Theater auditions: ‘Noises Off’

Here’s an audition notice for another production of Noises Off, this one in DeLand:

SANDS THEATER COMPANY
Audition Notice
Noises Off
By Michael Frayn

Sands Theater Company will hold open auditions for “Noises Off” on Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10 at the Athens Theatre at 7 P.M. The Athens Theatre is located at 124 N. Florida Avenue in downtown DeLand.

Performances will be January 21, 22, 23*, 27, 28, 29, 30* and February 4, 5, 6* at the Athens.

All shows start at 7:30 P.M. except for Sunday matinees*, which are at 2:30 P.M.

Noises Off is a 1982 play by English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it was born in 1970, when Frayn was standing in the wings watching a performance of Chinamen, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. According to the playwright, “It was funnier from behind than in front and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind.”

For questions please contact: sandstheaterco@gmail.com

Rehearsals will begin in mid December rehearsals held 4 to 5 times per week. Rehearsals will be held at Athens Theater Annex located at 108 N. Florida Avenue, near the theater. The last two weeks of rehearsals will be held in the Athens Theater.

NOTES/WHAT TO BRING: Have resume/headshot. Audition will consist of cold readings. If you would like to offer a monologue not to exceed 3 minutes in length it will be heard.

PLEASE NOTE: No appointments. Sign-ins are accepted starting at 6:30 P.M. Auditions will begin at 7:00 PM. Actors will be seen in the order in which they arrive.

CHARACTERS:

  • LLOYD DALLAS – The director of Nothing On, the play that the characters in Noises Off are attempting to perform. Lloyd is passionate, suave, hot-tempered, and extremely harried. His show is about to open and it is not going well . . . Carrying on with both Brooke and Poppy, which adds to his stress.
  • DOTTY OTLEY – A (rather) aging prima donna. Her money is funding the show. She’s somewhat on auto-pilot onstage, and is having a great deal of trouble remembering her lines, blocking, and props. Capable of using spite or self-pity to get her way… Carrying on with the much younger Garry.
  • GARRY LEJEUNE – Means well. Believes in The Theatre. Tries to keep the show going and everyone’s morale up, but often has trouble finishing his sentences. Extremely flustered. His good nature is replaced with jealously when he believes Dotty has begun carrying on with Frederick.
  • BROOK ASHTON – Young and sexy, but a terrible actress. Incapable of taking direction. Spacey and tuned-out – whether onstage or off. Blind as a bat without her contacts, which have a tendency to pop out at bad times. Carrying on with Lloyd, which is how she got her part in the show . . .
  • POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR – The assistant stage manager of Nothing On. Overworked and often on the verge of tears. Works frantically to keep the show from completely falling apart, a hopeless (and thankless) task. Carrying on with Lloyd. There’s something she hasn’t told Lloyd yet . . .
  • FREDERICK FELLOWES – A neurotic actor. Bumbling and filled with self doubt. A sweet man. Not the brightest bulb in the box. Always has a thousand questions about his lines and blocking. Violence and blood upset him, causing him to faint or get nosebleeds.
  • BELINDA BLAIR – An experienced actress. Always positive and reliable. Charming. A goodhearted busybody, who knows all the gossip about the company. Attempts to keep the show going when it begins to unravel.
  • TIM ALLGOOD – The company stage manager. Long-suffering. Exhausted and completely sleep-deprived. Responsible for an inhuman amount of tasks and forced to understudy everybody.
  • SELSDON MOWBRAY – Cheerful. Elderly. Alcoholic. The entire cast attempts to keep him from getting his hands on a bottle. Forgets lines. Misses entrances. Causes the company to panic when he cannot be found at all.

For questions please contact: sandstheaterco@gmail.com

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