Notice of General Auditions – Thunder Bay

Magnus Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season

August 18 & 19, 2019


Actors wishing to audition are invited to submit a photo and resume by email only by August 16, 2019 to:  Please indicate in your cover message what role(s) you are interested in.

Two contrasting monologues are required. Each piece is to be no longer than 3 minutes in length.  You may be called back to read.

Please do not call the theatre. Following a review of the resumes submitted, specific audition times will be scheduled.  Actual Audition date, time, and location will be communicated to you when the theatre contacts you.

***PLEASE NOTE: When submitting, please ensure that your attached files are labelled with your NAME, otherwise your submission will not be considered.  We already have hundreds of files named “headshot1.jpg” or “theatreresume.pdf”***

Magnus Theatre produces a six-play Mainstage season in Thunder Bay, as well as a TYA tour of two plays that tour across Northwestern Ontario and a summer production.  For more information on Magnus Theatre please visit

Magnus Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting, and so welcomes submissions from artists of all backgrounds and cultures.


The productions to be cast are:


By Keith Barker

Dates (2019): Rehearsal Oct 3 to Oct. 23 – Run Oct. 24 to Nov. 9

Synopsis: It’s been a year since Paul and Lucille’s son Craig committed suicide, and their once-solid family bonds are starting to break down. While the now-separated couple tries to honour their son, Lucille’s sister Liset and her husband Jim refuse to discuss their nephew. The ties that keep the four together as sisters, best friends, and spouses are strained by grief and guilt… until a visit from a fox changes everything.

Characters as described in the play.
Paul: (50s) Craig’s father, Lucille husband and Jim’s best friend
Lucille: (50s) Craig’s mother, Paul’s wife and Liset’s sister
Liset: (50s) Lucille’s sister, Craig’s aunt and Jim’s wife
Jim: (50s) Liset’s husband, Craig’s uncle and Paul’s best friend



adapted by Joe Landry

Dates (2019): Rehearsal Nov. 14 to Dec. 4 – Run Dec 5 to 21

Synopsis: This beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With an ensemble of five performers bringing a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Characters: 5 actors of any age or identity, playing dozens of roles.



By Mark Crawford

Dates (2020): Rehearsal January 9 to 29 – Run January 30 to February 15

Synopsis: Sarah’s marriage is over and she’s just moved back in with her beekeeper mother, Gail. As the women try to adjust to the many changes in their world, their lives are complicated by the community’s last ever Turkey Days celebration, beehive troubles, an eccentric neighbor, and a handsome young researcher.

Characters as described in the play.
Sarah (38) A turkey farmer.
Gail (62) A beekeeper.
Earl (63) A cash cropper.
Ben (23) A student of entomology.



By Norm Foster

Dates (2020): Rehearsal March 26 to April 15 – Run April 16 to May 2

Synopsis: The year is 1938, and newly-layed off perfumier, Mary Hayes is trying to break into the male dominated world of newspaper journalism. Editor-In-Chief Bosco Godfrey sets a competition between his egotistical star reporter Jeff Kincaid and plucky Mary assigning them to cover a society wedding. If Jeff writes the better story, he gets to keep his job. If Mary wins, she will replace the ace newshound. An homage to the zany screwball comedies of that time period, this play is full of snappy period dialogue, outrageous characters and humour that packs a punch.

Characters as described in the play.
Actor 1 Jeff Kincaid (30s-40s) - The star reporter
Actor 2 Mary Hayes (20s-30s) - The aspiring journalist
Actor 3 Male (20s-40s) – Multiple roles
Actor 4 Female (20s-40s) - Multiple roles



Rehearsal: March 2 to 21, 2020

Touring in Rep from March 23 to April 24, 2020

4 Performers engaged on the TYA School Tour will perform 2 plays in repertory, touring Northwestern Ontario schools and communities.