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Auditions for the Charlotte premiere of Amy and the Orphans

By Lindsay Ferrentino

Directed by Danielle Melendez

There will be ten performances:

February 10-12,16-19, 23-25

Performances will be held at the Arts Factory at West End Studios


Auditions will be November 14 from 6:00-9:00pm, November 15 from 6:00-9:00pm, and November 18 starting at 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to audition during this time, please contact Robin Tynes-Miller at to discuss alternative arrangements.

Actors with Down syndrome, auditioning for the role of Amy/Andy can submit video auditions through December 2nd, 2022. Please email for more information.



Auditions will be held at Corrigan and Johnston Casting, 3006 North Davidson Street, #1042, Charlotte, NC


Rehearsals will be primarily scheduled during evenings and weekends. Please provide any known conflicts between November 16- February 25. There will not be any in person rehearsals December 19 - December 31.

Audition Process

  • Auditions will be held in 15-minute sessions per individual

  • Auditioners will be asked to read from the sides posted below or share a prepared monologue (60 second contemporary).

  • If you choose a monologue, you may also be asked to read sides at auditions.

  • Video submissions are welcome for the role of Amy/Andy. Please email to learn more.

  • All actors are required to show proof of full COVID19 vaccination when they arrive. You will not be able to audition without your proof of vaccination.

Registration Process

In order to respect everyone's time, all actors are asked to reserve an audition time slot and submit their details in advance. To register for your audition, please complete the following steps:

1. Use this Sign Up Genius to reserve your 15-minute audition slot:

2. Complete the online audition form at least 48 hours before your scheduled audition time: 

About The Play


A crowded car, 100 miles, three newly orphaned siblings, a chatty stranger, and a whopper of a family secret make for an extraordinarily uncomfortable road trip.

When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must face a question: How to break the bad news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and has lived in a state home for years? Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. Along the way, the pair find out just how much they don’t know about their family and each other. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. 'Amy and the Orphans' is a rollicking ride that proves it’s never too late to follow a new road. Hop in, buckle up and hold on for dear life in this raucous family road trip.

Amy and the Orphans is the first show on- or off-Broadway to feature a lead character with Down syndrome. It is the winner of  The Arc’s Catalyst Award for Entertainment Industry Excellence.

This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+


Character Breakdown

  • These characters are male- and female-presenting but are open to actors of all gender identities. Actors of all gender identities and abilities/disabilities are encouraged to audition. 

  • We are looking for a racially diverse cast. The family is Jewish.

  • Only actors with Down syndrome will be considered for the role of Amy/Andy.

  • All actors must be able to memorize lines and work together collaboratively with the director.

  • All actors must be comfortable with cursing on stage.

  • All roles are paid and non-union.

There are six roles available.


Sarah – character is female, age mid 20’s to mid 30’s, any race. Married to Bobby.


Bobby – character is male, age mid 20’s to mid 30’s, any race. Married to Sarah.


Amy/Andy – character can be any gender and we will change the name as appropriate, plays early 40’s, any race. Strong-willed sibling of Jacob and Maggie. Has Down syndrome.


Jacob – character is male, 50’s-60’s, any race. Tightly wound brother of Maggie and Amy.


Maggie – character is female, 40’s-50’s, any race. Unspooled and unspooling sister of Jacob and Amy.


Kathy – character is female, 30’s, Italian-American, heavy New York accent, visibly pregnant. Walking embodiment of Long Island. Amy/Andy's caretaker and advocate.

Audition Sides


Click the link below to download a pdf of the sides.

Side 1: Amy/Andy Monologue

Side 2: Sarah & Bobby

Side 3: Maggie & Jake

Side 4: Kathy & Jake

Side 5: Kathy, Amy/Andy, Maggie & Jake

Side 6: Kathy, Amy/Andy, Maggie & Jake

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