Tynemouth Priory Theatre

PERCY STREET, TYNEMOUTH, NE30 4HA

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Open Readings & Auditions

Open Reading and Auditions are generally held in the Green Room at Tynemouth Priory Theatre - usually at 7.30pm on a weekday for plays, and 2.30pm on a Sunday afternoon for the Pantomime. 

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

 

 

 

2017/18 SEASON AUDITIONS

 

The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays)

Written by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Hayley Moy

Production dates: 18th - 23rd September 2017

Open Reading: 6th July 2017, 7.30pm

Auditions: 11th July 2017, 7.30pm

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: 3 male, 5 female

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.

 

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Plaza Suite

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Jo Cosgrove & Vicki Lockey

Production dates: 6th – 11th November 2017

Open Reading: 20th July 2017, 7.30pm

Auditions: 25th July 2017, 7.30pm

A comedy of three parts. One act is a farce.

“What happens in Room 719, stays in Room 719.”

Setting

Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel, New York. 1968.

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: 3 male, 2 female, all American accents

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.

LEAD MALE, 50s/60s

     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, 20s/30s

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

MALE, flexible age.

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

LEAD FEMALE, 40s/50s

     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, 20s/30s

     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.

 

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Hansel and Gretel

A Pantomime by Norman Robbins

Directed by Beccy Gilmore & Rachel Hardy

Production dates: 5th - 14th January 2018

Open Reading: Sunday 16th July, 2.30pm

Auditions for parts of Hansel and Gretel: Sunday 16th July, 10.30am

Auditions for all other parts: Sunday 23rd July, 2.30pm

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 (Female)

ATTROCIA (Female or Male) – The Witch

KARL (Female) - Principal Boy

DAME (Male)

SIR RUPERT (Male) - Not a very nice man

LUCY (Female) - Principal Girl

HANSEL (Male) & GRETEL (Female) - aged between 9 and 12

POTZ & PANZ (Male or Female) - Comedy Double-act

DICKIE DYMWIT (Male or Female) – Comedy Lead

MELINDRA (Female) - Gypsy Queen

RODERIGO (Male) - Gypsy

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

 

 

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The Dame of Sark

Written by William Douglas-Home

Directed by Christine Coaster

Production dates: 26th February - 3rd March 2018

Open reading: 28th September 2017, 7.30pm

Auditions: 3rd October 2017, 7.30pm

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

Setting

Island of Sark, 1940-1945.

Plot

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 WWII covering each year from 1940 to 1945. It shows how she and her husband with dignity and ingenuity dealt with the occupying 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: 9 male, 3 female

BOB HATHAWAY, 50s, Accent - British

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, 50s, Accent - British

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, 40s, Accent - British.

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

MAJOR LANZ, 50s, Accent - German.

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, Accent - German

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 50s, Accent - German

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, Accent - German

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, 40s-60s, Accent - British

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

JIM ROBINSON, 30s-40s, Accent - British

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

MR & MRS BISHOP, Accents - British

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.

 

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One For The Pot

Written by Ray Cooney & Tony Hilton

Directed by Ali Broughton & Ann Leake

Production dates:- 23rd - 28th April 2018

Open Reading: 19th October 2017, 7.30pm

Auditions: 24th October 2017, 7.30pm

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: 6 male, 3 female

The following four parts are played by the same actor. Male, 30-40 (It's all relatively straightforward!).

     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.

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.

 

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Star Quality

Written by Noel Coward

Adapted by Christopher Luscombe

Directed by Chris Carr and Lesley Crawford

Production dates: 11th - 16th June 2018

Open Reading/first audition: Thursday 28th September 2017

Second Audition: Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Setting

London, Kent and Manchester, during the touring run of a West End play, 1951.

Plot

In his wickedly funny final play, Noel Coward takes us behind the scenes of a new West End production. Conjuring up an authentic backstage world of talent and treachery, Coward creates a gallery of unforgettable characters including a temperamental leading lady, ruthless director, jaded old troupers and, caught somewhere between them all, an innocent young playwright. From tentative first rehearsal to triumphant opening night, the clash of egos becomes increasingly and hilariously bloody. But what emerges from the mayhem is a startling evocation of that most elusive gift of all - star quality.

