Tynemouth Priory Theatre

PERCY STREET, TYNEMOUTH, NE30 4HA

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Auditions

Auditions/read throughs are generally held in the Green Room at the Tynemouth Priory Theatre; 7.30pm if evening (see below) Note - the Pantomime auditions/read through are at 2.30 in the afternoon in the Green Room.

 

The Green Room is through the door marked "Stage Door" in the lane at the back of the theatre.

 

 

The 2017/8 SEASON AUDITIONS

The Games Afoot by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Hayley Moy

Production dates:- 18th - 23rd September '17

Readings/Audition dates - 6th / 11th July '17

 

The Game’s Afoot

(or ‘Holmes for the Holidays’) by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Hayley Moy

Show Dates - 18th - 23^ September '17 Readings/Audition dates - 6th /11th July '17

A fast-paced, physical comedy/farce /thriller

Setting - The living room of the Connecticut mansion of William Gillette, Christmas 1936 Plot

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play ‘Sherlock Holmes', has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Cast - 3m, 5f Characters

WILLIAM GILLETTE 40 - 50 Accent - Mid-Atlantic

An eccentric but lovable actor extraordinaire. He has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, whom he also plays. Recently shot in the arm in a bizarre incident, Gillette is determined to bring his Sherlockian skills to bear on solving the case. Must have great comic timing.

FELIX GEISEL 40 - 45 Accent - theatrical, English side of Mid-Atlantic

The company’s character actor. A true theatre actor who has given his life to the stage, Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Married to Madge.

Must have great comic timing and be physically strong.

SIMON BRIGHT 25 - 30 Accent - American

The young romantic lead of the company. Simon is an enthusiastic young man, eager to please and find success. A bit naive, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie, they make a charming and wonderful couple.

INSPECTOR HARRIET GORING 40 - 60 Accent • English

English and eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, then suddenly lost and dim. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow she always gets her man. Wonderful opportunity for a character actress.

MARTHA GILLETTE 70 - 80 Accent - Mid-Atlantic

Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit vague and dithering, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits.

MADGE GIESEL 40 - 45 Accent - theatrical, English side of Mid-Atlantic

A wise-cracking, flamboyant actress. Married to Felix. Wry, sassy and outspoken, she is game for anything, but back her into a comer and she will come out swinging.

AGGIE WHEELER 25 - 30 Accent - American

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Recently married to Simon, they make a charming and wonderful couple. Actress needs to have a dark side.

DARIA CHASE 35 - 50 Accent - American

Glamorous and gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. A wonderful sense of humour goes a long way towards endearing Daria to the audience. The actress must have wonderful comic timing and be a skilled physical comedian.

 

 

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Directed by Jo Cosgrove & Vicki Lockey

Production dates:- 6th - 11th November '17

Readings/Audition dates - 20th / 25th July '17

Comedy of three parts. One act is a farce.

 

Setting – The same suite at Plaza Hotel, New York. 1968.

 

What happens in Room 719, stays in Room 719.

 

Plot

 

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"


Cast - 3m, 2f

 

Plaza Suite can be performed in a number of different ways. We have chosen to do it the more challenging way and double/triple up. Using the same actors for each Act.

 

Characters - American accents

Male 50’s/60’s

Lead Male part.

SAM NASH - Smart appearance, an impeccably neat executive.

JESSE KIPLINGER – Confident, self assured Hollywood producer.

ROY HUBLEY – Father of the Bride. Volatile, explosive man in business. Has a much softer side when it comes to his daughter.

 

Male 20’s/30’s

Small male part – Bellhop in Act One and Bordon Eisler (Groom) in Act Three.

 

Male. Flexible on age.

Very, very small part. Waiter in Act One. Non speaking part in Act Two.

 

Female 40’s/50’s

Lead Female part.

KAREN NASH – Out-dated, but previously expensive taste. Has let herself go over the past few years, not as slim and glamorous as she once was.

MURIEL TATE – Attractive, smiley, warm and naïve, a little embarrassed at Jesse tries to seduce her.

