White Snake Auditions

The White Snake

Written by Mary Zimmerman

Directed by Carolyn Howarth

Male and female actors and actor/singers for various roles in Mary Zimmerman’s THE WHITE SNAKE. See breakdown below. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. All roles are available. Auditions are by appointment only.

“Inspired by a classic story, Mary Zimmerman re-imagines THE WHITE SNAKE, an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Adventuring down the mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with the humble, virtuous Xu Xian and convinces him to marry her. Together, the three friends open a pharmacy, but soon the remarkable healing powers of White Snake draw the attention of a treacherous monk, Fa Hai. Outraged at the union between a mortal and a snake sprit, Fa Hai takes it upon himself to destroy it.” – Northwestern University Press

THE WHITE SNAKE will begin rehearsal on February 21, 2017.

Performance Dates are Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, May 6, 2017.


Email info@catsweb.org to learn how to audition.


All actors will be asked to read from one or more of the sides.

(click HERE to view, download and/or print sides).

Please be familiar with the sides you feel best represents your “type” as indicated in the breakdown below.

Actors will be asked to sing from the original composition under the tutelage/direction of the Musical Director Tynowyn Woolman. Actors will be placed in groups, taught a short piece of music, and asked to sing both solo and as an ensemble. Those auditioning for featured singing roles will be asked to sing solo.

Please provide a picture, resume and completed Audition form found HERE.


Carolyn Howarth headshotCarolyn Howarth is a resident of Grass Valley and a former company member of the Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City, California. Her directing credits include numerous productions at such theatres as FTC, The Colorado, Lake Tahoe, and Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, Capital Stage, Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, Co, and The Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. As an actor, she has performed in over 50 productions with FTC, ranging from classics to new works. Other professional credits include appearances with The Jewish Theatre of San Francisco, The B Street, Sacramento Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe and Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, and the Maxim Gorky Drama Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia. Carolyn is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


ROLES (Some may be cast)

White Snake (F)

20s – 30s. White Snake is strong, intelligent, and fiercely loyal. She is a quiet hero. This actor must possess physical theatre skills.

Green Snake (F)

20s – 30s. Green Snake is funny, vibrant, and impetuous. She is often fearless and usually precocious. This actor must be an excellent comedienne and possess physical theatre skills.

Xu Xian/Ensemble (M)

20s – 30s. Xu Xian is kind, humble, and innocent. He is often funny, always earnest, and very loyal.

Fa Hai/Ensemble (M)

30s – 60s. A Buddhist Monk. A villain. He is an extremist in his religious views.

Sister/Ensemble (F)

30s – 50s. This character actor will play multiple roles and deliver much of the narrative.

Brother-in-Law/Ensemble (M)

30s – 50s. The Brother-in-Law is a rigid, practical man. This character actor will play multiple roles and deliver much of the narrative as well as be one of the main puppet operators. The actor must be able to sing well.

Master Liang/Ensemble (M)

40s – 60s. An older, sweet, soulful comic. This character actor will play multiple roles and deliver much of the narrative.

Female Ensemble (F)

Teens – 50s. Actors will play multiple roles. Looking for vibrant and creative actors with strong character work.

Male Ensemble (M)

Teens – 50s. Actors will play multiple roles. Looking for vibrant and creative actors with strong character work.

Ensemble/Singer (F)

20s – 40s Actor will play multiple roles, deliver narration, and be a principal puppet operator. Must be a strong singer.

Black Dragon

A Review of ‘The White Snake,’ Adapted From a Chinese Fable …


Oct 25, 2013 Adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman, “The White Snake,” which had its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, …

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Scene from “The White Snake” by Mary Zimmerman (Goodman Theatre)


May 23, 2014 Scene: White Snake and Green Snake meet Xu Xian Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life …

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the white snake – Goodman Theatre


The Chinese Legend of the White Snake, from which Mary Zimmerman has adapted this production, is an ancient story that existed in oral tradition long before.

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