by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Tim Long
Sunday 3 September – 2.30 pm
Tuesday 5 September – 7.30 pm
Audition venue: Guide Hall, Glebe Ave, Cheltenham
Performance dates: 10, 11, 12*, 16, 17, 18**, 19*, 23, 24, 25 November
Evenings: 8 pm Matinees: 2.30 pm
*Sunday matinee **Saturday matinee & evening performances
Performance venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
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 so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of 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, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister.
*Ages are indicative only – it’s more important that we have the right mix of people rather than be locked into the ages specified
MEG SNIDER: 30+ Vivacious, with enormous warmth, a great sense of humour and a fresh, unstudied beauty. She harbours a world of dreams, and sleeps on them every night.
LEO CLARK: 40+ British accent, Shakespearean actor down on his luck, capable of doubling as a woman and also looking like a star actor.
JACK GABLE: 40+ British accent, Leo’s partner in crime and theatre. Also doubles as a woman.
DUNCAN WOOLEY: 30 – 40 The local minister, he is a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, a bit scatterbrained and lives in his own world.
DOC MYERS: 60s-70s The Chief Moose (Lodge leader). A crusty, likeable curmudgeon, he is a country doctor who takes no guff from anybody.
BUTCH MYERS: early 20s. A little slow on the uptake, but earnest and sincere, with a good heart. Doc and Butch argue a lot and adore each other.
The actor playing Butch doubles the character of FRANK – A heckler (one page)
AUDREY: about 20 Very attractive and extremely sweet and good natured. Must be able to roller skate.
AUNT FLORENCE: 70s+ Meg’s aunt. She’s very old, extremely crusty, and her eyesight is terrible.
American accents are required for all characters except Jack and Leo
As all auditionees must have read the script, please email email@example.com to acquire a copy.