The 1812 Theatre
3-5 Rose Street
Upper Ferntree Gully 3156
Director: Pip Le blond
M :0400 350 792
Theatre: 9758 3964
June 23rd & 24th – 7pm
5 Male (20’s – 60’s)
3 Female (20’s – 60’s)
Leading Ladies Audition
From the comic genius of Ken Ludwig, this hilarious comedy set in the 50’s finds two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, 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, disguises, deception, and plot twists abound in this side-splitting farce.
The ages listed for the characters are those actually stated or suggested in the script, however, actors auditioning for these roles can be younger or older than the stated age. For many of the characters, their age in relation to that of the other characters is more important than any specific chronological age.
Actors reading for the roles of Leo / Maxine and Jack/ Stephanie will be asked to speak in British accents for both their male and female roles and show off their best Shakespearean voice as well. I plan to have a dialect coach on the team.
While all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity, several characters are blood relatives, and as such must be similar in appearance.
Leo Clark / Maxine – (30s or older) Clean shaven, Shakespearean actor (English accent) possessing real talent, and a clever, quick-on-his-feet thinker, Leo contrives the scheme and directs it for the most part, posing as Maxine. When he falls in love with Meg, his skills are tested to their limits.
Jack Gable/ Stephanie – (30s or older) Clean shaven Shakespearean actor (English accent) of some talent as well. A reluctant partner in crime with Leo… more sincere and not so clever or conniving as Leo, who does know how to push Leo’s buttons. His female persona is that of Stephanie.
Meg Snider – (20s to early 30s) A bright, vivacious young woman (in line for the other 1/3 of Florence’s fortune) who loves the theatre and secretly dreams to experience far more of the world than York can possibly offer, but apparently resigned to settle for less as she has agreed to marry Duncan, an older, stuffy minister.
Duncan Wooley – (40s) A local minister, engaged but substantially older then Meg. A good man at heart, set in his ways and anxious to control Meg’s inheritance money. He suspects that Leo and Jack are frauds and would like nothing more than to expose them as such.
Audrey – (20s or early 30s) A sexy, attractive young woman, brighter than she appears to be at times. Ability to roller skate is a plus but not required.
Chief Moose/ Doc Meyers – (40-50’s) Florence’s doctor and family friend and father of Butch. Doc is basically a genuine guy who married for love but encourages his son to marry into money. At some point, he misperceives that Stephanie (Jack) is in love with him.
Butch Meyers – (20s to early 30s) Doc’s stocky (played high school football) son who, notwithstanding his dad’s advice, is in love with Audrey. He is honest and sincere although a bit slow-witted at times.
Florence Snider – (60s or older) A kind but crusty old lady with terrible eyesight but a sharp mind and tongue