What is a Table Read? By Arthur Cola

Movie Promtion Image by John Colaianni

What is a Table Read? Now that’s a question which many people ask of me as I present my screenplay “Ring of the Magi” which Producer Ronald Kolman is developing into a film project. This development begins with what is called a Table Read. But before that happens auditions must be held to select actors for the various roles. Below I have placed what interested actors receive as they express interest in auditioning for the Table Read Event. I think it answers that question as to what a table read is. I have included the criteria for the panel of judges who will evaluate the actors who will be auditioning as well.

“Ring of the Magi” Table Read Audition Form

Audition location: BurlingtonHigh School Auditorium at 400 McCanna in Burlington, WI

Date/Time(s) of audition: Friday Sept. 21 beginning at 3:30 P.M. on a first come first served basis after that time. Please wear business casual clothes for the audition.

A Table Read is an oral rendition, with narration, of a screenplay in a dramatic fashion but without dramatic action.

The purpose of this audition is to find actors to dramatically speak the role from Arthur Cola’s screenplay of “Ring of the Magi.” at a Table Read event live on stage before an audience. Said role will be assigned to those who audition based on the criteria listed on this form and the evaluation of a panel of judges at the audition.

The staged Table Read will be held in October with a rehearsal date before the event based on availability of actors, BHS Auditorium location, and after promotion of the event to gain an audience for it.

Performing in the Table Read event does not guarantee a role in the actual movie. However participants in the Table Read will receive a call to audition for a role in the film when pre-production begins.

The performed Table Read will be filmed during the live performance. Said video will be available to actors for use in promoting their careers and to Producer/director Ronald Kolman, writer Arthur Cola and investors to promote the film project.

Please print all information requested and bring with you to audition.

Actor Name:_______________________________________________________

Contact Information:


City__________________________ State_________ ZIP_________________


Phone (if no email):________________________________________________

Character role(s) for which you are auditioning:_____________________________

“Ring of the Magi”

Audition Judging Criteria and Evaluation

Actor Name:____________________________________

Audition role:___________________________________

For audition judges only: Using an A, B, C evaluation symbols and notes, Actors are awarded a grade for their reading rendition of the scene.

____Projection ____Emotional connection ____Characterization

____Clarity ____Diction



Role recommended:_______________________________________________________

Table Read assigned role:___________________________________________________

Judge’s name: Print name:__________________________________________________

Signed judge’s name:______________________________________________________

9/21/12©Ring of the Magi by Arthur Cola


About arthurcola

I am the author of seven fiction books based on Celtic and Italian legends, Renaissance mysteries and history. They are: Journey of Three Pure Hearts and its sequel Pure and Tarnished Hearts, Stolen Christmas,The Brooch,The Stone Cutter Genius, The Shamrock Crown (Legend of Excalibur) and Papa and the Leprechaun King. My children's Christmas themed book is titled: Papa and the Gingerbread man. I have two screenplay versions on amazonstudios.com (The Shamrock Crown and The Leprechaun King) and have recently completed screenplay versions for my other novels. I served in the field of education for many years before embarking on a writing career. I am married to Donna and we have five children. web site: www.legendarytalesofarthurcola.com
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