2014-15 EXTENDED AUDITIONS - APRIL 6th & 8th, 2014
To be held at Appleseed Productions, 116 West Glen. Ave., Syracuse. Character descriptions below. Call (315) 492-9766 for more information.
SUN. APRIL 6 at 4 PM: THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. No preparation required.
TUES. APRIL 8 at 7 PM: MRS. LINCOLN and MOON OVER BUFFALO. For Mrs. Lincoln, prepare a 1 - 2 min. monologue; for Moon Over Buffalo, no preparation required.
APPLESEED SHOWS INFO., AVAILABLE ROLES & CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
1. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
Our 2014-15 Main Stage Season will kick-off on Sept. 5th with THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, a CNY premiere of the spirited-yet-faithful adaptation of the Mark Twain novel by Laura Eason.
Featuring Eian Prinsen as "Tom Sawyer" and Hunter Siegel-Cook as "Huckleberry Finn," the production will be directed by C.J. Young with choreography by Jimmy Curtin. We are proud to present "Tom Sawyer" in community partnership with the SPCA of CNY.
Performances: Sept. 5 - 20, 2014.
This adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is intended for a limited cast to portray multiple roles. It is the intention of the director to limit the amount of doubling of roles. Casting is open to all ages and types, from early teen through 60s.
Following are descriptions of some – but not all – of the roles to be cast:
Aunt Polly. Tom’s aunt and guardian. Aunt Polly is a simple, kindhearted woman who struggles to balance her love for her nephew with her duty to discipline him.
Becky Thatcher. Judge Thatcher’s daughter. Naïve at first, Becky soon matches Tom Sawyer as a romantic strategist, and the two go to great lengths to make each other jealous.
Joe Harper. Tom’s friend and frequent playmate. Joe is a typical best friend; Twain refers to Joe and Tom as “two souls with but a single thought.” Though Joe mostly mirrors Tom, he diverges from Tom’s example when he is the first of the boys to succumb to homesickness on Jackson’s Island.
Sid. Tom’s half-brother. Sid is a goody-goody who enjoys getting Tom into trouble. He is mean-spirited but presents a superficial show of model behavior. He is thus the opposite of Tom, who is warmhearted but behaves badly.
Injun Joe. A violent, villainous man who commits murder, becomes a robber, and plans to mutilate the Widow Douglas. Injun Joe’s predominant motivation is revenge. Half Native American and half Caucasian, he has suffered social exclusion.
Muff Potter. A hapless drunk and friend of Injun Joe. Potter is kind and grateful toward Tom and Huck, who bring him presents after he is wrongly jailed for Dr. Robinson’s murder. Potter’s naïve trust eventually pushes Tom’s conscience to the breaking point, compelling Tom to tell the truth at Potter’s trial about who actually committed the murder.
2. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
The second production of our upcoming 2014-15 Main Stage Season will be the classic drama, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted from Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
Directed by Lois Haas.
Performances: October 17 through November 1st, 2014.
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14, 1942, two days after her 13th birthday, and twenty two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister, and three other people. The group went into hiding in the sealed-off upper rooms of the annex of her father's office building in Amsterdam.
ALL ROLES AVAILABLE:
Mr. Frank. Gentle, cultured European in his middle years (50’s), trace of a German accent.
Meip Gies. Dutch girl of about 22, dark blonde, wavy hair, round face; unassuming, confident, calm, able assistant.
Mr. Van Daan. Portly, late forties, uncomplicated, bit of a joker, agreeable and easy to work with, heavy smoker.
Mrs. Van Daan. Pretty, early forties, quick tempered, railed against her fate, threatens suicide.
Peter Van Daan. Shy, awkward, 16, prefers repairs and tinkering to reading.
Margot. 18, beautiful, quiet, shy, obedient and forbearing, slightly plump and stolid.
Mr. Kraler. Dutchman, dependable, kindly, reserved, formal, some find utterly unapproachable, perfect self-control.
Mrs. Frank. Young mother, gently bred, reserved, slight German accent.
Anne. 13, quick in her movements, interested in everything, mercurial in her emotions.
Mr. Dusse. In his 50’s, meticulous, finicky , stodgy, old-fashioned disciplinarian.
