Audition Information

Auditions for Ripcord

Audition Dates/Times: Sunday, April 7 at 6:30 PM and Monday April 8 at 6:30 PM at the WOH rehearsal space in the Hathaway Creative Center (10 Water St, Waterville).

Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire

Synopsis: A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

Performance Dates: June 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 PM and June 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM

Audition Information: All interested individuals will be asked to read from the script, and should bring a list of potential scheduling conflicts. A rehearsal schedule will be provided. Please note that the roles of Abby Binder and Marilyn Dunne have been cast.

Colleen and Derek 1
Colleen and Derek 2
Scotty 1
Scotty 2


Abby Binder (Female, 60-89) A blunt, no-nonsense, stern resident at the Bristol Place Senior Living. Marilyn’s roommate. Abby uses her biting humor to prohibit people from forming emotional connections. Abby wants the room to herself and will get it by any means necessary. Role has been cast.

Marilyn Dunne (Female, 60-89) Abby's chipper, warm, chatterbox roommate at the Bristol Place Senior Living; Marilyn possess the ability to always keep her cool, even in extreme situations. Ultimately, she is looking for a friend. Role has been cast.

Benjamin/Lewis/Clown (Male, 30-49)
Benjamin: Abby’s estranged son. Reclusive, shy, and rough around the edges. A former addict who comes to make amends with his mother.
Lewis: Marilyn's son. A knowledgeable and lively skydiving instructor.
Clown: An actor in a haunted house who plays an evil clown that tries to steal and eat a baby.

Scotty (Male, 20-39) A bright, dedicated, and committed resident aide at the Bristol Place Senior Living. Scotty is committed to performing his job to the best of his ability, and does not shy away from putting his foot down when absolutely necessary. An aspiring actor.

Colleen/Woman in White (Female 30-49)
Colleen: The sunny, lighthearted, quirky, and caring daughter of Marilyn. Full of energy like her mother. She will go to any extreme to help her mother win the room and to gain a friend. She is married to Derek.
Woman in White: An actress in a haunted house who is trying to save her baby from the Clown.

Derek/Zombie Butler/Masked Man (Male, 30-49)
Derek: Husband to Colleen. He is more realistic and reserved than his wife; always cautious and worried.
Zombie Butler: An actor who is leading the haunted house tour.

General Information about auditioning and performing at Waterville Opera House:

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Auditioning: Candidates must fill out an audition form to be turned in to the production team. Candidates may also receive an audition number and be required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work.

Musicals: Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Children: Depending on the show, there may be a specific audition time for children only. ALL parents will be required to wait outside of the audition space as part of the audition is proving to the production team that your child can take direction without a parent present.

Rehearsals: Performing in a show at the Waterville Opera House requires a big time commitment. Performers should be prepared for 3-4 rehearsals per week (often 6:30pm-9pm on weekdays, and a weekend day). A detailed Rehearsal Schedule will be published once the cast has been finalized. Rehearsals will take place at the Opera House Dance Studio in the Hathaway Creative Center (10 Water St, Waterville). Due to limited rehearsal space, parents will be asked to wait in the Hathaway lobby during rehearsals.

Performer Responsibilities: WOH performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.

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