NORMA HUBLEY – A very harassed mother of the bride.

 

Female 20’s/30’s – small part

JEAN McCORMACK – Sam Nash’s secretary, having an affair with her boss. She is young, bright, cheerful and attractive.

MIMSEY HUBLEY – the infamous bride. Parents talk to her through the toilet door for most of Act Three, she only appears at the very end of the Act and has one line.

 

 

Hansel and Gretel (Panto) by Norman Robbins

Directed by Beccy Gilmore & Rachel Hardy

Production dates:- 5th - 14th January '18

Open reading Sunday 16th July

Auditions on Sunday 16th 23rd July

 

Hansel and Gretel

 

By Norman Robbins Directed by Beccy Gilmore and Rachel Hardy Show dates - 5th- 14th January 2018 Reading/Audition - 16th/23rdJuly 2017 Auditions for parts of Hansel and Gretel 16thJuly at 10.30.

 

For further information about the audition, please email priorymembers@hotmail.com You will be emailed the audition song and information about the rehearsals

 

Set in the village of Pumpernickel, Hansel and Gretel live with their aunt, Dame Do-Good. They adventure into the forest to collect blackberries and are enticed into the delicious looking Gingerbread House by Attrocia. The two children save their lives by outwitting the witch who gets her just desserts! Full of fun, comedy routines and laughter, this is family entertainment at its best.

 

FAIRY (F)

 

ATTROCIA (F or M)

 

KARL (F) - Principal Boy DAME (M)

 

SIR RUPERT (M) - Not a very nice man LUCY (F) - Principal Girl

 

HANSEL & GRETEL (M & F) aged between 9 and 12 POTZ & PANZ (M or F) - Comedy duo.

 

DICKIE DYMWIT (M or F) - Comedy MELINDRA (F) - Gypsy Queen RODERIGO (M) - Gypsy

 

Please note that Hansel and Gretel auditions are separate to the principles and chorus auditions

 

 

The Dame of Sark by William Douglas-Home

Directed by Christine Coaster

Production dates:- 26th February - 3rd March '18

Reading /Audition Dates - Open reading: 28th September '17, second audition 3rd October

 Adapted for the stage by William Douglas-Home From the autobiography of Sibyl Hathaway the Dame of Sark

Production Dates: 26th February - 3rd March 2018 Open Reading/First Audition - Thursday 28th September 2017-05-13 Second Audition - Tuesday 3rd October 2018

Cast: 9m 3f

This play, based on the autobiography of Sibyl Hathaway, the hereditary feudal chief of the Island of Sark, chronicles the German occupation of the island during WW11 covering each year from 1940 to 1945. It shows how she and her husband with dignity and ingenuity dealt with the occupymg forces, and the hardships the islanders endured which included near starvation and the eviction of some from their homes. The main theme throughout the play is the relationship between the Dame of Sark and the German Commandant, Colonel von Schmettau, their growing respect for one another whilst each trying to maintain their own authority, pride and dignity. There is humour and pathos in equal measure in this moving adaptation of Sibyl Hathaway’s autobiography.

CAST:

BOB HATHAWAY - 50’S

Sibyl Hathaway’s second husband, an American. He is, through his marriage to Sibyl, the Seigneur. He served in WW1. A strong character with a good sense of humour well able to stand up to, and in some instances, outwit the German officers. Unfortunately as he was not a natural bom islander, he was deported to Germany half way through the war.

SIBYL HATHAWAY - 50 s

A strong, determined, no nonsense woman. Her allegiance to the Crown and to her island people is steadfast, unwavering. To quote from her autobiography intro when her husband was deported she “single handed and undiscouraged continued to treat the enemy with an off-hand condescension which they clearly found bewildering. Indeed, at times, one wonders who was taking orders from whom” She is not without a sense of humour. This is a big part - Sibyl rarefy leaves the stage.

CECILE - 40 -ish.

The Hathaway’s devoted maid/housekeeper. A nice undemanding but pleasant role to play.