Cast: 5 male, 4 female

SPEAKING ROLES

   BRYAN SNOW

   Author of Dark Heritage (Large Role) Mid-20s to mid-30s.

   Gauche, eager, young, handsome, star struck playwright.  He conveys needed naiveté and is desperate for success.

   RAY MALCOLM

   Director of Dark Heritage (Large Role) Mid-30s to mid-50s.

   Uncompromising director. Dominating.  A Machiavellian character with an ability to go for the jugular.  The opinionated director is based on Noel Coward (though not an impersonation please).

   NORA MITCHELL

   Lorraine Barrie`s maid-cum-dresser (Medium Role) 45 upwards.

   Thelma Ritter with an Edinburgh accent.  The working-class dogsbody, contemptuous, know-all, ceaselessly sardonic, completely unfazed by the stardom around her.

   LORRAINE BARRIE

   Eleanor in Dark Heritage (Large Role) 50 upwards, but looks younger than her years, what is important is her stage presence.

   A volatile leading lady, charming and cunning in equal measure, with sexual charm and sly ruthlessness, she displays a pseudo-agreeable side until crossed, an insecure megalomaniac with a gift for catty remarks. A diva who proceeds to manipulate everything to her advantage. Think Margo Channing, acting Grande Dame. She gets work due to the fact that she is really a very good actor who will deliver the goods. The role of Lorraine is said to have been modelled after Coward's great friend Gertie Lawrence, described by Coward as “the least intelligent, most conceited and most tiresome bitch, I have ever encountered”.  Actresses who have played the role include, Amanda Donohoe, Penelope Keith, Liza Goddard, Susannah York and Glynis Johns.

   ERIC LARCH

   Aubrey in Dark Heritage (Medium Role) Late-20s to late-30s.

   The smug good looking leading man, a ham actor who feels he should really be a big star.   

   MARION BLAKE

   Stella in Dark Heritage (Medium Role) Mid-40s upwards, or looks it.

   A non-threatening, second-rate co-star, a bad actress who reeks of sycophantic sweetness, wears “catastrophic” clothes and tries too hard to please. Hopelessly miscast as the supposed young heart stealer in “Dark Heritage”, at least a generation too old for the part. A "repertory hack" actress who “knows how to do it wrong”

   GERALD WENTWORTH

   Mortimer in Dark Heritage (Medium Role) 50s upwards.

   The most dimly self-absorbed of Lorraine’s colleagues, an old pro, fatuous and pompous, jaded old trouper with a tenacious ego. Amusingly pompous.

   TONY ORFORD

   Ray Malcolm`s Personal Assistant (in every sense of the word) (Large Role) Late-20s up to late-30s, needs to be topless on stage.

   The director's adorably camp, swishy boyfriend who sashays about in his sarong. Plays the gay role without ever exceeding the stereotypical gay character, this is no Kenneth Williams role. 

   NON-SPEAKING ROLES:

   These roles can be played by the real stage management, or offer a wonderful opportunity to newer members or props teams etc.

   HARRY THORNTON

   Stage Manager (Small Role) 35 upwards.

   BERYL FLETCHER

   Assistant Stage Manager (Small Role) 25 upwards.

   BOB DEACON

   Assistant Stage Manager (Small Role) 25 upwards.

   LAURA WITBY

   Elsie in Dark Heritage (Medium Role) Late-30s upwards.

 

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO READ OR AUDITION – BUT YOU MUST JOIN IF YOU GET A PART

To read play scripts beforehand, please contact Christine Coaster at rccoaster@virginmedia.com

For the Pantomime script, please email theatre@tynemouth-priory-theatre.com , or contact the Secretary on 01912960689.

For non-members there may be a returnable deposit of £10 payable for each script borrowed for reading.