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Miss Woodhouse Presents

Written and directed by Kayla Hambek, based on the novels by Jane Austen

Handsome, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse wants nothing more than to share her talents with the world.  What better way than her own TV show?  Showrunner George Knightley and research assistant Harriet Smith do their best to keep Emma on track, but that doesn't prevent Austen's feisty heroine from giving her opinion on the love lives of Austen's other beloved characters, from the Bennets to the Dashwoods.  But is Emma truly content marrying off everyone else and staying single?

Audition Information and FAQs

Aethem is excited to host auditions at the Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) on Sunday, January 9th and Monday, January 10th from 6:30-9:00pm.  All auditioners must be vaccinated; please be prepared to present your vaccine card upon arrival. 

Auditions will be cold reads in small groups; please sign up for a half-hour block at this link:

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS: If you are unable to attend auditions in person but still would like to be considered, please submit a video of you performing one of the monologue packets at the bottom of this page to by 11:59pm on Saturday, January 8th.  Aethem highly recommends all auditioners be available for callbacks in-person.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will be held at the Phoenix Theater on Saturday, January 15th, from 1-4pm

PERFORMANCE VENUE: Elision Playhouse, 6105 N 42nd Ave, Crystal, MN 55422

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 29th-May 1st, May 4th-May 7th

REHEARSALS: Monday-Thursday evenings, beginning March 14th, at the Phoenix Theater

STIPEND: All performers will receive a base stipend of $200, plus profitshare

VACCINE PROTOCOL: All actors must be vaccinated.  Audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours to be admitted into the venue.  Please see this page for more information on Aethem's COVID protocols - keep in mind that due to the ever-shifting nature of the pandemic, these protocols are subject to change.

WHY HAS THE ROLE OF EMMA BEEN CAST?: Aethem intended to perform this show as part of Fringe 2020, and had extended an offer to an actor to play Miss Woodhouse before we were notified Fringe would not be happening that year (at least, not in a way we felt able to produce the show).  Aethem is pre-casting this role to honor our contract with that actor; no other roles have been cast.

Question not answered above?  Please contact Aethem's Managing Director, Kayla Hambek, at


Aethem Theatre plans to cast nine actors to cover the over 40 roles in this production.  The tracks are subject to change based on the actors who are cast; however, they will be divided as evenly as possible.  All roles will use RP/standard British dialect.

Non-Doubled Roles

The actors cast in these roles will play only these roles, as the character is onstage for the majority of the show.

Ages indicate the age of the character to be played.

EMMA WOODHOUSE: 21.  Healthy, wealthy, and charming, if not always wise.  Intelligent and well-bred.  **This role has been cast.

HARRIET SMITH: 17.  Sweet, naive, and helpful.  A Hufflepuff if there ever was one.

GEORGE KNIGHTLEY: 30s.  Practical and tactful, if not always charismatic.  Has known Emma her whole life.

Doubled Roles

These tracks are subject to change based on the actors cast.  Ages indicate the age of the character to be played.

ACTOR 1: 20s. Plays Charlotte Lucas, Charlotte Palmer, Isabella Thorpe, and Anne Elliott.

ACTOR 2: 18-20s. Plays Lydia Bennet, Marianne Dashwood, Fanny Price, and Jane Bennet.

ACTOR 3: 20s. Plays Kitty Bennet, Elinor Dashwood, Henrietta Musgrove, and Georgianna Darcy.

ACTOR 4: 20s. Plays Jane Fairfax, Lizzy Bennet, Lucy Steele, Mary Musgrove, and Julia Bertram.

ACTOR 5: 20s-30s.  Plays Edmund Bertram, Frank Churchill, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and Bobby Martin.

ACTOR 6: 20s-30s.  Plays Phillip Elton, Edward Ferrars, William Collins, Captain Harville, John Willoughby, and Charles Bingley.

Additional roles to be assigned to the above actors as needed.

Audition Form

Character Descriptions

Audition Sides

Sides will be assigned at auditions based on the makeup of your audition group.

Side A:

Pride and Prejudice, Scene 1

Characters: Charlotte Lucas, Lydia, Kitty, Elizabeth

Side B:

Persuasion, Scene 1

Characters: Henrietta, Anne, Mary

Side C:

Pride and Prejudice, Scene 2

Characters: Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Collins

Side E:

Pride and Prejudice, Scene 3

Characters: Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy

Side D:

Sense and Sensibility, Scene 1

Characters: Elinor, Marianne

Side F:

Persuasion, Scene 2

Characters: Anne, Captain Harville

Side G:

Interlude A

Characters: Mary, Charles, Announcer

Monologues - Virtual Auditions Only

Side 1:

Actors interested in performing female roles

Side 2:

Actors interested in performing male roles

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