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22nd One Act Festival-Ten Below

Directed by Ann Hedger

The Fine Arts Association’s One Act Festival/Ten Below is BACK and will once again showcase original 10-minute plays.  We received over 700 submissions from playwrights from the East Coast to the West Coast and many other countries around the globe.  The Fine Arts Association is thrilled to present these new works. (Rated Adult)

Auditions --

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – beginning 6:30 pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 – beginning 6:30 pm
(Callbacks by Invitation-Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm)

Rehearsals begin – Monday, February 18, 2019

Performance dates:  April 5-14, 2019 – Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm


Call 440-951-7500 x103 to sign up for an appointment.
-- Come prepared to cold read from the scripts.
-- Bring a headshot or snapshot of yourself to attach to our paperwork..


Ensemble of 12 to 14+ men and women
Mixture of ages:  Men: early 20’s to 60+ and Women: 18 to 60+
Actors may be cast in more than one piece.
No AEA contracts are available for this production.

Thank you to the playwrights who sent submissions for the Festival.

The selections for the 22nd One Act Festival will be listed soon!

Selected Plays

The Wonder of You
by Bara Swain (New York, NY)
A man and a young woman meet on a street corner, both obviously on different personal missions, and each try to help the other with the journey.

When Killer Animals Go Nuts
by Michael Higgins (Oak Park, IL)
Does love at first sight exist?  A blind date turns awkward when the guy reveals what he does for a living in dramatic fashion. 

The Exchange
by G. Atkins (Los Alamos, CA)
Divorce and its fallout are never easy especially when there are kids.

Balls Alive!
by Brian Wallace (Los Angeles, CA)
A band on the verge of a break-up…try to clear the ‘air’ before that happens.

The Way I Grieve
by Andrew Rosdail (Minneapolis, MN)
Sitting on the side of a hill in the middle of the night, two sisters reminisce about how they handle the loss of family, each with a dramatically different method of dealing with it.

Mead and Stu go to SeaWorld
by Rom Watson (West Hollywood, CA)
Stu believes he has discovered why he has psoriasis by reading a brochure on dolphins while visiting SeaWorld. Mead is skeptical…

I Have a Secret
by Marsha Lee Sheiness (New York, NY)
A daughter visits her mother, and each share a special secret.

Under a Watchful Eye
by John Busser (Parma, Ohio)
A young woman visiting her father in a coma brings him some special holiday cheer... 

I, Phone
by Tom Moran (Fairbanks, AK)
Getting directions from an iPhone’s GPS is not always as accurate as one would think.  Or is it?

by Diane Sampson (San Francisco, CA)
Chance meeting in an elevator between two people…maybe three people…maybe.

The Love of the Game
by Frank Shima (Palm Harbor, FL)
An afternoon at the ball game can bring out the best and the worst of avid baseball fans.

The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Directed by Sandy Kosovich Peck
Music Direction by Ed Leonard
Choreography by Jill Tschetter

Auditions – 5 minute timeslots
Sunday, March 3, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm
Monday, March 4, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm
Callbacks, Sunday, March 10, 2019 – by invitation only (possible second callback Monday, March 11, 2019 – by invitation only)

Rehearsals beginSunday, April 7, 2019
Rehearsals will GENERALLY be Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm, Mondays thru Thursdays 6:45-10:00 pm. 

 Production Dates
June 7-23, 2019 (No performance Father’s Day June 16, 2019)
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 
One daytime senior matinee on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  Attendance required. 

- Appointments Needed – 5-minute timeslots
- Call Ann Hedger at 440-951-7500 x103 to make your appointment.
- Reading from script sides
- Come prepared with 16-32 bars of a standard Musical Theatre song.
- Bring sheet music in the proper key.
- An accompanist will play for all auditioners. 
- Bring a detailed list of your conflicts beginning April 7, 2019.  This includes any school activities/events, sports activities/events and classes you may be taking that would cause you to miss a scheduled rehearsal.  All cast members must be available for tech week (June 2-6, 2019) and for all performances, including the daytime senior matinee performance.
- Please bring a headshot (school picture or snap shot will do).
- Resumes will be accepted (not required).

Casting Information:
- Needed:   Cast of approximately 25-30
- All roles are available.  22 principal roles for adults, 2 principal roles for children, plus ensemble.
- Age range is 8 years old-Adult.  (must be 8 years old by first rehearsal)
- No AEA contracts are available for this production.

Character Breakdown
LILY - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary's aunt and Archibald Craven's wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.

MARY LENNOX - Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.

MRS. MEDLOCK - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.

MARTHA - Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”

DICKON - Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.

COLIN CRAVEN - Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald's ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.

MRS. WINTHROP - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.

The Following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary's life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story.

ROSE LENNOX - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

ALICE - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.

LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary's father's unit.

LIEUTENANT SHAW - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

MAJOR SHELLEY - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

MRS. SHELLEY - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley's wife.

MAJOR HOLMES - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

CLAIRE HOLMES - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes' wife.

FAKIR - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.

AYAH - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.

Watch for more audition postings soon.

General Information

Audition information also appears on NEOhioPAL listserve (, in the News Herald and in the Tribune.  Audition flyers may also be picked up at The Fine Arts Association.  If you would like more information regarding auditions, contact Ann Hedger, programming coordinator, at 440-951-7500, ext. 103.