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Wilde Theatre Holds Auditions for 4th Season 3/4 and 3/11

February 26, 2023

A Wilde Theatre is excited to announce auditions for our 4th season.

Over the River and Through the Woods, By Joe DiPietro

Directed by Kez Settle

Show dates May 12 – 21, 2023 – 3 M/ 3W


Over the River and Through the Woods is a fast paced, warm-hearted, humorous, and touching look into what it means to grow up and navigate life through the intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur along the way.

Character Breakdown for Over the River and Through The Woods:

Nick Cristano – (Male identifying) – in his early 30s – on the fast track to becoming a Marketing Executive loves his family but is trying to find out who he is and his place in the world.

Frank Gianelli – (Male identifying)-in his 80s – Nick’s maternal grandfather – An accomplished carpenter and devoted to Aida

Aida Gianelli – Female identifying)- in her 70s – Nick’s maternal grandmother – Food is her love language – caretaker – wants to make sure those around her are cared for and well fed.

Nunzio Cristano – (Male Identifying) – in his 70s -Nick’s paternal grandfather – his car is very much an extension of himself. Married to Emma for 60 years. Hard worker. Very Froogle.

Emma Cristano – (Female identifying) – in her 70s – Nick’s paternal grandmother – A woman of faith, clever, married to Nunzio for 60 years.

Caitlyn O’Hare – (Female Identifying) – in her late 20s – Grounded, Knows who she is, deep appreciation for family, willing to go with the flow but not a pushover.

Important Dates:

Auditions: Saturday, March 4th 10-2pm

Call Backs: Saturday, March 11th – In Person Required 10-2pm


Rehearsals targeted to start the last week of March.  Rehearsals 3-4 days a week including one to two weekend rehearsals.

Tech week will be the week of May 8th.

Directed by Shelby R. Seeley
June 23- July 2, 2023
1 M (30-50) /1W (30-50)

Rehearsals are three to five days a week, depending on actor availability and will include one to two weekend rehearsals.

Tech week will be the week of June 19th.

*Proof, by David Auburn

Directed by Richard Spangler

August 11-20, 2023 (with a possible extension Aug. 25-27)



We meet Catherine on the eve of her 25th birthday. She spent years caring for her father, a brilliant mathematician, through his mental illness. After his death, Catherine is faced with the possibility of inheriting her father’s genius, and also the fear that she may have inherited his madness. Catherine struggles with her own emotional and psychological demons when a groundbreaking mathematical proof is discovered in her father’s office. The play explores themes of  family, love, and the fear of the unknown, and asks whether genius is a gift or a curse.

Character descriptions

Robert – (50s-60s) A mathematician known for some groundbreaking work in his youth, but who progressed slowly into delusions and mental illness in the final decades of his life.

Recently deceased at the beginning of the show, he is seen in various flashbacks.

Catherine – (20s-30s) A young woman who has inherited much of her father’s genius, Catherine gave up her schooling to take care of her father. Her time spent with him, and her

own talents has left her wondering if she has inherited her father’s “instability” as well.

Claire – (20s-30s) Catherine’s older sister, practical and business minded. She left both Robert and Catherine to start a career in New York, and financially supported them

both from a distance. She has now returned after Robert’s death to attend his funeral, and to speak with Catherine.

Harold Dobbs- (20s-30s) Harold is Robert’s last PhD student during the one year that Robert’s mental illness went into remission. Harold idolizes Robert as both a teacher and a mentor.

Rehearsals are three to four days a week, depending on actor availability and will include one to two weekend rehearsals.

Tech week will be the week of August 7th.


A Wilde Theatre

: General Season


Auditions are Saturday March 4  at 10 am – 2 pm.

Call backs are Saturday, March 11 at 10 am – 2 pm

Auditions will be held at A Wilde Theatre, 111 S. West Street, Brighton, MI 48116
(Behind Jameson’s Irish Pub). If you have not auditioned for AWT before,

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues no longer than 3 minutes.

Please bring a current resume and any conflicts for the 6 weeks before the opening date listed below.

If you have auditioned for AWT, you will be provided with sides from the show to read.

To sign up to audition, or if you would like to be considered but cannot make this audition time. Please call Lynn at (810) 923-7705.

Note: Actors of all races, genders, and ethnicities, and actors with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to audition.



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