AUDITION NOTICE for
By Alan Bennett
Production: April 25th – 30th 2016
Audition: Sunday 29th November - 3pm
Habeas Corpus is one of Alan Bennett’s earliest plays.
Here is a production that employs all manner of comedy; fast paced and funny incorporating quirky characters, clever dialogue, visual gags, double entendres, innuendo, a narrator, breaking of the fourth wall, song, poetry, and, essentially, trouser-dropping.
A (sort of) Greek tragedy with Shakespeare’s exits and entrances -only quicker - woven into Cooneyesque mix-ups and mayhem. A seriously good farce.
Set in the late 60’s it’s an observational piece of social commentary on the class system, dalliances, deceit and the developing ‘permissive society’. Word of warning there is also a little bit of bosom holding, thick cardigans will be provided during rehearsals and production.
It is an ensemble piece requiring experienced character actors preferably with excellent comedy timing.
Cast of Characters
Dr Wicksteed - Bored & frustrated GP. Ready for retirement, tired of his patients. Rather unprofessional when it comes to young nubile ladies – ie. Miss Rumpers.
Mrs Wicksteed - The GP (Very) slightly younger wife, desperate for love and keeps trying to find it. Absolutely does not need a false bust.
Connie Wicksteed - The younger sister of Dr Wicksteed, spinster of the Parish, sadly lacking in confidence and flat as a pancake. Takes drastic measures to correct her plight.
Canon Throbbing – wishes to marry Connie, wishes to marry anyone who will take his virginity. Resorts to looking up Ladies’ skirts on trains.
Dennis Wicksteed – Son of Dr Wicksteed, hypochondriac, thinks he is dying in about three months.
Felicity Rumpers - A beauty, Canon Throbbing has already looked up her skirt and Dr Wicksteed would like to. However she is in a state of early pregnancy and needs a husband, preferably one who is dying in about three months.
Sir Percy Shorter – For some reason I hear his lines in a Scottish accent – President of the British Medical Association and don’t we all know it. Intensely dislikes Dr Wicksteed and sees a chance to report him to the BMA, mainly hated the fact that Wicksteed is taller than him, so no tall men to audition for Sir Percy.
Lady Rumpers – Felicity’s mum – did well in life marrying Lord Rumpers – Old Colonial, lived in KL (Kuala Lumpur not Kirby Lonsdale)
Mrs Swabb – Housekeeper to the Wicksteeds. Narrator – she knows everything.
Denzil Shanks – Appliance fitter for Connie.
Mr Purdue a suicidal patient of Dr Wicksteed’s who insists on trying to kill himself.
Set in the South (near Brighton) accents must reflect that, particularly The Wicksteeds’ and Rumpers’ families, not quite received pronunciation but getting there.
Shanks perhaps more Cockney. Purdue is open at the moment. Much as it pains me – no Northern accents this time.
Billy Liar Audition Notice
Audition Date – 25th October – 11 am at the theatre
Production Dates - Monday 22 February 2016 - Saturday 27 February 2016
Set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Stradhoughton, Billy Liar tells of a young undertaker's clerk named William "Billy" Fisher. Billy, still living at home with his parents and grandmother, is bored with his small-town existence, and in an effort to bring a little colour to his life tells lies – from the trifling and relatively inconsequential (the goings-on in the mythical world of Ambrosia, for instance), to the overblown, compulsive whoppers (this rather loose grasp of the truth leads him to be simultaneously engaged to two women).
CHARACTERS (Please Note – although I have been specific about the ages of the younger characters, as long as the actors look the right age I will be happy with both younger and older actors auditioning)
William "Billy" Fisher – age 19
Billy lies compulsively to everyone he comes across, whether it's the claim that his father is a retired naval captain/cobbler, or telling his parents that Arthur's (his best friend) mother has broken her leg. Billy works as a clerk for undertakers Shadrack & Duxbury, is engaged to two girlfriends, in love with a third and constantly refers to a vague job offer writing scripts in London for "Danny Boon", a comedian.
Alice Fisher – age 50+
Billy's mother. She rarely sits down in the play, constantly working hard to keep the house tidy and look after her husband, her mother, and Billy.
