By Clare Boothe Luce
Director: Lorraine Spencely
Monday 16th January at 7.45 p.m.
Friday 20th January at 7.45 p.m.
Sunday 22nd January at 2.30 p.m.
Performance Dates Monday 1st – Saturday 6th May 2017
Please note 1st May is a Bank Holiday so there will be dress and tech rehearsals over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The 1939 American comedy, The Women is an acid commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various rich, bored wives and other women they come into contact with. Throughout The Women, not a single male is seen, although the males are much talked about, and the theme is the women’s relationships with them. The plot revolves around Mary Haines the wealthy, contented wife of Stephen, the various women in her life and the effect of jungle red nail varnish.
The main characters are listed below but there are many more which can be doubled or even tripled. I am a firm believer in “there are no small parts, only small actors”. Each part contributes to the play and portrays an aspect of womankind.
American accents are preferred but the 1930’s was a time of great immigration from Europe to American.
We are looking for a diverse range of women.
- Sylvia Fowler – the gossip
- Nancy Blake – the writer
- Peggy Day – the newly married wife
- Edith Potter – the earth mother
- May Haines – the women living in a fool’s paradise
- Countess de Lage – the much married woman
- Miss Fordyce – the nanny
- Little Mary – the daughter (would suit an actress who has a ‘younger look’)
- Mrs Morehead – the mother of Mary Haines
- Crystal Allen – the mistress
- Lucy – Ranch owner
- Miriam Aarons – the Broadway performer
- Olga – the manicurist with the jungle red nail varnish
Smaller roles are sales girls, dowager, debutante, cook, exercise instructress, hairdresser
If you have any questions, or cannot attend the auditions, please contact Lorraine via firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble the cast. Each Director has his/her 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. If you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 (for a small fee) as a Full Member.
Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.