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The Giver Casting Call-New York City, NY - Casting ID # 1563666
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location New York City, NY Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 01-02-18
Audition Date 08-06-18 Submission deadline 08-05-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

Role # 1 Jonas
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The eleven-year-old protagonist of The Giver. Sensitive and intelligent, with strange powers of perception that he doesn’t understand, Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memory for his community when he turns twelve. Even before his training, Jonas is unusually thoughtful, expresses great concern for his friends and family, and thinks it would be nice to be closer to other people. After his training begins, Jonas’s universe widens dramatically. His new awareness of strong emotions, beautiful colors, and great suffering makes him extremely passionate about the world around him and the welfare of the people he loves, though on the whole he remains level-headed and thoughtful.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17

Role # 2 Mother
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Jonas' mother is an intelligent, sympathetic, and understanding person. She holds a prominent position at the Department of Justice. One of her job responsibilities is to punish people for breaking the strictly enforced rules of the community.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 3 Father
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Jonas' father is a shy, quiet, considerate, caring man. He is a Nurturer, responsible for the physical and emotional needs of every newborn child during the first few months of life. He is also responsible for the release — killing — of infants who are deemed worthless because something either emotional or physical, or both, is wrong with them.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 4 Lily
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Jonas' younger sister. Lily becomes an Eight during the December Ceremony that takes place toward the beginning of the book. She is a typically impatient child with straightforward, fairly simple feelings. For example, she is not concerned that her hair ribbons are always untied, and Lowry describes her as overly talkative.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 13 to 17

Role # 5 Gabriel (Gabe)
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A newchild (infant) who begins spending nights with Jonas' family unit because he needs extra attention and care. Gabe is a sweet child but does not sleep through the night and is not gaining weight as fast as the other newchildren. He ends up sleeping in Jonas' room and is able to receive memories from Jonas.


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Gender: Male
Age: from Any to 1

Role # 6 The Giver
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is the current Receiver of Memory and trains Jonas to become the next Receiver. Because he carries the burden of the memories of the world, he suffers from the pain contained within the memories. He is lonely because he can't share his work with citizens in the community, and he is cynical and frustrated at times because he knows that the people gave up too much when they chose Sameness. He loves Jonas and the people in the community.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17

Role # 7 Asher
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Jonas' best friend. Asher is a cheerful, friendly boy who makes a game out of everything. At the Ceremony of Twelve, he is assigned to be Assistant Director of Recreation.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17

Role # 8 Fiona
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One of Jonas' good friends. Fiona is a very pretty girl who is sensitive, intelligent, quiet, and polite. She is assigned to be a Caretaker of the Old.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 13 to 17

Role # 9 Larissa
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An elderly woman who lives in the House of the Old. Jonas bathes her when he volunteers at the House of the Old. While being bathed, she tells Jonas about two elderly people who have been released recently.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 61 to 85

Role # 10 Chief Elder
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The leader of the community.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 61 to 85

Role # 11 Fritz
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Fritz lives in the dwelling next door to Jonas'. He is an awkward child who is always getting into trouble. Fritz turns nine years old at the December Ceremony and receives his own bicycle, as all Nines do.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 12

Role # 12 Caleb
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The first Caleb died when he was four years old by falling into the river that runs near the community. During the December Ceremony, the couple who were given the first Caleb receive a replacement child, also named Caleb.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 12

Role # 13 Rosemary
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Rosemary was The Giver's daughter. Selected ten years earlier to become the new Receiver of Memory, she began training with The Giver, but after only five weeks, she asked to be released from the community.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 13 to 17