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CADOS Present:

SHAKERS AUDITION

Audition: Sunday 30th June, 2pm

The Performances: Mon 9-Sat 14 September 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Rehearsals

Initially – Wednesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and closer to the performances - Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

The Play

‘Shakers’ is a funny observational play set in a trendy 1980’s cocktail bar.  It has four female characters who take on the roles of the cocktail waitresses as well as the range of clientele who frequent the bar from the check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads.  We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses, offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas.

In the play a lot of different issues are tackled and each individual character has their own story to tell.  This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced female actresses who want to take on a challenging, exciting role.

Characterisation and comedy timing are needed to play these parts

The Director

Having been a long standing member of CADOS,  I am very excited and passionate about this play as this was the first ever play I acted in (many moons ago!) so has a bit of a soft spot with me, and I know with the right cast and commitment this will be a fantastic production.

The Auditions - Interested?

At the audition you will be asked to work on a monologue and also a group piece. No preparation required pre-audition.

The Roles

Role(s) Sex Age Range

Nicki F 18-25

Mel F 20-40’s

Adele F 20-40’s

Carol F 20-30’s

If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me – 07447 452488

Zoe Duffin-Jones

Director

 

Please note: the children's parts have already been cast from Chorley Youth Theatre. This is the audition for the three adult roles.

 

Back To The 80s

Performance dates: Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th July (7.30pm, plus Saturday matinee)

Audition: 1pm, Saturday 11th May 2013 - Chorley Little Theatre

This Chorley Youth Theatre production is a fun, lively and irreverent musical set in an American high school in the 1980s. Full of knowing jokes, it’s packed with 80s songs performed by the cast with a live band. The parts of the children have already been cast and CYT need three adult performers - two to play school teachers, and one to play an adult version of the lead character.

The production follows in the tradition of high-quality productions of Honk!, Annie, and the multi NODA-award nominated Peter Pan (with largely the same crew). Rehearsals will be from mid-May, although you would not be required at every one.

Please bring a prepared song with a track - or you can sing “Dancing On The Ceiling” (men) and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (women)

MISS SHEENA BRANNIGAN

The only female teacher at the school to be seen. She is around 30, and is the Senior Students Co-ordinator. On the surface in front of classes of children she seems very reserved, very friendly and slightly conservative. What they don't know is that at 18 she posed for a lad’s mag. She has an on-again/off-again relationship with Mr Cocker.

Female, 25-40 yrs old

Range: F3 - E5 Songs Include: "Man in the Mirror", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

MR STEVIE COCKER

The Deputy Principal and maths teacher at William Ocean High School. He is one of only two teachers who are in the show. Stevie sees a future together with Sheena, but has major issues when he discovers he is dating a former centerfold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.) Stevie has problems with erasing the image of Sheena's prior modelling from his mind.

Male, 25-40 yrs old

Range: D3 - A4 Songs Include: "You Give Love a Bad Name”(reprise), "Man in the Mirror", "Centerfold", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

COREY PALMER SR.

The narrator of the show. Corey Sr. is pushing 30, living in the year 2000, and reminiscing about the 80's (his school days), and his love for Tiffany Houston. He is similar to the older voice-over of Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years. He is able to move the story along, comment on action as it is happening, and even provide the internal thoughts of his younger version (Corey Palmer Jr.) in the midst the action.

Male, 25-30 yrs old

Range: G3 - F4 Songs Include: "You Give Love a Bad Name", "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Successful auditionees must be members of CADOS to appear on stage.

 

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

Book and Lyrics by Jo DiPietro

Music by Jimmy Roberts

Directed by Paul Carr

Musical Direction by Wayne Oakes

AUDITION NOTICE

Sunday 27th January - 1pm at Chorley Little Theatre

The Performances

Wed 8 -Sat 11 May 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

The Rehearsals:

Rehearsals will probably be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7.30-10pm) but a full rehearsal schedule will be arranged to suit everyone once the play has been cast.

The Show

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy about the need to connect with another human being. Over its 23 songs arranged in a revue style the audience is taken on a hilarious yet poignant view of the modern relationship, from the perils and pitfalls of the first date through to marriage, children and the twilight years of life. From age 30 and still single to having to date again at age 70, the show reflects the situations that everyone faces in day to day life as we find the one perfect person we want to spend the rest of our life with and then spend the rest of our life trying to change them!

Characters

The show features 2 male and 2 female actors who between them play some 58 characters. The characters are aged 30 to 70 with actors between the ages of around 25-40. All four need to be extremely good vocal artists as the songs feature lots of close harmonies, acappella singing and quite a wide vocal range. For the female singers there is one soprano range (low A to top Bb) and one alto range (low F# to Db). The male parts are both baritone / tenor ranges (middle C to high G#). This is not a sing for the faint hearted and an ability to follow (if not read) music would be anticipated.

The many characters which are portrayed cover ages from 30 to 70, and a wide variety of characters such as soppy parents, quarrelling lovers, egotistical one-night stands and elderly romantics.

