The Heiress

Ages 14-19
Rehearsals: July 5-9 from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Performances: July 10 at 2 & 7 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Auditions: Videos due by noon on Thursday, June 3 to
Callbacks: Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the CYT Studios
 Read Through & Costume Parade: June 12 from 1:30-6 p.m. at the CYT Studios
Based on Henry Jame’s novel, Washington Square, The Heiress has won numerous awards for the stage play’s continued revivals as well as the 1949 Oscar winning film version. 

We meet young Catherine Sloper, an heiress of the 1850s who lives with her father, Dr. Austin Sloper. Catherine is shy, unsophisticated and plain-looking; her father blames her for the death of her mother, who died giving birth to her.

Morris Townsend courts her. Catherine believes him sincere, but her father believes he's after her inheritance. When the three confront each other, they agree that Austin will take his daughter to Europe for six months. He believes that either Morris or his daughter will give up, but they don't think so.

On their return, Dr. Sloper sees that nothing has changed and threatens to disinherit her if she marries Morris. Catherine suggests to Morris that they elope immediately, she cannot stand to be in her father's house another night; but she also mentions the threat of disinheritance. Morris leaves to get his things, but does not return, and Catherine is crushed.

Three days later, Dr. Sloper realizes that he is mortally ill, and tries to reconcile with Catherine before his death. She refuses.

Two years later, Morris returns to a now-rich Catherine, who has received her inheritance from her late mother and now-deceased father. He makes excuses about his jilting her. She seems to be swept away again, and tells him to go fetch his things so they can elope; but when he returns, she has the maid bolt the door against him, and turns out the lights.

One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Production Team.
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Why Drama Camp?

At CYT Kansas City, we feel that theatre students gain so much from participating in musicals and non-musicals. We love both! Being in a non-musical play gives cast members the opportunity to work entirely on character development and pure acting skills without also focusing on choreography and music. Dramatic presentation of existing works can help to build the self-esteem and communication skills of students. The act of performing can help students and youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence. 


Register for this camp if you are planning to audition for The Heiress.
You must audition and be cast to attend this camp. After casting, you will be charged the full amount of the camp - $315.

Audition Information:
Video audition submissions will be accepted by from May 26th through June 3rd at noon. 

Students who choose to audition will need to submit the following:
  • Sign up for auditions through your CYT Family account. 
  •  A performance of one of the selected The Heiress monologues found here.
  •  Instructions for uploading video to YouTube found here.
  •  Links to each video will be shared with CYTKC by emailing the links to
  •  A complete audition form found here. Please make sure to indicate all conflicts on the conflict sheet found in this form.

Callbacks will occur from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 5th at the CYT Studios. Those students invited to callbacks will receive more information.

Audition Tips:
CYT does require that the monologues to be memorized. 

Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible! You can find a copy of the script online. 

Be confident — even if you have never done this before. But also be humble!

Make bold choices — you need to show us your stuff.  Don’t just stand and read. Begin by introducing yourself and your audition pieces. We realize that virtually everyone is doing the same pieces, but it is good practice to do the introduction the right way.

Don’t look at the camera when you are auditioning. It is not your scene partner. Pick a spot just next to the camera on which to focus.

You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.

Have fun!! Remember that God is always with you!!!

Character Breakdown:

Catherine Sloper - verbally and emotionally abused by her father, Catherine is shy and plain-looking. She becomes strong in her own sense of self-assurance

Dr. Sloper - Catherine’s domineering father, he continually blames her for his wife’s death while giving birth to Catherine

Lavinia Penniman - Dr. Sloper’s widowed sister who lives with Catherine and her father

Morris Townsend - a handsome and manipulative young suitor to Catherine

Maria - the maid for the Sloper household

Mrs. Montgomery - Morris Townsend’s sister

Elizabeth Almond - sister of Dr. Sloper and Catherine’s aunt

Marian Almond -  Catherine's cousin

Arthur Townsend - Marian's fiancée and Morris's distant cousin

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