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AUDITIONS – Let The Right One In
February 16 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
1812 Theatre in association with Redfox3 presents
Let the Right One In
Based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne
Directed by Justin Stephens
Playing 4 – 19 September 2020
Auditions Sunday 16 February at 11am
1812 Theatre 1-3 Rose Street Upper Ferntree Gully
Oskar is a lonely bullied teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town. Eli, a girl who has just moved in next door, doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two quickly become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know however, is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time. As their friendship deepens, a series of sinister killings shock the neighbourhood.
Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Let the Right One In is based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Låt den rätte komma in, 2004) and the subsequent Swedish-language film version). A 2010 British-American remake of the film entitled ‘Let Me In’ followed, with both films and achieving cult status and equal critical acclaim.
Justin is one of Melbourne’s most experienced directors with a flair for cinematic and delivering high quality productions around Melbourne. Justin has a collaborative approach working closely with each team member to share a clear vision for each production.
AUDITIONS AND REHEARSALS
The play will be set in a suburb in Stockholm in the early 1980s. I do not require anyone to use an accent at the audition. Accents will be discussed, coached and introduced during the rehearsal process.
I would like to encourage as many people to audition as possible, including newcomers to 1812 Theatre and Redfox3. I am looking to find a group that are dedicated and hard-working that work as part of a team.
Rehearsals will be at 1812 Theatre taking place through June and July 3 days a week with one day on the weekend. We will do a read through early in April to discuss characters ahead of line learning.
All lines will need to be down by 1st rehearsal. This will allow focus to be on the physical work and character development. All younger roles may be aged up to suit final casting. While there are physical parts to this production featuring violence and blood the focus will be on the love between Oskar and Eli as their friendship grows.
To express your interest in a role please email the director via firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a copy of the audition pieces.
THE ROLES and Audition Pieces.
ELI: (F) Seems like an (admittedly perhaps rather eccentric) 12-year-old girl, is in fact a centuries old vampire. Extremely agile. Can seem somewhat cold and distant, but their relationship with Oskar exposes a warmer side of their personality. Will likely cast between ages 16-22. A background in dance/gym/acrobatics is highly desirable, but not essential. Act 2 Sc 3 & Act 1 Sc 7 & Act 1 Sc 14 & End of Act 1 Sc 12 & Act 2 Sc 18
OSKAR: (M) A fairly typical lonely, bullied 12-year-old. His troubled home life and struggles with school bullies render him a quiet and vulnerable boy. However, again, his relationship with Eli draws out a soft, playful, and also resilient aspect of his character. I expect to cast between ages 16-22. Act 2 Sc 3 & Act 1 Sc 7 & Act 1 Sc 9 & Act 2 Sc 13 & Act 1 Sc 4 & Act 1 sc 15 & Act 2 Sc 18
HAKAN (M): Sort of Eli’s guardian. Neighbour’s believe him to be her father, but this is not the case. He loves Eli very deeply, and consequently kills people for blood to feed her. A somewhat questionable guy. Physically strong person required. End of Act 1 Sc 12 & Act 1 Sc 14
JONNY: (M) A classic school bully. Enjoys making Oskar’s life miserable. Not really a nice person. Will likely cast between ages 16-22. Act 1 Sc 9 & Act 2 Sc 18
MICKE: (M) Jonny’s sidekick. Joins in bullying Oskar, but with less relish than Jonny. There is a sense that the two have probably been friends at some point, but Micke has decided to join the winning side in becoming a bully, probably at least for reasons of self-preservation. Will likely cast between ages 16-22. Act 1 Sc 9 & Act 2 Sc 18
KURT (M): A world-weary sweetshop owner who doesn’t really have much time for annoying children, but still looks out for Oskar a little and regards him with sympathy. This is a multi-role part also playing Jocke/Nils/Dad/Stefan. Age range 30s-50s. Act 1 Sc 4, Act 2 Sc 13
HALMBERG (M): Policeman, thoroughly perplexed by the goings-on but trying his best to keep everyone safe and calm. This actor would also play Mr Avila. Age range 30s-50s. Act 1 Sc 8 & Act 1 sc 15
JIMMY: (M): Walking testosterone. The bully to end all bullies. Even scarier than Jonny. This is a multi-role part also likely playing Torkel and Janne. Age range 20s-early 30s. Act 2 Sc 18
OSKAR’S MUM (F): (THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST) Long-suffering alcoholic. Most likely loves Oskar and is well-meaning, but struggles with looking after him and resents his father’s post-divorce lack of involvement in his life.