Auditions (Subject to Change)

 Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

Director Jerry Tracy will hold open auditions for volunteer actors for “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22.  This perennial American mystery comedy by Joseph Kesselring is the next production of the Aloha Performing Arts Company.  It will be presented at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu the first three weekends of October. Rehearsals will begin August 27, and will generally be conducted on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings.  Not every character is required at every rehearsal.  Time commitment varies from role to role.  The overall rehearsal and performance schedule will be posted at auditions.  If cast, actors should be available for the entire rehearsal period with a minimum number of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run.  No experience is necessary and newcomers are encouraged to audition.Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one to two minute memorized comic monologue, and provide the director with a hard copy.  Auditions will also include reading from the script, which is available at the APAC office for onsite perusal or checkout in exchange for a deposit.  Prospective cast members are welcome to attend both evening audition sessions, but this is not necessary in order to be considered for a role.  A possible invitational callback audition may be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, if necessary.”Arsenic and Old Lace” is set in Brooklyn in 1941.  The plot revolves around sisters Abby and Martha Brewster, two sweet, eccentric old ladies.  They have three nephews:  Teddy, who lives with them, and thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; Mortimer, a frazzled drama critic; and Jonathan, the mysterious black sheep of the family.  The original Broadway production featured Boris Karloff as Jonathan, and the 1944 movie version starred Cary Grant as Mortimer.

All fourteen roles are available.  In addition to the five characters mentioned above, the cast also includes:  The Reverend Doctor Harper, a neighbor; Elaine Harper, the Reverend’s daughter and Mortimer’s fiance; Mr. Gibbs, a visitor; Dr. Einstein, Jonathan’s personal plastic surgeon; Mr. Witherspoon, superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium; Lieutenant Rooney, a police inspector; and Officers Brophy, Klein, and O’Hara.

Lonely men are poisoned and bodies are discovered in various places in the house.  Madcap slapstick mayhem ensues, but somehow the show arrives at a happy ending.  For more information or to arrange a script perusal, call the APAC office at 322-9924 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Auditions for The Rocky Horror Show

Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer performers for Richard O’Brien’s cult-classic musical “The Rocky Horror Show,” directed by Nicole Gour. Auditions will be held at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29 at 6:00 p.m. A possible invitational call-back audition may be held on Wednesday, August 30, also at 6:00 p.m. No experience is necessary, and newcomers are encouraged to audition.

One fateful night, Brad Majors and his fiancée, Janet Weiss — a wholesome, well-behaved, utterly normal young couple in love — innocently set out to visit an old professor. Unfortunately for them, this night out is destined to be one they will never forget. A thunderstorm and a flat-tire force them to seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, an alien, transvestite scientist. Brad, Janet, and Frank’ N’ Furter’s cohorts, Magenta, Riff Raff, Columbia and team of Phantoms, are swept up into the scientist’s latest experiment, Rocky. The night’s misadventures will cause Brad and Janet to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other, love, and lust. All roles are available. APAC’s production will feature a live rock and roll band under the music direction of Sharon Cannon.

Scores are available for perusal at the APAC office, by arrangement with Managing Director Melissa Geiger. Each person auditioning must prepare 16 bars, or about one minute, of a song. Sheet music will be available for songs from “The Rocky Horror Show,” and an accompanist will be provided. If a song from another source is chosen, the person auditioning must provide the accompanist with sheet music in the proper key. No a capella or karaoke style auditions will be allowed. In addition to the singing portion of the audition, candidates will be asked to read, choosing from a list of speeches provided, as well as learn a short movement routine in a group. Sturdy, closed shoes are required. Slippers will not be allowed. Dance appropriate clothing suggested. Candidates will be seen in small groups, in order of arrival. Attendance at one of the audition nights is sufficient; attending both nights is not necessary. Tumblers and those familiar with acrobatics are highly encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, September 5. The specific time commitment varies, depending on the role. The show runs for four performances, October 27, 28, 30, and 31. Although all cast members will not be required at every rehearsal, candidates must be available for the entire rehearsal schedule with a minimum of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run. In addition to performers, support staff is also sought, including backstage helpers, make-up and hair artists, seamstresses, set builders, set painters, concession workers, and ushers. Those interested in any of these volunteer positions are encouraged to attend auditions to fill out a registration form, or to contact APAC at For more information visit or call 322-9924.

Audition Schedule for the 2017-2018

Show Audition Dates Callbacks (if needed)
24th Original Play Festival July 8 & 9, 2017 TBD
Arsenic and Old Lace August 21 & 22, 2017 August 23, 2017
The Rocky Horror Show August 28 & 29, 2017 August 30, 2017
Miracle on 34th Street October 21 & 22, 2017 October 23, 2017
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast December 12 & 13, 2017 December 14, 2017
Pruning the Family Tree March 5 & 6, 2018 March 7, 2018
Wonderland May 6 & 7, 2018 May 8, 2018

Audition Forms

AoL Audition Form

RHS Audition Form

Registration/Parental Consent Form

Registration Form 2017-2018