The Giver

By Eric Coble based on the book by Lois Lowry
Produced by Marg Soroos and Leslie Teitel
Directed by Jennifer Lyman
Aldersgate Church Community Theater

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world.

Auditions: Saturday, July 27, 2-5pm and Sunday, July 28, 6-9pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church located at 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria.

Callbacks: Tuesday, July 30 at 7pm by invitation only

Rehearsals: Weeknights (except Wednesdays) 7-10pm, and Saturdays 9am- 12pm, Sundays 2pm – 5pm, July 30 – September 20. Three to five rehearsals a week. The rehearsal schedule will be designed around the cast’s conflicts. Children (except for Jonas) will be released no later than 8:30pm during rehearsals until three weeks before Opening Night. They will be released by 9:30pm until Tech week when they will be released by 10pm.

Performances: Fridays-Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm September 27–October 13

Actors should be familiar with the play and be prepared to do cold readings from the script. Please bring a resume, if possible, and be ready to list all conflicts during the rehearsal and performance period of July, August, September, and October. Auditions are first come, first served. No appointments are necessary. All auditionees will be asked to have their picture taken by the ACCT photographer.

Auditions are held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church located at 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria (cross-street is Fort Hunt Road).

Character Descriptions:

Father – Male 30-50, Jonas’ good natured father, works as a Nurturer (caregiver for babies)
Mother – Female 30-50, Jonas’ good natured mother, works in Law and Justice
Lily – Female 6-10, Jonas’ 7 year old sister, she is inquisitive, and a bit daring
Jonas – Male 8-15, a boy, about to turn 12 who is going to have his world view shattered
Asher – Male 8-15, Jonas’ best friend, an 11 year old boy, he is energetic and not good verbally
Fiona – Female 8-15, another friend of Jonas, an 11 year old girl, she is caring and considerate
Larissa and Chief Elder – Female 60-80, Larissa is an elderly woman in need of care, The Chief Elder is the leader of the community
Adult Ensemble – 1 Male and 1 Female 20-50, in addition to ensemble roles and recorded voice overs, these actors will assist with scene changes and child wrangling
Youth Ensemble – 2 Males and 2 Females 6-15