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Audition Information for Spring 2017 Production





The Drawer Boy

by Michael Healey

Directed by Catherine Hannon

April 6 - April 13, 2017

Tickets available here


The Drawer Boy is a funny and deeply affecting drama set in an Ontario farming community during the summer of 1972. It tells the story of how the lives of two bachelor farmers are transformed when a young Toronto actor, doing research for a play, unwittingly uncovers their long submerged secrets.


Audition Information

Fri Jan 20, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Information Session
Sat Jan 21, 2017 - 12:00-5:00 pm - Auditions
Sun Jan 22, 2017 - 1:00-4:00 pm - Call Backs

Courtenay Little Theatre’s 2017 spring show, The Drawer Boy, by Michael Healey, is a comedy/drama, set during the summer of 1972, on a farm near Clinton, Huron County, Ontario. MORGAN and ANGUS, two bachelor farmers, allow MILES, a young Toronto actor, to live with them while he researches a play about farmers. Over the two weeks of his stay, MILES (hilariously) learns about life on the farm, but also uncovers the lies that have formed the bedrock of the two farmers’ lives. The Drawer Boy is funny and deeply affecting; it won a Chalmers, Dora and Governor General’s award for best play, and has been produced around the world.

An information session for actors wanting to audition for The Drawer Boy will be held Friday, January 20 from 7-9 PM at The Space, 1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay. Auditions will be held on Saturday January 21 from 12-5 PM and call backs will be Sunday, Jan 22 from 1-4 PM.

Actors are welcome to come with an acting resume and/or head shot, but these are not necessary. Actors may also perform a 1-2 minute prepared monologue of their choice, but this too is not necessary. Auditions will involve scene readings and actors may read for more than 1 part. Please come prepared to discuss your time availability.

Rehearsals begin Feb 5, 2017 and the run at the Sid Williams Theatre is from April 6-13. The play will represent CLT at the North Island Zone festival, hosted this year by the CLT from May 14-19, 2017. Actors must be able to commit to rehearsals a minimum of three times per week (one weekend afternoon, plus two evenings per week), as well as evenings from April 2-13 at the Sid Williams Theatre, and all the NIZ festival dates.

Character sketches

MORGAN, a Southern Ontario farmer in his 50’s. Stoic, practical, with a wicked and dry sense of humour. MORGAN has known ANGUS all his life and lived with him on their farm near Clinton, Ont. since just after World War 2.

ANGUS is MORGAN’s friend, also in his 50’s. He was/is the drawer boy (draw-er, as in one who draws) of the title. He suffered a head injury in the war which has erased his capacity to remember. He experiences intense and debilitating headaches. Otherwise, ANGUS is like you and me. He earns his keep on the farm by cooking, driving the tractor, doing the accounts etc. Has been friends with MORGAN since they were boys.

MILES, in his 20’s, is a young actor from Toronto doing research in Clinton, for a play his acting troupe is making up about farmers. MILES is eager to please, dedicated, naïve, affable and ambitious. The play he is working on (based on The Farm Show) is being created through research, writing and improvisation, and MILES is an imaginative improviser.

The Drawer Boy Production Team

Director: Catherine Hannon. Catherine welcomes inquiries through CLT.
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Please address your email c/o Catherine Hannon and
feel free to ask questions about any aspect of the production.

Producers: Kirstin Humpherys and Maybeth Hoagland
Stage Manager: Phyllis Katcher
Set Designer: Jay Crowder
Lighting Designer: Robinson Wilson
Costume Designer: Marsha McGregor
Graphic Design: Janet Walker


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