THE GIVER - Kentwood Players Non Equity Auditions

Posted: October 29, 2019
Audition Location: Westchester, CA

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WHO: Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for THE GIVER, adapted for the stage by Eric Coble, based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Harold Dershimer and produced by Kathy Dershimer for Kentwood Players with rights secured from The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.


Life in the community where THE GIVER and Jonas live is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce new children, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each.  Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs and no one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice.  Join us for this multi-media presentation as we follow Jonas’ journey filled with heightened sensory experiences from a place of sameness… to elsewhere.



WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Monday, November 18 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Those auditioning are encouraged to arrive and sign-in within the first hour of auditions. Please note no auditions will take place on Sunday, November 17 as previously announced. Call backs will be Tuesday, November 19 from 7:00 to 10pm as necessary. Performance dates are January 17 – February 22, 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Additional weekday performances may be added to accommodate school groups throughout the run, dates to be determined.


WHERE:  Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.


HOW: Kentwood Players is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. All ethnicities, races, and gender identities are encouraged to audition and will be considered for every part. Those auditioning are asked to please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar, as a rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts. Additional school group dates will also be announced. It is highly recommended that those auditioning become familiar with the characters by reading the play AND the book before auditions. We will have sides available for the auditions. If you would like a copy of the script being used for this production or have any questions or concerns, please contact the production team at


PARENTAL NOTE:  Jonas’ journey takes him from childhood to adulthood.  He experiences his “stirrings” while fantasizing about his friend, Fiona.  Be advised that these themes will be explored.  Parents are welcome to attend all rehearsals.


For more information about Kentwood Players including our current production and upcoming auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.


To meet THE GIVER production team and learn more about Kentwood Players, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.




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