Lawyer Show 2016 Casting Call

Casting Call for Lawyers!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 2, 2015     REHEARSALS START March 6, 2016

THE 2016 LAWYER SHOW production is…

Guys and Dolls

Directed by Michelle Alexander, Consulting Director Kelly Thornton
June 9-11, 2016 / Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Always wanted to try acting on the stage…
instead of in the courtroom???

Nightwood Theatre is accepting submissions for our seventh annual Lawyer Show, where 35 members of the legal community take the stage as actors (and new this year: musicians!).  All lawyers involved will be supported by a team of professional directors, designers and vocal coaches – while raising funds for Nightwood, one of Canada’s most vital and vibrant theatre companies. Performance opportunities are available for principal, secondary, chorus and cameo roles! No previous acting experience is required – all are welcome!

How to Get Involved:
Are you a lawyer, judge, associate, clerk or firm administrator? To audition for Guys and Dolls simply email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by NOVEMBER 2, 2015 with the following:

    • Your completed Lawyer Show Questionnaire (downloadable below)
    • A recent picture of yourself (jpeg, low res format please)
    • Your preferred 10 minute audition slot (both Musicians and Actors will be auditioned on the same days)

Audition Dates:
Sunday, November 8 (1pm-7pm) in the Nightwood Studio (The Historic Distillery District, 9 Trinity Street, Suite 315).
Monday, November 9 (5pm-10pm) in the Dancemakers Studio (The Historic Distillery District, 9 Trinity Street, Suite 314).
*Please note: Callbacks will be on Sunday, November 22 and Monday, November 23 (not everyone who is cast is needed at callbacks, but please try to keep this date available if you would like a speaking role).

What Will Rehearsals Involve:
Rehearsals will start on: March 6, 2016 onward. There may be a few additional singing rehearsals in February (only lead roles may be required at this time). There will be NO rehearsals on: SPECIAL HOLIDAYS.
Rehearsals will run: Tuesday & Thursdays from 6:30pm-10pm and Sundays from 5:30pm-9pm until June 8, 2016. The week of the show: June 9-11, 2016 (times TBD).

ACTORS: You will not be expected to attend every rehearsal. Primary roles will require at least 2 rehearsals per week and secondary/chorus will be at least 1 rehearsal per week. Cameos will be called as required with more commitment closer to the production dates. Schedules will be posted a minimum of 2 weeks in advance, and we will be able to workaround most schedules and conflicts within reason.

You will not be expected to attend every rehearsal. As the ‘lawyer band’ is a new addition this year, we will work with the group to organize the appropriate number of rehearsals to be prepared. That being said, more commitment will be required closer to the production dates.

Benefits to Participation:

    • Engage one’s creativity while learning performance techniques: believability, ease in presentation, confidence, persuasion and delivery
    • Network with colleagues in a unique environment
    • Experience the production process from auditions to rehearsals to performance
    • Participating firms will build morale and engage employees in team building and creative thinking
    • Community engagement

Please note:The Lawyer Show is a benefit. Each lawyer-actor is required to purchase a minimum of 10 tickets to the show for your friends, colleagues and family ($60/ticket). Revenues are also generated via $1500-$10,000 sponsorships from various firms and legal associations.

About Nightwood Theatre:
For over 36 years, Nightwood Theatre has developed, produced and toured landmark, award-winning plays by women. The company’s tremendous work in play creation bore fruit to many renowned and acclaimed plays that are now part of the Canadian theatre canon. Nightwood plays have won Canada’s highest literary and performing arts honours, including Governor General’s, Chalmers, Dora Mavor Moore and Trillium awards. In addition to artistic excellence in production and play development, the mentorship and training of young and emerging female artists is a core mandate.




*Don’t forget to include a picture of yourself and your preferred audition time when emailing in your questionnaire

To sign up to audition contact:
Naz Afsahi
(416) 944-1740 ext. 8 or
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Testimonial from 2015 Lawyer Show participant, Christine Marchetti:
“For a few months each year the women at Nightwood take a group of hard-working, analytic, often stressed-out lawyers who have careers that dictate they live most waking hours in their heads, and they teach us to live in our hearts. For a few months each year they encourage us not to future think, to drop the clever, and to live in the moment. This is not an easy feat; we can be stubborn, we are, after all, lawyers.
These few months in turn, I believe, make us better people, and even better lawyers. Nightwood provides for us a safe place to be brave, and to risk take. In these few months with Nightwood, we remember to be creative and connected and we get to experience a little bit of extraordinary in our ordinary. For me at least, over these last two years, I have left the experience with a new passion for my life in general and inspired to make other positive choices. In short, for a few months each year, Nightwood gives us a little magic.”

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