Auditions

THE CHILDREN
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Jeffery Battersby
Audition Date: TBA

In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

Casting: two women and one man, playing characters who are all in their sixties. (Your age does not need to match the ages of the characters, but it is likely that only actors over forty will be considered.) All ethnicities and backgrounds encouraged to audition.

Hazel (W): Nuclear Engineer, retired, married to Robin
Rose (W): Nuclear Engineer, retired, old friend of Hazel and Robin
Robin (M): Nuclear Engineer, retired, married to Hazel

Audition packet with sides and more detailed audition information will be available in mid-August 2020.

 


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
Audition Dates: TBA

Due to concerns with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are going to temporarily postpone auditions for Pride and Prejudice. We will post the new audition date as soon as we are certain that it will be safe for all who may attend.

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation.

 

Doubling for 8 actors

Actor 1 – Female
JANE: Late 20’s – Early 30s. The eldest and most beautiful Bennet daughter. Kind, idealistic, diffident. Always tries to do the right thing.

MISS DE BOUGH: Lady Catherine’s daughter; a gremlin. Probably allergic to sun. Underneath all her veils, she may be covered in scales.

Actor 2 – Female
LIZZY: A year or two younger than Jane. Clever, spirited; can be sharp-tongued. Gets flustered, which makes her klutzy. Prides herself on good judgement. Not especially beautiful. Very very scared of marriage, after absorbing the lessons of her parents’ marriage.

Actor 3 – Female
LYDIA: Late Teens. The youngest Bennet. Lively, prone to imitating others’ behavior and eavesdropping.

LADY CATHERINE: Patrician Caesar-meets-drill sergeant.

Actor 4 – Male
MR. DARCY: Male. Late 30s-40s. One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self-control and good judgement.

Actor 5 – Male
MR. COLLINS: A pedantic, obtuse man. The original mansplainer. Rector to Lady Catherine.

WICKHAM: An unfairly handsome and charming gentleman. Probably a sociopath. Raised with Darcy.

MISS BINGLEY: A very rich, very beautiful young woman. Fancies herself witty.

Actor 6 – Either
MARY: The third Bennet girl. Violent and dark undertones; prone to pedanticism and sulking. A dark goth Bronte character trapped in an Austen world. Coughs to get attention, or to make a point; may fancy that she is dying.

MR. BINGLEY: Late 30s-40s. Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular
friend. Almost literally a dog.

Actor 7 – Either
CHARLOTTE LUCAS: Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of humor.

MR. BENNET: The patriarch of the Bennet family. Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life. Can be somewhat apathetic; probably a bit depressed, under everything. Enjoys antagonizing. Disappointed in marriage.

Actor 8 – Either
MRS. BENNET: The Matriarch of the Bennet family. Mostly a silly woman, of mean understanding and variable temper. Hypochondriac; when she’s upset, she fancies that she’s dying. The business of her life is to get her daughters married. She traumatizes her family with some regularity.

SERVANTS


PRELUDE TO A KISS
By Craig Lucas
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Audition Dates: TBA

Due to concerns with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are going to temporarily postpone auditions for Prelude. We will post the new audition date as soon as we are certain that it will be safe for all who may attend.

When Peter, a man from a broken family, meets Rita, an insomniac bartender with no faith in the future, only one thing can happen: they fall in love and get married. Then, on the evening of their nuptials, an elderly stranger appears at the wedding reception, bearing a kiss for the new bride. In this magical story, it is a kiss that tests the boundaries of the couple’s love.

A not-so-old fashioned love story. A whirlwind romance. A storybook wedding. A kiss for the bride that suddenly changes everything. Prelude explores the enduring power of love and the nature of commitment in this breathtaking and life-affirming comedy.


THE PRICE
By Arthur Miller
Directed by James Steinmeyer
Audition Dates: TBA

A play about the price of furniture. In the attic of a Manhattan brownstone, filled with sheet-draped furniture, piles of books, rolled up carpets, and an old Victrola, the lives of four people converge on one late afternoon and all are changed by the encounter. One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.

 


MARY’S WEDDING
By Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Audition Date: TBA

A love story set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival, a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love.

 

 

 


SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE
By George M. Cohan
Based on the novel by Earl Derr Biggers
Directed by Kit Colbourn
Audition Dates: TBA

One of the most successful plays of the early 20th century, George M. Cohan created a new style of play which baffled and delighted audiences when Seven Keys to Baldpate opened in 1913: a melodrama crossed with a farce tied up in a mystery. The play tells the story of a novelist, William Magee, who locks himself away in a snowbound hotel for 24 hours in an effort to win a bet with the hotel’s owner that he cannot write an entire novel during his short stay. The owner assures Magee that he has the only key, but Magee will discover over the course of the evening that there are several other keys, all in the possession of a collection of quirky, crazed characters involved in an increasingly bizarre scheme to steal millions.