Auditions for our Spring 2020 Production
by Matthew Barber
Adapted from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Irene Dennis
Set in the 1920s, this gentle comedy tells the story of two frustrated London housewives who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. Unable to afford the trip on their own, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again — rediscovering themselves in ways that they — and we —could never have expected.
Auditions: Friday, January 24, 5:30-7:30pm or
Sunday, January 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Callbacks: Sunday, January 26, 4:00-5:00pm
We will be reading from the script.
Location: Seasons Restaurant, 427 Main St., Downtown Bangor
(The Grange is temporarily closed for the winter.)
Rehearsals will start the week of February 3rd.
Performance Dates: Fridays-Sundays, April 3-5 and 10-12, 2020
***Please note: this play requires the use of dialects. If you're interested in auditioning, we encourage you to consider enrolling in our "Intro to Stage Dialects" Class, starting Jan. 20th - see "Classes" page of our website.***
Charlotte ("Lotty") Wilton, mid-30's to mid-40's. Genuine and open, often muddled and awkward in her speech. She has been married only a few years, but she and her husband are already feeling disconnected. Ultimately, though, it is her vision that makes change possible for everyone.
Rose Arnott, mid-30's to mid-40's. A highly religious lady who does extensive charity work, but is married to an author of racy books who neglects her, partly because of her persistent disapproval of his work. Described in Act One as looking like a "disappointed madonna."
Lady Caroline Bramble, mid-late 20's. A beautiful socialite who is tired of the burden of London society, and of loveless affairs. She is beginning to regard her life as shallow and empty, after a man she loved died in WWI.
Mrs. Graves, 60's-70's. At the beginning of the play, she is a pompous, snobbish, highly proper lady who claims to have known many Victorian luminaries. She regards herself as the hostess and in control of the Italian adventure. She prefers to live in her memories of times past rather than embracing the present, and is emotionally closed-off.
Mellersh Wilton, late 30s-50. Lotty's husband, a solicitor. Has a strong sense of his own self-importance and dignity. Very middle-class; highly impressed by rank.
Frederick Arnott, late 30s-50. Rose's husband. A successful writer of racy tell-all biographies; fancies himself a ladies' man.
Antony Wilding, late 20s-40. Owner of the villa that Lotty, et al. rent in Italy. Educated, aristocratic, artistic, but not pretentious.
Costanza, 40s-50s. Cranky Italian cook/housekeeper.
If you have questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at auditions!