33 Variations

Auditions for Church Hill Theatre’s production of “33 Variations” are set for Saturday, June 22; Monday, June 24; and Wednesday, June 26. The play will run on weekends in September.

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill Theatre will start holding auditions Saturday, June 22, for its September production of “33 Variations,” written by Moisés Kaufman and directed by Michael Whitehill.

The play tells the story of Katherine Brandt, a musicologist dying of ALS, who passionately throws herself into studying Beethoven’s renowned variations on a mundane Diabelli waltz.

The story of her pursuit of knowledge and her strained relationship with her spirited daughter is interwoven with that of Beethoven himself. The action takes place between 1819, 1823 and 2019 in New York, Bonn and Vienna.

The characters break down as follows.


• Katherine Brandt, a musicologist. Female, late 40s to early 60s.

• Clara Brandt, her daughter. Female, late 20s to early 30s.

• Mike Clark, a nurse. Male, 20s to 30s.

• Dr. Gertrude Landenburger, a librarian/archivist. Female, 30s to 50s.


• Ludwig van Beethoven, a composer. Male, 40s to 60s.

• Anton Diabelli, a music publisher. Male, 30s to 50s.

• Anton Schindler, Beethoven’s secretary. Male, 30s to 60s.

Ages are flexible, and the show will be cast in harmony to the overall piece and period from whomever shows up.

Auditions will take place on the Church Hill Theatre main stage at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, and 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, June 24 and 26.

Actors should be prepared for cold readings from the script and bring sheet music for a prepared song.

For more information, especially about the play’s characters, contact Whitehill at kayak@atlanticbb.net.

For any general questions, contact the CHT office at 410-556-6003.



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