3. MRS. LINCOLN
"Mrs. Lincoln," by Thomas Cullinan, will be directed by Sharee Lemos. In 1875, ten years after Lincoln's tragic death, his widow was declared insane and confined in the Bethlehem Place Sanitarium, Batavia, Illinois, for about a year. Cullinan has set his play in the confines of this room and Mary Todd Lincoln recalls the incidents of her married life, far beyond the four walls that surround her.
This production will be a collaboration with the Onondaga Historical Association.
Performances: February 15 through March 1st, 2015.
Mary Todd Lincoln. 10 years after her husband’s assassination; 64 years old, now in a sanitarium in Batavia, IL; lives between clarity and the cloudy shadows of her past; possibly mentally disturbed, certainly haunted by the past
Emilie Todd Helm. Mary’s sister (limited role, possible voice over).
Sally. An African American nurse at the sanitarium; and the second largest role.
Lizzie Keckley . Was a slave for 30 years; as a freed woman, she was a dressmaker and one of Mary’s best friends in the White House; about Mary’s age
Robert Lincoln. Her son, 40 years old, deeply concerned for his mother, he finally has to admit her to the sanitarium.
Billy Herndon. Abe Lincoln’s last law partner and very close friend, he was Mary’s age and they deeply disliked each other.
Dr. Patterson. The head administrator of the sanitarium.
4. MOON OVER BUFFALO
The finale of our 2014-15 Main Stage season will be the comedy, MOON OVER BUFFALO. The Ken Ludwig play will be directed by Pamela Kelley.
Performances: May 1st - 16th, 2015
In the madcap comedy tradition of "Lend me a Tenor," also by Ludwig, the hilarious "Moon Over Buffalo" centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up , they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom.
ALL ROLES AVAILABLE:
George Hay: (Late 40's-50’s) is very dramatic, a slapstick type, over-the-top actor. As leader of his own acting troupe, George has always had aspirations to be famous. He’s a bit of a ladies man but really is devoted to his wife, Charlotte. The actor must be able to do strong physical comedy, which could include pratfalls, running, stage slaps, stage combat, etc.
Charlotte Hay: (Late 40's-50’s) is very much a drama queen. She helps to run the acting troupe and plays all the leads even the ones she’s a bit old for. She is a consummate actress who still has dreams of being a star--at all costs! She loves George but is getting tired of his philandering. She has to be able to do an upper-class British accent. Some physical comedy required.
Ethel: (late 60's) is Charlotte's mother--close to her daughter, but not happy with her daughter’s choice of a husband. She is also an actress--very witty, and doesn't take any crap from anyone! She is very hard of hearing, which leads to comic misunderstandings.
Rosalind Hay: (mid-to-late 20's) George and Charlotte's daughter, used to be an actress and a member of their acting troupe, but she decided that she wanted a real career, so she left--determined never to act again--or be like her parents! Rosalind is, in fact, always repressing her dramatic side, but it’s a losing battle by the end. She has a new fiancé, Howard, but she used to be in love with an actor in her parent's troupe, Paul. The actress has to also be able to do an upper-class British accent.
Howard: (late 20's-early 30’s) is Rosalind's fiancé--a weatherman--so he considers himself to be in the "acting" business. He comes across as a wimp, a little annoying, nervous, and very excitable. The actor must be able to do strong physical comedy.
Eileen: (early 20's) is an aspiring actress, eager to please. She has a crush on George and has been having a fling with him. Eileen wants to be a leading actress with the company, and she comes across very flighty and naïve, but ultimately will do anything to get what she wants. She can be played as a bit manipulative.
Paul: (late 20's-early 30’s) is a member of the acting troupe, who used to be with Rosalind and still loves her and wants her back; but he is an actor first and foremost, so he wouldn't leave the troupe to be with her. Paul has a quiet, subtle sense of humor and often holds the company together. The actor must be able to do an upper-class British accent and must be able to do strong physical comedy.
Richard: (50's) He is George and Charlotte's attorney, but he is in love with Charlotte--always trying to get her to leave George. He is wealthy and used to getting what he wants, and he is both amused and perplexed by the Hay family.