Auditions For The Philadelphia Fringe Performance of Dolls of New Albion

22 Apr

I’m going to basically copy and paste producer Thomas Delphi’s original social media audition notice, but before i do there’s a note of two about this upcoming performance worth mentioning:

1. Dolls Of New Albion will be performed at this year’s Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, PA on  September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th by Manayunk Theater Company. Their FB page is

2. This marks the first US performance of the show. Yay!

3. More so however, if the troupe meets all their specs, gets all their funding and the production goes as planned, this performance will be the biggest, grandest and certainly highest budget version of Dolls yet attempted. Now i am not personally involved in the production, i cannot personally guarantee that it will be one way or another, but i do know to an extant the producer Thomas Delphi, and he is an impassioned, enthusiastic powerhouse of a man. If he says it’s going to rock out, take no prisoners, and leave a path of blood in its wake, i’m inclined to believe him.

4. The show will be professionally filmed and available on DVD and as a download. Not a hand held camera of the performance, professionally shot version. That’s very exciting. I am personally very excited about this particular performance. I wish i can go although i can’t say for sure. I can only afford one trip to the states this year and its theoretically planned for Halloween so that my little boy can experience Halloween and trick or treat for the first time. I cannot sacrifice his happiness for mine, so… sadness, BUT a profressionally shot version of the performance(s) WOULD go a long way to making Happy Time come.

Without further ado, the audition notice:

Ladies and Gentlepunks, this is Thomas E. Delphi, your Producer for Paul Shapera’s the Dolls of New Albion, a Steampunk Opera, to be put on by the Manayunk Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 2015. It is an entirely original, Four Act Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Gothic, Steampunk Opera that has been performed in Europe and Canada, but ours would be the first American Production.

Auditions for the Philadelphia Fringe fest performance of Dolls Of New Albion! The Manayunk Theater Company, a 501c3 theater non-profit, will be hosting auditions for the Dolls of New Albion on April 30th, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the following address.ALL AUDITIONS ARE TIMED. RESUMES AND HEADSHOTS NEED TO BE EMAILED PRIOR TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SEAN CONNOLLY AT SConnoll1@Gmail.Com.

Walnut Street Theater
825 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

We are recruiting for the roles of Abigail McAlistair the Mad Scientist, Jasper the Doll (Robotic Vessel of the Dead), Edgar McAlistair the Scorned Lover turned Robber Baron, Byron McAlistair the repressed Leader of the Voodoo Punk Cult Revolutionaries, and Priscilla McAlistair, the Last of the Doomed McAlistair Bloodline. Please feel free to review the Opera’s existing form as an album on Bandcamp (…/the-dolls-of-new-albion-a-s…) and the character notes made available by the Composer ( These notes to not reflect how the Theater Company will interpret the characters, only the composer’s initial vision of them.

Must be willing to commit to Rehearsals throughout the Summer and a 2 Week show run on September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th. They must also be willing to attending scheduled promotional events and the like. Must be willing to operating within at worst an hour of Philadelphia during the production run.

Please feel free to contact either myself, Tom Delfi at TDelfi4390@Gmail.Com, or Sean Connolly at SConnoll1@Gmail.Com, with any pertinent queries. Also, please follow the Manayunk Theater Company page for any more news updates.


Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Auditions For The Philadelphia Fringe Performance of Dolls of New Albion

  1. J

    April 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Hmm… now I may need to schedule a conveniently timed trip to visit family back in PA…

    So excited to hear that it will get a DVD release. Will definitely need to pick that up!

    Hmmm… now I just want to see somebody bring the DO to the stage. AO would be tricky (don’t know how you could represent Lee and Adrian in act 2 without giving away the surprise of “The Moth”), but I honestly feel like the DO would work even better live than the SO does.

  2. Juliet Fugman

    April 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    WHOO! A DVD realease?! WHOO!!!

  3. Arthur Nichols

    May 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Only just discovered this opera – will it return to the UK? Will be sure to catch it if it does!


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