Auditions Taking Steps

Quannapowitt Players holding auditions for our first production of  the 2018-19 Season!

Alan Ayckbourn’s TAKING STEPS.

Produced & Directed by Gordon Ellis & David Fisher
Stage Management by Monica Bruno

Audition dates: Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19  at 7-10 PM

Auditions are open to all who are interested and will consist of readings from the script No appointment is necessary. Copies of the audition sides will be made available prior to the auditions by contacting the directors at gordonellis72@gmail.com or davidefisher@email.com.

Production dates:

September 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 12 & 13 (8 PM) and October 7 (2 PM)

In Alan Ayckbourn’s British farce, the marriage of self-made bucket magnate Roland Crabbe and his ex-dancer wife Elizabeth is falling apart almost as rapidly as the aging English estate that he is determined to purchase, although in the case of his marriage – he doesn’t know it. While Elizabeth’s brother Mark tries to keep his sister from making yet another relationship mistake (while simultaneously repairing his own crumbling engagement), Roland’s inexperienced solicitor shows up to help negotiate the final details of the impending sale, a task which may just be over his head, especially when dealing with the home’s current (and unscrupulous) owner. Oh, and did we mention the house may be haunted by the ghost of a 19th century prostitute? A classic Ayckbourn comedy in which all the action in the three-story mansion takes place on a single playing surface.

Note: The play involves a great deal of physical comedy and auditioners will asked to display elements of this. As a result they are encouraged to prepare accordingly, both physically and in choice of wardrobe.

CHARACTER LISTING

(Ages are as suggested by the script. The directors consider the ages flexible.)

ELIZABETH (female, early 30’s) ~ A former professional dancer of debatable skill. Used to having her way and being the center of attention, although she claims to find it exhausting. Unsure about whether to leave her husband.

ROLAND (male, 40’s) ~ Elizabeth’s husband. A self-made man of upper middle-class means and a functioning alcoholic. Fancies himself as the smartest guy in the room while simultaneously being inattentive to what’s happening in it.

MARK (male, late 30’s) ~ Elizabeth’s brother. Reasonable enough chap, except when it comes to his dream of repairing his broken engagement to Kitty and opening a fishing tackle shop.

KITTY (female, late 20’s) ~ Mark’s former fiancé, she left him at the altar rather than be trapped in the pursuit of his dreams. Unwittingly returned to his side after an arrest for suspected prostitution. A restless soul who is not strong at communicating her feelings.

TRISTRAM (male, early 20’s) ~ Roland’s solicitor. Young, eager, and pleasant. He has a knack for getting himself into awkward situations made worse by his inability to speak coherently when he’s flustered.

LESLIE (gender flexible, late 30’s) ~ Local handyman. Owner of the house who is desperate to sell in order to avoid financial ruin. Of morally flexible character.

  

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