Not even finished with one, already heading to the next one! Auditions for LEADING LADIES, by Ken Ludwig (directed by Laura Duttweiler) will be held Sunday, March 12, 6:00-7:30, with callbacks on Monday, March 13, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Show dates, June 2-4 and 9-11. Below is a precis of the play plus characters and character information:
The cast for LEADING LADIES includes a total of 5 men and 3 women.
This is a comedy set in the Victorian home of Florence Snider in York, PA, and surrounding areas. The action takes place in the late 1950s. Prepare yourselves for deception, high jinks, love, and even a little Shakespeare.
All of the ages listed are “playing ages,” and a couple of them are flexible depending on how the other roles are cast.
Please dress comfortably for auditions–no need to dress for the character. Please relax and have fun during the audition, which will consist of cold readings from the script. EVERYONE SHOULD COME WITH A BRIEF SHAKESPEARE SOLILOQUY PREPARED. Actors playing Leo and Jack should be fairly adept. During the show, most of the rest of the cast will be in rehearsal for a production of Twelfth Night and will need to show varying degrees of ability. (A few scenes will be available at the audition, but it is best to come prepared.)
Accents: The men auditioning for Leo and Jack need to have British accents. All the rest need to have central Pennsylvania accents (tough, I know), or at least not southern!
MEG SNIDER: Local girl: vivacious, warm, great sense of humor. Has unfulfilled dreams of the great big world outside of central Pennsylvania she has yet to experience. (Age: Early 30s)
DUNCAN WOOLEY: Local minister, engaged to Meg. A good man, but fussy, headstrong, egocentric. (Age: Early 40s)
DOC MYERS: Local doctor, Chief Moose, likable curmudgeon, boisterous, stocky, father to Butch.
(Age: Mid 50s)
LEO CLARK: A clean-shaven Shakespearean actor from England (yes, English accent required), marginally gifted, charming yet mildly pompous, prone to temper tantrums, longs to achieve stardom.
JACK GABLE: A clean-shaven Shakespearean actor from England (yes, English accent required), Leo’s partner, easily dragged into Leo’s harebrained schemes (think Ethel to Leo’s Lucy), nice guy, longs to settle down. (Age: mid-20-40s)
AUDREY: A well-built, extremely sweet and good-natured “intelligent airhead.” Audrey roller-skates. The director would be glad if actors auditioning for this role showed up with their own roller skates and prepared to dazzle. (Age: 20)
BUTCH MYERS: A little slow on the uptake, built like he played high school football, sincere, good-hearted. (Age: Early 20s)
FLORENCE SNIDER: An extremely crusty lady, terrible eyesight, wealthy, wily, ailing… or hypochondriac?