Auditions for our Fall 2022 show, "Almost, Maine"

What: Auditions for The Shelburne Players’ production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” directed by Eric Reid-St. John


When: June 22 & 23, 2022 at 6:30-8:30 PM (pick just one night to attend). If you cannot attend either night, please email producer Su Reid-St. John to set up a virtual audition.


Where: Pierson Library, Community Room, 5376 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT


COVID note: All audition attendees must show proof of vaccination.


Rehearsals begin: August 15, 2022


Production dates: October 7-15, 2022


About the show: “Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the Northern Lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.”*


About the cast: We are looking for between 4 and 19 character actors (stage age: 20-55) to play a total of 19 roles. They include:

  • Pete and Ginette, who have been dating a while

  • East, a repairman, and Glory, a hiker

  • Jimmy, a heating and cooling guy; Sandrine, his ex-girlfriend; a salty waitress

  • Marvalyn, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and Steve, an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him

  • Gayle and Kendall, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend

  • Randy and Chad OR Deena and Shelly, two “County boys/girls”

  • Phil, a hard-working husband, and Marci, his hard-working wife

  • Woman, who has traveled the world, and Man, who has not

  • Rhonda, a tough woman, and Dave, the not-so-tough man who loves her

Character note: These characters aren’t hicks or quaint, quirky eccentrics, nor do they have funny Maine accents. They are hard-working, ordinary, dignified people. They are not cynical or sarcastic, but speak simply, honestly, and from the heart. Please play them as such. 


The audition form can be found here —please print, fill out, and bring with you. (If you don’t have access to a printer, you may pick up a form at the audition.)


Sides (audition scenes) can be found here. Please note that these are for reference/preparation only—no need to memorize!

  • Guide to symbols that appear in scenes:

    • // means the next character to speak should begin their line where the // appears

    • > means the character should continue talking and not wait for the other character to speak

    • [ ] indicates dialogue that is not spoken and is simply a guide to what the character leaves unsaid

* synopsis courtesy of Dramatists Play Service