Auditions for Struck

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Auditions for Struck

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Production Information for Struck
Written and Directed by Eric Rose

Blissfully ignorant, a young man at the tipping point between adolescence and adulthood is struck by lightning, shocking him into a free fall of survival, atonement, and search for self-knowledge.

Struck is based on playwright Eric Rose’s true story of surviving a lightning strike while camping with friends on Sudbury’s Long Lake during the summer of 1999.

The show explores the lightning strike as both physical and psychic mapping: Fractured friendships, leaving home, losing loved ones—looking backward and forward in time from a point of view that can only be perceived in the electrified filament of one’s mortality.

This show explores male relationships and deals with trauma and near-death experiences. The engaged performer will need to take part in discussions around trauma, personal experience, and PTSD. The workshop will be an exploration of theatre, film, and streaming hybrid performance styles, culminating in public, in-progress performances. The performer will need the ability to handle heightened text, movement, singing, and live filming.

Character Breakdown

Eric (Male, early 20s) – A young man on the tipping point between adolescence and adulthood. Eric is a quick-witted but stubborn spirit, ready to adventure beyond his working-class roots yet unable to escape being defined by Sudbury’s harsh yet breathtaking landscape.

Audition Dates: November 18, 2020
Deadline to Submit: November 15, 2020, at 5:00pm MST
Production Dates: January 11 – 26, 2021 (workshop at the West Village Theatre) and January 27 – 30, 2021 (workshop presentation at the West Village Theatre)

Auditions will be held both in-person in Calgary and over Zoom. Video submissions may also be accommodated on request.

More information about the production can be found on our website at

Audition Information

To submit your interest, please email your performing resume and headshot to Andrew G. Cooper at with the subject line STRUCK AUDITION.

Please indicate if you’re interested in in-person or zoom auditions. If you have a preferred time or scheduling conflicts with the auditions date, please indicate this in your email.

We will provide a side to prepare for successful applicants. Please highlight on your resume any devised theatre experience. Only successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an audition.

The performer engaged for Struck will receive payment at CAEA workshop rates. We are seeking submissions from Calgary-based artists or artists that have secure accommodation in Calgary. Accommodations and travel will not be provided.

About Ghost River Theatre

Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose and Executive Director Kate Stadel, GRT is an award-winning devised theatre company that creates, develops, and mounts original productions through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. We make our work in a rigorous, supportive collaborative-creation environment that recognizes and utilizes the unique abilities of all participants, premiering our work in Calgary and then touring it nationally and internationally. Our work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic.

Ghost River Theatre encourages submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity.

Ghost River Theatre would like to recognize the following lands in which we have been able to create, work and play on Ghost River Theatre calls Treaty 7 Territory our home base, which is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy which includes the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani Nations, Tsuu T’ina (Dene) Nation and the Stoney/Nakoda Nation which include the Bearspaw, Chiniki, Wesley Nations and the Metis Nation Region 3.

More information about the company can be found on our website at

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