Borderline Players will hold audition s for its spring and fall shows on Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4, 2020 at the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line, Vt.
The first production of the season will be the classic comedy Noises Off! by Michael Frayn and directed by Steve Gonyaw. Performances are May 8-9-10 and 15-16-17, 2020 at the Haskell Opera House
This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night and a performance towards the end of a run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Noises Off is a backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!
Cast: 5M, 4F
A late-middle-aged actress. Plays Mrs. Clackett, the housekeeper for the Brents' home in England in Nothing On.
The director of a play-within-the-play, called Nothing On.
A stuttering actor, easily fired up. Plays Roger, the estate agent looking to let the Brent's house in Nothing On.
A young inexperienced actress. Plays Vicki, who works for the tax authorities and is trying to woo Roger in Nothing On.
Assistant Stage Manager.
Has a serious fear of violence and blood. Plays Phillip Brent, who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit in Nothing On.
Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. Plays Flavia, Philip Brent's wife, who is dependable, though not one for household duties in Nothing On.
An over-worked Stage Manager.
Elderly and with actorly mannerisms. Plays Selsdon, a burglar and an old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents' house in Nothing On.
The fall production will be a comedy-drama, The Tin Woman, by Sean Grennan and directed by Benjamin Tabah. Performances are slated for October 16-17-18 and 23-24-25, 2020 at the Haskell Opera House.
Reeling in the wake of an unexpected heart transplant, Joy finds herself drawn to contact the donor’s family. A tempestuous meeting ensues resulting in a roller coaster of tears, laughter and healing. An intimate and poignant play that explores the power of human connection.
Cast: 4F, 2M
JOY (F, 25-40, lead)
Joy has received a life-saving heart transplant but is conflicted about what to do with her new life. An opportunity to explore depression, sarcastic self-elevation.
JACK (M, 30-40, supporting)
Jack donated his heart to Joy. Single, fashionably hipster-ish. Requires a male with strong stage presence, incredible patience and subtle variations; his contribution to the show should be immense even though he doesn’t often speak.
ALICE (F, 60+, supporting)
Jack’s mother grieving the loss of her son while trying to hold her family and her marriage together. Solid, loving, has an enduring presence, is crucial to the momentum of the play.
HANK (M, 60+, supporting)
Jack’s father and Alice’s husband, nearing retirement. Can be quite abrasive, with simmering anger as he supresses his own grief.
SAMMY (F, 20-40, supporting)
Jack’s sister and daughter of Alice and Hank. A pre-school teacher, somewhat flakey, lets emotions get the better of her. A fun, comedic role.
NURSE/DARLA (F, 20-70, supporting)
An enjoyable small couple of roles for a comedic actor who excels at characterization.
Borderline Players' summer musical will be announced soon, with auditions at a later date.
Auditions are January 3-4, 2020
@ First Universalist Parish Hall, Derby Line, VT
Audition reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Showtimes are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays with Sunday matinees at 2:00pm.
$15 adults (18-64)
$12 seniors (65+)
NOTE: Online tickets available for purchase through Catamount Arts (US funds).
Tickets available at the MAC Center in Newport as well as the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead. (There may be some left at the door the day of the show but best to buy early.)
Ticket info and reservations, contact: email@example.com.
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