THE GREAT GATSBY - The Arvada Center Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 16, 2014
Audition Location: Arvada, CO

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The Arvada Center Announces Auditions for The Great Gatsby


The Arvada Center will hold auditions for The Great Gatsby at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., February 10 and 11, 2014.  The Great Gatsby will be directed by Gavin Mayer, the Arvada Center Artistic Producer is Rod A. Lansberry.


Auditions are February 10 and 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition.


Experienced actors with strong acting abilities are needed. See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare one minute dramatic monologue of the style and period of the piece.  Audio and video submissions will not be considered. A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.


This is an Equity LORT D production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.


Rehearsals for The Great Gatsby begin on April 8, 2014. The production opens April 29 and runs through May 25, 2014. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.


About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Since its opening in 1976, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of thenation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by theCity of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center islocated at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go or call 720-898-7200.



ARVADA CENTER – The Great Gatsby Character Breakdown:

Jay Gatsby – Early 30’s Lives an extravagant life that he finances with the money he has earned by illegal means. He likes showing off and always throws big parties at his mansion.  Believes his only possible chance to get Daisy back is being rich. Trying to get his love back is the only thing he lives for. Little by little he loses his sense of reality completely. He is a dreamer, but to complete his dream of living a perfect life he has to reunite with Daisy.


Nick Carraway – 30 years old He is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets. He is trusted and treated as a confidant.  With his Midwestern sensibility he finds the East an unsettling place, and he becomes disillusioned with how wealthy socialites lead their lives.


Daisy Buchanan – Early – mid 20’s Daisy is a woman who likes to play with men she loves to exaggerate and extemporize. She fascinates most men and she enjoys being the center of attention. She also hopes to be liked and popular among the men around her. She wants to impress them. She enraptures men with her transparent nature and has a strong desire for love. She has learned to think only of herself whether other people get hurt or not.


Tom Buchanan ­– Early 30’s “The Athlete” and “The Polo-Player.” He is seen as an idol. Good-looking, sporty and though guy who has verifiable “physical accomplishments”. He is a sturdy, muscular man with “arrogant eyes”. He commands attention through his boisterous and outspoken behavior. He comes from an old social and immensely wealthy family. He is very egoistic and has a high opinion and violent tendencies.


Jordan Baker – Early – mid 20’s Jordan is the young, single woman of wealth, admired by men wherever she goes. She is savvy and comes off as somewhat shallow in her approach to life.  Being a famous professional golf player, she represents the new type of woman in the 20s. She is harsh, self-sufficient and does not need a man to help and guide her through life. Jordan is a very sportive and also masculine woman with an erect carriage. She always wants to win whatever it takes.


Myrtle Wilson – Mid-30’s Myrtle is a representative of the lower class who longs to gain entrée into the world of the elite by having an affair with Tom wherein she exhibits all the power and dominance she finds lacking in her everyday life. She eventually suffers a tragic end at the hands of her lover's wife. Myrtle would rather be treated like a dog by someone who has money instead of being cared for by someone who has no money.


George Wilson – Mid-Late 30’s Myrtle's unassuming husband. "a blond, spiritless man” who is faintly handsome and pale. His only hope for starting a new and better life somewhere else.  Wilson is “so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive.” He runs a garage and seems trapped by his position in life.

Meyer Wolfsheim – 50-60’s Wolfsheim seems to have a dark past. A professional gambler, Wolfsheim is attributed with fixing the 1919 World Series. Wolfsheim helped build Gatsby's fortune, although the wealth came through questionable means.

Lucille McKee/Mrs. Michaelis McKee – Neighbor of Myrtle in NYC, silly and vapid.  Michaelis- George Wilson's restaurateur neighbor who comforts Wilson after Myrtle is killed. One of the few charitable characters.


Chester McKee/ Waiter/Cop – McKee- Artist, effeminate and snobby.


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