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Casting Call: Carriage House Players hold auditions

The Carriage House Players, in residence at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, will hold auditions for their upcoming 2019/2020 season on Sunday June 2, 2019 from 6 pm to 8pm.

The Carriage House Players, in residence at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, will hold auditions for their upcoming 2019/2020 season on Sunday June 2, 2019 from 6 pm to 8pm, with callbacks and an alternate audition date on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 12 pm to 2 pm.  All auditions will take place at the Taylor Theater on the Kenan Center campus at 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY  14094.  Sides will be provided.

Role Detail

Prisoner of Second Avenue, by Neil Simon:  Directed by Gail Golden

Characters:

Mel Edison – Business executive who has a nervous breakdown, 45 – 60

Edna Edison — Mel’s wife who tries to save the day, 45 – 60

Harry Edison — Mel’s older brother, 50 – 70

Pearl, Jessie, and Pauline — Mel’s older sisters, 50 – 65

Show dates:  September 20 -22, 2019, and September 27-29, 2019.

Need to be available to rehearse:  starting in August, 2019, with no rehearsals over Labor Day weekend.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (short version), adapted by Joe Landry:  Directed by Peg Merrill

Needed:  6 actors, (men and women, all ages and types)

Show dates:  December 6, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2019

Rehearsals will start in November, 2019

 

The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney:  Directed by Betsy Bittar

Needed:  3 men, 3 women (ages 18 and up all ethnicities)

Show dates:  April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, 2019

Need to be available to rehearse from Mid-March to Mid-April 2019

 

Questions?

Please contact Betsy Bittar at betsybittar@aol.com, Gail Golden at giveandtakeprod@gmail.com or Peg Merrill  at emmiedfan@yahoo.com.

 

Synopsis of plays

Prisoner of Second Avenue, by Neil Simon

Mel Edison is a well-paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm, which has suddenly hit the skids, and he gets the ax. His wife Edna takes a job to tide them over, then she too is sacked. Compounded by the air-pollution killing his plants, and with the walls of the apartment being paper-thin, allowing him a constant earfull of his neighbors private lives, things can’t seem to get any worse…Then he’s robbed, and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money. Mel does the only thing left for him to do-he has a nervous breakdown and it’s the best thing that ever happened to him…

 

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (short version), adapted by Joe Landry

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

 

The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother’s infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn’t recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.

The Carriage House Players is a collective of actors, directors, playwrights and guest artists bringing new and contemporary works as well as selected plays from esteemed dramatists to audiences in Western New York. In-residence at the historic Taylor Theater, the Players are a collaborative program of the Kenan Center, dedicated to enriching lives by providing cultural, educational and recreational activities.

 

 

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