Auditions for “STEEL MAGNOLIAS”:

“STEEL MAGNOLIAS”
By Robert Harling
Directed by Melanie Del Sole

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17 2020

AUDITION DATES:
Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm & Monday March 9, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive.

Call backs, if needed, are scheduled for Tuesday March 10, 2020
Please be prepared to read from the script. Sides will be provided at the auditions.

Auditions, rehearsals & performances held at The Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 West Main Street, Meriden.

SYNOPSIS: The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on their underlying strength.

Seeking:Women ages 18 to 60(these are playing ages)

Please see character breakdown below

(Please note – the role of Ouiser has been cast)

Roles:

Truvy: Female, 40 – 50

Owner of a small-town beauty shop. Full of energy, she knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. She has a huge heart and in her way, is looking out for all that enter her shop. She always has advice for you, and that advice often comes in the form of country sayings. Truvy is also a dreamer, she lets herself believe that she would like the adventure that another place could bring, but in reality, she’s the loyal glue that holds this small family of friends together.

Annelle: Female, 20 – 25

 A very shy “hair-dresser” – well, in truth, new to hairdressing, but hopeful of a future. She’s the outsider. We meet Annelle when she is down on her luck and at her lowest point. Her husband has run off and has taken her car and money. She’s behind on rent and at a loss as to her next move. She’s earnest to a fault, and over the course of the show shifts from a very soft-spoken person, to a bible-loving Christian with her heart on her sleeve, to a young woman who understands who these ladies are and trusts herself enough to begin to wield a humor of her own.

Clairee: Female, 60’s

Widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. Bit of the Grande Dame. She is wealthy and also knows everyone’s business. She uses gossip like currency in this town. She is the sarcastic member of the group. She loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things that others cry over, she’d be great company at a funeral. She loves the local high school football team, and she has…um….let’s say a bit of a sweet tooth.

M’Lynne: Female, 50-55

Mother of Shelby. She is over-protective at times and finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world at all times. She is a busy woman who worries too much for her age, never gossips, and wants what is best for her family. One suspects that she was Shelby when she was younger and, as we so often do, now tries to use her experience to save Shelby from making the same mistakes. Of course, the tighter that she hangs on to Shelby, the more rebellious her daughter is. M’Lynne’s the pillar of support for others, but hasn’t had to reach out for support for herself very often. She keeps a tight council (will not gossip), and possesses much of the steel in the play’s title, until her daughter’s death cracks her. Everybody in Truvy’s shop helps her to pick up the pieces.

Shelby: Female, 20’s

A diabetic young lady, who is very much her mother’s daughter. Folks say that she’s the prettiest girl in town, and she is, but she’s so much more. She’s smart, confident, has an absolute sense of who she is, and loves naturally being the center of every room that she’s in. She has a great sense of humor and revels in the power of youth. She’s hungry for life, and wants to make her own mistakes. She aspires to her mother’s toughness, but rebels against her protection. Her own vulnerability frustrates her. Shelby’s favorite colors are pink and pink, and she wields pink like a shaft of iron.

Ouiser (“Weezer”): This role has been cast

*Researching the script and characters is highly recommended.*

Schedule:

Rehearsals will begin March 16th Rehearsals will run for 2 -3 nights per week, plus Sundays

TENTATIVE rehearsal schedule: Sundays 2:00 – 6:00, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00– third weeknight will be added in April Please bring your calendar to the auditions so you can note any conflicts at that time.

Please email CastleCraigPlayers@gmail.com with any questions!

Castle Craig Players does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, creed, religious or sexual preferences, political or social affiliations or nationality – and has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment in our environment.

Auditions for “SWEENEY TODD”:

“SWEENEY TODD”
Music & Lyrics By Stephan Soundheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Ian Galligan

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 31, August 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14 & 15, 2020

AUDITION DATES:
Sunday, May 31 & Monday June 1, 2020
*CHECK BACK FOR AUDITION REQUIREMENTS & MATERIALS!*

Auditions, rehearsals & performances held at The Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 West Main Street, Meriden.

SYNOPSIS: To celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday – and the 40th anniversary of the original Broadway production, we are proud to present this gothic musical tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber who returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun! The winner of eight Tony Awards, this tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world!

*Researching the script and characters is highly recommended.*

Please email CastleCraigPlayers@gmail.com with any questions!

Castle Craig Players does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, creed, religious or sexual preferences, political or social affiliations or nationality – and has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment in our environment.