Geoffrey Fisher – age 50+
Billy's father. Geoffrey uses the word "bloody" in his sentences so often it has lost all meaning. Geoffrey has been a successful garage owner and a man who works in the removal business so his family live middle class lives despite his working class background. Geoffrey has a short temper, but otherwise rarely shows emotion. Relations between Geoffrey and Billy have broken down, providing the main source of conflict in the story.
Florence Boothroyd – age 70+
Billy's grandmother, Alice's mother. She is ignored by her family and never seen as a loved character until the end. Florence talks to the sideboard more than her own family, and is always drinking tea out of a pint pot.
Arthur Crabtree – age 19
Billy's best friend. Arthur works at Shadrack & Duxbury with Billy. When we first see Arthur and Billy together in Act 1, they adopt thick northern accents and engage in buffoonery, imitating their elders.
Barbara – age 17
One of Billy's fiancees. Barbara is prudish, always eating oranges, and harbours dreams of living with Billy in a cottage in Devon, with "little Billy and little Barbara".
Rita – age 17
Rita is 17, is short, but comes across as a "hard lass". She is engaged to Billy, and has a habit of mimicking Billy every time he offers an excuse for her missing engagement ring.
Liz – age 18
Liz is described as a scruffy girl in need of a new skirt, she is nevertheless the one who truly understands Billy, and the only one he really has a genuine interest in. Before her appearance, Billy pretends he doesn't have much interest in her, but it is clear when she appears that he is still smitten with her.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL PROBLEM AUDITIONS
Producer Rebecca Dickinson
Auditions on Sunday 8th March 2015– at 1pm, at Chorley Little Theatre
Mon 15-Sat 20 June 2015 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
Tuesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short stories ‘Scandal in Bohemia’ and ‘The Final Problem’.
This production is a follow-up (not a sequel) to the 2013 production of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It contains many of the same characters and has a similar feel in regards to the humour and style. The play is set in 2015. The world needs Sherlock Holmes now, more than ever! The first half of the play (based on ‘Scandal in Bohemia’) introduces us to the modern courtesan – Irene Adler. Adler owns a high class escort club in London and knows some very powerful people. She becomes concerned about her own welfare, and therefore records the ‘pillow talk’ she has had with two of her clients. She then sends a message to the British government warning them that she will publish the recordings on Facebook if anyone tries to harm her. A central figure within her majesty’s secret service, Mycroft Holmes, visits 221b Baker Street to employ his brother Sherlock to retrieve the phone owned by Miss Adler, which contains the two recordings. Sherlock retrieves the recordings. However, both Mycroft and Sherlock from the beginning are aware that there is a greater force behind Miss Adler’s actions.
The second half of the play (based on ‘The Final Problem’) sees Sherlock attacked, shot at and hunted down. Soon the hunted becomes the hunter as he, along with Watson, Mycroft and Lestrade unlock a web of evil and makes connections between all the terror cells within the world. Eventually we discover that behind all the evil is Sherlock’s arch-enemy - Professor James Moriarty. In tracking down and destroying Moriarty, Sherlock will eliminate evil from the world. Achieving this however, may require the ultimate sacrifice. Throughout the play we meet a number of key characters who warn Sherlock and open him up to a world of sex, intrigue and mortality. The play deals with a number of key adult issues which affect the current world we live in.
This will be my 10th production for CADOS, following on from ‘Breaking the Code’ (2014); ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2013), ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004).
The Auditions - Interested?
There is no preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
As this is a follow-up to my 2013 production I have invited a number of people to re-enact their roles – these are:-
Sherlock Holmes – Dave Reid; Mrs Hudson – Siobhan Edge; Inspector Lestrade – Kath Townsend
However, we are looking for a new Watson, as our previous one has emigrated to the far east. Most of these roles (apart from Watson) are small in terms of time on stage but are very key to the overall success of this production! In this play, character is everything! I am looking for people that are good actors and can work with a director to build a convincing character.
Character Gender Age Range Detail of character
John Watson M 20-30
Appears in 9 of the 14 scenes. He constantly bickers with Sherlock – they are like an old married couple. It is Watson who keeps Holmes grounded. Since ‘Hound’ he has married Miss Morstan and set-up in private practice as a GP. Watson teaches Holmes all about social media and comes back to help him to solve this final case. I am looking for a strong actor with recent stage experience. The age range is strict.
