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Actors Required for World Premiere at Casula Powerhouse of 'Coming of Age'

Actors Required for World Premiere at Casula Powerhouse of 'Coming of Age'

New South Wales, Australia
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This is a drama of war. A world war that changed the course of history. A class war resulting in the death of old attitudes and standards.

Set in Sydney during World War II Coming of Age is an unconventional love story. We follow Jenny, the working-class granddaughter of a labour man from humble beginnings as she experiences young love, early marriage and pregnancy with Peter, the wilful impulsive, rebellious son of middle class parents. Together they come of age against the backdrop of WWII as he lies about his age to join up and she faces the challenges of rationing, conscription and mechanised warfare.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Casula Powerhouse:
Auditions Sat 26 Sun 27 Jun 10:00–3:00.

Cabramatta West Community Centre, 476 Cabramatta Road, Mt Pritchard:
Call-backs 29 June/1 July.
Rehearsals Tuesdays/Thursdays 6 July–2 Sept.

Casula Powerhouse:
Sunday Rehearsals 15, 22, 29 August 10.00–3.00
5 Sep Bumpin/rehearsal 9–3:45. Monday 6 Sep tech dress rehearsal 9–3:45. Tuesday 7 Sep rehearsal 9–3:45. Performances Wed 8, Thu 9, Fri 10 11am 7:30pm, Saturday 11 Sep 2pm 7:30pm.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.

Jenny Sneldon

Age range: This role requires an actor to play a 16 - 21 year old. A role for actors with dark hair and complexion. She is of a mixed background and lives with her grandfather Pops as her mother died giving birth to her and her father was killed in the Spanish war. She begins the play as a nurse’s aide, ends up pregnant, and has a baby. She moves on to work in munitions factory and by the end of the war has a growing confidence in her ability to be an independent woman supporting herself but the

Female, aged 18 to 23

  • Skin color: Olive
  • Hair type: Straight, Wavy, Curly

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

Pops Sneldon

Jenny’s grandfather. He cares for his granddaughter. He is originally from Manchester in England and has a reputation of being a pacifist, ‘white feather’, because of his leftist leanings. He is extremely political and vocalises his opinions on the speeches made by politicians and news reports throughout the play. He cares for Jenny but doesn't always approve of what she is doing.

Male, aged 57 to 72

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Accents: UK English

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

Peter Williams

Age range: requires an actor to play a mature 14 - 17 year old but looks older. He is the son of well to do middle class parents who attends a private school. He is strong willed, opinionated, rebellious and impulsive.

Anyone, aged 18 to 23

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

James Williams

Peter William’s father works in the War Office and is a Volunteer Defence Corp member (Home Guard), He is rather bigoted and very stiff upper lipped. He went to Royal Military College, Duntroon the Australian Army Officer training establishment founded in 1911 and was an officer in WWI. He was wounded in the right leg and walks with a slight limp.

Male, aged 40 to 55

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 26 June 2021.


Mid 40’s (or older) neighbour of Pops who is acts as a sort of surrogate mother to Jenny. Like Elizabeth, she acts as a sort of peace maker between the two families.

Female, aged 38 to 69

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
  • Accents: Australian

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

Elizabeth Williams

Middle class mother, not working. She is a peace-keeper in the family who is able to accommodate what Peter does and deal with the outcome.

Female, aged 38 to 47

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

Sam Lees

A charming womanizer American soldier with a wife and family back in the States. He black marketer who gets into a relationship with Jenny, gets her pregnant and does want to take responsibility for his actions.

Male, aged 36 to 46

  • Accents: USA California

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

Mr. Smith

One of Peter’s school teachers. Who helps inform Peter of the is of the war and a bit of Australia’s ‘white Australia’ policy.

Male, aged 25 to 35

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 26 June 2021.

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Next audition:
Production Coordinator, Assistant, MUA & Gaffer Required

Listing created: 16 May 2021
Applications closed: 26 June 2021
Casting #1125844