CHARACTERS: 6 WOMEN, 6 MEN (Additional company if desired.)
SARAH MEEKS (Lead,W.)- Early-30’s. Disillusioned after a series of failed
pregnancies. Travels to Prague in search of an antique toy. Strong singer-actress
with extremely emotive voice. Soprano, A below, to sus. F Mix Belt.
PETR KLIMES (Lead, M.)- The Toy Maker. mid 30’s, A farmer, and ex-mine
worker, physically imposing but mild-mannered. Baritone with a very wide
range. A below to A above.
ANNA KLIMES (Lead, W.)- Petr’s wife. Mid thirties. A once strong woman who
is losing faith and worn down by life. Mezzo.
JASON MEEKS (Lead, M.)- Sarah’s husband. Supportive, Loving. Always
wanted children. Lyric Baritone.
DOBY- (Supporting, M.) A mischievous, intelligent Czech street urchin. Must
have great comic timing and carry a believable Czech accent. Must play believable
16. Rock tenor with classical capabilities.
CAPEK- (Supporting, Teen) A simple boy, orphaned, who assists Petr with his
toy making. Must play a believable 14. Must sing very well and have a
comfortable high A.
JOHANNA- 60’s. (Supporting, W.) Strong actress. A puppeteer in Germany.
Passionate to the point of eccentricity. Mezzo.
UTA – (Supporting, W.) Authentic German accent. Once a Matron of
Ravensbruck. Blind. Must play believable 80’s. Strong character Alto with very
YOUNG JOAHANNA- (Supporting, W.) Girl, 18+ to play believable younger
teen. Warm, inviting quality. Bird-like soprano, with a lilting quality.
CAPEK LISKA- (Supporting, M.) Man to play believable 70-80. Must learn to
speak realistic Czech. Strong singer who emerges from the company to step into
2-6 COMPANY MEMBERS (1-2 M, 1-2 W) TO COVER: BIDDERS /GERMAN
POLICE/ CAPEK LISKA’S GRANDSON, AIRPORT ATTENDANT, SECURITY
GUARD / MUSEUM DOCENT. ***Several Principal roles are primary to the
second act and these actors double smaller roles/ ghosts of Lidice, etc. ***Note.
The piece has been successfully conveyed with 10 company members. Ideally a company of
TIME AND ACTION: The ToyMaker takes place in two intertwining time periods.
The first, modern, beginning of the 21st century. The second, German Occupied
Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) 1942.
Author’s note: Conceptually, the two intertwining worlds of The ToyMaker should
seem to encompass one space in time, overlapping, invading and ultimately
complementing one another.