The Lawyer Show

One of Vancouver’s most important legal events and a valued tradition, The Lawyer Show is a fundraiser for two of Vancouver’s most cherished theatre institutions: Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre, both registered charities. Every year, twenty or so lawyers take to the boards to prove that acting and the practice of law have way too much in common. Lines are learned, songs are sung, audiences applaud, money is raised, and fun and friendship abound along the way.  

The 2015 Lawyer Show is . . . (drumroll)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

A Musical by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Land
April 29 - May 2  2015 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island

Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centres on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. 

After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!


Auditions will take place:

October 16 2014 7pm to 10pm &
October 19 2014 7pm to 10pm
At Carousel Theatre for Young People - 1411 Cartwright St. Granville Island

Never Auditioned before? Think it sounds scary? It's not. It's easy! There is only one criteria - you must be a lawyer to audition (our definition of 'lawyer' includes law students, articling students and clerks). Click on and download one of the monologues below and work with it until you can read it with confidence. You don't need to memorize it, just try to show us that you understand the situation it describes and can embody a character with conviction. Then prepare a short unaccompanied song - anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. If you're a singer, choose something that shows you at your best. If you're not a singer, Happy Birthday or Oh Canada are perfectly acceptable.

Show up during one of the audition times listed above. No appointment is necessary. Depending on how many people are waiting, we'll get you in as quickly as we can, and your audition, in which you will read your monologue and sing your song, should take no more than 10 minutes. We will announce the results of the auditions a few weeks later. We usually choose 25 to 30 lawyers for the show.

Female Monologue
Male Monologue


See all the details from our previous theatrical triumphs here:

2014 Legally Blonde
2013 Monty Python's SPAMALOT
2012 Guys and Dolls
2011 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
2010 As You Like It
2009 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2008 Once in a Lifetime

2007 Arsenic and Old Lace

2006 Counsellor-at-Law

2005 Murder on the Nile

2004 Inherit the Wind

2003 The Government Inspector

2002 Witness for the Prosecution