Auditions

At the auditions we will be asking everyone to sing a number from the show (“I Will be Loved Tonight” for the female roles and “Shouldn’t I be Less in Love” for the male roles) – we suggest that these are prepared before you audition by contacting Paul on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be sent a copy of the sheet music, backing track and guide track so you can learn the songs before you audition.

We will also be teaching you a short acappella extract from the show during the course of the audition and this will be performed in small groups to get a feel for how the balance of voices will sound.

Finally there will be short extracts given to auditionees on the day to look at the ability to portray the range of characters which appear throughout the show.

If you want more information or to get the audition songs please contact Paul on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written & Directed by Mark Jones
Produced by Rebecca Dickinson

 

Auditions on Sunday 3rd March 2013– at 12pm, at Chorley Little Theatre

The Performances 
Mon 17-Sat 22 June 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Rehearsals

Mondays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

 

The Play

Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel, my version of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ is set in modern day – in June 2013. The play follows the main plot line of the original novel but has a modern twist. Opening at the end of their last adventure, Sherlock is angry with John Watson who has announced that he is to be married and therefore will no longer be able to partner him on future adventures. Sherlock descends into a drug fuelled existence until his next client – Dr Mortimer - enters 221B Baker Street. Mortimer informs Holmes about the recent death of Charles Baskerville who died at the hands of a ‘gigantic’ hound. Mortimer insists a supernatural cause for the death. Sherlock dismisses this and insists that it will be a natural cause. Mortimer will escort Henry Baskerville, the heir to Baskerville Hall, back to his new home. Mortimer served with Watson in the gulf. Sherlock uses their friendship to entice Watson onto this new case. In taking the case Sherlock dispatches Watson to look after Henry on his journey to Baskerville Hall.

At the house, we meet the Barrymores and the Stapletons; and Watson is confronted with strange supernatural ‘goings-on’. Sherlock appears at the house and after initial investigations insists on going out onto the moor to find the hound.... which he does .... and suffers a temporary mental breakdown on seeing the ‘gigantic’ hound! His very existence is challenged as he faces the prospect of having to accept that the supernatural may be at play. Slowly he recovers his determination to disprove the supernatural notion. In true Sherlock style he wraps up the case with the conclusion that it is not a ‘Hound’, but greed and money which are gigantic! At the end he returns to 221B, makes his peace with Watson by giving his blessing to his future wedding, but then returns to a drug fuelled state which reveals the figure of Professor James Moriarty, who has haunted him throughout the case. This is a play about beliefs being challenged. A question of the supernatural versus the natural; about love and loss; about the challenge of the norm and most of all about what is real and what is imaginary. Elementary!!

 

The Director

This will be my 8th production for CADOS, following on from 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.

 

The Roles

‘There are no small parts; only small actors’ as the saying goes! Most of the roles (apart from Holmes and Watson) are small in terms of time on stage but are key! In this play, character is everything! So even though a role might be only in one or two scenes it is essential that they are good actors who can build a role with the director. Small role, but a great opportunity.....

Character Gender Age Range Detail of character

Mrs Hudson F 50-70

In 3 key scenes at 221b Baker Street - a key character who is probably the only one who takes on Sherlock successfully.

Dr Mortimer M 30ish

Mortimer is in 5 key scenes, it is him who first tells Sherlock about the legend that is the curse of the Baskervilles.

Sir Henry Baskerville M 30ish

A key role, Henry is heir to the Baskerville fortune and provides the link through the play.

Mr Barrymore M 50 something

Caretaker of Baskerville Hall. He has a hidden secret. Strong character.

Mrs Barrymore F 50 something

Housekeeper of Baskerville Hall. Has a secret about her brother in a key scene.

Jack Stapleton M 30 something

The Villain – a key role; quirky character.

Beryl Stapleton F 30 something

Lead female role; key character.

Inspector Lestrade F 30 something

Appears in in Act Four only – Inspector who helps Sherlock solve the case.

Laura Lyons F 20-40

One scene only – but key and an opportunity to build a memorable character.

 

If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact me - 07877111248 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Jones

Director

 

 

CADOS Present

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written and Directed by Mark Jones

Producer Rebecca Dickinson

AUDITION NOTICE for the roles of Sherlock Holmes & John Watson

Sunday 20th January - 2pm at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Performances

Mon 27-Sat 22 June 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Rehearsals:

Tuesdays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

 

