Auditions

Auditions listed below for:

GASLIGHT

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY

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GASLIGHT

by Patrick Hamilton

Initially produced in 1935, “Gaslight” is described as a “classic Victorian thriller”. It tells the story of Jack Manningham who is slowly and deliberately driving his wife, Bella, insane.

Performances will take place from the 1st to the 8th February 2020, in the Ron Barber Studio.

Rehearsals will begin on Friday 22nd November 2019, with rehearsals usually taking place on Monday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.

The characters in the play are as follows (no ages are given as I prefer to get the correct balance of cast rather than being too fixed on actual ages):-

Bella Manningham

Jack Manningham – her husband

Inspector Rough – a retired police detective

Elizabeth – the Manninghams’ cook and housekeeper

Nancy – the Manninghams’ young maid

There are also 2 policemen who appear at the end of the play, which are non-speaking roles.

Auditions

  • 10.30am on Sunday 27th October
  • 7.30pm on Monday 28th October

At the auditions there will be a brief familiarisation with an opportunity to ask questions.

Excerpts from the text to be used in the auditions are below:

If you are interested in auditioning but cannot make the 27th or 28th October, please contact me at stewart.snape1@btinternet.com and I will try to arrange to see you at another time.

Many thanks,

Stewart Snape

Director

 

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY

Main House

Performance Dates: 25th January to 1st February 2020

Rehearsals Start: Tuesday, 26th November

Auditions

  • Wed, 6th Nov @ 7.30pm
  • Sat, 9th Nov @ 10am

The Vicar of Dibley is a classic BBC sitcom. Written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, the series started in 1994 – the year that the first woman was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. The script focuses on three key episodes: The Arrival (the very first episode, which sees Geraldine arriving in Dibley as the new vicar); Engagement (the episode where Hugo finally proposes to Alice); and Love and Marriage (the episode in which Hugo and Alice marry). It’s interspersed with snippets of other episodes to create something that works better theatrically rather than being three separate TV episodes performed back-to-back.

My aim is to create a show that is recognisably Dibley, but not a caricature. I’ll be looking for performances that the audience will recognise, but I am not looking for impressions of the TV cast. I can’t stop you watching the series, but suggest that rather than watch the episodes contained in the script, watch Songs of Praise. This episode includes all the main characters and will give you a reference for the characters and allow room for you to bring your own flair too, as none of it is used in the script. You can find the episode here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6sc0qw

At the auditions, I would like you to perform for around a minute in character. You can choose to present whatever material you like – it could be a Shakespearean monologue or the lyrics to Barbie Girl by Aqua – I just want to see the character. And I’d like you to make me laugh – this is a comedy, after all! If you wish to audition for multiple roles, please prepare an audition for each.

In addition, I would like those auditioning for GERALDINE or ALICE to perform the excepts here.

AUDITION PIECES FOR ALICE & GERALDINE

GERALDINE The new Vicar of Dibley. Mid 30s. Babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom (her words, not mine). Relatively new to the clergy. Huge fan of chocolate. And Jesus, obviously. Quickly becomes the centre of village life and liked and respected by almost all the parishioners.
ALICE Verger. Mid 30s. An overgrown schoolgirl. Dimmer than a torch with no batteries.
DAVID Chairman of the Parish Council. A wealthy retiree who holds traditional values. Bald and grumpy.
HUGO Son of David and member of the Parish Council. Late 30s. Overgrown schoolboy. Very nice, but very dim (despite an expensive education), and very deferential to his father.
OWEN Farmer. Member of the Parish Council. Very direct. Very miserly. Very interested in sex, although he has seemingly never had any.
FRANK Secretary of the Parish Council. A well-dressed, well spoken retiree with an inability to be succinct. He likes to do things thoroughly. Never married (wink, wink, nudge, nudge – he comes out as gay in one episode, but that it not seen in our play).
JIM Member of the Parish Council. A scruffy retiree. Has an unfortunate stammer that causes him to start most sentences “no, no, no, no,” even when he means yes. He has been married for forty-three years and puts the success of his marriage down to having lots of sex. With lots of different women. Think “dirty old man” and you won’t be far away from Jim.
MRS CROPLEY Letitia (Letty) is a member of the Parish Council. Elderly (spoiler alert: she dies of old age). Loves to cook, but her experiments are never successful. Ham and lemon curd sandwich anyone? She was very free and easy in her day and had the nick-name “always-lets-you-dock-your-boat-in-her-jetty Letty”.
MRS BARTLETT 40. Mother of George and poor little Karl.
WOMAN 30s/40s. On a mission to stop the man she married from marrying another woman.
CONGREGATION All ages. The congregation sing the theme tune and various other songs throughout the play.

Auditions for the choir will take place after the play is cast. Details will be released in due course.

Child Roles
SINGER Treble. Sings the solo at the start of the theme tune (The Lord is My Shepherd). Around 10 years old. Member of the on-stage choir. Also doubles as a Teletubbie.
GEORGE 10 years old. Son of Mrs Bartlett and best friends with Karl. Can sing with the choir (optional). Also doubles as a Teletubbie.

If you are interested in auditioning please complete the pre-registration form at this link https://forms.gle/JPHo7eHR1ey1xvr36

If you cannot make the audition dates please contact me at vicarofdibleycrescent@gmail.com and I will try to arrange to see you at another time.

Many thanks,

Kevin Middleton

Director