Mycroft Holmes M 45+
Appears in 3 key scenes. Mycroft is Sherlock’s older brother who works at the centre of the UK’s secret service. He employs Sherlock to work on the case, and whilst there is a healthy dis-regard for each other, by the end we witness the true love that exists between the brothers. The age limit is strict, ideally would prefer someone in their mid-50s but accept that someone younger could pull off this age range as well.
Irene Adler F 20-40ish
Appears in 3 key scenes. She is the ‘femme fatale’, a modern courtesan who mixes with the worlds rich and powerful. She is sensual and always in control. For this part I need an experienced actress who is not afraid to describe adult themes.
The Woman in a Niqab F 20-30
She appears in one key scene with Sherlock, where she warns him of the dangers of mixing with Irene Adler. She has worked as one of Adler’s girls, but one night she refuses the perverted request of one of her clients. Her defiance leads to her brother being killed. This is a major scene in the play. The actor will undertake the whole scene in a Niqab. This part could be doubled up with either Elena or Irene Adler.
Elena F 20-30
Two key scenes. She is one of Adler’s girls at the ‘gentleman’s club’. She acts as host to Sherlock and Watson who appear at the club in disguise. In this scene the character wears lingerie (no nudity though). In the second scene she appears with Sherlock in a key piece where she tries to tip Sherlock off as to who the men in the recordings are. She is shot before she can reveal their names. This part requires the ability to perform with a Czech accent.
Moriarty M 45+
Appears in one scene – the key scene towards the end of the play. Moriarty is the villain and appears in the verbal duel with Sherlock at the Reichenbach falls. Needs a strong actor to undertake this role. The age limit is strict, ideally would prefer someone in their mid-50s but accept that someone younger could pull off this age range as well.
Banker M any but at least 25+
Appears in the prologue with Sherlock, a short scene in which Sherlock discovers the banker’s plot. This part can also be doubled up with the ‘masked man’ (non-speaking), who appears in two other scenes.
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me – 07877 111 248
Mark Jones, Director
Star in this year's Panto!
Actors 10am, Dancers 2pm - see below for details.
Audition Date: Sunday 13th September
Production Dates: Friday 11th - Saturday 19th December 2015
Directors: Andy Burke & Steven Catterall
Writer/Musical Director: Paul Carr
Producer: Ian Robinson
Choreographer: Rebecca Dickinson
Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Alex Delaney
If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! Particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, and operate puppets.
The CADOS Pantomime is the biggest show in Chorley and we pride ourselves on delivering a very high standard of production every year. The Panto has been a sell-out for 4 years in a row.
Although this is their directing debut Andy Burke and Steven Catterall have appeared in the last 4 and 3 pantos respectively and have a long history with CADOS. Both have been NODA Award nominess/winners several times. Paul Carr wrote/directed Santa The Panto and Elves and the Shoemaker, while Producer Ian Robinson directed Robin Hood and Snow White. The rest of the crew have all worked on CADOS pantos in recent years.
The traditional panto story of Aladdin, set in China and full of familiar elements. Aladdin is a street urchin who falls in love with the Princess, but her father the Emperor will never let them marry. Aladdin lives with his mother Widow Twankey and his brother Wishee Washee at their washing business. When the evil Abanazar sends Aladdin after a magic lamp, everything changes.
Full of groan-inducing jokes, wordplay, slapstick, songs and dances this is very much the traditional panto but with plenty of pace and energy, using special effects, video sequences and puppets.
ACTORS - 10am
Cast List - all these parts are up for grabs
in order of appearance – 5 (4) Male 3 (4) Female with 2 of either and chorus. All cast to be 16 or over.Abanazer (M) An evil wizard who wants to find Aladdin and use him to get the magic lamp from the cave of wonders for his evil scheme. Solo song
PCs Wing and Wong (M/F) Chinese Policemen comedy duo.
Emperor Ying (M/F) The Emperor(ess) of Peking and father of Princess Willow. Stuck in tradition and trying to find a Prince to merry his daughter.
