Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Visit To A Small Planet, April 22, 2017 - by appointment

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Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions for Gore Vidal’s VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET,  SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017.  Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. For a breakdown of roles, please see below.


Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Visit To A Small Planet, is directed by Tobias Andersen.


Callbacks, if needed, will be Monday, April 24, 2017. Please hold this date available.

Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Audition Requirements:

  • Please submit online your appointment request and submit your resume and headshot at the same time by following the instructions on the audition site.
  • Please bring a current hard copy resume and headshot to the audition. 
  • All actors will be asked to cold read selected scenes from the script. Scripts and sides will be available the morning of auditions at the theatre.
  • Callbacks will be held at the director's discretion on Monday, April, 24 at 7:00pm. Conflicts not listed at time of auditions may not be honored.

Performance Dates:
Visit To A Small Planet opens July 7, 2017 and continues through August 13, 2017. Performances are Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30 pm, some Sundays at 7:00 pm, some Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm and a Wednesday performance 7/26 at 7:30 pm. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.


Visit To A Small Planet first debuted as an original television production by Gore Vidal, was reworked by Vidal as a Broadway play starring Cyril Ritchard and later as a film starring Jerry Lewis.

The comedy, which is set in the 1950s tells the story of Kreton, an alien from an another galaxy (far, far away) who lands on Earth in a flying saucer (as UFO’s were called at that time) intending to view the American Civil War. He miscalculates and lands instead 100 years later. Having missed the opportunity to see conflict first hand, but delighted with all the new playthings the 20th century has invented for war-making, he decides to create a war for himself.

Breakdown of Available Roles:

Please note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. The roles listed below are open to complete the casting of the show. Special note: suggested age listing is for actors to appear the age noted. All roles receive remuneration.

Kreton: an ageless ET, able to assume human form; he is adept at kinesis--the ability to move objects with his mind.

General Tom Powers: 40s to 60s Career army; in charge of Laundry and Morale.

Roger Spelding: 40s to 60s A national TV commentator, quite full of himself.  Think Brian Williams in the 1950s.

Ellen Spelding: late teens to mid-20s An attractive young woman, the smartest one in the room.

Conrad Mayberry: late teens to late 20s A typical teenage young man, fairly clueless with a large libido.

Reba Spelding: 40s to 60s  The “perfect” 1950s TV commercial housewife, wears high heels to do housework.

Military aide: 20s to 30s A captain and aide to General Powers, not his favorite assignment.

Delton 4: another ageless alien. Kreton’s superior. Much more advanced than Kreton, he could be somewhat upper class British, bowler hat, etc.

Two TV technicians: no specific age or gender.

Visit To A Small Planet by Gore Vidal, first debuted in 1955 as a live television production on the Goodyear Television Playhouse, was later reworked by Vidal as a Broadway play in 1957 starring Cyril Ritchard who also directed. It was again reworked (badly) as a film starring Jerry Lewis.

Kreton, the alien from an unnamed galaxy comes to our planet to inform us that the Earth is an insignificant little planet and no one in the universe knows about us or cares.  For Kreton, however, we are his hobby.  And he loves us particularly because we make war.

Gore Vidal’s rarely mounted sci-fi political satire is an uplifting show that’s refreshing, fun and funny, even in its darker moments. Gore Vidal, the master wordsmith, created a tightly written, intellectually challenging treasure.

Note: Auditions for Visit To A Small Planet are by appointment. Please use the online link to secure an appointment. Call 503-635-3901 if you experience a problem.

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