This is a slightly unusual casting call, because it's for the annual 11th Hour Radio Challenge. Every October, members of different audio drama groups work together to produce short stories for a Halloween release. Production does not begin until 1st October, so it's a tight schedule.
If you're auditioning for this, we'll need auditions back by the end of Saturday 3rd October, and ideally rehearsing/recording once on Monday 5th or Tuesday 6th October at around 19.30/20.30ish GMT. That would be around 14.30/15.30 USA Eastern time.
We can do the recording, or at least a table read over Zoom, and if you are able to record locally at the same time, that would be perfect.
The script is 14 and a bit pages long, and should last approximately 15 minutes. The table reading/recording shouldn't last more than an hour in total.
You do need to have a decent recording setup with pop screen in a quiet, non-reflective environment, and be able to please send either a wav or flac file containing all the lines in one. Thanks!
Dashing Onions Audio aims to be as inclusive as we possibly can be, whilst also not asking personal information of performers of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities and ethnicities, so please do feel very welcome to audition for any part that you feel comfortable with playing.
This script will contain a content warning that it includes death, but it is not graphic, and it is an odd/supernatural tale rather than a horror one.
Flick - (she/her 30+)
Accustomed to a wealthy, inner-city lifestyle, which is now under threat. She is competitive, determined, ambitious and not troubled by too much empathy or loyalty.
Okay. So my Great Great Aunt travelled a lot, brought things home like this table. She made a fortune abroad,
I think trading or something? Well. Most of it she gave away to orphanages, poor people, apparently there’s a
hospital wing named after her somewhere or other. It’s very sweet of course.
(Threatening in a smiley way)
Don’t pull that on me, unless you want me to have a
little chat with your wife.
Gemma - (she/her 30+)
Down to earth, helpful and the most caring of the group, Gemma is skeptical of supernatural happenings. She's generally frank, but does have secrets. She is married to Donna.
Before we start [the seance], do we need to believe in the power of this thing? I mean, I’m up for pushing a glass around, but I don’t want to jinx it or anything...
(SERIOUS, AWKWARD) Most people smile when they’re joking...
Neil - (he/him 30+)
Flick's boyfriend. He dotes on Flick, and, while not a deep thinker, is gregarious, enjoying showing off his most recent things and experiences.
Here we go! Fort Galliard’s finest! We came across this little distillery there, built in the
remains of a stone fort by the locals! Incredible brandy! Try it!
Tomas - (he/him early 20s)
A medic. Resourceful, practical and caring. Ideally has a very slight Eastern European accent.
Sit. Head between your knees. That’s it. You’re in shock. We’ll do all of that, there’s no rush right now. (MOVES TO WINDOW) Let’s get some air in here...
(ODDLY STILTED AND THEN GUSH) I have a message for you... PRESS BUTTONS 1 - 2 - 4! (BEAT, GOING OFF) That's all.
Matt - (he/him early 20s)
Prone to anxiety, an overthinker who is a decent person. Panics under pressure a bit.
Are they... are they? (EXERTION, MOVING DEBRIS) Can you hear me? (PAUSE) Shout if you can hear me? We can help you. (PAUSE, BEAT, TO TOMAS) You can resuscitate them, right?! Keep them alive til the ambulance (arrives)... oh I haven’t rung yet...(BEAT, ALOUD) We’re getting you help!
(CONFUSED) She always says... what does she say? It's funny, I can't remember... but I know it's good things.
Please send your auditions to Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please record your audition lines in Mono, 44,100 kHz wav or flac, at 192kbps or higher.
Please send raw files with no noise-reduction or filters.
Please label the auditions as Character Name_Your Name eg. Neil_OrsonWelles.wav
Have loads of fun with it! We look forward to hearing them!