Theatre 121 to Hold Auditions for Noises Off
Theatre 121 is pleased to announce its winter production of Noises Off, a rollicking comedic farce by award-winning playwright, Michael Frayn.
Noises Off is a play-within-a-play which features the comical, fast-paced and hilarious mishaps of a theatrical company trying to stage their bedroom farce, “Nothing’s On.” The play takes us on a madcap journey through the rehearsal and tour of a low budget, fictional production, where doors bang, identities are confused, and sardines vanish. As with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage!
WHEN: Auditions will be held on Monday, November 29, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 30, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. If callbacks are necessary, they will be held on Wednesday, December 1, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 Calhoun St., Woodstock, Il. Use the side door on Dean Street. Street and lot parking available.
COVID GUIDELINES: All actors and staff must show proof of vaccination and must wear a mask. Masks will be removed during the auditions only.
A cast of four female identifying actors (playing age ranges of 20's - 60's) and five male identifying actors (playing age ranges of 20's to 70's) is required. Acting experience is necessary. The presentation of Noises Off entails strenuous and rigorous movement both during rehearsals and productions. Individuals must be age 20 and older. Open auditions for all roles.
Those auditioning should bring a headshot & resume, and a list of conflicts for December thru February 25, 2022. You will be asked to do a cold reading from the script, wear comfortable clothing. Should you not have a photo, we still encourage you to audition. The audition will also include a group improvisation exercise.
CHARACTERS of Noises Off:
- Lloyd Dallas: The director of a play-within-the-play, Nothing On. Temperamental, exacting and sarcastic. Involved with both Brooke and Poppy.
- Dotty Otley: A middle-aged television star who is not only the top-billed star but also one of the play's principal investors. Dating the much younger Garry.
- Garry Lejeune: The play's leading man, a solid actor who is completely incapable of finishing a sentence unless it is dialogue. Constantly stutters and ends sentences with "you know..." Dating Dotty and prone to jealousy.
- Brooke Ashton: A young, inexperienced actress from London. She pays no attention to others, either in performance or backstage, and persists in her role as scripted regardless of any interruption or mayhem. She is always losing her contact lenses, which she is blind without. Part of the Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.
- Frederick (Freddie) Fellowes: Has a serious fear of violence and blood, both of which give him nosebleeds. Well-meaning, but lacks confidence and is rather dim-witted.
- Belinda Blair: Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress and the company's de facto peacemaker. Something of a gossip, and a bit two-faced. Has a rather protective attitude towards Freddie.
- Selsdon Mowbray: An elderly, half-deaf "pro" with a long, storied career and a drinking problem. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he finds anything alcoholic.
- Poppy Norton-Taylor: Assistant Stage Manager and understudy to the female roles. Emotional, skittish and over-sensitive. Part of the Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle and, by act two, pregnant with Lloyd's baby.
- Tim Allgood: The over-worked and easily flustered Stage Manager, who must understudy, fix the set and run Lloyd's errands on top of his usual duties.
CHARACTERS of the play-within-the play, Nothing On:
- Mrs. Clackett (Dotty): The cockney housekeeper for the Brents' home. A hospitable, though slow-witted and slow-moving, chatterbox.
- Roger Tramplemain (Garry): An estate agent looking to let Flavia's and Philip's house.
- Vicki (Brooke): A girl Roger is attempting to seduce (or perhaps a girl trying to seduce Roger). Works for the tax authorities.
- Philip Brent (Freddie): Lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes and is on a secret visit.
- Flavia Brent (Belinda): Philip Brent's wife. She is dependable, though not one for household duties.
- Burglar (Selsdon): An old man in his seventies, breaking into the Brents' house.
- Sheikh (Freddie): Interested in renting the house.
Several understudies will be cast. There will be no understudy performance unless an actor is unable to perform. There are a few understudy rehearsals during the week and every other Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Thomas Neumann. In addition, all understudies will play an important role with backstage crew responsibilities during tech and all nine performances, including strike.
PLEASE NOTE: Several actors will ultimately need to be comfortable performing in underwear. The role of "Vick/Brooke" will wear provocative underwear during most of the play.
Beginning Tuesday, December 7, with a Cast/Crew Meet & Greet and Read Thru and then Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Understudy rehearsals are every other Saturday from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. During the month of December, the schedule is changed to accomodate the holidays and prior conflicts. During the month of February, additional rehearsal dates have been scheduled. Tech week is mandatory: Sunday, February 20 - Thursday, February 24, 2022. There will be pickup rehearsals on Thursdays, March 3 and 10. Cast & US Crew called.
PRODUCTION DATES AND TIMES:
Noises Off will be presented on Friday and Saturdays: February 25, 26, March 4, 5, 11, 12, at. 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays: February 27, March 6, and March 13 at 2 p.m.
The comedy will be presented at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098
Noises Off will be directed for Theatre 121 by Madeline Franklin with AD/SM Thomas Neumann and produced by Jordan Rakittke and Tony Rakittke.
For more information about the auditions or rehearsals, please contact Producer, Jordan Rakittke, at [email protected]gmail.com.
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