Some exciting auditions coming up:
- A second casting call for CTP’s The Great Gatsby. The show will run from 28 November – 6 December at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.
- And the details are in for the auditions for the end-of-year panto, Once Upon A Time.com. This show will run from 10 – 21 December at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.
- HHDS are holding auditions for Fawlty Towers (“Waldorf Salad” and “The Psychiatrist”). The show will run in Somerset West in early December for two weeks.
The Great Gatsby
The second casting call for The Great Gatsby will take place Sunday 3 August at 14:00 in the Masque Theatre foyer.
The show will run from 28 November – 6 December.
Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group. Any further information requests can be directed to Alastair Duff by calling 021 788 4984.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
American accents are required for all characters except Meyer Wolfsheim.
- Jay Gatsby 25+- (Important Role) – A romantic idealist, has a disarming smile, charming although at times distant. Speaks with a self-conscious “English accent”.
- Tom Buchanan 25-35 (Important Role) – Daisy’s husband. Powerful and cruel, Dominating and sadistic.
- Nick Carraway 25+- (Important Role) – The Narrator, opposite of Tom Buchanan with a kind and gentle manner.
- Jordan Baker 25+- (Important Role) – An athletic, sophisticated and elegant young lady.
- Myrtle Wilson 25-35 (Supporting Role) – Tom Buchanan’s mistress, overblown, loud and common. A wonderful character role.
- George Wilson 25-35 (Supporting Role) – Myrtle’s husband. Weak, spineless and spiritless character.
- Meyer Wolfsheim 45-65 (Small Role) – Foreign looking chap, very mysterious character.
- Mr & Mrs McKee 35+- – Typical New Yorkers, loud and unsophisticated.
- Mrs Michaelis 35+- – Character Role.
- Cop 25-45 – Character Role (Could be doubled but would prefer not too).
- Dancers, Female Singer, Male Singer – These characters act as the “chorus” of the play and sing and dance at various intervals.
Once Upon A Time.com
The audition for Once Upon A Time.com will be taking place at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 17 August from 13:00 – 16:30 (please be prepared to stay the full time duration as you will be taught a short dance and song to perform at the casting call). Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group.
The show will take place 10 – 21st December 2014.
Please compile a comic poem of your choice – no longer than two verses. The director is looking for presentation, expression and voice projection. You may recite or read it.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Once Upon a Time.Com is a locally written (2000) and adapted (2014) modern pantomime uses most of the traditional pantomime conventions, like Dames, sing-alongs, audience participation and rewritten lyric’s to well-known commercial songs.
A Pantomime (informally panto), is a musical comedy, designed for family entertainment that is fun for all ages. It was developed in England and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern Pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers. Once Upon a Time.Com is no different.
The principal story is about a virus created by the character Virulina who has a personal vendetta against the character the Webmaster – responsible for the Great Storyland Computer Service. The stories in Storyland get corrupted by this virus and the Webmaster deploys Dorothy Com and other intriguing characters to find Virulina and destroy the virus.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
Our wish is to make this a big cast:- 4 leads, 9 supports, 11 cameo’s (who will also be part of all singing and dancing production numbers) with a chorus of children. There may be additional characters created, depending on the attendance at the audition.
If you wish to audition for more than one role, you are more than welcome. Rehearsals will start in September.
