THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny
Directed by Darryl Lindenbach and Charlotte Loeppky
April 9, 2022 (Calgary Petroleum Club)
April 22 – May 1 (West Village Theatre)
Audition Submission deadline: January 3, 2022
In-Person Auditions: January 8 / 9, 2022
First Rehearsal: Sunday, January 16, 2022
ABOUT THE SHOW
E. Nesbit’s much-loved classic The Railway Children has delighted generations since its first publication in 1906 and Mike Kenny’s wonderfully faithful and imaginative adaptation takes audiences young and old alike on an enchanting journey of imagination and reality.
When Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis move to rural Yorkshire with their mother following the imprisonment of their father, they are forced to face the anxieties and exhilarations of growing up in order to learn what really matters. A story of Edwardian England on the brink of change - a world that is insecure and hard, but one filled with love, resilience and humanity - and always running through it is the railway, in particular the 9.15 to London…
The Railway Children is an ensemble piece and offers three plum roles for young performers and a wonderful ensemble acting opportunity for the entire cast. Smaller roles will be doubled or tripled. Playing ages are for guidance only.
BOBBIE (ROBERTA) - Playing age: 13 to 15. The eldest daughter. Brave, thoughtful and intelligent. She is considerate and caring and often acts as a mediator, resolving the arguments of her younger siblings. She acts as narrator for much of the play. Appears briefly as her adult self. On stage throughout. Standard British (RP) accent.
PETER - Playing age: 10 to 12. The middle child. Intelligent and honest. He demonstrates bravery and resilience in the face of danger but does enjoy bickering with his younger sister. Acts as a narrator for some of the play. Appears briefly as his adult self. On stage throughout. Standard British (RP) accent.
PHYLLIS - Playing age: 8 to 10. The youngest child. Phyllis can be naïve; nevertheless, she is imaginative with a sensitive and considerate nature and shows as much heroism as her siblings. Also acts as a narrator for some of the play. Appears briefly as her adult self. On stage throughout. Standard British (RP) accent.
MOTHER - Playing age: 35 to 45. Considerate and resourceful, she does her best to protect her children and helps them to adapt to their new lifestyle. She has an incredible capacity for love and, despite the hardships she faces, remains proud and determined. Will need to speak a few lines in French. Standard British (RP) accent.
PERKS - Playing age: 30 to 50. The Station-Master. He befriends the Railway Children and supports them in their time of need as he is a father himself. A proud but friendly and likeable character who provides some comic relief in the play. Yorkshire accent.
FATHER - Playing age: 40 to 50. He is caring, hard-working, tolerant and maintains integrity and dignity despite the charges levelled against him. Standard British (RP) accent.
OLD GENTLEMAN - Playing age: 50 to 70. A passenger of the London train that helps the Railway Children in many ways, eventually re-uniting them with their father. Yorkshire Accent.
DOCTOR - Playing Age: 35 to 55. The local GP who treats Mother and Mr. Schepansky. Firm but kindly. Yorkshire Accent.
MR SCHEPANSKY - Playing age: 30 to 50. A Russian emigrant that falls ill and is taken in by the Railway Children. This character speaks both Russian and French in the play.
MRS PERKS - Playing age: 30 to 40. The station-master’s wife. Mother to several children including a baby. Gentle, humble but also proud. Can be forceful when needed. Yorkshire accent.
MRS VINEY - Playing age: 35 to 55. A kind-hearted local that supports Mother and looks after the children. Yorkshire accent.
JIM - Playing Age: 16 to 18. A pupil at the local grammar school who is injured in the railway tunnel during a game of Hare and Hounds. Yorkshire accent.
DISTRICT SUPERINTENDANT of the railway who presents the children with their awards for bravery.
The MAID, COOK and BUTLER at the children’s London home.
The TWO GENTLEMEN who come to arrest the father
RAIL PASSENGERS & WORKMEN
THE PERKS CHILDREN
Please read and consider the following information carefully before submitting for an audition.
1. All cast members must be fully committed to, and available for, the full rehearsal process and performances from January 16 to May 1, 2022, without exception. All personal time conflicts must be noted at time of submission. Confirmed cast members will be asked to enter into a written Agreement to ensure their attendance and commitment to the production.
2. For this unique cast, we are seeking team players who want to be challenged in their craft and dig deep into the art of storytelling through creative use of text, movement, accents and improvisation. Actors must be able to memorize and track a significant number of lines for this production.
3. Rehearsals will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons from January 16 to April 17. (please reserve April 8-14 for additional scheduling - Easter weekend will be off). Rehearsals will be held in-person. Actors will be scheduled but not called to every rehearsal. Additional rehearsals may be called nearer the production period.
4. Rehearsals and Performances will take place under current Covid-19 regulations in force at the time.
We kindly request that all candidates who apply to audition are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
5. Tech week is from April 18 - 21 and performances will run from April 22 – May 1. Please note, some weekday daytime performances are possible.
6. For the roles of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, the age range of the youth actors is projected to be 10 - 18 years old. The child roles may be double-cast. For the adult roles, we will consider a wide range of ages to suit the characters.
7. Please note, we are unable to engage any performers under Equity or ACTRA agreements.
8. For the safety of the entire cast, crew and audience please only audition if you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
9. NOTE: Peformers do not need to be fluent in the accents noted - we will be working on this with the cast during the rehearsal process.
Interested performers are asked to complete an online Audition Form and attach their theatre resume, photo/headshot and a short video. For your video, please introduce and tell us a bit about yourself, and include a 30-60 second monologue. If you do not have a monologue, that is not a problem - just tell us a story – any story you would like.
Once you have all your material ready, please click the red button below to access the Form, Completed audition forms and materials are due by noon, Monday, January 3, 2022. Once we receive your audition materials, we will be in touch to schedule an in-person audition time with you.
In-Person Auditions will be held on January 8 and 9, 2022 at the ArtsLab Studio Theatre (6919 – 32 Avenue NW).
FOR THE IN-PERSON AUDITION, scene work will be provided.
If you have any questions, or trouble with the Audition Form, please contact us at email@example.com.
To access a PDF version of the Audition information, click on the grey button below.
DARRYL LINDENBACH (co-director) As a director, designer, performer and administrator, Darryl has enjoyed creating and leading cultural organizations across Western Canada for 35 years. He has the pleasure of directing and designing over 70 productions including ‘West Side Story’, ‘FAME-the musical’, ‘Big River’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Dreams of Broadway’, ‘City of Angels’, ‘Noises Off’, ‘john & jen’ and ‘The Hobbit’.
CHARLOTTE LOEPPKY (co-director) Charlotte is a self-described lifelong student of the Arts. With a background in Visual Art, Music Performance, Theatre and Film, she has been active in the Performing Arts for many years. She is currently the Theatre Program Director for youth at a local middle school, and performs around Calgary as a professional musician. On Calgary area stages she has played roles in numerous theatre productions including ‘Godspell’, ‘August Osage County’, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, ‘Brigadoon’, ‘Assassins’, ‘Always, Patsy Cline’, and ‘Crazy for You’. Film credits include ‘Hell On Wheels’, ‘Tin Star’, ‘Billy the Kid’, ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’, ‘John, 316’. Charlotte joined Imagine Performing Arts in 2020.