sense and sensibility


Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamil, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

February 28, 2023, 7PM Holly Springs Cultural Center

March 1, 2023, 7PM Fuquay Varina Arts Center

Sense and Sensibility Audition Form

No need to prepare a monologue, the auditioners will read scenes from the script. 

This 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.

10-12 actors needed to play a total of 17 roles - male and female. All roles open. Adults of any ethnicity, identity, and ability are encouraged to audition for any role.


ELINOR DASHWOOD - the oldest Dashwood sister; sensible

MARIANNE DASHWOOD - the middle Dashwood sister; sensitive

MARGARET DASHWOOD - the youngest Dashwood sister; 10-13 years old

MRS. DASHWOOD - mother to the Dashwood sisters

JOHN DASHWOOD - half-brother to the Dashwood sisters (from the father’s side; no blood relation to Mrs. Dashwood)

EDWARD FARRARS - a gentleman; a bachelor

FANNY (FARRARS) DASHWOOD - wife to John Dashwood and sister to Edward; nasty

COLONEL BRANDON -an older bachelor; over 45 years old

JOHN WILLOUGHBY - an unusually handsome young man

SIR JOHN MIDDLETON - a country gentleman; distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood

MRS. JENNINGS - good-natured, boisterous woman; mother-in-law to Sir John and a terror to the countryside

LADY MIDDLETON - an over-bred Lady

LUCY STEELE - a girl from no fortune

ANNE STEELE - Lucy’s sister; indiscreet

ROBERT FERRARS - a callow young man; Edward Ferrars’ younger brother

GOSSIPS, SERVANTS (Doubled with the cast)