May 092019

Summer of the Aliens

By Louis Nowra
Directed by David Runnalls
Audition Dates:
Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Sunday 30 June 2019 at 10.30am
Bookings essential for audition time via Production Co-ordinator Kaye Mills on 0417 205 871 or email
Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please apply to organise your audition time and for any further information.  Please bring along completed audition form (can be found on the ETC Website at along with a non-returnable photograph (does not need to be studio photo).
Please arrive 10 minutes before audition time.
Summer of the Aliens will the 2019 Victorian Drama League Award Entry for Essendon Theatre Company.
Audition Venue:
Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
West Essendon  VIC  3040
Melways 28B3
Characters summary:  
4 Male, 5 Female
**Note -the roles for the 5 mid teenagers are to be played by actors in their 20s**
NARRATOR – the older Lewis; Male late 30’s/early 40’s – (Note there will need to be a “likeness” between the younger and older Lewis)
LEWIS – 14 years old; Male early to mid-20’s (refer note for the Narrator/ Older Lewis)
DULCIE – 14 years old; Female early to mid-20’s Female (Note- there is reference to her dark complexion – Dulcie refers to her father’s Spanish heritage but her mother later admits aboriginal)
NORMA – Lewis’ mother; Female- early to mid-40’s (May require a trace of a slight Scottish accent)
ERIC – Lewis’ father; Male -early to mid-40’s (refer note for Uncle Richard)
UNCLE RICHARD – Lewis’ uncle; Male- 40 -50’s. (Note- this role may be doubled up with Eric)
BEV – Lewis’ sister (assumed the older 15/16 yr old sister); Female- early to mid-20’s.
GRANDMA – Lewis’ Grandma; Female-(mid 60’s – 70 s; (Strong Scottish accent)
MR IRVIN – Dulcie’s step father; Male- mid to late-40’s) (Note- this role may be doubled up with Eric)
MRS IRVIN – Dulcie’s mother; Female early – mid 40’s)
BEATRICE – a Dutch girl (around 14); Female – early to mid-20’s
MR PISANO – the postman; Male 40/50s (Italian accent)
BRIAN – Lewis’ friend (14 yr old); Male- early to mid-20’s
JAPANESE WOMAN – Female 20/30’s (non-speaking part)
All enquires or to book an audition contact Production Co-ordinator Kaye Mills on 0417 205 871 or email
The year is 1962 and the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis, except for Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a Melbourne housing commission suburb. He is preoccupied with flying saucers, much to the disgust of his friend Brian who can think only of losing his virginity.
The play centres on relationships, especially the relationship between 14 year old Lewis and 14 year old Dulcie. It is through Dulcie that Lewis begins to understand that the struggle to be adult is the struggle to understand the world around him.
Summer of the Aliens is a vivid and amusing evocation of a family and a neighbourhood whose increasingly strange behaviour Lewis is forced to interpret in the only way he can… the aliens must be among us!
Rehearsal Period:
Rehearsals will be three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-10pm & Sundays at director’s discretion.
Performances Dates:
5 – 8 & 12 – 14 September 2019
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm
Please Note:
Successful cast MUST BE available for rehearsal period as well as all production dates. Please check you are available for all performance dates before booking your audition time.
ETC is a community theatre company and, as such, no cast or crew are paid.