Lewis Family Playhouse - Mainstreet Theatre Company

Current Auditions - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Adapted by Dwayne Harford
From the book by Kate DiCamillo

Producer: City of Rancho Cucamonga/The MainStreet Theatre Company/ Murry Hepner
Director: Marya Mazor


EQUITY EPA's will be held on
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Boston Court Pasadena
70 N. Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
1pm – 5pm
Sign Ups will begin at noon.

* Please prepare an appropriate short monologue (no more than one minute) that shows your vocal versatility in handling language and characters. Everyone cast will be playing multiple roles.

AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY will be held on Friday, February 14 at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

** If you wish to be considered for an appointment, we prefer that you access our audition information on Actors Access/Breakdown Express and submit through that system.

If you can’t access Actors Access you may mail your picture/resume to:

Murry Hepner
Victoria Gardens Cultural Center/Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Email your resume and LOW-RES picture to MainStreetTheatreCompany@cityofrc.us.

All Actors in this production will be signed to an Equity Contract. If you are non-union, you are welcome to attend our Open Call, and we will see you if time permits. We’d like all eligible, experienced actors to have the opportunity to be seen. The show rehearses 6 days a week for 40 hours a week, during daytime hours. Please look at the calendar, as it is unusual!

***Call backs will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 in the morning

1st Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
1st Performance: Monday, April 20, 2020
Final Performance: Saturday, May 9, 2020

Looking for four extremely versatile actors (of any ethnicity) who enjoy ensemble work, are comfortable with movement, and who can handle an assortment of dialects and ages. Ability to play musical instrument(s) a plus. There may be some singing. The work will move quickly and require an all-in attitude. Most Rehearsals and Performances are held during the day.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is based on the beautiful novel by Kate DiCamillo. Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edwarddoesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidently thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations: an older grieving couple who find comfort in Edward’s presence, a hobo and his dog who introduce Edward to a whole community of homeless wanderers, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

We’re gearing the show for ages 6 and up, and as with all MainStreet shows, it never talks down to the audience – the opposite – we believe that children are inherently imaginative and smart.


  • THE TRAVELER (Female, 40’s +: All Ethnicities) A Storyteller, who portrays, among others: Pellegrina (Abilene’s Grandmother, wise, maybe knows more than we think), Lolly (Nellie’s grown-up daughter, a city girl), Old Lady (who turns Edward into a scarecrow). A Plus if she can really sing.

  • THE MUSICIAN (Male, any age). Plays guitar and is the voice of Edward’s thoughts and emotions.

  • THE WOMAN (Female, 20s – 30’s: All Ethnicities) Characters include: Abilene (10-11 years old; precocious, entitled, and innocent), Nellie (50s; New England Fisherman’s wife, and lonely) Lucy the Dog, Sarah Ruth (5-7 years old, very ill). A plus if actor is able to play an instrument, but not absolutely necessary.

  • THE MAN (Male 30’s-40’s: All Ethnicities). Characters include: Abilene’s Father (rich, Bostonian), Lawrence (New England Fisherman, kind), Bull (a hobo, easy-going), Bryce (young boy, brother of Sarah Ruth, who needs to be more grown up than he should). A plus if he can play harmonica.

About MainStreet Theatre Company

MainStreet Theatre Company is the resident professional Theatre For Young Audiences Company at the Lewis Family Playhouse. This critically acclaimed Equity company produces high quality theatrical productions especially for children and families and designed exclusively for the Lewis Family Playhouse stage. Drawing from creative talent from all over Southern California, the MainStreet Theatre Company introduces children to the wonder of live theatre - and helps to nurture a life-long love of the performing arts!

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