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Show dates: May 10-26, 2019
Audition dates: March 18 and 19, 2019 | 6:30PM
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A full length comedic play based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar. Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history. Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010.
Director: Linda Sturdivant
Casting: 9 Women and 4 Men
Chris: Lead role, friend of Annie. You want Chris at your party. She will talk to people she doesn’t know, and things to say to all silences and generate laughter. Part of this is because Chris is at home in crowds, holding court, being the center of attention. Without Chris in her life, Annie would be better behaved, her life less fun. The two of them are like naughty schoolgirls.
Annie: Lead role, wife of John. Annie will join in mischief but is at heart more conformist and less confrontational than Chris. After Chris has put a waiter’s back up in the restaurant, Annie will go in and pour calm. The mischievousness Chris elicits saves Annie from being a saint. She has enough edge to be interesting, and enough salt not to be too sweet.
Cora: Vicar’s daughter, single mother. Ideally a pianist, but not essential. Cora’s past is the most eclectic, her horizons broadened by having gone to college. This caused a tectonic shift with her more parochial parents. She came back to them pregnant and tail-between-legs, but Cora has too much native resilience to be downtrodden. She is the joker in the pack, but never plays the fool. Her wit is deadpan. It raises laughter in others but rarely in herself.
Jessie: Former school teacher. Get on the right side of Jessie as a teacher and she’ll be the teacher you remember for life. Get on the wrong side and you will regret every waking hour. A lover of life, Jessie doesn’t bother with cosmetics- her elixir of life is bravery. Jessie goes on rollercoasters. Her husband has been with her a long time and is rarely surprised by her actions. Jessie bothers about grammar and will correct stallholders regarding their abuse of the apostrophe “s”.
Celia: The fact that Celia is in the WI is the greatest justification of its existence. A woman more at home in a department store than a church hall., she may be slightly younger then Chris or the same age, but she always feels as if she has drifted in from another world. Which she has. She is a socialite, plays golf and can be relied on the have a drink or two stashed somewhere about her person.
Ruth: Wants to please, insecurely married. Ruth’s journey is from the false confidence of the emotionally abused to the genuine self-confidence of the woman happy in her own skin. Ruth is eager to please but not a rag doll, and despite being Marie’s right-hand woman she is desperate to be the cartilage in the spine of the WI and keep everyone happy. She has spine herself – if she was too wet, no-one would want her around. But they do, and they feel protective of her because they sense there is something better in Ruth than her life is letting out. They are proved right.
Marie: Head of the local WI. Marie has gradually built the current “Marie” around herself over the years as a defense mechanism. She went to her OZ – Cheshire and found OZ didn’t want her. She came back scorched. The WI is a trophy to her, which justifies her entire existence. There is a lingering part of Marie that would love to be on the calendar.
Lady Cravenshire: Local dignitary. Small but important role. Lady Cravenshire really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing. But the WI girls seem from another world. The world of her estate workers. When she makes an entrance, she must make an entrance. She must glide in like a galleon.
Elaine: Small role, beautician, can be doubled with other small roles. Elaine really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing. But Jessie seems from another world. The world of her gran.
Brenda: Speaker at the WI. Small role, can be doubled up, male or female
Lawrence: Photographer. Hesitant, without being nerdy. He is a shy young man with enough wit to make a joke and enough spirit to turn up at the WI hall in the first place. When he arranges the shots, he is close to female nudity but sees only the photo.
Rod: Chris’ husband, lots of bonhomie. You have to be a certain kind of guy to stick with Chris and Rod loves it. He can give back what he gets and has a deadpan humor which has always made Chris laugh. He drinks a lot but never so much as to have a problem. He would work every hour to make his shop a success. And John was his mate, even though the relationship was originally channeled through their wives.
John: Annie’s husband. Cancer patient. Needs to shave his head. John is a human sunflower. Not a saint. Not a hero. Just the kind of man you’d want in your car when crossing America. When he dies, it feels like someone somewhere turned a light off.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Show dates: July 19 – August 4, 2019
Audition dates: April 22 & 23, 2019 | 6:30PM
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Producer: Linda Sturdivant
Director: Caleb Lacey
Music Director Nell Britton
Choreographer: Mariel Roy
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score.
Casting 8 Men and 5 Women plus ensemble
The Man In The Chair: Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Janet Van de Graaff: Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Alto with big belt (G3-E5)
Robert Martin: The groom-to-be who is deeply in love with Janet. He is debonair, dashing, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic. Tap dancing a Plus. Vocal range: Tenor (C3 – Ab4)
The Drowsy Chaperone: (40s-50s) Janet’s alcoholic confidante. Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)
Aldolpho: A womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. Bass/Baritone + great falsetto (A#2-G4)
Mrs. Tottendale: (45-60) The flighty wealthy widow and host of the wedding. Alto character voice (G3-Db5)
Underling: (50s-60s) Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. Tenor character voice (Ab2-G4)
Mr. Feldzieg: Producer who will do anything to stop the wedding. Baritone (Db3-Db4)
Kitty: Mr. Feldzieg’s companion and will do anything to be a leading lady. Soprano comedic belt (Bb3-F5)
George: Robert’s anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and nervous. Tapping a plus. Tenor (F3-Bb4)
Gangsters 1 & 2: Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4)
Trix the Aviatrix: The brave and brash female aviator. May double in the ensemble. Vocal range: Alto (Ab3-Eb5)
Ensemble: A strong, dancing/singing ensemble.