The Glass Menagerie

3 Dec 2023 @ 10:00am,
4 Dec 2023 @ 7:30pm
Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.

Author: Tennessee Williams

Director: Barry O’Neill

Genre: Drama

Agent: Concord Theatricals, through Origin Theatrical


Acknowledged as one of the great classic plays of our time, this work catapulted Tennessee Williams to international success. Set in the harsh world of tenement apartment living in St Louis, Missouri during the Great Depression, the story is steeped in the hopes and pain of the Wingfield family.
Matriarch Amanda Wingfield struggles with the reality of her life, joyfully re-imagining her youth as a Southern belle, while nurturing her emotionally fragile and painfully shy daughter, Laura. Her son, Tom, yearns to escape the confines of his home but remains trapped by his devotion to his sister. Williams’ semi-autobiographical play examines the dreams and disappointments that ebb and flow in this bittersweet, sensitive portrayal of a family at odds with itself and reality.


Characters Summary:


Tom Wingfield, male, aged late 20s – early 30s

Laura Wingfield, female, aged late 20s – early 30s

Jim O’Connor – male, aged late 20s – early 30s

Characters Description:

This role has been precast.

Male, aged late 20s – early 30s. Amanda's son, and the narrator of the play. A poet with an unbearable job in a warehouse who dreams of escape from his humdrum family life. His nature is not remorseless, but to escape from a trap, he has to act without pity.

Female, aged late 20s – early 30s. Amanda's daughter, a fragile person suffering from a debilitating shyness, who finds refuge from her demons in the make believe world of her Glass Menagerie.

Male, aged lates 20s – early 30s. The gentleman caller. A nice, ordinary young man, Amanda's white knight for Laura.

Ages are indicative and approximate only. An actor’s true age may be different from the age of the character, if they look and sound right for the part. Please do not hesitate to audition because you are uncertain about the suitability of your age.
The play is set in St. Louis Missouri and a reasonable Southern US accent should be used at the audition. However, voice coaching will be offered during production.

Precast Characters:

Amanda Wingfield.

Audition Venue & Dates

Audition Dates and Times:

10:00am on:

  • Sun 3rd Dec 2023

7:30pm on:

  • Mon 4th Dec 2023

Audition Venue Name: Malvern Theatre

Audition Venue Address:

29 Burke Rd, Malvern East, VIC, 3145

Audition Enquiries Contact: Barry O’Neill |


Season Dates: 26 Apr 2024 - 11 May 2024


2:00pm on:

  • Sat 27th Apr 2024
  • Sun 5th May 2024
  • Sat 11th May 2024

8:00pm on:

  • Fri 26th Apr 2024
  • Sat 27th Apr 2024
  • Wed 1st May 2024
  • Thu 2nd May 2024
  • Fri 3rd May 2024
  • Sat 4th May 2024
  • Wed 8th May 2024
  • Thu 9th May 2024
  • Fri 10th May 2024
  • Sat 11th May 2024

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Other Information

Other Information:

These are 'open auditions' and will commence promptly at 10am on Sunday 3 December at Malvern Theatre and could run for up to three hours. All auditionees should be ready to perform at 9.45am and may not be called immediately but may need to participate until the audition process is completed. The Director’s intention is to finalise the cast at the conclusion of the auditions. If required, callbacks will be held Monday December 4 at 7.30pm.
If you would like to audition, please forward your details to the director at indicating your preferred role. Copies of the script are available. Copies of the audition pieces will also be available by email.
The play is set in St. Louis Missouri and a reasonable Southern US accent should be used at the audition. However, voice coaching will be offered during production.
You will be asked to submit a resume and headshot prior to the audition via our online audition form which will be sent out prior to the audition.

Successful cast members MUST BE available for rehearsals and all production dates. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:30pm and Sundays (time TBC). Rehearsals will commence on Tuesday 5th March 2024, with a read through being held prior to Christmas (date yet to be decided) and possibly also in January or February 2024.
Please check you are available for all performance dates before planning to audition. Please also inform the Director at your audition, if there is a possibility of you taking on professional acting work that may conflict with rehearsal and performance dates.
If you are successful, you will be required to become a member of the Malvern Theatre Company, if you are not already and abide by our Association Rules & Policies. The cost to become a member is between $10 - $15.