VCDS Presents Auditions for The Gray!
[DEADLINE EXTENDED to Nov 19] We are excited to open auditions for our next show in the season, The Gray: A Wilde Audio Drama! Please submit your audition to us by November 17th, 11:59 PM EDT. Callbacks will be held live over Zoom, with the date to be determined based on availability. If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: The Gray: A Wilde Audio Drama reimagines Oscar Wilde’s classic novel as a 4-part musical series which follows dead rock star, Dorian Gray, as he recounts his youth and tries to piece together the meaning of his life through one final farewell concert. Set in Toronto’s Gay Village during the late 1970s, The Gray brings these characters into the grunge punk rock scene of David’s Disco, merging the historical real-life setting with this timeless tale of morality and the relentless pursuit of beauty. When Dorian, a young singer-songwriter, catches the eye of Basil, the awkward closeted photographer, he cannot get enough of Dorian’s beauty. Promising to introduce him to Henry, the club’s owner, in hopes of becoming a star, Dorian lets Basil take a picture of him. Henry is entranced by Dorian’s red lipstick, and soon, Dorian also becomes obsessed with this picture of himself and the power it holds over others. After Henry makes Dorian the club’s headline act and corrupts the young songwriter into the dark side of nightlife culture, Dorian notices the once beautiful image turning into his nightmare. With an original musical score inspired by the legendary genre of glam rock, The Gray explores self-expression, the generational trauma of queerness, and the definition of beauty in LGBTQ+ spaces.
Content Warning: Homophobia & Use of Homophobic Language, Drug Use, Alcohol Use, Discourse about Body Image, Discourse on Gender Dysphoria, Emotional Abuse, Mentions of Sexual Assault
Book, Lyrics & Music by Anthony Palermo
Director: Anthony Palermo
Production Manager/ Sound Designer: Alison Starkey
Dramaturge: Brynn Bonne
Music Arranger: Benjamin Kersey
Music Editor: Marco Wong
- DORIAN GRAY (he/they): 19, a budding songwriter experimenting with their gender who gets sucked into the night life of David’s Disco. Singing role. (Ep. 1-4)
- HENRY LEBLANC (he/him): Mid 30s, Owner of David’s Disco who believes that The Village belongs to him. (Ep. 1-4)
- BASIL (he/him): Early 30s, An awkward closeted photographer on the rise in Toronto’s art scene. Becomes entranced with everything about Dorian. (Ep. 1-3)
- VANITY (they/she/he): Early 20s, A gender noncomforming emerging rockstar who expresses their emotions through music. Begins to connect with Dorian, developing a romantic relationship and later performing together. Singing role. (Ep. 2-3) *Note: We ask only self-identifying non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or trans* individuals submit for this role.
- Stage Manager
- Disk Jockey
- Club Patrons
The cast would include 6 (six) actors in total. This features 4 (four) actors in the main cast, as well as 2 (two) other actors who would perform various smaller parts throughout the episodes. This is a workshop production, so we are interested in having actors involved in the process who are flexible and ready to adapt, as well as comfortable giving feedback on the piece at times.
Please note we are prioritizing queer, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, trans*, and BIPOC performers for all roles.
Please submit an audio file self-tape (.mp3) of 1-4 sides of your choice. If submitting for the roles of Dorian and/or Vanity, please also include a 1-minute cut of any contemporary rock/pop song in addition to the sides. The Google Doc with the Audition Sides contains ALL material for each character. Auditions can be submitted in the Google Form linked below.
If you do not have another reader, please only perform the text of the character you are auditioning for and leave silence between the lines. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google Form to Audition: https://forms.gle/JRzngivjLkDW6YN4A
Audition Sides (Google Doc): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s1xAeE08VLSI0gq0-9769_zdEvaLQeKAT23gXXccreY/edit?usp=sharing
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