April 22, 2014

Auditions for NOISES OFF in May for The Barn Players!


By Michael Frayn
Directed by Bill Pelletier

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4, 2014
2:00pm – 5:00pm
at St. Pius School
5500 Woodson Road, Mission, KS 66202

Please provide: Headshot and resume
Strong comedic timing and physical comedy skills are a plus.

Auditions will be an open call both days, and will consist of cold readings from the script with a few minutes to prepare before reading each scene (sides will be provided at the audition).
Please be familiar with the show. No callback is planned for this production. If possible, plan to arrive on time and remain for the duration of the scheduled audition time until dismissed. Those auditioning are not required to attend both days of auditions, but may do so if desired.

ACCENTS!: The British dialect will be used for all characters in this production. Please come prepared to audition with this dialect.
Rehearsals will begin with a table read Sunday, June 1st at 7:00pm at St. Pius School. Rehearsals will be held at the school until moving into the Barn space on Sunday, June 22nd. The typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week (July 13-17).

Actors cast should be willing to arrive at the first rehearsal with a very clear understanding of the dialogue, their roles, and a head start on memorization of lines.

Additional Notes: Cast members are required to assist with strike after the final matinee on Sunday, August 3rd. Cast members may also be asked to assist with some costume pieces.
Casting will tentatively be announced by Monday, May 5th

July 18th – August 3rd, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm.
Industry Night performance: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:30pm.

All performances take place at…
The Barn Players, 6219 Martway, Mission, KS

Called the funniest farce ever written, this play presents a manic menagerie of characters as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a farce called "Nothing On".
Doors slamming, onstage and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Act One is set at the dress rehearsal the night before opening with the cast still fumbling with entrances and exits, missed cues, misspoken lines, and bothersome props, most notably several plates of sardines.
In Act Two, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that reveals the deteriorating personal relationships among the cast that have led to offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam.
In Act Three, we see a performance near the end of the ten-week run when personal friction has continued to increase. The actors attempt to cover up a series of mishaps but only compound the problems and draw attention to the bungling performance.

5M – 4F (special physical consideration and wardrobe disclosures included):

LLOYD DALLAS – The director of Nothing On, the farce that the characters in Noises Off are attempting to perform. Lloyd is passionate, suave, and extremely harried. He has a hot temper which he barely manages to keep in check (most of the time) as he watches his production go from bad to worse to disaster.

DOTTY OTLEY / MRS. CLACKETT – A (rather) aging prima donna. Her money is funding the production. She has a great deal of trouble remembering her lines, blocking, and props. Capable of using spite or self-pity to get her way. Plays the part of Mrs. Clackett the housekeeper for the Brent's home in England.

GARRY LEJEUNE / ROGER TRAMPLEMAIN – Means well. Believes in the theatre. Tries to keep the show going and everyone's morale up, but often has trouble finishing his sentences. His good nature is replaced with jealously when he believes Dotty has begun carrying on with Frederick. Plays the part of Roger, a real estate agent who is attempting to rent the house, but uses it for a place to have an affair with Vicki. Physical note: Falls down a flight of stairs onstage and must maneuver with shoelaces tied together.

BROOKE ASHTON / VICKI – Young and sexy, but a terrible actress. Incapable of taking direction. Spacey and tuned-out whether onstage or off. Blind as a bat without her contacts, which have a tendency to pop out at bad times. She plays the part of Vicki who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger. Wardrobe note: Spends a majority of the show in skimpy lingerie.

POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR - The assistant stage manager of Nothing On. Overworked and often on the verge of tears. Works frantically to keep the show from completely falling apart, a hopeless (and thankless) task.

FREDERICK FELLOWES / PHILIP BRENT / SHEIKH – A neurotic, bumbling actor who is filled with self-doubt. A sweet man. Not the brightest bulb in the box. Always has a thousand questions about his lines and blocking. Violence and blood upset him, causing him to get nosebleeds. He plays the part of Phillip Brent who is currently a tax exile living in Spain with his wife Flavia. He also plays the part of Sheikh who is interested in renting the home and is the spitting image of Phillip. Physical note: Must ascend a staircase with trousers around his ankles.

BELINDA BLAIR / FLAVIA BRENT – An experienced actress who is positive, reliable, and charming. A goodhearted busybody, who knows all the gossip about the company. She attempts to keep the show going as it unravels. She plays the part of Flavia, Philip's dependable wife.

TIM ALLGOOD – The company's long-suffering stage manager who is completely exhausted and sleep-deprived. He is responsible for an inhuman number of tasks and is the understudy for multiple roles in Nothing On.

SELSDON MOWBRAY / BURGLAR - A cheerful, elderly, alcoholic who forgets his lines and misses his entrances. The entire cast attempts to keep him from getting his hands on a bottle. Panic reigns when he cannot be found at all. He plays the part of an elderly burglar breaking into the Brent's home.

For more information, please contact Bill Pelletier, Director, at actorbill@hotmail.com.

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