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Leading Ladies

by Ken Ludwig

Auditions

Leo J. Welder for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm

Performance Dates

  • Thursday, April 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, April 20 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 22 - 2:00 pm

About the Show

From the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo - Set in Pennsylvania in 1958, this farce centers on two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable. Through a newspaper, they discover that Florence, an ailing women, has been searching for Max and Steve, her sister's children who moved to England as children. Florence wants to include them in her multi-million dollar inheritance. Jack and Leo decide to pose as Max and Steve to claim the money. When they discover that "Max" and "Steve" are actually "Maxine" and "Stephanie", they continue on...in drag.

"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt." - Houston Press

Audition Requirements

Auditions are open to all. Newcomers are welcome—no experience necessary!  Scripts are usually available for rental from the theatre office. There is a brief excerpt from the script available online.  You will be asked to read from sides, but the director also may ask for more from the script.  Information regarding general age or any physical character requirements is below.

You will be asked to complete an audition form that includes past stage experience, contact information and your schedule. Please know your possible rehearsal conflicts.  Actors are expected to be at every technical rehearsal (see below) and at every performance. No exceptions.

During your audition, the director will be considering you in the context of the play being cast. The director will be listening to your vocal quality, assessing your stage presence and projection, and observing your movement. Be prepared to answer questions from the director.

You will be notified by email a few days after auditions whether you are cast or not. If you are not cast, remember everyone who has ever auditioned, including most directors, knows the anxiety of auditioning and the pain of not being cast. Don’t let it discourage you from attending future auditions or taking advantage of the many other volunteer opportunities available to you.  

Character Breakdown
All roles are open

Total Cast- 5 men (ages 20-60) & 3 women (ages 20-60)
Ages are approximate and will depend on audition turnout. The only importance is that Florence is old and Doc is old enough to be Butch's father.

  • Meg (Early 30s) - Local girl, vivacious, warm, great sense of humor. Has unfulfilled dreams of the great big world outside of central Pennsylvania she has yet to experience. Engaged to Duncan
  • Duncan (Early 40s) - Local minister, engaged to Meg. A good man, but fussy, headstrong, egocentric
  • Leo (Early 40s) - A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England (English accent required), marginally gifted, charming yet mildly pompous, prone to temper tantrums, longs to achieve stardom…(appears in drag)
  • Jack (Late 30s to Early 40s) - A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England (English accent required), Leo’s partner, easily dragged into Leo’s harebrained schemes, nice guy, longs to settle down…(appears in drag)
  • Audrey (Early 20s) - A well-built, extremely sweet and good-natured, an “intelligent airhead.” Audrey roller-skates. Dating Butch
  • Florence (60+) - : An extremely crusty old lady, terrible eyesight, wealthy, wily, ailing… or hypochondriac?
  • Doc(Mid 50s) - Local doctor, Chief Moose, likeable curmudgeon, boisterous, stocky, father to Butch
  • Butch(Early 20s) - A little slow on the uptake, built like he played high school football, sincere, good-hearted. Doc's son.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals begin Sunday, March 3, 2018 and are typically scheduled Sunday through Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. This seems like a long time, but Easter weekend and Spring Break are taking place during this time, so the rehearsal schedule is long in order to be flexible.

A detailed schedule, with dates and times and those REQUIRED to be at rehearsals, will be provided throughout the rehearsal process. Should conflicts arise – actors are asked to contact their stage manager immediately. The success of the production is impacted by the attendance, discipline and accountability of all cast and crew at all scheduled rehearsals and performances

Technical Rehearsals
(Production week) begin Sunday, April 15 and will be nightly until opening on April 19. The entire cast is required to be at all technical rehearsals.

Strike
                Sunday, April 22, 2018

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