SHOW DATES: March 16 – April 21, 2018
AUDITION DATES: December 11-13, 2017
DIRECTED BY Mick Alderman
WHEN: Monday, December 11 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 12 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30pm
LOCATION: Coaster Theatre Playhouse
Please arrive on-time, late arrivals may not be seen unless arrangements have been made. Please contact the theatre at 503-436-0609 if you are unable to make the audition date/time.
A farce about putting on a farce, provides comedic insight in the onstage and backstage challenges of opening a show involving highly improbable events, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. We meet the cast and crew of Nothing On (the play within the play) the night before opening as the actors struggle with entrances, exits and getting props in their right place at the right time. As tensions mount the actors leave the audience wondering…will they get it right before opening night? As the play progresses dysfunctional relationships are starting to take their toll on the production all the way to closing night when they are barely holding it together. As the mishaps pile up the actors and crew attempt to save what they can of the disastrous performance and bring it to a salvageable conclusion.
(4 women, 5 men)
DOTTY OTLEY – A late-middle-aged actress. Plays Mrs. Clackett, the housekeeper for the Brents’ home in England in Nothing’s On.
LLOYD DALLAS – The director of a play-within-the-play, called Nothing’s On.
GARRY LEJEUNE – A stuttering actor, easily fired up. Plays Roger, the estate agent looking to let the Brent’s house in Nothing’s On.
BROOKE ASHTON – A young inexperienced actress from London. Plays Vicki, who works for the tax authorities and is trying to woo Roger in Nothing’s On. NOTE: Must be comfortable on stage in lingerie.
POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR – Assistant Stage Manager.
FREDERICK FELLOWES – Has a serious fear of violence and blood. Plays Phillip Brent, who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit in Nothing’s On.
BELINDA BLAIR – Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. Plays Flavia, Philip Brent’s wife, who is dependable, though not one for household duties in Nothing’s On.
TIM ALLGOOD – An over-worked Stage Manager.
SELSDON MOWBRAY – Elderly and with actorly mannerisms. Plays Selsdon, a burglar and an old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents’ house in Nothing’s On.
NOTE FOR ACTORS: Actors must be capable of running up and down stairs plus physical comedy (prat falls, etc.)
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS & REHEARSAL INFORMATION
Everyone will read from pre-selected sides from the show. Arrive prepared to fill out an audition form or download an audition form to fill out and bring with and make sure to bring your schedules and conflicts.
Rehearsals will begin in January. Prior to rehearsals actors will be expected to familiarize themselves with their lines in advance, as the focus of rehearsals will be blocking, movement and timing.