Princess Willow (F) Principal girl. Pretty and princess like will one day inherit the throne and become Empress.In love with Aladdin but being forced to marry a prince. Singing and some dance.
So-Shy (F) Princess Willow'slady in waiting and best friend very loyal.
Aladdin (F) Principal Boy. Son of widow Twankey and Wishees brother.A street wise boy who has his sights set on higher things. The hero of the story. Singing and dancing
Wishee-Washee (M) Aladdins brother and son of Twankey. Comedy role lots of slap stick.
Widow Twankey (M) Mother of Aladdin and Washee panto Dame runs a laundry in Peking. Singing and dance
Genie (M) Magical being who lives in the lamp and grants wishes. Good comedy vocal role. Singing.
DANCERS - 2pm
Date: 13th September 2015
Time: 2pm start (Registration from 1.30pm)
We are looking for dancers aged 5 and over to dance, sing and act as part of the chorus in this years pantomime.
The auditions will include being taught a short routine and then performing this routine for your place in the cast.
Dancing experience is required; prior formal training is not essential although preferable.
Please check your availability for performance dates before auditioning, as anyone unable to perform on any of the set dates, may not be considered.
For more information please contact Rebecca Dickinson (Choreographer) on 07521 977707.
'OUR DAY OUT' AUDITION
Directed by Kate Burke, Produced by Kath Townsend
Performance Dates: Monday 20th- Saturday 25th April 2015
'Our Day Out' is a fantastic and hilarious play with music by Willy Russell. Written in the 70s but as fresh as ever, the audience follows the escapades of the loveable "progress class" and their teachers on a school trip to Conwy Castle. Plenty of sweets and a few zoo animals later, the children and teachers find they have a lot to learn from one another.
Mrs Kay- (F) 35+ : experienced, caring and popular teacher who is in charge of the Progress Class. She is understanding of her pupils' circumstances and strives to make their school lives enjoyable. Liverpudlian/Local accent preferred.
Mr Briggs- (M) 30+ : strict deputy head teacher who prefers the traditional methods of his profession. Order and control of himself and others are of the most importance. His reputation precedes him. Non-local accent.
Colin- (M) 20-30: a young, bright teacher who finds himself feeling very uncomfortable with the levels of attention some of the girls in the class are paying him. A genuinely caring and intelligent man. In a relationship with Susan.
Susan- (F) 20-30: newly qualified teacher. Down to earth, Susan has her head screwed on but is always able to think outside the box to solve problems. Her attractive and bright attitude mean the older boys in the class take particular interest in her, but it doesn't phase her.
Bus Driver- (M) 25+ : a simple, occasionally gullible man who takes his job in transportation very seriously but also has a fun side.
Headteacher- (M/F) 30+ : distrusts the progress class to go on a trip without supervision of Mr Briggs. Very small part, could be multi-rolled if necessary.
Shopkeeper- (F) 40+ : Lady who owns a small business visited by the children. Comedic role, distrustful of school parties and stressed to the hilt.
Zoo Keeper- (M/F) 20+ : Very small potential multi role part.
Les (M) 50+ : "very old, almost blind and can hardly walk" friendly lollipop man, knows the children well.
The audition for adult roles will be on THURSDAY 29th JANUARY at Chorley Little Theatre. Registration will open at 7pm and auditions will begin at 7:30. Audition pieces will be provided. PLEASE PREPARE A SONG of any genre that is no more than 1:30 in length. Extracts of longer songs is fine.
Various school children (M/F) 13-16: the minimum age for auditionees is 11. Anyone who is older than high school age is welcome to come and audition on the basis that they look young enough to be at high school. The children will have a strong local accent.
The youth audition will be on SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY at Chorley Little Theatre. Registration will begin at 10am and the audition will commence at 10:30. Please note if you are under 16 a parent is required to stay for the duration of the audition.
IF ANYONE CAN PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TO A REASONABLE STANDARD (GRADE 4+) PLEASE LET US KNOW ON THE AUDITION FORM.
PLEASE PREPARE A SONG of any genre that is no more than 1:30 in length. Extracts of longer songs is fine. You will be split into groups and asked to work on a short scene which will be performed as your acting audition. The script will be provided on the day.
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