Don't Dress for Dinner      It's a Wonderful Life - a Radio Play


Auditions for: Don't Dress for Dinner
Written by: Marc Camoletti
Directed by: Peter Williams

Auditions:   

All actors must be available for all performances

Rehearsals begin in August. There will only be 7 weeks of rehearsal, so take your vacations in July. We cannot accom modate vacation time during these seven weeks.

Audition Dates:   

June 12, 7:00 p.m.
June 13, 7:00 p.m.
June 14, Callbacks (if needed)
June 15, Callbacks (if needed)

Synopsis

This is the first play of the 2018/2019 season !! It is a typical British bedroom farce so expect fun and hi-jinks on this show.

Farces are fast-paced, so actors are expected to start learning their lines early to aid in getting the quick repartee flowing.

The Cast

Bernard: Mid thirties, confident businessman starting a mid life crisis and planning a rendezvous with his mistress.
Jacqueline: Mid thirties, Bernard’s wife and having an affair of her own.
Robert: Mid thirties, single best friend of Bernard/Jacqueline and can’t say “No” to Bernard.
Suzette: Twenties-Thirties, a cook hired to cater the rendezvous who gets caught in the middle of this mess.
Suzanne: Twenties-thirties, the (gold-digging?) fashion model mistress of Bernard.
George: Twenties-thirties, Suzette’s highly protective husband.

For further information you can send an email to the director at peterwilliams@bell.net.

 


Auditions for: It's a Wonderful Life - the Radio Play
by Philip Grecian
Directed by Tom Kobolak

Performance dates:   Nov 6-10 and Nov 13-17, 2018

Auditions:   

June 18, 7:00 p.m.
June 19, 7:00 p.m.
Callbacks: June 21, 7:00 p.m.

Where:

Ron Maslin Playhouse rehearsal room

Audition Details:

It’s a Wonderful Life - the Radio Play is a celebration of the famous movie directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reid. But, going a level deeper, it also reflects Capra’s original intentions. Saddened and rendered deeply introspective after making his WWII documentary “Why We Fight”, as he explained in his autobiography, he wanted: “to tell the weary, the disheartened and the disillusioned; the wino, the junkie, the prostitute; those behind prison
walls and those behind Iron Curtains, that no man is a failure.”

Briefly, for those few who don’t know the story, George Bailey once yearned to become an architect and travel the world. But trapped by overwhelming family loyalty, George finds himself well into his 30’s, managing the ragtag Bailey Savings and Loan Co. and endlessly fighting to keep his head above water. When disaster looms and his reputation lies all but ruined, he reasons that suicide is his only option. He is saved by Clarence, the sadsack Angel Second Class, who shows him that his life has had profound value for all about him and that having so many friends, he is richer than he ever thought possible.

The play calls upon 7 men, 3 women and 4 students to play some 60 parts, varying from large to small.

The 4 students will portray:
the two brothers, George and Harry, as children,
the two young girls, Mary and Violet;
the 4 Bailey children - Peter, Janie, Tommy and Zuzu

Now, it’s a RADIO PLAY... a fable, actually. In effect, WRMP Radio (1948) is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life”, in exactly the same fashion as the Lux Radio Theatre, or Academy Award Theatre might have presented for a radio audience the popular movies of the day. You could, for example, see and hear John Barrymore, or Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart doing 30 minute radio versions of their movies.

As a “radio play”, it is presented, in effect, to 3 audiences; the radio audience for 1948, the studio audience for WRMP Radio, and most importantly, the Kanata Theatre audience of 2018.

So, the actors will be positioned, scripts in hand, at as many as 5 microphones. Behind the microphones are seats for the actors, and behind the seats, on platforms, will be the sound effect technicians. Yes, we’ll be doing the sound effects live!

For actors (and auditioners) all this means:
• you’ll be dressed in period suits and dresses and wearing the hair styles of 1948;
• costume changes will not occur - you might grab a hat or a pair of spectacles from your seat, but that’s it.
• you’ll have your script in your hand, but it’s a prop and an aide;
• blocking (I hate the word) will consist primarily of moving from seat to microphone, or microphone to microphone;
• you may have to sing and dance in the 5 radio commercials that happen throughout the play;
• you could be playing different parts within seconds of each other;
• you may be called upon to mount a platform to do a sound cue or two;
• “George”, “Mary”, and at least 2 other couples will be dancing the Charleston at Harry’s graduation party. Honest.
• You will all be singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the end. Really.

Points to Consider

A monologue, as usual, will be assigned at the auditions and delivered (don’t memorize it) at the callback. I don’t think I’ll be cruel and ask people to sing at the
auditions, but I almost certainly will at the callback - we’ll need 3 decent singers.

While this is a “radio” play, the KT audience will expect that the major characters have the right “look”.

9-week rehearsal period. Introductory Read - June 26. Read through with all designers present tentative for August 19. Rehearsals per se begin tentatively on Sunday, August 26