The Play

Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel, my version of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ is set in modern day – in June 2013. The play follows the main plot line of the original novel but has a modern twist. Opening at the end of their last adventure, Sherlock is angry with John Watson who has announced that he is to be married and therefore will no longer be able to partner him on future adventures. Sherlock descends into a drug fuelled existence until his next client – Dr Mortimer - enters 221B Baker Street. Mortimer informs Holmes about the recent death of Charles Baskerville who died at the hands of a ‘gigantic’ hound. Mortimer insists a supernatural cause for the death. Sherlock dismisses this and insists that it will be a natural cause. Mortimer will escort Henry Baskerville, the heir to Baskerville Hall, back to his new home. Mortimer served with Watson in the gulf. Sherlock uses their friendship to entice Watson onto this new case. In taking the case Sherlock dispatches Watson to look after Henry on his journey to Baskerville Hall. At the house, we meet the Barrymores and the Stapletons; and Watson is confronted with strange supernatural ‘goings-on’. Sherlock appears at the house and after initial investigations insists on going out onto the moor to find the hound.... which he does .... and suffers a temporary mental breakdown on seeing the ‘gigantic’ hound! His very existence is challenged as he faces the prospect of having to accept that the supernatural may be at play. Slowly he recovers his determination to disprove the supernatural notion. In true Sherlock style he wraps up the case with the conclusion that it is not a ‘Hound’, but greed and money which are gigantic! At the end he returns to 221B, makes his peace with Watson by giving his blessing to his future wedding, but then returns to a drug fuelled state which reveals the figure of Professor James Moriarty, who has haunted him throughout the case. This is a play about beliefs being challenged. A question of the supernatural versus the natural; about love and loss; about the challenge of the norm and most of all about what is real and what is imaginary. Elementary!!

 

This CADOS production : This audition is for those interested in playing either Sherlock Holmes or John Watson. The audition for the rest of the cast will take place on Sunday 3rd March 2013 at 12pm. Full details of that audition to follow.  I want to cast Holmes and Watson early – ahead of others, as it will help me to complete the script knowing who will be playing the leads, it will also allow the opportunity for some improvisation of scenes (during Feb) and also there will be a need to undertake some filming during Feb/March which will be used in the final production. Rehearsals of the full cast will start from 8th March 2013.

Note – if you do not get cast as Sherlock or Watson it will not prevent you from auditioning again on 3rd March for one of the other parts.

 

The Director

This will be my 8th production for CADOS, following on from ‘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?

 

At the audition you will be asked to improvise a scene between Holmes and Watson – no preparation required. Following this you will be invited to perform the audition piece (below) – you do not need to learn the lines, however, a depiction of your ‘take’ on the character would be required.

 

 

Role(s)

Sex

Age Range

Detail

Sherlock Holmes

M

 

30 something

or

Late 40’s/early 50s

 

 

In the novel Sherlock is aged late 40s/Early 50s... at this stage I have not decided whether to cast at this age or someone aged 30s – I will decide depending on who turns up at the audition.

My take on Sherlock..... A complex character who I see as ......Sarcastic, arrogant, annoying and yet supremely talented and  ..... usually right! His OCD and brilliance outshines his negative qualities. However, he is plagued by the ordinariness of the world and when not solving a case uses drugs to escape into another world. He is quick talking, pensive yet eccentric..... easy part then!

 

Dr John Watson

M

25-35

 

I will definitely be casting Watson as 25-35.

In Sherlock’s shadow Watson appears a mere mortal. Yet it is Watson who keeps Holmes grounded and allows him to shine. They are the perfect double act and my Watson adds more to the solution/conclusion than other depictions would have you believe. He constantly bickers with Sherlock – like an old married couple.

About to be married to Miss Morstan, with whom he is madly in love with, he is nonetheless drawn to his partner in crime.

 

If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact either Mark on 0787 7111248 or via the "Submissions" form on this site.)

 


 

Audition Piece

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Act One

Scene One

Music – Placebo – ‘Running up that Hill’

Curtains open.

Lights up quickly.  Two men standing. A red light bulb in the centre of the room swings from side to side. The men stand - off centre of the light, silhouetted. They have their backs to the audience; the smaller of the two (Dr John Watson) stands behind the other (Sherlock Holmes). The back wall is splattered with blood. Four body bags are situated at the back. The two men are looking at the corpses.

Watson: Well there.  An end to our little drama.

(Long Pause)

Watson: I fear that it may be our last investigation in which I shall have the chance of working with you.

Sherlock: There’ll be others.

Watson: (nervous cough) Miss Morstan has done me the honour of accepting my wedding proposal.

Sherlock: There’ll be others!

Watson: (annoyed) Have you any reason to be dissatisfied with my choice?

Sherlock: It is not about choice!

Watson: This is so intolerable. Why are you being like this?

Sherlock: I am ..... what I am!

Pause

Watson: Look. I have my own life.... to lead.

Sherlock: I know.

Long Pause

Sherlock: And so do I!

Watson: I feel bad.

Sherlock: Why?

Watson: I have got a wife out of this case. What do you get?

Slight Pause.

Sherlock: For me, there will always remain ....... the cocaine-bottle.

Watson: Well that’s not good is it!

Sherlock: It’s about choice!

Pause

Watson: How did you do it?

Sherlock: How did I do what?

Watson: How did you solve this?

Sherlock: Elementary.

Watson: No not elementary. It wasn’t elementary to me. How did you do it?

Sherlock: (turns to face him) How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Watson: (shaking head) I don’t understand it all.

Sherlock: I know you don’t! And that is what separates us and explains why you are only Dr John Watson and I .... am Sherlock Holmes...

Music - Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’ – he walks forward. A single light catches him as he plays a fake violin. On cue from the song he claps his hands. Lights out.

Film – Holmes and Watson – together , filmed on various previous adventures; dissolving into titles for the play; at the end of which, lights up on 221B Baker Street

 

Scene Two.......... (coming soon to a stage near you........!)