Audition Info

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Monday, February 1 for the upcoming live stage adaptation of “The Velveteen Rabbit.”  The play will be performed April 9 through April 25: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

“There are two ways to be real,” the Skin Horse says. “The first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world.” More than anything he wants to be a real rabbit—real to the world. One night the Toy Fairy offers him his chance, but he must leave with her immediately. The boy, who is ill with scarlet fever, will die without him. Will the Velveteen Rabbit go with the Toy Fairy, or will his love for the boy cause him to turn his back on the thing he wants most? If he stays, what will happen to him? Margery Williams’ beloved tale is faithfully told and carefully expanded for the stage.

KCT Student Director Eric Magee will direct the production.

Auditions will be conducted online via Zoom.  Actors will receive a link to the online audition with their confirmation email.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30, 5:00 PM, 5:30PM, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 PM.

There are 10 available roles, including excellent roles for both boys and girls.  The minimum age to audition is 8 years old, and the maximum age is 18.  There are up to two roles for actors making their KCT debuts. Due to the nature of the piece, younger actors will be given preference.

Auditionees should prepare a SHORT (one-minute) monologue from a play or novel.  The monologue should feature a theatrical level of volume and expression.

The play’s genre is fable/fairy tale.  Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play in the fantasy genre. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing or dramatic depth of emotion.  Ability of physical transformation is a major plus as actors will play multiple roles.

Auditionees should consult/bring their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible, but please note that attendance at some rehearsals and at all performances is mandatory for participation.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, February 21 and continue through Thursday, April 8.  Rehearsals will not be held on March 14, 2021 thru March 20, 2021.

Actors should expect to attend most rehearsals.  Orientation on February 21 and tech rehearsals on April 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8 are mandatory.  Actors must also be available for all 14 regular performances: April 9 through April 25, Thursdays through Sundays.

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