Additional actors needed for The Orphan Train
We are looking for several actors to fill out the cast of The Orphan Train. We are looking for several younger kids to play newsies and school children and several adult males and females to take multiple roles. We rehearse on Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 10. Production dates are May 18 - 21. Production fees will apply. Contact us at [email protected]
Here is some information about the play: The play tells the story of nine orphans on an "orphan train" that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children. There's Mary, Evie, spunky Pegeen, Annie and Little Lucy, a quiet one. Other orphans include Frank (who later becomes Frankie, a small girl), Raymond, Lucky and Danny the song-and-dance boy. And there are the men and women hoping for children. The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise. The Orphan Train is a charming heart-warmer and all we expect from one of legendary playwrights for children, Aurand Harris. The staging creates a highly theatrical story, moving, amusing and always tellingly human.
Here is some information about the cast breakdown and descriptions:
Mary: Anywhere from 6-12 yrs. old: Shy, sweet, intelligent, and polite. Initially placed in an abusive home, but gets re-placed into a loving home.
Frank(ie) 8-14 yrs. old: A tomboy. Tough and cocky. Disguised as a boy, but revealed to be a girl during the scene.
Evie 15/16 yrs. old: Enthusiastic, confident, flirtatious, and streetwise, relies on her feminine charm. Sings a little but needn’t be a strong vocalist.
Pegeen 12/15 yrs. old: Likeable and strong. Must be able to do an Irish accent. Sings a song in the scene.
Annie. 12-15 yrs. old: Responsible, maternal, strong build. Takes care of Little Lucy
Little Lucy 5-7 yrs. old: No lines. This character cannot speak but signs to Annie in a language only the two of them understand. Must be able to express emotion without words.
Newsboy/Harvey 12 - 14 yrs. old: Newsboy; Confident cheeky. Harvey; A bully who becomes repentant.
Raymond 7-15 yrs. old: Downtrodden. Has a bad leg. Placed in a poor home. Runs away to join a carnival. Must have an ability to express deep emotion.
Lucky 8-15 yrs. old: Cocky. Can play both the innocent victim and the menace.
Danny: Anywhere from 7-16 yrs. old: A street performer. Confident and cool. Considered a musical “wonder child”. Must be a strong singer, and preferably dance as well.
Adult Female Roles
MRS HENDERSON: Age 50+: A cruel and abusive self-righteous woman. Thinks she is doing a great favor by bringing on Mary as help.
A WOMAN: Age 50s: Eccentric and kooky. Rather theatrical, loves to sing and dance. Was once a diva, then a stage mom, now looking for a project.
HANNAH: Age 20/30s: A simple farmer’s wife with a great sense of humor.
A WOMAN: 30s/40s: Obnoxious and judgmental. Shouts from her soap-box that these children are dangerous and not to be dumped in their communities.
EMILY: Age 20s: A proper and sweet young woman.
TEACHER: 30/40’s: A woman who holds cruel subtle prejudices but views herself as sweet and kind.
A WOMAN: 20’s/30/s: Snobby and precious, a socialite who values good looks.
Adult Male Roles
MR WILLIAMS: 30’s/40s: An official with the foster care system. Compassionate.
CARNIVAL MAN: Age 50+: His words are sweet but his motives are questionable (hints of a predator).
OLD MAN: 60’s+: A very loving and accepting man who is proudly eccentric and surprisingly boisterous.
A MAN: Any Age: A straight talking hard working farmer.
A MAN: Any age: As above. Wants to believe the best of these kids.
HENRY: 30s: A simple farmer, a family man who gets more than he bargains for.
A MAN: Any age: A simple farmer not certain about the whole foster care thing.
JAMES: 20’s: An optimist, believes the best of people, and is in love with Emily.
Additional cast members include newsboys and news girls and classmates of Pegeen.
Auditioning for MMFT
for the Mid Michigan Family Theatre
Actors are expected to come in 10-15 min. before the scheduled time in order to fill out paperwork and leave when dismissed by the director. Please be punctual.
look at our website for information on specific roles in our plays.
If you have any questions, please contact the director, Bill Gordon at (517) 339-2145.
A Note on Production Fees:
Like other sports and recreation programs for young people, there is a participation fee to be in the production. We charge reasonable, modest fees. With these fees you will receive a script, costumes, props, and help with overall production costs. Adults will not be assessed a production fee but are asked to help mentor younger actors and / or help with production duties such as costuming, set building, etc. Thank you.