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SCHEDULE: Be prepared to list all possible conflicts. Rehearsal schedule will be respectful of performers’ time and conflicts. Please note, due to Covid restrictions, fully vaccinated actors planning to audition are asked to carefully consider travel out of state during rehearsals or performances.
By TIM FIRTH
Based on the Miramax motion picture by
JULIETTE TOWHIDI and TIM FIRTH
Directed by JAMES STEINMEYER
Sunday June 25 at 7pm
Monday June 26 at 7pm
SEPTEMBER 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23
Based on the true story of eleven older women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history.
Calendar Girls presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. concordtheatricals.com
Auditions will be based on a series of cold readings using sides and monologues from the script which will be provided at the audition. You are welcome to read for any character and, after everyone has read, you are welcome to read for another. If time permits, I will request certain of you to read for certain parts.
Chris *- 50( + or -)a gregarious spitfire, drives the action of the play as well as the calendar, Annie’s best friend and Rod’s wife.
Annie * – 50( + or -) a grounded individual who is emotionally steady, a quiet force, she is Chris’ best friend and John’s wife.
Cora * – 40ish – the subtle jokester in the group but nobody’s fool. College graduate, who comes home bearing a child. She and her daughter have a strong relationship. Cora does not have to sing like a diva but must start the show and sing pieces of other songs. Playing the piano would be a plus but we Can manufacture some “play-by-numbers” system.
Jessie* – from early 60’s to early 70’s – she is relentless. She loves life and attacks it. She is a former teacher who still comes from the old school of grammar and apostrophes.
Celia* – between 35-50 – sort of diva who at first glance would seem a strange addition to the WI. She is a bit of a devil who is closer in sensibilities to these girls than the in crowd. Her wardrobe is more stylish, more Avant Garde.
Ruth* – 40’s- is a sweet woman who is eager to please and make everyone happy. However, during this experience Ruth demonstrates an independent, self-confident woman who is determined to follow her own path. She is Marie’s right-hand woman at the top of the show but her own person at the curtain.
Marie -50’s -She is like the good girl who was shunned by the “Mean Girls” and has spent years protecting herself by being the leader of the WI. She is rigid, very defensive and resists change and any challenge to her authority.
John – 50’s – Annie’s husband. He is a truly “gentle man”. He leads by example and is the man with whom everybody wants to be friends. John suffers from Leukemia and is made bald by chemotherapy.
Rod – 50’s – Chris’s husband. He is the only person in town who could be married to Chris. He has a dry sense of humor which keeps Chris on her toes. He enjoys the drink but is far from being a drunk. He is John’s “mate”.
Lawrence- late 20’s early 30’s – He is a bit of a nerd perhaps because he is capable, smart, very artistic and a bit shy. He has the courage to accept the job and the focus to see only the photos.
Lady Cravenshire- 60’s – A Lady who is perhaps the only stereotypical character in the show. She is from the “aristocracy’ and believes everyone else comes from the working class.
Elaine- 20’s – She doesn’t really come from the same world as the rest of the women but assumes she is accepted. Her costume should be completely white. (Elaine will double as Brenda in Scene I)
Liam -late 20’s – by this time he believes he should be directing shows on the BBC. His fatigue is evident in his false patience and patronizing attitude toward the women. His is a job and not a career.
Standard Rehearsals will be Sunday, 6-9, Monday, 7-10 & Wednesday, 7-10. There will be exceptions when the space is not available, and additional Thursdays for special rehearsals of Act I, Scene VI
An exact schedule will be distributed during the first rehearsal.
Tim Firth states the time is the present and so it shall be. The action takes place in Knapeley village, Yorkshire, England. No determination has been made regarding accents, but you are asked to attempt one during one of your readings. The final decision will be made based upon the cast’s facility and comfort with them.
The show requires that the major characters be nude* during one scene. It is intended as a bit of burlesque, using household items as shields so that nothing personal is revealed. I will take every consideration of your modesty during rehearsals and performances and will design the backstage area and staging with your privacy in mind.
RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL
Book by TERRENCE MCNALLY
Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS
Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Based on the novel, Ragtime by E.L. DOCTOROW
Directed by ANNA MARIE PAOLERCIO
AUDITION Dates: January 14 and 15 at 7pm
Fri & Sat 8pm | May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Sun Matinee 2pm | May 12, 19
Sat Matinee 2pm | May 18
This musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy white suburban family in turn-of-the-century America, who collide in pursuit of the American Dream. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards® including “Best Musical,” and winning for “Best Original Score” and “Best Book of a Musical,” Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life during the turn-of-thecentury, exploring America’s timeless contradictions of freedom and prejudice, wealth, and poverty, hope and despair.
Ragtime is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, New York, NY. MTIShows.com
TOTAL CAST SIZE – approximately 30-35
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
A proud and talented pianist. A Black man who believes that he can take part in the new America and will be treated fairly.
Gender: Male – Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: G2
Washwoman. Sarah is a young Black woman, beautiful and filled with a strong will to live, fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance.
Gender: Female – Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F#5; Vocal range bottom: G#3
The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, graceful, and open minded.
Gender: Female – Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#5; Vocal range bottom: G3
Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancies himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner, a traditionalist.
Gender: Male – Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: A2
Mother’s younger brother. He is an erratic and passionate soul, a firework waiting to be lit. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings.
Gender: Male – Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F#4; Vocal range bottom: B2
Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Gender: Male – Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: E4
Mother’s patrician father. He is a retired professor, and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Gender: Male – Age: 60 to 70
A Latvian immigrant. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve but remains optimistic that he will be successful. Full of genuine drive and heart. He lives for his daughter.
Gender: Male – Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Tateh’s daughter. A vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she has lost her mother and is guarded and shy. She clings to her father.
Gender: Female – Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range top: Bb4; Vocal range bottom: C4
Booker T. Washington
Brilliant Black social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.
Gender: Male – Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: D3
Social activist. Originally from Russia, she is a leader, a fearless advocate for the oppressed.
Gender: Female – Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high-profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage.
Gender: Female – Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
The famous magician, originally from Hungary. With notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the “American Dream.”
Gender: Male – Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3
Ensemble/Other roles – size TBD (some roles may also be played by above characters)
Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Immigrants to America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers.
Played by Black actors: Coalhouse’s Lawyer, Harlem Citizens, Henson