Cold readings from the script. Synopsis:
Dessa is a modern-day, 12-year-old with no shortage of mysteries to solve and fossils to find. Her days are filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. But when her family of three unexpectedly becomes a family of two, this smart, funny young scientist struggles to overcome her grief and anger at all the changes in her world. Dessa’s unlikely comfort comes from a remarkable new friend, one only she can see and hear—Mary Anning, the 19th-century paleontologist who discovered a breakthrough dinosaur fossil at the age of 12 and became a pioneer in her field. But why is her portrait not on the museum wall alongside those of her male counterparts? Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn Mary the respect she deserves. With help from her new classmate and once-rival, Nilo, Dessa unearths secrets of the past and present—for Mary’s legacy and her own way forward.
Material to Prepare:
Selected auditionees will be sent sides to prepare.
16 hours of rehearsal/week maximum
run April 28-May 22 2022
Young performers able to play white male identifying character ages 12-15.
Nilo: A young man of privilege that does not have to try too hard to get good grades. Is happy to go along with Dessa's plan. Smart but no common sense. Sheltered.
Adults need not apply
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