MAJOR LANZ - 50’s.

The Commandant of Sark. Major Lanz does not speak English at the beginning of the occupation and therefore early lines are all German, thereafter he will speak with a pronounced accent. Proud, unbending. Not a big part but will need to master a little bit of German dialogue.

 

DR BRAUM - The Major’s Interpreter. Could be a similar age, or a little younger. Proud, arrogant - as you would imagine a German Officer to be these in circumstances.

COLONEL von SCHMETTAU - Late 50’s

He is the Commandant in Chief of the Channel Islands and is based in Guernsey. A German aristocrat, soldier of the old school. Stem and dour in his demeanour he is, nevertheless, kind hearted and he made great efforts to refrain from repressive measures during the occupation. He and the Dame built a relationship of mutual respect and understanding. This is a big role.

MULLER - Late teens

A shy young German soldier, trying so hard to be the strong face of the occupying forces, yet he is still a child at heart. He develops a warm relationship with Sibyl but which he hides immediately another person is present. His is a sad story a little tear jerking moment in the play. Not a big part.

COLONEL GRAHAM -40/50/60

A tiny part, he enters during the last couple of pages of the play.

JIM ROBINSON - 30/40’s ish.

A Corporal, again a tiny part at the end of the play.

MR & MRS BISHOP

Two islanders, could be anything from 40 upwards. Barely half a page at the beginning of the play.

THE COWMAN

As above. No lines, just the briefest of brief appearances.

 

 

 

One For The Pot by Ray Cooney & Tony Hilton

Directed by Ali Broughton & Ann Leake

Production dates:- 23rd - 28th April '18

Reading/Audition Dates - 19th / 24th October '17

 A Whitehall Farce

Setting - The lounge of Jonathan Hardcastle's country house near London on a mad Midsummer's Night.

Plot

Jonathan Hardcastle, a wealthy northern mill owner, wants to pay tribute to a late employee and close friend by giving a handsome amount of cash to the person he believes to be the only surviving relative of the deceased, namely his son, Billy. On the evening of a party to celebrate the birthday of Hardcastle's daughter, Cynthia, Billy arrives to collect his inheritance. In this classic Whitehall farce, what could possibly go wrong?

It's all relatively straightforward! Cast - 6m, 3f Characters Billy Hickory Wood

A shy, lovable North Country lad.

Rupert Hickory Wood

A well-spoken young man who, when agitated, gets tongue tied.

Michael Hickory Wood An unscrupulous but likeable Irish rogue.

 

Pierre Hickory Wood

A volatile Frenchman

All these parts are played by the same actor. 30 - 40 Charlie Barnet - 40 - 50

A middle aged cockney full of humour and guile.

Jugg - 40-60

The Butler. Bom in Stepney but now considers himself an h'upper class servant.

Jonathan Hardcastle 50 - 70

A North Country mill owner. Irascible in temper and hard drinking in habit. He does his best to hide his native generosity.

Cynthia Hardcastle 20 - 30

Hardcastle's attractive daughter. Full of life and fun.

Amy Hardcastle 50 - 70

Hardcastle's unmarried sister. She is a maidenly lady left over from the Edwardian era.

Arnold Piper 50 - 70

A humourous solicitor who holds an unspoken admiration for Amy.

Winnie 30 - 40 Billy's North Country wife.

Clifton Weaver 30 - 50 A suave, charming art critic.

 

 

Star Quality by Noel Coward

Adapted by Christopher Luscombe

Directed by Chris Carr and Lesley Crawford

Production dates:- 11th - 16th June '18

Reading & audition dates TBA


 

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO READ OR AUDITION – BUT YOU MUST JOIN IF YOU GET A PART (This is easy and cheap)

To read the scripts beforehand contact Christine Coaster rccoaster@virginmedia.com except for panto: scripts for pantomime email  theatre@tynemouth-priory-theatre.com or contact secretary on 01912960689. For non-members there may be a returnable deposit of £10 for each script borrowed for reading.