Script Review: November 9, 2017

Audition: November 19, 2017

Lettice and Lovage

by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Hal Houston

Synopsis

A warm and charming comedy from the author of Amadeus and Equus about a flamboyant tour guide consigned to the "dullest castle in England" who embellishes its history until she is confronted by her fact-conscious boss.

Meet the Director

Hal Houston is happy to join Curtain Players in its 55th anniversary season. While this is his first Columbus area production, he comes to Curtain Players with a BA in Theatre Directing from California State University, Long Beach, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. He has over 30 years experience in acting and directing, with his favorite productions so far being The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd.

Performance Dates

Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2018 at 8:00pm
Feb. 18 & 25, 2018 at 2:00pm

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the February 18 matinee.

When

Where

Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

What to Expect at the Script Review

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

What to Expect at Auditions

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. In the event that someone wishing to audition is not available to attend on the appointed date, an early audition may be requested of the director. The early audition will be granted solely at the director's discretion.

The request for an early Lettice and Lovage audition must be made no later than Sunday November 5.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals

Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

Character Descriptions

This is a British play and everyone auditioning must have a believable British dialect. Those auditioning MUST read with a British dialect to be considered.
The director will cast based on the audition, regardless of race.

These roles are available for this production of Lettice and Lovage:

  • Lettice Douffet – A lady in middle life working as a tour guide in the most boring castle in all of England. She has a natural theatricality, exuberance and boldness and suppressing them is nearly impossible. Big is not big enough, but she's always authentic.
  • Lottie Schoen – A severe looking middle-aged woman who is direct, pragmatic and has no tolerance for fools. She must be strong enough to be a formidable foil for Lettice.
  • Mr. Bardolph – A middle-aged lawyer who is very dry and utterly professional.
  • Miss Framer – Miss Schoen's refined but nervous assistant, her age is unimportant.
  • Surly Man – He is surly. What more is there to say? He may be cast with the same actor who plays Bardolph.
  • Tourists – A group of four or five visitors to Fustian House. The tourists appear in four scenes, and they are different in each of the scenes. Bardolph and Framer will be part of the tourists.