By Neil Simon
Directed By Wayne Sheridan
Sunday 1st July at 2.00 p.m.
Thursday 5th July at 7.30 p.m.
Mel Edison lives in an average New York apartment with his loving wife Edna. He’s got an average job, average clothes, average TV… Life’s just ticking along until the day he gets fired. Money becomes scarce, opportunities for a man chasing 50 are even more scarce and all this in the midst of a 1970’s heatwave when the temperatures roaring and the economy is crashing. Left with no choice but to pace the boards of his shrinking apartment, Mel’s mind begins to fall apart and it’s up to Edna to try and keep it all together.
This fantastic Neil Simon comedy is, for the most part, a great two hander for a couple of skilled performers. It is made all the more relevant today with topics such as mental health, class divide and materialism all bubbling under the surface.
Mel Edison – Male – 40-50 yrs. Very large role.
A neurotic New Yorker who’s hot temper hides his insecurities but even as he loses his mind his wit remains intact throughout. Mel has fallen into his life, he’s happy enough but dreams of something more. Throughout the play he becomes more and more unhinged and unpredictable. His moods swing from anger to empathy in the space of half a page. This is a great role for a performer looking to stretch their range.
Edna Edison – Female – 40-50 yrs. Very large role
She’s a chic but strong-willed woman who can be wife, matron and verbal sparring partner to Mel. Edna is the rock in Mel life. She is always there for him but as he falls apart we see she finds it harder and harder to keep him whole to the point that fractures begin to appear in her own sanity. This role would suit a performer with the ability to play many conflicting emotions beneath a gentle facade.
Harry Edison – Late 50s. Medium role
Mel’s big brother who incurs respect by his very presence. The acting head of the family and the one who got all the breaks, as far as Mel can see. He has an air of authority and superiority but underneath all that there’s a heart of gold… if you can find it!
Pearl, Jessie and Pauline: 40s – 50s. Small roles
Mel and Harry’s sisters. Family-centred, gossips, agony aunts and loyal to a fault. They will always put family first but years of being kept at a distance by Mel and Edna has not gone unnoticed.
PLEASE NOTE: the director will not be using a stage prompt during the performances.
If you have any questions, please contact the director, Wayne, via email@example.com
Written by Graham Linehan, directed by Paul Marshall
Thursday 19th July – 8.00 pm
Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th July – 8.00 pm
Rehearsal nights will be Tuesday and Thursdays starting in early Sept. There will be some Sunday rehearsals. Please note: the years below refer to the ages to be portrayed and are a guide.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if unable to attend audition dates
Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his ruthless gang of criminal misfits rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
MRS LOUISA WILBERFORCE = Old lady. Sweet and unassuming. She has to interact with her parrot, General Gordon. Age: 70 + but female of any age welcome to audition.
PROFESSOR MARCUS = The leader of the group of would-be robbers. Devious yet disarmingly charming. Age: 40+ but again can be aged up.
MAJOR COURTNEY = A typical army type, gone through Eton and Sandhurst “What what”. Age: 50+
HARRY ROBINSON= Young “Spiv” and “teddy boy” type. Age: 20-30
ONE-ROUND = Ex boxer. Unfortunately as his name suggests famous for not winning in the first round. Big guy though and still tough. Age: 30-45
LOUIS HARVEY= The most sinister of the gang with an air of menace and trusting no one. Age 30s to early 50s.
CONSTABLE MACDONALD = Good old fashioned, solid, Bobby. Loves walking the beat and checking up on old ladies who’ll offer him a cuppa. Age: 30-50
MRS JANE TROMLEYTON
A friend of Mrs Wilberforce. Loves tea, cake and gossip. Age: 70+ but again can be aged up.
Mrs Wilberforce’s Guests: 5 Females who attend the musical soirée hosted by Mrs Wilberforce who have non-scripted parts, but make plenty of noise!
Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble their cast.
Theatre 62 holds a read-through ahead of auditions to allow interested auditionees to better familiarise themselves with the play and to meet the Director.
Each Director has her/his own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text, others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both. Auditions can often be a lot of fun, and gives an actor a chance to try out for different parts.
At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars. Most auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to come along and audition. However, if you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 as a Full Member.
Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.