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Audition Notice for: The Curious Savage

by: John Patrick

Director: Glen Walker


Audition Dates

June 5th and 6th at 7:00 PM and June 7th at 2:00 PM

Production Dates

September 26th to October 11th

Audition Location

Gwen Brown Studio at the PTG Guildhall, 364 Rogers St, Peterborough, ON
Enter the Guildhall through the backdoor nearing the parking lot.

Cast

The Residents

Florence Williams: (20s-40s) The elegant "mother" of The Cloisters, she believes she has a five-year-old son named John Thomas; in fact, John Thomas is a doll. During Mrs. Savage's stay at The Cloisters, Florence believes that John Thomas has the measles.
Fairy May: (early 20s) Fairy is a compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She is unkempt throughout the play, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. She is also very child-like, behaving and speaking in the tone of a six year old.
Jeffrey: (20s-30s) Once a military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. He plays the piano, but is too shy to do so around other people. He is also married to Miss Willie, but does not remember that he is. Miss Willie works at the Cloisters in the hopes that one day Jeffrey will remember her.
Hannibal: (20s-40s) Hannibal, once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully.
Mrs. Paddy: (40s-50s) Mrs. Paddy paints with the quality of Hannibal's violin playing. She paints only seascapes, which strikes Hannibal as "odd, because she's never seen the ocean." The other patients say that Mrs. Paddy stopped talking when her husband told her to "shut up" one day, and she hasn't spoken since. She only speaks to announce what she hates. She hates "everything in the world." She has given up electricity for Lent and turns off all the lights multiple times throughout the play, causing mayhem.

The Savages

Titus: Sent so many threatening letters that he is listed by Western Union as a "tangible asset," Titus is the least popular senator in congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct.
Lily Belle: Lily Belle was once married to a Slovak prince, and has remarried five times since then. A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured.
Samuel: Samuel has the distinction of being the judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S. He walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down by his siblings.
Mrs. Ethel P. Savage: Ethel is a crafty but kindhearted woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity. The events of the play are centered around her and her decision to hide the money which she has inherited from her late husband in an attempt to make her children look on others with more kindness. She dislikes her stepchildren, but learns to love the residents of The Cloisters.

The Staff

Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
Miss "Willie" Wilhelmina: Miss Willie is an administrative assistant and nurse. She is married to Jeff, but pretends not to be because he doesn't remember her. He is the reason she is working here, but she is nonetheless extremely kind and understanding towards all the residents of The Cloisters. Though exceedingly kind to Jeff.

The Story

Mrs. Savage is being hounded by her greedy step-children who want her money. She wants to give it away. So they have her committed to a "home" where she meets some "quirky", lovable and amusing characters. What happens next? See a synopsis of the play

PreAudition Preparation

For perusal scripts, contact Glen Walker at (705) 743-0831.



Audition Notice for: Twelve Angry Jurors

By: Reginald Rose, Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel.

Director: Keith Smith


Audition Dates

July 15th and 17th at 7:00 PM and July 19th at 2:00 PM

Production Dates

Oct 31st to Nov. 15th

Synopsis

Twelve Angry Jurors is a mixed cast presentation of the classic, Twelve Angry Men.

Setting - 1954, late summer in a court jury room

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place­and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing."

But personal it is, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men and women.

The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it, in tense scenes, add up to a fine, mature piece of classic, dramatic theatre. Reginald Rose’s drama, Twelve Angry Men ends with the jury agreeing that there is enough reasonable doubt to warrant an acquittal. The defendant is deemed “not guilty” by a jury of his peers. However, the playwright never reveals the truth behind the case. Did they save an innocent man from the electric chair? Did a guilty man go free? The audience is left to decide for themselves.

Audition Location

Gwen Brown Studio at the PTG Guildhall, 364 Rogers St, Peterborough, ON Enter the Guildhall through the backdoor nearing the parking lot.

Cast

Instead of organizing the jurors in numeric order, the characters are listed in the order they decide to vote in favour of the defendant.

Juror #8:

Thoughtful and generally thought of as the most heroic member of the jury, he (she) votes “not guilty” during the jury’s first vote. He is devoted to justice, and is initially sympathetic toward the 19-year-old defendant. At the beginning of the play, when every other juror has voted guilty he is the only one to vote: “not guilty.” Juror #8 spends the rest of the play urging the others to practice patience, and to contemplate the details of the case.

