AUDITION NOTICE

ON GOLDEN POND AND LOOT

Auditions will be held at Eltham Little Theatre (1603 Main Road, Research) for two plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday 25 June and Wednesday 27 June:

 

  • On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson, directed by Roderick Chappel: performances 7 to 22 September.

 

  • Loot by Joe Orton, directed by Michelle Swann: performances 15 November to 1 December.

 

 

On Golden Pond

 

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York

Synopsis:

On Golden Pond is a warm, witty and moving play.  Ethel and Norman Thayer come to spend summer – as for years they have spent every summer – in their rural retreat on the edge of Golden Pond, which is a lake in the forests of rural Maine.  Norman is struggling with the onset of old age, and Ethel is starting to struggle with Norman.  Unexpectedly their daughter Chelsea, who has kept away for many years because of her relationship with Norman, visits her parents.  She brings her new boyfriend Bill and Bill’s teenage son Billy.  Chelsea and Bill go on holiday to Europe  and leave Billy with Ethel and Norman.  Billy and Norman form a mutually supportive relationship which provides a new purpose to Norman’s life.

 

Please Note:

 

  • These will be open auditions.

  • Please book for either evening by contacting the Director, Roderick Chappel on 9718-0486 (after hours) or by email. When booking, please indicate the role or roles you are interested in.

  • The ages given below are those in the script, but there is some room for age flexibility in casting.

  • American accents are required.

  • Norman and Ethel are major roles; the other four parts are important supporting roles, with between 62 and 133 lines.

  • If you book an audition but decide later not to attend, please let the Director know.

 

Characters:

 

Norman Thayer - age 79, trying – with only modest success - to come to terms with old age.  “He is flirting with senility, and knows it, and plays it to the hilt.”

 

Ethel Thayer - age 69, warm and energetic.  She loves Norman, but is finding him increasingly difficult.

 

Charlie Martin - age 44, the mailman, cheerful, rustic, locally born and bred.

 

Chelsea Thayer Wayne - age 42, Ethel’s and Norman’s divorced daughter, with a sense of humour but ill at  ease with Norman.

 

Bill Bray - age early 40s, Chelsea’s new boyfriend, a dentist, a good, decent man, but sometimes a little too serious.

 

Billy Bray - aged 13, eager, flippant, naïve

Loot

By arrangement with Origin™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

Synopsis:

A black farce masterpiece, Loot follows the fortunes and misfortunes of two young amateur thieves, Hal and Dennis. Dennis is a hearse driver for a funeral parlour. After robbing the bank next door they hide-out with the loot in Hal’s home. Hal's mother has just died and the pair conceal the money in her coffin, hiding the body in a cupboard. Playing with all the conventions of popular farce, Orton creates a world gone mad and examines in detail mid-century English attitudes.

 

Please Note:

  • These will be open auditions.

    • For further information or to book an audition, contact the Director, Michelle Swann on 0402 354 651 or by email. When booking, please indicate the role or roles you are interested in.

    • All characters require a British accent and excellent comedic timing.

    • Auditionees will be asked to read from the script with others and perform various theatre games.

 

Characters:

5 males and 1 female required.

 

Hal - early 20’s to early 30s – Gay, the son of the recently deceased, full of Catholic guilt.

 

Dennis - early 20’s to early 30s – a sexual deviant and an undertaker

 

Fay - 20 to 40  – A nurse who declares she is a devout Catholic. Uses her sexuality to manipulate men.

 

Mr McLeavy - 50 to 70 – a recent widower, old-fashioned, a devout Catholic, concerned about his son

 

Inspector Truscott - 40 to 70 – a bumbling police detective, not above bribery and violence, embodies every negative stereotype of the policeforce.

 

Meadows - 20 to 30 – a police officer (minor role).

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