Auditions for our Fall 2019 Show!
Friday, August 23, 5:30-7:30pm or
Sunday, August 25, 2:00-4:00pm
Callback (if needed): Sunday, 8/25, 4:00-5:00pm
At the Bangor Grange Hall #372, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor
We will be reading scenes from the script.
About the Play:
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, 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 rotation in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé, and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
Reviews: "Moon Over Buffalo is what a staged comedy should be. It is a wild and wacky farce. It’s Waiting for Guffman meets Noises Off meets your favorite Shakespeare comedy as performed by the Marx Brothers. Be prepared to leave the theater exhausted from laughter.”
Full of theatrical in-jokes, physical comedy, slamming doors, and mistaken identities, the show offers tour-de-force roles for the two leads as well as great supporting characters. Ultimately, the show is a love letter to The Theatre, and the magic that keeps us performing even when the fates are against us.
Original Broadway cast starred Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco (Tony winner).
George Hay (50s): Leading man of the company. Somewhat selfish and overly dramatic, he is nevertheless genuinely in love with his wife, and The Theatre as an art form. Must be physically fit, able to play a range of acting styles, and be willing to appear in boxer shorts and undershirt onstage. Leading role.
Charlotte Hay (50s): Leading lady of the company. A real (if slightly fading) "star" of The Theatre. Offstage, she can be vindictive and has a hot temper, but underneath is still something of a child. Must be physically fit, able to play a range of acting styles, occasionally use a British accent, and be willing to appear in (fancy) undergarments onstage. Originally played by Carol Burnett on Broadway. Leading role.
Ethel (65+): Charlotte's mother. A former actress, she now serves as general dogsbody for the company (stage manager, wardrobe mistress, etc.) Very hard of hearing. Hates her son-in-law with a passion. A great, smaller comic role for an older actress.
Roz (late 20s - early 30s): George and Charlotte's daughter. Attractive, smart, no-nonsense. A former member of the company, she wants desperately to leave the Theatre and have a "normal" life. Must be able to play a range of acting styles and do a British accent. Mid-size role.
Howard (late 20s - early 30s): Roz's fiancé. A likeable, pleasant-looking TV weatherman. In awe of his future in-laws, and a fish out of water in the world of The Theatre. Needs to have a flair for physical comedy and be physically fit. Mid-size role.
Paul (late 20s - early 30s): Roz's former boyfriend, a member of the Hays' acting company. Still in love with Roz. Must be able to play a range of acting styles and do a British accent. Needs to have a flair for physical comedy and be physically fit. Mid-size role.
Eileen (20s): The ingénue of the company. Pretty and naïve, she thinks she's in love with George. Small role.
Richard (50s - 60s): The Hays' lawyer. In love with Charlotte. Not a performer, but has a good sense of humor. Some flair for physical comedy. Mid-size role.
(Don't worry about the accents, we will work on them during rehearsal.)
Rehearsals will start after Labor Day.
Fridays-Sundays, November 15-17 and 22-24, 2019
If you have questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Hope to see you at auditions!