- The Webmaster (Adult male) – Principal (The Narrator)
- Dot Com (Adult Female) – Principal
- Jack Mac (Teen/young adult Male) – Support
- Mac (Teen/young adult Male) – Support
- Widow Mac (Adult Male) – Support Dame
- W.W. Wolfe (Adult Male) – Principal
- Cinderella (Teen/young adult Female) – Support
- Widow Lithium (Adult Male) – Support Dame
- Puss in Boots (Adult Male) – Cameo
- Granny Hood (Elderly adult Female) – Cameo
- Gigabyte (Teen Female) – Cameo
- Megabyte (Teen Male/Female) – Support
- Bytesize (Teen Female) – Cameo
- Virulina (Adult Female) – Principal
- Beef (Thug) (Adult Male) – Support
- Streaky Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
- Crispy Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
- Shoulder Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
- Two Percent the cow (2 x Teen/adult Male/Female) – Support
- Humpty Dumpty (Adult Male) – Cameo
- Daphne Dumpty (Adult Female) – Cameo
- Bo Peep (Adult Female) – Cameo May be a Dame
- Snow White (Adult Female) – Cameo May be a Dame
- Chorus of Angry Birds (Kids male/female)
- Chorus of Zombies (Kids male/female)
The show also needs people to help out in all realms, from costumes to scenery to backstage to publicity. If you would like to get involved, please let Kim R2 (email@example.com) or Anthony Lister (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any other CDS committee member know ASAP.
Please contact Tanya March at email@example.com or on 082 2900 6963 for any queries
Fawlty Towers (“Waldorf Salad & The Psychiatrist”)
Auditions will be held on Sunday 3 August at 4:30pm for 5pm with a possible call-back on Sunday August 10 at 4:30pm for 5pm at the Playhouse Theatre (Somerset West). The show opens early December for a two week run. Rehearsals will be Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm, and Saturday afternoons from 2pm.
Fawlty Towers comes back to The Playhouse in Somerset West in December this year, directed by Norman McFarlane for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS). The immensely popular 1970s British comedy series debuted on The Playhouse stage in 2010 with “The Hotel Inspectors” and “Communication Problems”. This year we’re staging the hilarious “Waldorf Salad” and “The Psychiatrist”.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
The parts of Sybil and The Major are pre-cast, with Anthea Nixon Bosch and John Thornton reprising their roles from 2010. We are looking to cast the following parts for both episodes:
- Basil Fawlty, Sybil’s hapless husband, and proprietor of Fawlty Towers
- Polly, the chambermaid cum waitress cum receptionist, mid-20s to mid-30s
- Manuel, the Spanish waiter from Barcelona, up to mid-30s
- Terry, the Cockney chef, up to mid-30s
- Miss Tibbs & Miss Gatsby, two elderly residents of Fawlty Towers.
For “Waldorf Salad”, we will cast the following parts:
- Mr Hamilton, an American guest (episode lead)
- Mrs Hamilton, Mr Hamilton’s English wife (episode lead)
- Mr Libson, a guest
- Mr Johnstone, a guest
- Mrs Johnstone, a guest
- Miss Hare, a guest
- Miss Gurke, a guest
- Mr Arrad, a guest
- Mrs Arrad, a guest.
For “The Psychiatrist”, we will cast the following parts:
- Mr Johnson, a flamboyant guest in his mid-30’s (episode lead)
- Dr Abbott, a middle-aged psychiatrist (episode lead)
- Mrs Abbot, Dr Abbott’s wife (principal part)
- Raylene Miles, an attractive young Australian woman guest (principal part)
- Mrs Johnson, Mr Johnson’s elderly mother
- Girlfriend, an attractive young woman, who Mr Johnson smuggles into his room (non-speaking part).
The success of Fawlty Towers in 2010 was achieved by not deviating from the original comedy formula of the TV series. Accordingly, accents matter, and of course we’re looking for people who can faithfully recreate the performances of the original cast members, particularly for the principal parts of Basil, Sybil, Polly, Manuel, The Major and Terry the chef, and the episode leading roles.
You are welcome to prepare for the audition beforehand, by watching the two episodes we are staging, and the audition scripts will also be available on The Playhouse Facebook page prior to the audition. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm, and Saturday afternoon from 2pm. Rehearsals typically last no more than three hours.
The first rehearsal, a read-through of the two episode scripts, will take place on Monday 11 August at 7.30pm, venue to be advised at the Sunday 3 August audition.
All people who are cast in the show, must be members of the HHDS. If you’re not a member, membership forms will be available at the audition, and you can sign up right away.