Audition Notice: Tantalus Theatre presents new play ‘Adoration’

Audition dates: December 18 & 19, 2016


Tantalus Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of the new play Adoration, written by Violette Kay and directed by Adrian MacDonald and Rahul Gandhi, in co-production with Studio Porte Bleue.

Auditions will take place on Sunday, December 18 and Monday, December 19 at Studio Porte Bleue (3035 St. Antoine Ouest, Suite 378) between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

Adoration will run from March 2-12 at Studio Porte Bleue, as well as June 7-18 as a part of the Montreal Fringe Festival 2017. Rehearsals will take place throughout January and February 2017.

Artists will be compensated by profit-share.

Two former violin students (Adrian and Valerie) reconnect after the suicide of their mentor (Konstantin). Loosely based on The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Adoration pieces together the imperfect lives of two generations of musicians: their compromises, their quiet victories, and their take on what it means to be an artist.

  • Konstantin: 30s-40s. Formerly a fairly successful violinist. Now, dead. Generally disliked, yet unanimously respected, as no one is quite able to pinpoint what they did not like about him. Quiet. Distant. Somewhat obsessive. A perfectionist. A mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in neutral-colored concert attire, wrapped in layers upon layers of existential dread.
  • Nina: 30s-40s. Konstantin’s ex-girlfriend. Valerie and Adrian’s ex-violin teacher. Youthful. Flighty. Extroverted. Likeable in all the ways Konstantin is not. Driven, eager to reach new heights, dissatisfied with the prospect of a slow steady climb up the social pyramid of the music industry.
  • Valerie: 20s. An aspiring violin teacher with a questionable work ethic but a lot of heart. Adrian’s childhood classmate and rival. Bitter. Sarcastic. Quick to anger. Back in town after trying her hand at a music career in the big city.
  • Adrian: 20s. Formerly “most likely to succeed”. Now a “disappointment”, though he claims to be content with the life he has built for himself. Valerie’s childhood classmate and rival… and perhaps friend? He seems hell-bent on denying the appreciation he had for Konstantin, but is otherwise rather reasonable and collected.
NOTE: Although it is not required, the ability to play violin is an asset for the role of Valerie. If you do play violin, please prepare a 30-second piece of your choosing to perform at the audition. Violin will be provided.

To book an audition, please send your headshot and resume to

For your audition: please prepare TWO monologues from the provided selection, and bring a printed completed copy of the form in the link below.

Monologues should be worked on, but do not have to be entirely memorized. We want to see your ability to act above your ability to memorize text.

In the event neither dates work for you, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an alternate time.

Link to audition form and monologues:


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