
The typical stage management team consists of:
- STAGE MANAGER (SM) -
- Supervises the cast & crew. In rehearsal: serves as the Director's right-hand, and maintains the prompt-script. In performance: oversees the running of the show, and the calling of light & sound cues from the control booth.
- ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (ASM) -
- Provides general assistance to the Stage Manager throughout the production run, and manages the backstage area during performances: supervising curtain pulls, scene shifts, and other onstage technical changes.
Reliability and punctuality are a must. Prior production experience is considered an excellent asset, but not required — the company will train suitable candidates.
Rehearsals begin 4 to 5 weeks prior to show, and are scheduled on 2 or 3 weekday evenings between Monday and Thursday, plus Sunday afternoons.
- The Stage Manager typically attends all studio rehearsals (unless any are to be covered by an ASM).
- The Assistant Stage Manager typically attends only a minimal number of studio rehearsals.
- Both must attend technical rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and all performances.
If necessitated by availability constraints or other factors, the position of Stage Manager can be divided between two individuals: a Rehearsal Stage Manager (RSM) who performs SM duties while the show is rehearsing, and a Production Stage Manager (PSM) who takes over for the production run.
To express interest in stage managing with Merlyn Productions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-415-2714. Résumé of past theatre experience, if available, should be forwarded to the same.