AUDITIONS: Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 at 7PM at Four County Players
REHEARSALS: Beginning mid-February, likely three nights a week until closer to opening. Rehearsals will be held in Charlottesville until April, when they will move to the theater.
PERFORMANCES: May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8PM; May 7, 14, 21 at 2:30PM
ABOUT THE PLAY:
In Noel Coward’s classic comedy, a séance goes awry when a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati, summons the ghost of Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who decides to cause some trouble in his current marriage to Ruth. Worldly and un-worldly personalities clash in this hilarious, exciting conclusion to our 44th Season. One of our most-requested shows, Blithe Spirit is sure to stay with you for years to come.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. While we will see anyone who comes to auditions, we would highly prefer that you RSVP to Production Manager, Gary Warwick White (email@example.com), with your name, roles in which you are interested, and which night of audtions you plan to attend.
Director Miller Murray Susen is seeking a strong, diverse cast to fill the following roles:
CHARLES CONDOMINE (male; 40s – 60s), a novelist. Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present.
RUTH CONDOMINE (female; 30s – 60s) Charles’s second wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable.
ELVIRA (female; 30s – 60s), the ghost of Charles’s first wife. Only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different.
MADAME ARCATI (female; 40s – 70s), the local spiritualist and medium. Elderly but spry, and is no fraud. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. The problem is that Madame Arcati cannot figure out how to return Elvira to the other side.
DR. GEORGE BRADMAN (male; 30s – 60s), a good friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the séance. He is entirely skeptical of anything to do with the occult.
VIOLET BRADMAN (female; 30s – 60s), Dr. Bradman’s wife. Simple and naïve, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating.
EDITH (female; 40s – 70s), the maid. Edith plays a smaller part in the bulk of the play but turns out to be a central character.
For more information, contact Director, Miller Murray Susen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Production Manager, Gary Warwick White at email@example.com. Scripts available upon request.
Four County Players is excited to announce AUDITIONS for our upcoming Teen Arts Project (TAP) production of
DANCING WITH MYSELF
by Leanne Griffin
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 5, and Monday, February 6 at 7PM in the Cellar at Four County Players
REHEARSALS: Three nights a week, beginning late February, and increasing to five nights a week closer to opening. Exact schedule TBD based on cast availability.
PERFORMANCES: April 7 & 8 at 8PM; April 9 at 2:30PM
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Goth Girl. Moody Chick. Gamer. Cheerleader. New Kid. Jock. Nerd. Seven high school girls and the labels they’ve been forced to wear. But in this innovative, award-winning one act dramedy, whether it’s sports or a sleepover or the classroom or a school dance or the ups and downs of daily life, they’ll use music as their inspiration to break free of the stereotypes and discover the unique identity they each possess.
Director Jessica Harris is looking for a talented, diverse cast of 7 young ladies ages 12 – 19. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditions are open call, but we would love to know if you are coming — please RSVP to Production Manager, Gary Warwick White, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Director, Jessica Harris, at email@example.com, and let us know which night you’re planning to attend.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
When I first came across Dancing with Myself, I was immediately hooked. Upon reading the title, the first thing that came to mind was the iconic—and somewhat repetitive—Billy Idol song, but to my pleasant surprise, I discovered that Dancing with Myself is a beautiful and poignant short story that deserves to be shared in our community.
While this show centers on 7 female students, their story truly applies to us all. By sharing anecdotes, music, and conversations, the students discover that they are so much than the categories to which they’ve restricted themselves throughout their lives.
We all have stereotypes and boxes to which we confine ourselves or that others force upon us. However, it’s up to each of us to choose whether we continue these ideas and stick with the status quo or craft our own narratives.
One of the best things about Dancing with Myself is the opportunity it provides us—the creative team, the crew, and the actors—to mold this show into our own unique production. Rather than feeling restricted to performing a show that others expect or that has been done thousands of times (looking at you, High School Musical), we have the chance to craft our own play—our own narrative—in the individual character and design choices that each of us will make. Our production of Dancing with Myself is a safe place for us to grow as a unit, hone our skills, and create a beautiful piece of theater in the process.
We’re looking for a cast of 7 individuals who are prepared to expand their skills as performers and explore their character development more deeply. We want actresses who are willing to work hard together to craft this show and have an amazing time doing so!
I’m so thrilled and honored to be directing Dancing with Myself, and cannot wait to share this work with the community. We’ll laugh, we’ll learn, and we’ll create something truly special. Join us for an exciting and wonderful ride. See you at auditions!
Jessica Harris, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Geri Carlson Sauls, Producer: email@example.com
Gary Warwick White, Production Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org