Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

Auditions in Melbourne for 'Things My Mother Taught Me'

Author: Katherine DiSavino

Director: Laura Bradley & Michaela Smith


Characters Summary: 3m(late 20s-60s), 3F(late 20s-60s), 1 m/f(late 40s+)

Characters: OLIVIA KEEGAN (F) - late 20s; energetic; neat; slightly OCD; an architect. Very much in love and excited about moving in with Gabe. NEW YORK accent (LEAD) 

GABE LAWSON (M) - late 20s; a writer; good-natured. Loves Olivia, and has big plans to propose to her the weekend of the big move. NEW YORK accent (LEAD) 

LYDIA LAWSON (F) - late 50s-60s; Gabe's mother. A retired psychologist, well-dressed and always thinking of what’s best for her only child. Well-meaning but over-protective. Genuine affection & love for her husband and son – comfortable with physical affection. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT) 

WYATT LAWSON (M) - 60s; Gabe's father. Good-natured, loves his son, marriage, golf and beer – not always in that order. Genuine affection and love for his wife and son – comfortable with physical affection. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT) 

KAREN KEEGAN (F) - late 50s-60s; Olivia's mother. Lawyer. Highly organised; likes to prepare for every outcome. Very keen for her daughter to not repeat any of the errors she made at the same age; wants her to experience life before settling down. Has a strong, fierce love for her daughter. Happy in her marriage to Carter – another genuinely happy relationship example for the kids. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT) 

CARTER KEEGAN (M) - 60s; Olivia's father. Loves his iPhone and all the apps it has. Happy in his marriage to Karen – another genuinely happy relationship example for the kids. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT) 

MAX MIROWSKI (M/F) - late 40+; POLISH accent; building super; may be played by a man or woman. Pretends to not speak English well but really does – occasionally bursts into Polish sayings (guides on pronouncing these included in the script). (MINOR) 

Precast Characters: None.

Audition Venue: Guide Hall, Glebe Avenue, Cheltenham (off Charman Road)

Theatre: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale


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Synopsis: Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again. 
Further details about the script can be found here: 

Other Information:

• All auditions are by appointment only. They will take around 30 minutes (but allow longer). 
• To express your interest in auditioning (or to request a copy of the script) please forward a short CV and headshot by email to by no later than Friday 17 August, together with information about the role(s) for which you would like to be considered. 

Please note American accents are required for the majority of the cast (however if you can’t do this don’t let that discourage you from auditioning – we are open to some of the four Parent roles having accents other than American (Australian accents will NOT be used)). 

Rehearsals will be held on Tues and Thurs evenings and Sunday afternoons. There will be a read-thru on Tue 4 Sep, with rehearsals commencing Tues 11 Sep. Successful auditionees must be available for the full week from 3 Nov for Tech Week (no rehearsal on the Cup Day holiday). 


Sunday 19 August, 2018
Tuesday 21 August, 2018
Guide Hall
Venue Address
Glebe Ave, Cheltenham VIC 3192, Australia

Victoria, Melbourne