Saturday, August 2, 2014

LARGE CAST NEEDED FOR CLASSIC COMEDY @ SPOTLIGHTERS THEATER

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AUDITION NOTICE:

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
The classic comedy about the dinner guest that won't leave!
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
director:  Fuzz Roark

WHEN:  Saturday, August 16, 1 PM and Sunday, August 17,  4 PM; No appointments
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore

 

  • Prepare a comedic monologue (no more than 2 mins).
  • Be prepared to read sides with other actors (you may be asked to wait, to read with others)
  • Be prepared to improv various scenes from the play
  • Bring all rehearsal and performance conflicts to auditions.

Questions:  Info@spotlighters.org

PERFORMANCE DATES:   November 21 - December 21, 2014;  Fri & Sat – 8 PM, Sun – 2 PM  (Thur 12/11 -  8 PM)
REHEARSALS: early September - tentative schedule Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur – 7 PM-10 PM
Final schedule once casting is complete.

Large cast show, with many roles doubled or tripled—16 actors playing 29 roles!. 

Skill at creating multiple characters needed.  Cast Breakdown below.

Synopsis: (1940s) Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. Throw in famous guests from Hollywood and a sudden romance, what more can happen?  Just tons of laughs in the 1939 classic!

Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Cast Breakdown

Mrs Daisy Stanley: female 40-60 y/o — Mr. Ernest W. Stanley’s wife. She constantly tries to placate her husband. She is a good hostess.  Rarely speaks her own mind, unless she just has to!

Mr Ernest W. Stanley:  male 40-60 y/o— He is a wealthy factory owner. He tends to be stuffy.  Very much the man of the house, whose word is the law - until ....

Sheldon Whiteside:  male, 40-60 y/o— An obnoxious, but famous, writer, critic and radio host. He is overbearing and demanding.

Maggie Cutler:  female 25-30 y/o— Maggie is Whiteside’s secretary. She has a businesslike demeanor.  She does everything for him, and until now, he has totally monopolized her time.  She falls in love with Bert Jefferson.

Ms Preen:  female 25-55— Whiteside’s nurse. She tends to be stressed and unhappy.  Strong comedic and sarcastic skills needed.  Lots of physical comedy.

Bert Jefferson:  male 30-40 y/o—He owns the town newspaper. He is an easy going man, but can be assertive.  He falls in love with Maggie, but is seduced by Lorraine!

John:  male,  45-60 y/o— the Stanley’s butler. He has been their butler for quite some time.

Sara:  female 45-60 y/o— is the Stanley’s housekeeper. She has worked with them for quite some time.

Richard Stanley:  male 18-22 y/o— Ernest and Daisy’s son. He is a photographer who yearns to travel.

June Stanley:  female, 16-20 y/o— Ernest and Daisy’s daughter. She is in love with Sandy, a labor organizer at her father’s factory.

Lorraine Sheridan/Harriet Stanley/Neighbor Lady:   female 25-30 y/o—Strong character actor, must be able to create different characters on stage.

  • Lorraine: female 25-30— Lorraine is a movie star. She is trying to get married for money, so she is a bit of a gold digger.  Very much a man magnet!
  • Harriet:  female 40-45 y/o—Harriet is Mr. Stanley's sister. She has a creepy personality.  Character is based on Lizzie Borden, always wears a veil and dresses in black.
  • Neighbor Lady: female 45-55—High Society friend of Daisy a local busy-body.  Very frumpy and a fan of Sheldon Whiteside.

Sandy/Dr. Bradley/Prof Metz/Detective:  male 20-35 y/o; strong character actor, able to create very different characters.

  • Sandy: male 20-25—Youthful visionary, big & strong -  a union organizer, trying to unionize Mr Stanley's factory, and in love with June, Stanley's daughter.  
  • Dr Bradley: male 45-55—Dr. Bradley is the town doctor. He aspires to be a writer. (50-60 y/o)
  • Prof Metz: male 45-55—The professor is a nerdy entomologist, a friend of Whiteside, who drops in. (40-50 y/o)
  • Detective: male 45-55—Brings Richard and June back home after they try to run away.  (40-50 y/o)

Beverly Carlton/Prisoner1:  male, 35-55 y/o

  • Beverly Carlton:  an actor, songwriter, and plays the piano. Character is based on Noel Coward.  Over the top!  Ego as big as a Buick! 
  • Prisoner 1:  one of the three murderers Whiteside invited to dine at the Stanley's!

Westcott/Prisoner2/Deputy1: male  30-50 y/o 

  • Westcott:   the head radioman, handling Whiteside's live radio broadcast from the Stanley's living room.
  • Prisoner 2:  one of the three murderers White invited to dine at the Stanley's
  • Deputy 1: one of the two Deputies that Stanley has called to remove Mr Whiteside.

RadioMan/Prisoner3/Deputy2: male 30-50 y/o

  • Radio Man:  radio technician assisting with broadcast
  • Prisoner3: one of the three murderers White invited to dine at the Stanley's
  • Deputy 2: one of the two Deputies that Stanley has called to remove Mr Whiteside.

Banjo/PrisonGuard: male 35-55 y/o; physical comedy for Banjo

  • Banjo:  a comedic actor in the style of Groucho Marx and Jimmy Durante, who drops in to visit Whiteside.
  • Prison Guard:   Guarding the three murderers that Whiteside invited to dine at the Stanley's