Auditions For “The Play That Goes Wrong”

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Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of The Play That Goes Wrong, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields and directed by Dana Duff.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, The Play That Goes Wrong is a play-within-a-play that follows the Cornley Drama Society’s production of the 1920’s whodunit, The Murder at Haversham Manor. Despite their best efforts, the production rapidly goes from bad to disastrous, with madcap mishaps and choreographed chaos—from an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, a self-destructing set, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Play That Goes Wrong is a physically demanding show. Actors considering auditioning for this production should be in good physical shape. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing up and down a ladder, lifting, running, and/or falling. There is also a carefully choreographed sword fight, repeatable hand-to-hand combat, and special “handling” called for in the script. We will be working with a fight coordinator to ensure the work will all be done safely and properly.

CASTING CONSIDERATIONS: We are looking for team-first, hardworking actors. Age ranges for characters are flexible (21+) and will depend upon groupings and pairings found through auditions. All roles will have RP (or Typically British) accents except for Annie & Trevor.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, January 9 at 7PM and Wednesday, January 10 at 7PM
CALLBACKS: Thursday, January 11 at 7PM (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday, May 17, 2024 thru Saturday, June 8, 2024 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with possible Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Already on the Calendar: Thursday, May 16th, Wednesday, May 22, Wednesday, May 29, Thursday, May 30, Thursday, June 6

SHOW DESCRIPTION: The Cornley Drama Society is performing their 1920’s WHODUNIT. The action takes place in Charles’ private rooms at Haversham Manor on the evening of Charles and Florence’s engagement party. Winter 1922.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (6 Male presenting roles, 2 Female presenting roles)

CHRIS: (Head of the Drama Society & Director of the show—also plays Inspector Carter, an esteemed local inspector) M
First time Director. Biggest day of his life. Rigid. Uptight. Performing in the show is both nerve-wracking & exciting. Decent actor (maybe he’s been in a Shakespeare play once). Melodramatic. Every time someone laughs, he becomes more frustrated at both his fellow actors and the audience. Everything rides on the play’s success.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.

JONATHAN: (Plays Charles Haversham, deceased) M
He’s been cast as a corpse but has trouble playing dead. Don’t worry—he has some lines as the play progresses. He’s a bad actor but sees himself as a James Bond type. He is excited to be in the show and is having fun. He technically must drive the show. He cares about the play, but not as much as his fellow actors. It’s mostly just fun for him. Very physical role.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.

ROBERT: (Plays Thomas Colleymoore, Charles’ old school friend and Florence’s brother) M
He wants to be Richard Burton (formidable and a bit pompous) with a declamatory acting style. Earnest and optimistic, he believes the show is going much more smoothly than it really is. As a result, he doesn’t feel badly for things going wrong and never learns from his mistakes. He is not a parody of a bad actor, just unaware of others around him. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Drama Society.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.

DENNIS: (Plays Perkins, Charles’ butler) M
Probably the worst actor of the bunch. Has no real desire to be involved in theater; he just wants friends. He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He is slightly oblivious, but understands when he gets things wrong, and the laughter is a personal tragedy. Has big words written on his hand and mispronounces them all.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a seven-foot-high platform with no railing.

SANDRA: (Plays Florence Colleymoore, Charles’ fiancee’ and Thomas’ sister) F
She is a diva and the company’s leading lady who thinks she’s more talented than she really is. Vain with a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Ambitions to go to Hollywood. Will hurt anyone standing in her way. Smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her. Stakes are high for her. Having a secret affair with Charles’ brother, Cecil. Very physical role.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.

MAX: (Plays Cecil Haversham, Charles’ brother—also plays Arthur, the gardener at Haversham Manor) M
He has never been on stage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he’s told to do. He has zero connection with any of the other actors. When he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall and engages with the audience. Dopey, childlike, and naive. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn’t think anything through, just looks for approval. Having a secret affair with Florence.

ANNIE: (The Stage Manager) F
She can generally solve problems quickly. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When she has to step in as the leading lady, she goes from nervous to confident then downright competitive. Terrified of acting, but willing to kill for it by the end.

TREVOR: (Lighting & Sound Tech) M
He simply wants to get on with the show; curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted, occasionally missing cues or forgetting to turn his mic off. He does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go sideways he is forced to act in the play.
Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all ethnicities and races. Newcomers are especially welcome. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. Visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/covid19 to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

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