A comedy by Ken Ludwig
March 31 from 12 noon-4 pm
April 1 from 7 - 9 pm
Open auditions for LEADING LADIES, to be directed by Staci Cook, will be held on Sunday, March 31st from noon to 4pm and Monday April 1st from 7-9pm. The auditions will be held at the theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 119, in Mockingbird Central Plaza, one block east of Central Expressway, across from Mockingbird Station DART Rail Center. Auditions are by appointment, which can be made by calling (214) 821-1860, or, if you gather up your courage at the last minute, come on down. We'd love to have you!
In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves down on their luck performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" at the Moose Lodge Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.
There are roles available for 3 men (ages 20's through 60's) and 3 women (ages 20's through 70's). Parts detailed below. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin immediately after casting, and will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Monday, and Wednesday evenings. Actors are paid a stipend (theater talk for not very much, but you'll have the time of your life!) "Leading Ladies" will run May 17 to June 15. Shows are at 8:00 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 7:00 on Sundays.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
MEG SNIDER (20s-30s) A young woman who dreams of a bigger world beyond York PA, Meg is vivacious, warm, loyal, and has a great sense of humor. She has a fresh, natural beauty. She loves Shakespeare and dreams about being an actor. The play is all about Meg, as she transforms from innocent obedience to self-confident woman. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe from "Some Like it Hot".
AUDREY (20s) An innocent girl that is kind and gullible, but she's trying to improve herself and her vocabulary. Extremely attractive, very sweet and good-natured.
DUNCAN WOOLEY (30-60s) The local minister, he's a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, scatter-brained, and lives in his own world. He distains actors and is very suspicious. His telephone conversations with the police should demonstrate comedic timing and contrast his mild manner with occasional bursts of temper.
FLORENCE SNIDER (60-70s) Meg's aunt, she's the richest woman in York. Florence is extremely crusty, has terrible eyesight, and is a tough old broad. Must switch quickly between sweetness and anger, life and apparent death.
DOC MYERS (50s+) The country doctor, he's a cantankerous, likeable curmudgeon that takes no guff from anyone and often spars with Duncan and Florence. He's also the Chief Moose in the local Moose Lodge. Possibly a functioning alcoholic.
BUTCH MYERS (20s) A former high school football star, Butch isn't the brightest bulb, but he is earnest and sincere, with a good heart. Loves Audrey. Argues with his dad, Doc, but they adore each other.
The roles of Leo and Clark have been precast.