‘Sense & Sensibility’ auditions Sept. 17-18

Wheaton Drama announces auditions for Sense and Sensibility.

Jane Austen’s timeless romance, condensed for a brisk staging, runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 10.

Director Randall W. Knott is casting six women’s roles and six men’s roles. Character ages and descriptions are below.

Auditions will be Sunday, Sept. 17, and Monday, Sept. 18, starting at 7 p.m. Callbacks (if necessary) will be Wednesday, Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be by appointments of 10 minutes each, and actors will work with a “hired reader” in a closed setting before the production staff. Auditionees will be afforded every opportunity to shine. NOTE: All roles require British accents.

Please email [email protected] by Sept. 15 to request an audition appointment, specifying which evening you prefer. Auditionees who schedule appointments will receive sides and an audition form in advance. Walk-ins will be seen only as time allows.

Auditions, rehearsals (unless otherwise specified) and performances will be held at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. Rehearsals will be Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; tech week is Nov. 11–16.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will be NO performance on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.

Women’s roles:
Marianne (young woman): Younger of the two Dashwood sisters; sensitive, idealistic.
Elinor (young woman): Older of two Dashwood sisters; sensible, caring soul.
Mrs. John Dashwood (youngish woman): Shrewish stepsister-in-law of our protagonists.
Mrs. Henry Dashwood (middle-aged woman): Mother of Marianne and Elinor.
Lucy Steele (young woman): Rival to Elinor in affairs of the heart.
Mrs. Middleton/Mrs. Ferrars (middle-aged to older woman): One actor to play two roles, both important, but divergent in character.
Mrs. Jennings: This role has already been cast.

Men’s roles:
John Dashwood (young man): Stepbrother to Marianne and Elinor, and executor of his late father’s estate.
Edward Ferrars (young man): Befuddled, kind soul.
Sir John Middleton/other roles (middle-aged to older man): Jovial host to Dashwood sisters; this actor will play other incidental roles in the show.
Colonel Brandon (middle-aged man): Man of wealth and good heart, but awkward in the ways of romance.
Willoughby (young man): Dandy gentleman with less to offer than most.
Robert Ferrars (young man): Edward’s brother, he figures prominently in the show’s conclusion.