Sense & Sensibility

Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Heather Schultz
Produced by Heather Schultz
Stage Manager Wendy Brinker

Production Kickoff: August 02, 2020

Audition: August 09, 2020

Performance Dates

Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31, Nov. 6, & 7, 2020 at 7:30PM
Nov. 1 & 8, 2020 at 7:30PM
For information related to COVID-19 mitigation at auditions, please see the very important information in "What to Expect at Auditions"

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

  • Elinor Dashwood – (early/mid 20s) The eldest sister, Elinor represents "sense" in this story. She is her mother's counselor; she is cautious when she falls in love, but loves sincerely, and is deeply devoted to her younger sister, Marianne. She is deeply in love with Edward Ferrars.
  • Marianne Dashwood – (late teens/early 20s) Middle sister Marianne is overly-sensitive, emotional and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. Sings and plays the piano. Deeply in love with John Willoughby.
  • Margaret Dashwood – (10 - 14) The youngest sister, Margaret is just as romantic and silly as her mother and Marianne, and will no doubt continue to be so as she grows up. She loves intervening in the matters of grownups, and she can't wait to be one herself.
  • Mrs. Dashwood – Mother/widow. She had a husband to take care of her, then a practical daughter to take up the mantle of responsibility. She is a pretty good mom when it comes to coddling her daughters, but overall, she's not the most pragmatic of ladies. Mrs. Dashwood is kind of a grown-up version of Marianne and is inclined to follow her heart.
  • Edward Ferrars – (early/mid 20s) He has been bullied and domineered by his family members since he was a child, so he isn't in total control of his life. Edward did once (secretly) disobey Mummy Dearest, and is now living to regret it; he secretly got engaged to Lucy Steele at a young and impressionable age, and now, years later, he's stuck in the dreaded clutches of yet another controlling, manipulative, and not very nice woman. Edward isn't just a weak-willed, namby-pamby pushover. He is a really good, kind, sensitive guy, and his pensive nature is a natural match for Elinor's own.
  • Colonel Brandon – He is much older than the Dashwood sisters and is smitten with Marianne at first sight. He's dignified and well-to-do, a sensitive soul, even though his exterior seems unflappable and even rather remote. His quiet persona hides a deeply intellectual inner self. Colonel Brandon is also by far the character with the most significant emotional trauma to deal with, which he manages to do in an admirably mature, applause-worthy fashion. He's the ultimate combination of feeling and logic and comes off as the only real grownup in this whole cast of characters.
  • John Willoughby – (early/mid 20s) On his first appearance, Willoughby appears to be the romantic hero of the story; however, he soon reveals his malicious traits. Handsome, charming and seemingly gallant manners. Attracted to Marianne, he pays her great attention until he is finds a richer/more attractive lady. He is definitely a player of people's hearts. (Actor must be able to carry an adult female actor)
  • Gossips – (various ages) 4 - 6 in total, a chorus of high-society creatures that will also play other various characters, assist with scene transfers, dance, sing (no special talent necessary), laugh and help keep the fun going.

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters - sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne - after their father's sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Heather Schultz has been involved with theatre for more than 35 years as an actor, director, dancer, choreographer, and more. She is president of Curtain Players for the 2018-19 season. During the 2017-18 season she directed the first fully staged production of the new play Wendy Darling, which earned eight Ohio Community Theatre Association Central Region awards -- including an Outstanding in Director for Schultz -- and an invitation to the 2018 OCTA State Conference. She also appeared on stage as Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. Schultz's other Curtain credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Zombies from The Beyond (director), and The Skin of Our Teeth and It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (actor).


  • Production Kickoff: Sunday, August 02, 2020, 6:30 pm
  • Audition: Sunday, August 09, 2020
    Auditions will be held via appointment. Register your spot at Signup Genius
    Please note that all individuals must wear a mask to be permitted entry into the playhouse for auditions.


Production Review will be a virtual meeting.
Meeting ID: 826 4947 8822

Pass code: 593725

Pre-Signup for auditions is required
Auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021
*Please note that all individuals must wear a mask to be permitted entry into the playhouse for auditions.*

For Sense and Sensibility, the Production Kickoff will be help via a virtual meeting.
Please attend via Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 826 4947 8822

Pass code: 593725

Curtain Players offers a information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW to audition for Sense and Sensibility

  1. First thing to do is go to Signup Genius and select an audition slot
  2. Once you have signed up to audition, please email your theatre resume, completed audition form and headshot (if available) to
  3. Once #2 has been received, you will be emailed the sides that will be used at the auditions and a copy of the Participation Agreement and PA Addendum for your review and signature.
  4. Day of auditions, please stay in your car until called for the auditions. DO NOT enter the playhouse without a mask. You will be directed to a spot on the stage that is your space for the entire audition. Please bring printed copies of the sides for your use or obtain a fresh copy when you arrive for the auditions.

Requests for an early audition for Sense and Sensibility must be made no later than July 26, 2020.

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