AUDITIONS | THE MYSTICS by Kim Senklip Harvey
Posted: August 29, 2022
Submission deadline: September 19, 2022
Green Thumb Theatre is auditioning Indigenous actors for its upcoming production of Making The Mystics: An Artistic Ceremony Documentary by Kim Senklip Harvey (writer/creator/co-producer/director). Performers cast for the project will be contracted to rehearse and perform a staged reading of The Mystics script, which will be filmed at The Cultch in Vancouver.
Auditions are open to union and non-union actors from across Canada (performers that would need to relocate to the Lower Mainland for this project will be responsible for their own accommodations).
Rehearsals at Green Thumb Theatre’s Studio: October 10-16, 2022
Filming at the Cultch: October 17-23, 2022
*The role of Deyen will only be called for 2-3 rehearsal dates and 2-3 filming dates. Exact dates TBC.
Rooted in Tsilhqot'in traditional laws and protocols, The Mystics follows the adventures of 13 year old Juniper Mack and their friend Toast who discover they both have the sacred ability to traverse time through their denitsin (spirits). On a school assignment gone supes tradish, Juniper meets their Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandmother Datsan K'achilch who has traveled through time to support Juniper and Toast as they navigate their cultural curiosities and help re-connect them with the traditional knowledge of the Tsilhqot'in ?Esggidam (Ancestors before contact.)
In this transcendent Tsilhqot'in Plateau telling, bear witness to Juniper and Toast who are on a spirited journey to see if they have what it takes to traverse worlds, handle the terrain of transitioning into teenagers, while bravely trying to become their full mystical selves. This raucously fun adventure nourishes our young ones cultural confidence and spiritual belonging by illuminating the sacredness of Tsilhqot'in and Indigenous ascendency. The Mystics offers us the space, medicine and traditional knowledge to connect us with our past to deeply understand what it takes to be a good Ancestor today.
Toast: Open gender. A young 13 year old Tsilhqot'in who is a new friend of Juniper. Toast is quirky, comical and peculiar with a heart full of love and spirit full of curiosity. Looking for an Indigenous actor 13-30 who can bring Toast’s sensibilities to life. Be bold!
Datsan K'achilch: A 13-15 year old Tsilhqot’in Ancestor from 500 years ago that has traveled through time and space to help Juniper and Toast honor what it means to be Tshilqot’in. Datsan is on her own coming of age transformation and is following her own protocols to help her future relatives to learn to love their home and themselves. Datsan is wise, generous, strong and loving. Looking for an Indigenous female who can ground and power this character. Will need to learn some Tsilhqot'in and sing.
Deyen: Deyen is a very special medicine person from 500 years ago who has fully realized their mystical abilities and is mentoring Datsan. Full of insight, humility, humour and strength Deyen makes us all want to be our best and most courageous selves. Actor can be 20+, any gender, and must be able to sing and will need to learn some Tsilhqot'in
Please submit a headshot, resume, and a self-tape of you performing the sides (available in downloadable PDF link below) for the chosen character. If you are auditioning for the roles of Deyen and Datsan, please include in your audition a video of you singing 30 seconds of your favorite song (does not need to be traditional).
Note: There are Tsilhqot'in words in the sides but do not worry about correct pronunciation. We will have a language consultant for the shoot.
Please submit all requested materials in one e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 19, 2022.
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August 29, 2022