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AUDITION NOTICES



Sunday, August 24, and Monday, August 25, at 7:00pm, at the theater
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
directed by O. P. Hadlock
produced by Jennifer McKenna and Sandy Hotchkiss


The show runs Thursdays thru Sundays, from October 10 – November 1, 2014. Rehearsals start on August 29, 2014

A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave.

NEEDED ARE FOUR MEN AND TWO WOMEN:
Dr. Jekyll – late 30’s-40’s, brilliant physician, compassionate, who’s curiosity brings about his own downfall.
Elizabeth – 20’s-30’s, the love interest of Hyde, drawn to his power, loves Hyde despite who he is.
The Ensemble – three men (20’s, 30’s-40’s, and 50’s-60’s) and one woman (20’s-40’s) to play every other part including all will play Hyde at different times reflecting the different aspects of
Hyde’s personality.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If you have questions for the director, please leave a message on the theatre phone, (619) 422-7787.



Sunday, October 12, and Monday, October 13, at 7:00pm, at the theater
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
by John Van Druten
directed by Bob Christiansen
produced by Desiree Peters

The show runs Thursdays thru Sundays, from November 28 to December 20, 2014. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Tuesday, October 14. Rehearsals will be weekday evenings and start immediately after casting.

It is New York City in the 1950s. Gillian is a beautiful and talented witch, but she is a witch with a conscience, and wonders what life would be like if she were not a witch. For example, could she attract a man without resorting to witchcraft? When she meets the attractive bachelor who lives upstairs in the building she owns, he becomes her goal. But he is engaged, to a woman she knows and dislikes. If she doesn't use witchcraft, she will lose him. If she does, she may never know what it's like to be human. The popular Broadway show was made into a 1958 hit move starring Kim Novak and James Stewart.

Needed are two women and three men. All roles are open.
The script describes the roles as follows:
GILLIAN. She is twenty-seven—-small, alert, direct, very attractive.
SHEP. He is a man of anywhere from thirty-five up, masculine and attractive.
MISS HOLROYD (QUEENIE). She is an odd-looking woman, vague, fluttery and eccentric. When she talks it is in a high, feathery voice, with a trilling little laugh.
NICKY. He is GILLIAN's brother, a little younger, and has an engaging, impish, and somewhat impertinent personality.
REDLITCH. He is a man in the fifties—shambling, messy and slightly drunk.
PYEWACKET. A cat.
Director's comments:
Most people who know this work are familiar with the movie, not the play. The movie is quite loyal to the play, using the general plot and much of the dialog. However, dialog is added to the movie and two characters, who are only spoken about in the play, appear in the film version and are brilliantly portrayed.
Although the character of Gillian is described by the author as 27, the role was played on stage by Lili Palmer, who was 36 when the play opened and 37 when it closed. And considering the fact that a 27-year old in 1950 was generally more sophisticated than a 27-year old today, I am looking for an actor who can play 35. The script makes it clear that Gillian is independent and in command, and is perhaps searching for a meaningful life. Those seriously seeking this important role should request further guidance from the director before auditioning.
Shep is a good, educated man. He is as clueless about women as the average man.
Queenie (Miss Holroyd) is Gillian's aunt. She is also a witch but not a very good one. The script makes it clear that she is at various times giggly, pouting, adventurous, and frightened. Her feelings are easily hurt. In other words, she is a little girl in a 60-year old body. She should get the majority of the laughs in this romantic comedy.
Nicky is also a witch (warlock) with more skill than Queenie but likely jealous of his sister's witchy prowess. For Nicky, life is about having fun, nothing more, and being a warlock makes it more fun.
Redlitch truly believes that witches exist, but doesn't recognize one when they are right in front of him. A strong character actor can have fun with this role.
The part of Pyewacket has been pre-cast.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The time from auditions to opening is short. Therefore, those with significant schedule conflicts with rehearsal times will not be cast. If you have questions for the director, please email candle@onstageplayhouse.org or leave a message on the theatre phone, (619) 422-7787.