Room Audition Notice: Little Jack

Audition Notice


By Emma Donoghue
Directed by Cora Bissett
Co-Production with Covent Garden Productions & Mirvish Productions

The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario is seeking submissions for the role of Little Jack for our production of Emma Donoghue’s Room in January 2022, which will continue to Mirvish through April 2022. 

Room is the story of a woman, Ma, who has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room. The play explores the power of the imagination and a mother’s love.

Room, author Emma Donoghue’s adaptation of the book, was first staged in London, England in 2017 with music and lyrics by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph, and directed by Cora Bissett.   The North American co-production between the Grand Theatre, Mirvish Productions, and Covent Garden Productions and directed by Cora Bissett was set to premiere in March 2020, but was halted just before its official opening night.  Room will return to the Grand for its official premiere in January 2022 before heading to Mirvish in February. 

The Grand will be holding auditions for the role of Little Jack in Toronto on October 25th & 26th.

Character Description
Age 7-12, reads as age 5, and multiracial with a white father and African American mother. Shares the role with an adult actor who acts as a narrator for LITTLE JACK’s experience. LITTLE JACK is curious, inquisitive, and strong willed.  

About the Production: 
(Note – the role of Little Jack will be split between two child actors.  Both actors will be part of the cast for the entire run in both cities.) 

Grand Dates:
Rehearsals Begin: December 14th, 2021 
Previews: January 11th, 2022
Opening: January 14th, 2022
Closing: January 24th, 2022

Mirvish Dates:
Rehearsals Begin: February 2nd, 2022
Previews: February 6th, 2022
Opening: February 8th, 2022
Closing: April 9th, 2022

Please submit a resume and headshot for consideration to Lauren Rebelo, Company Manager, at auditions [at] grandtheatre [dot] com 

The deadline for submissions to be received is Monday, October 11th by midnight
Only successful applicants will be notified by end of day, Monday, October 18th.

Auditions will be taking place Monday, October 25th & Tuesday, October 26th in Toronto (exact location TBC).

Script Availability:   Yes

Priority will be given to Equity artists, and they will be seen first at all auditions. 

Ethnocultural mandate or casting statement:
In our desire to reflect the world and our community on our stage, the Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from all qualified performers.

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