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 Noises Off - Auditions

Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines! .

 

Auditions are by appointment

Monday & Tuesday - November 5 & 6, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM - every 5 minutes.

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Please prepare a comedic monologue no longer than two minutes long.

 

 

Color blind casting - everyone welcome!

Callbacks scheduled Sunday - November 11 at 6:00 PM.

 

Audition location:

Community Presbyterian Church - 200 E. Leland, Pittsburg. Go to the back parking lot as the auditions are in the church Hall or the chapel.

 

 

Audition Application

Click download to open the audition application file. Print this, fill it out and bring with you to the audition.

 

General Information and Dates

Click Sardines to review dates in this document and note conflicts on your application.

 

Production Dates

Friday - February 15 & 22, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

Saturday - February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Saturday - February 16 & 23, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

Sunday - February 17 & 24, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Performance Location: California Theatre - Old Town Pittsburg

Written by MICHAEL FRAYN

Directed by Joe Higgins

 

"Noises Off" is presented by special arrangements with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

 Noises Off - Character Descriptions

Character Descriptions (5 Men, 4 Women)

Most characters in this farce have dual roles as this is a “play within a play” premise.

  • LLOYD DALLAS – The director of Nothing On, the farce that the characters in Noises Off are attempting to perform. Lloyd is passionate, suave, and extremely harried. He has a hot temper which he barely manages to keep in check, most of the time, as he watches his production go from bad to worse to disaster. He is secretly dating both Brooke and Poppy which leads to much trouble.
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  • DOTTY OTLEY – A (rather) aging prima donna. Her money is funding the production. She has a great deal of trouble remembering her lines, blocking, and props but capable of using spite or self-pity to get her way. Dotty is having an affair with the much younger Garry. She plays the part of Mrs. Clackett a cockney housekeeper for the Brent’s home in England; hospitable, though slow.
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  • GARRY LEJEUNE – Means well and believes in “The Theatre”. Tries to keep the show going and everyone’s morale up, but often has trouble finishing his sentences. His good nature is replaced with jealously when he believes Dotty has begun carrying on with Frederick. Garry plays the part of Roger a real estate agent who is attempting to rent the house, but uses it for a place to have an affair with Vicki.

     

  • BROOK ASHTON – Young and sexy, but a terrible actress. Brooke is incapable of taking direction. She is spacey and tuned-out – whether onstage or off. Blind as a bat without her contacts, which have a tendency to pop out at bad times. Brooke is secretly dating Lloyd, which is how she got her part in the show. She plays the part of Vicki who secretly works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger.

     

  • POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR – The assistant stage manager of Nothing On; overworked and often on the verge of tears. She works frantically to keep the show from completely falling apart, a hopeless (and thankless) task. Her affair with Lloyd leads to a surprise announcement.

     

  • FREDERICK FELLOWES – A neurotic, bumbling actor who is filled with self doubt but a sweet man. Not the brightest bulb in the box. Always has a thousand questions about his lines and blocking. Violence and blood upset him, causing him to faint or get nosebleeds. He plays the part of Phillip Brent who is currently living in Spain with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes. He enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue, he will lose most of the year’s income. He also plays the part of Sheikh who is interested in renting the home and is the spitting image of Phillip.

     

  • BELINDA BLAIR – An experienced actress who is positive, reliable, and charming. She is a goodhearted busybody, who knows all the gossip about the company. She attempts to keep the show going as it unravels. She plays the part of Flavia, who is Phillip’s dependable wife opposed to household duties.

     

  • TIM ALLGOOD – The Company’s long-suffering stage manager who is completely exhausted and sleep-deprived. He’s responsible for an inhuman number of tasks and forced to understudy everybody.

     

  • SELSDON MOWBRAY - A cheerful, elderly, alcoholic who forgets his lines and misses his entrances. The entire cast attempts to keep him from getting his hands on a bottle. Panic reigns when he cannot be found at all. He plays the part of an elderly burglar breaking into the Brent’s home.