Players Auditions for 'Trevor' February 12

Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11:41am

Curtain Players announces details for the Trevor open auditions Sunday February 12. The Nick Jones comedy is the sixth production of the community theatre company’s 2016-2017 season.

DIRECTOR Trevor is the ninth production Michael Fusco has directed for Curtain Players. His credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Over the River and Through the Woods, and The Sunshine Boys. He is a past president (2011-2013) and vice president (2013-2014) of the community theatre.

SYNOPSIS Inspired by true events, Trevor is described as a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee (!). At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly… at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity.

AUDITIONS Auditions for Trevor are Sunday February 12 at the Harlem Road playhouse. Registration begins at 6:30 PM with auditions to begin promptly at 7 o’clock. An audition form may be downloaded by clicking here.

According to Fusco, the audition materials will be sides (cuttings) from the script at least some of which the director will make available in advance of the audition.  Actors auditioning for the role of Trevor will be asked to display their inner chimp… specifically moving about investigating and interacting with visitors as they converse with Sandra (see, for example, pages 11-18 and 42-49 of the script). Actors auditioning for the role of Oliver will be asked to display the movements and mien of this unusual character.

Callbacks are not anticipated.  Even though the director and casting committee will make an effort to accommodate people having a scheduling conflict with the audition date, the opportunity to observe how you interact with other potential cast members is really important.

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. The committee includes a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director’s choosing.

Curtain Players offers the advance script review February 2 so actors can come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production.

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

REHEARSALS Rehearsals for each production begin offsite. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

Dates to note: Week of February 26, read-throughs and table work (2 evenings); March 5 through April 14, rehearsals at a location TBD, Mondays through Thursdays, 7-9:30 pm; April 15, set build; April 16-30: rehearsals at playhouse Mondays through Thursdays, 7-9:30 pm; May 1, cue-to cue tech, time TBD; May 2: tech and dress rehearsal, time TBD; May 3, no rehearsal; May 4, preview; May 5, opening night.

PERFORMANCES Trevor plays at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays May 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 with 2 o’clock matinees Sundays May 14 and 21. A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the May 14 matinee.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Trevor is a 200-lb, 11-year-old chimp- a clever celebrity wannabe struggling against his own nature. This physically-demanding role presents an extraordinary opportunity and challenge for the actor.

Sandra is a middle-aged (late 40’s-early 50’s) widow, Trevor’s “mom,” defender and enabler.

Ashley is a young mother (late 20’s to mid-30’s) of a newborn and next-door neighbor who is uncomfortable around Trevor.

Jim, the county sheriff (age 40 or older) is Sandra’s friend who wants to help Sandra keep Trevor under control.

Oliver, another chimp—far more human than chimp, who dresses and speaks like a sophisticate.

Jerry is a young (20 something) Animal Control Officer who intervenes at Jim’s request and conducts a home visit with Sandra and Trevor.  (The actor who plays Jerry doubles as a Production Assistant for the TV sequences).

Morgan Fairchild, a blonde starlet in her 50’s.