January 10, 2015

Auditions for Enchanted April

By Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

Director – Shari Wassergord

City Theatre of Independence is pleased to announce auditions for its April show, Enchanted April, written by Matthew Barber, based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. Enchanted April is the sweet story of two British housewives who rent a castle in Italy after World War I. It is the kind a play people will leave with a big smile on their faces. Actors will especially enjoy working on these well-developed characters. There are no small parts. Performances are April 2-4 and 10-12, 2015.

Auditions will be held at the Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St., Independence, MO 64050, on January 12th and 13th from 7pm to 9:00pm. Invited callbacks are Wednesday evening, January 14th.

Please bring a picture and resume (if available) and a list of any time conflicts. Auditioners will be asked to read from sides, if you have a one minute monologue, we'd be happy to hear it, but a prepared monologue is not required. You may be asked to read in a English accent.

Rehearsals will typically be scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturday days beginning January 20th.

CASTING: 5 Women, 3 Men

LOTTY: 20′s to early 40′s. A highly imaginative women, she dreams of a better life for herself. Spontanious and willing to say whatever is on her mind,Lotty is looking to discover herself.

ROSE: 20′s to early 40′s. Rose is much more grounded. She is a practical woman who has been disappointed by life.

MELLERSH: 30′s to 40′s. Lotty's husband. He is a lawyer who is very concerned with appearances and advancing his career. Mellersh is used to routines and procedures that make up his day.

FREDERICK: 30′s to 40′s Rose's husband. He former poet who's fallen in love with his new-found fame as a popular novelist. Frederick is a generally cheerful man who has kept the sense of humor his wife has lost.

CAROLINE: 20′s, seems very young. Caroline is a wealthy socialite who is very jaded for her young age. Weary with men's attentions and the constant parties, she has turned to heavy drinking and is looking for an escape.

MRS. GRAVES: 60′s and up. Mrs. Graves is an extremely stuffy woman whose greatest pride is the time she has spent with famous authors and others in power. She walks with a cane and is used to having things done exactly to her specifications.

ANTONY: 20′s-30′s Antony is a bright young man. After fighting in the Great War, he became a painter. He is easily enamored of feminine beauty.

COSTANZA – 50′s and up. Housekeeper who has raised many of her own children as well as Antony. She only speaks in short Italian phrases, which shouldn't be difficult for a non-Italian speaker to learn. She has done physical labor her whole life and still has a lot of energy and physicality. Constanza is a very comedic role because her exasperation with the English characters is very evident.
Actors of all ethnic backgrounds encouraged to audition.

Questions can sent to the director, Shari Wassergord at sharingj@juno.com.

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