Do You Want to be a Leading Lady?

Leading Ladies Auditions

Production: Leading Ladies

Auditions: Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. Director: Jeff Horger

Location:  Om

Synopsis: A farce set in the 1950s. When a couple of low-rent English actors hit a low point in their careers, they concoct a scheme to swindle an inheritance out of an old lady in York, Pennsylvania. They are willing to do whatever it takes to close the deal, even if it means posing as her long-lost nieces in the process. A colorful group of supporting characters hinders their progress through counter-schemes, general confusion and even romance.

NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Dress comfortably, but not for the part. We have a fabulous costume department that will take care of our wardrobe needs. Right now we’re just looking for actors who can create characters and live in them truthfully. This will be a time for actors to show off their ability to act, not to prove their level of comfort in any particular style of dress. Auditions will include scenes with Leo and Jack dressed both as men and as women, so any type of attire is equally appropriate.

Roles:

Note: Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition

LEO CLARK – (Late-20s to Mid-40s, male) A failed Shakespearean actor in search of fame and fortune. If not the lead actor, he is certainly the stronger presence in Clark and Gable’s two-man theatre troupe. Confident and scheming in his day-to-day life, and no less so when he masquerades as Maxine. The roles of Leo and Jack require solid comedic skills and a strong middle-class British dialect. The role of Leo has a lot of heavy lifting to do in regards to dialect, as it contains the portrayal of an actor of two separate genders both on stage and off.

JACK GABLE – (Mid-20s to Mid-30s, male) Leo’s second banana. A little more naïve than Leo and a lot more nervous about their get-rich-quick scheme. He masquerades as Stephanie, who is deaf and mute. He spends most of the play in a state of either blatant frustration or a concentrated effort to hide his frustration. The roles of Leo and Jack require solid comedic skills and a strong middle-class British dialect.

MEG SNIDER – (Late-20s to Late-30s, female) A local woman with big dreams. She is serious, smart and concerned with the current state of the universe, but she is not aggressive, mean or rash. She is kind, warm and has a great sense of humor – the kind of woman you want to take home to meet your parents.

AUDREY – (Early-20s, female) an extremely sweet, good-natured and very talkative young woman. She is strikingly beautiful, but doesn’t realize it. This role requires roller skating.

DOC MYERS – (Late-40s to Early-60s, male) A local doctor and head of the local Moose Lodge. A likeable curmudgeon who dispenses more smart aleck comments than sage wisdom. Sort of a “salt of the earth” type. He is “as proud as can be expected” of his son Butch.

FLORENCE SNIDER – (Early-60s to Mid-70s) A crotchety old woman with a whole lot of money and very little hearing capability. She has been the matriarch of the family for several decades and is used to being the center of attention, if not the universe.

DUNCAN WOOLEY – (Mid-30s to Early-40s, male) a local minister who is engaged to Meg. He’s not a villain, but he is the character you would probably enjoy spending time with the least. He is not particularly likeable, even though he might be a good man at heart. He is a bit fussy, a bit compulsive and a bit absent-minded.

BUTCH MYERS – (Early -20s to Early-30s, male) A loveable meathead. A former high school football player and current blue collar laborer, he is a bit of a blunt instrument. He’s a bit slow on the uptake, but he is honest, sincere and a generally pleasant person to be around. This role doubles as Frank, a member of the Moose Lodge.

Requirements:

What to bring: • All contact information, personal schedules, and a list of rehearsal conflicts with which to fill out the audition form. • A recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

Show Dates: April 14 – May 7, 2017

Location: Omaha Community Playhouse | Hawks Mainstage Theatre | 6915 Cass Street | Omaha, NE 68132

Contact: For more information, contact Jeannine Robertson, jrobertson@omahaplayhouse.com, at (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.

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