Auditions: Sunday, September 2nd and Monday the 3rd - 6 PM Cumston Hall Theater - Main St. Monmouth.
The show is scheduled for November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.
THE STORY: The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author's classic comedy The Nerd, the present play enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off-Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. "Something funny is going on in Milwaukee—to the delight of audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre." —Variety. "I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." —The New Yorker. "…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…" —Village Voice. "Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy's storehouse…" —Bergen Record.
Auditioners are asked to supply all scheduling conflicts at the time of auditions. Auditions will consist of character reads as a group. Rehearsals will begin September 9th at 6pm, and run every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, M&W from 6-8, and Sunday from 2-5. Please contact producer Josie French (firstname.lastname@example.org) or director Bill McLean (email@example.com) with any questions.
SUMMARY OF CHARACTERS
“Froggy” LeSueur—forties, perhaps; to quote the script, “seems well-fed, flushed with the spirit of adventure, and right at home”. He is a British Army explosives instructor, visiting the nearby Army base. He has a definite Cockney accent!
Charlie Baker—Froggy’s best friend, same age, roughly, as Froggy; however, he’s completely different in personality. Again, to quote the script: “The other, standing in his forlorn trenchcoat, seems quietly, somehow permanently, lost.”
Charlie has a British accent, but not the Cockney of Froggy.
Betty Meeks—owns Betty Meeks’ Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman County, Georgia- somewhere from fifties to seventies; native of the South; good- hearted; used to hard work; is wise in some ways, not so quick in others…
Rev. David Marshall Lee—from the script: “… a friendly, open face. David, we see, is neither the stereotypically pallid, remote young divinity student, nor the hearty, backslapping evangelist. He seems rather to be a regular fella-humorous, and open, and, it would appear, a good young man to have on our side. Late twenties- thirties.
Catherine Simms—David’s fiancee’- similar in age to David- kind of a general all- around “good ol’ gal”- has her opinions, and is not afraid to tell them!
Owen Musser—friend of David’s, “smarmy” is a good word for him; from the script…” Psychologists tell us to beware of a man with two tattoos. One, he may have gotten on a drunk or a dare, but two means he went back. Owen is a two- tattoo man.” He’s a redneck, obviously; age, thirties- forties.
Ellard Simms—Catherine’s younger brother, and not the brightest porch light on the block. The script says “ There doesn’t, we must admit, seem to be much to Ellard. He is a lumpy, overgrown, backward youth…” Late teens, twenties…
"When Radio Was King III - Back to the '50's" - Wednesday, January 2nd and Thursday, January 3rd from 6:30-8pm. FMI contact director Linda Duarte at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Annie" - Annie and Orphan auditions Saturday, February 2nd from 1-5pm. Open teen and adult auditions Sunday, February 3rd and Monday February 4th from 6-8pm. FMI contact director Josie French at (email@example.com) or AD Tim MacLeod at (firstname.lastname@example.org).