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Cantata Staged Reading

This is the application for auditions to a staged reading of Cantata, Or notes from the end of time, by Clem Martini.

An adaptation of his book, The Unravelling.

Audition Dates: August 6 &  7, 2020
Performance Dates: August 21 & 22, 2020 (date to be confirmed)

For auditions, email

Agreement: ITA – non-ticketed staged reading

We strive to reflect the diversity of our community. Due to the play’s requirements, artists with lived experience in mental health are encouraged to apply. You will not be required to disclose anything, though we will be grateful for and careful with experiences brought to the audition process.

Additional Information

Cantata is a dramatization and fictionalization of Clem Martini’s experience as a caregiver for a brother with schizophrenia and a mother developing dementia. The family undergoes much stress as the delicate balance of caregiving unravels.

We include a marimba, musically developing with the story. Professional musician and professor Rod Squance is composing and performing these pieces.

This audition is for an invited staged reading in August, however, we do plan to present the full production later in 2021 when pandemic circumstances allow! The casting of this reading is intended to carry over to the full production.


  • Irene Berenger – Mother of Martin and Dennis, developing dementia, living with Dennis.
  • Martin Berenger – University professor and caregiver to Irene and Dennis.
  • Dennis Berenger – Artist living with schizophrenia.
  • Psychiatrist/Counsellor/Bank Manager/Nurse, Growling Patient – One actor playing many different roles.

Please indicate if you are a CAEA member and any other affiliations. We will be organizing these auditions through digital tools such as Zoom and Skype. Though we will review all applications, only actors chosen for an audition will be contacted. Do not call regarding the status of your submission.

For more information or to review the audition application, visit

If you have any questions or concerns or find that submitting this form caused you any barriers as an artist, please email or call 403.264.7243.