The Witches
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl
Adapted By David Wood
Directed by James Ryan
Performance Dates:
7th January 2023 at 7pm
14th January 2023 at 7pm
21st January 2023 at 2pm & 7pm

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don't ride around on broomsticks. They don't even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Well, if you don't know yet you'd better find out quickly-because there's nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she'll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.

Open auditions will be held Sunday, 31st July from 6:30pm
& Monday, 1st August from 4:30pm 
at Ruby’s rehearsal space
(Level 1, 15 Evan St, Penrith)

An audition piece will be given to every auditionee. It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and present it.

Applicants should note that reading the novel prior to their audition would be highly advantageous. 
An expected rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.

It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair, anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.

All auditions will be held in an open space.
Everyone will see your audition, you will see theirs.
We may possibly ask to run scenes as a cold read in groups afterwards. 
Please note: Those who are successful in getting a part must be or become a member of Ruby Productions at an annual cost of $40.

For further information, please email the Director, James at:

***No one under the age of 18 will be cast without the express permission of a parent. Age ranges are estimates and may be adjusted.***
BOY / GIRL - 8-14 years old
When their parents die in a car accident they are left in the care of their grandmama, who goes on to teach them all about witches. They are brave, kind and intelligent. Thanks to their grandmother’s stories, they are able to identify witches in disguise, though they are turned into a mouse. Even so they hatch a plan to save all the children in England from a similar fate and successfully wipe out all the witches of England. Originally written as a boy there is no reason this role isn’t suitable for any young actor that’s right for the part. They are the heart of the play and need to be comfortable working in costume, voicing from offstage and “crying” on cue.
GRANDMOTHER - 55+ Years old
When her grandchild's parents die she is called upon to look after and care for them as best as they know. Grandmama is a tough but kind woman. She’s no nonsense but fun. Strong in will and kind of heart. She’s run across witches many times in her life and only by her wits she managed to survive childhood.
THE GRAND HIGH WITCH - 30+ years old
All witches hate children but it takes an especially vile, evil and conniving witch to lead all others. The Grand High Witch is the most terrifying witch of them all, she is their ruler and strikes fear even in the hearts of witches. Though she dons the traditional disguise like the other witches, she also wears a mask to hide her grotesque face. Looking for someone who can both play the kind and gentle face that she shows the world and someone who can transform herself to the most disgusting horrible thing in the world. 
BRUNO JENKINS - 8-14 years old
A cheeky little so and so whose gluttony gets him into trouble and turned into a mouse at the hands of the Grand High Witch. Also needs to be comfortable working in costume, voicing from offstage.
MR JENKINS - Male 30+ years old
Mr. Jenkins is the father of Bruno Jenkins, the other child The Grand High Witch successfully turns into a mouse. The Jenkins' are a wealthy family and adhere strictly to their roles in the family as determined by gender and age. Mr. Jenkins is a businessman who doesn't want to put up with the grandmother's nonsense when she tells him his son has been turned into a mouse.
MRS JENKINS - Female 25+ years old
Mrs. Jenkins is the mother of Bruno Jenkins, the other child The Grand High Witch successfully turns into a mouse. The Jenkins' are a wealthy family and adhere strictly to their roles in the family as determined by gender and age. Mrs. Jenkins clearly plays second fiddle in their relationship; she is shown doing stereotypically feminine things such as knitting and screaming at the sight of mice.
The man who runs the hotel the boy and the grandmother visit. He is eager to please his guests, fawning over the witches in disguise and trying to eject the boy and the grandmother from the hotel for having mice. His presence adds to the story's suspense because if he finds the boy in mouse form he would likely dispose of him quickly to keep up the hotel's reputation.
THE WITCHES - 18+ years old
A witch is a grotesque funhouse mirror of a creature that above all else, hates children. They hide in plain sight, plotting and devising ways to rid the world of all children. There are clues to guide you to find them though. They are all bald so all wear wigs. They have claw-like fingers so always wear gloves. They have a blue like tinge around their teeth and they have no toes so their feet always hurt. Can be played by men or women and have various parts from non-speaking to a witch with her very own spotlight scene.
CHEF 1 & 2 - 16+ years old
There is a great scene for a pair of actors who have a juggling or physical comedy background to play a pair of chefs. The scene involves throwing utensils, ingredients and general 2 handed tomfoolery.
FROG / TRANSFORMED CHILD - 8-14 years old
This poor unfortunate soul was a child but has been transformed into a frog by the Grand High Witch. They are kept prisoner and help our heroes get the magic potion that ultimately is the end for the witches.

DOCTOR / NURSE / LAWYER / SAILOR / WAITRESS / WAITER - Various 18+ years old 
Please bring your own personal interpretation on what you think you can do based on the part name.