Juror #9:

Described in the stage notes as a “mild, gentle old man, defeated by life and waiting to die.” Despite this bleak description, he/she is the first to agree with Juror #8, deciding that there is not enough evidence to sentence the young man to death. Also, during Act One, Juror #9 is the first to openly recognize Juror #10’s racist attitude, stating that, “What this man says is very dangerous.”

Juror #5:

This young person is nervous about expressing his opinion, especially in front of the elder members of the group. He/she grew up in the slums. He/she has witnessed knife-fights, an experience that will later help other jurors form an opinion.

Juror #11:

As a refugee from Europe, Juror #11 has witnessed great injustices. That is why he/she he is intent on administering justice as a jury member. He/she sometimes feels self-conscious about his/her foreign accent. He/she conveys a deep appreciation for democracy and America’s legal system.

Juror #2:

He/she is the most timid of the group. Juror #2 is easily persuaded by the opinions of others, and cannot explain the roots of his opinions.

Juror #6:

Described as an “honest but dull-witted man,” Juror #6 is a house painter by trade. He/she is slow to see the good in others, but eventually agrees with Juror #8.

Juror #7:

A slick and sometimes obnoxious salesman, Juror #7 admits during Act One that he/she would have done anything to miss jury duty. He/she represents the many real-life individuals who loath the idea of being on a jury.

Juror #12:

He/she is an arrogant and impatient advertising executive. He/she is anxious for the trail to be over so that he can get back to his career and his social life.

Juror #1:

Non-confrontational, Juror #1 serves as the foreman of the jury. He/she is serious about his authoritative role, and wants to be as fair as possible.

Juror #10:

The most abhorrent member of the group, Juror #10 is openly bitter and prejudice. During the later part of the play he/she unleashes a bigoted barrage to the others in a speech that disturbs the rest of the jury. Most of the jurors, disgusted by #10’s racism, turn their backs on him/her.

Juror #4:

A logical, well-spoken stock-broker, Juror #4 urges fellow jurors to avoid emotional arguments and engage in rational discussion. He/she does not change his vote until a witness’s testimony is discredited (due to the witness’s apparently poor vision).

Juror #3:

In many ways, he/she is the antagonist to the constantly calm Juror #8. Juror #3 is immediately vocal about the supposed simplicity of the case, and the obvious guilt of the defendant. He/she is quick to lose his temper, and often infuriated when Juror #8 and other members disagree with his opinions. He/she believes that the defendant is absolutely guilty, until the very end of the play. During the later part of the play, Juror #3’s emotional baggage is revealed, poor relationship with his own son may have biased his views. Only when he/she comes to terms with this can he/she finally vote “not guilty.”

PreAudition Preparation

For perusal scripts, contact (call or txt) Keith Smith at (705) 740-4741 or by e-mail.



Audition Notice for: Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Based on the book by: Dick King-Smith.

Director: Charles Shamess


Audition Dates

Sunday, July 6 from 1-4
Wednesday July 9 from 7-9
Saturday July 12 from 1-4
Wed, July 16 from 7-9

Call Backs

Sunday, July 13 at 1

Production Dates

Dec - 8,9,10,11,12,13(2 shows),14

Synopsis

Come try out for the Peterborough Theatre Guild’s production of Babe! This is a tale of high adventure in the farmyard; of humble beginnings and courageous triumphs. This is the story of one piglet’s rise to become the world famous ‘sheep-pig’

For a more detailed synopsis see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sheep-Pig

Audition Location

Gwen Brown Studio at the PTG Guildhall, 364 Rogers St, Peterborough, ON Enter the Guildhall through the backdoor nearing the parking lot.

Cast

- (Some roles may be doubled)

This show is open to children ages 7-16 and there are a number of small parts for those less experienced on the stage

Farmer Hoggett
Mrs Hoggett
Fly-Sheep Dog
Babe-Pig
Ma-Sheep Dog
TV Commentator
Shepherd
Bryn-sheep dog
Vicar
Cockerel
New Owner
Rustler
Worrier Dog
Nightmare Dog
Nightmare Animals-2
Sheep Dog
Weight Guesser
Turkey
Official-3
Stallholder-3
Sheep-at least 4, perhaps more
Puppy-4
Duck
Cat

PreAudition Preparation

It is recommended that you watch the film Babe to get to know the characters and story though the play is based on the book, not the film.

For more information please contact Charles Shamess



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