Auditions for the play Rhonda’s Rites of Passage to begin July 25

The 40 Plus Stage Company will be holding auditions for the play Rhonda’s Rites of Passage on Monday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 from 7:00-9:00PM at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem.

The play, written by Grace Ellis and directed by Lara Ianni, is a comedy involving Rhonda Lee, a middle-aged woman who is finally seeking the acting career she abandoned earlier in life.

We are seeking an ensemble of collaborative, energetic actors with the ability to make big choices and a willingness to play. There are a variety of roles, and we welcome artists of all genders and ethnicities to read for any role that they connect with.

Parts Available

RHONDA LEE MORGAN: 40s-60s, per the playwright, “A woman with great gifts and many responsibilities”; Rhonda is on a journey of discovery rediscovering dreams she long abandoned. Must sing.

TRACK 1: 50+, plays Dr. Meyers–Rhonda’s therapist; Martin–Rhonda’s husband; Alfred Longstreet–director of theatre training program; Henrick Ibsen–19th century playwright.

TRACK 2: 50+, plays Janet—a leader of a creativity group; Aunt Ida—a conservative country woman; Helen Weiss—Rhodna’s former drama teacher and former casting director; Corinne Aikens—the dentist’s mother; Granny—Rhonda’s grandmother, a former Rockette, now suffering from dementia; a TV Announcer.

TRACK 3: 20s-30s, plays Rafe—a community theater music director; Denny—Rhonda’s charming ne’er-do-well son; Magic Chef—verbose talk-show host; Fritzie—a contrary cat; Torvald–character from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

TRACK 4: 20-30s, plays Amy—a friend and member Rhonda’s creativity group; Coach Sparks—a fiery soccer coach; a TV Announcer; Sylvie–Rhonda’s health-obsessed daughter; Dr. Constance Aiken—Rhonda’s employer a dentist; Nora–character from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

Audition Instructions

Interested actors should prepare one (1) scene of their choice from the provided sides (a reader will be provided at auditions). Actors may read for any role they choose. Sides do not need to be memorized. You may be asked to stay and read additional material or be called back to read additional material. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with all sides.

Actors interested in the role of Rhonda should also prepare a brief cut of a song (1 minute or less) to be performed acapella. This can be any style, simply give a sense of your vocal abilities.

IMPORTANT — Please note all cast members will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at our first rehearsal.