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Bergen County Players, inc.

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The Play That Goes Wrong: Auditions

When

Monday, October 3, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Monday, October 10, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 7:30pm

Call-backs: (by invitation only)
Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 10:30am
Monday, October 17, 2022 @ 7:30pm

Where

Bergen County Players
298 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649

Roles

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

ALL roles will require a British accent (ALL except ANNIE are standard British; ANNIE should be Lancashire). Please be prepared to read sides at the audition with a British accent.

  • CHRIS / Inspector Carter, local esteemed inspector (Male, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters. He is the director of the show and this is the biggest day of his life. Everything is riding on this. It is a nerve wracking and exciting night. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens. He has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors & the audience watching the play.
  • ROBERT / Thomas Colleymoore, Charles’s old school friend (Male, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style. He is, however, not a parody of a bad actor. He is unaware of others around him. He does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert). Has real vocal power.
  • MAX / Cecil Haversham, Charles’s brother and Arthur, the gardener at Haversham Manor (Male, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) 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, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall and engages with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn't think anything through, just looks for approval.
  • DENNIS / Perkins, Charles’s butler (Male, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none). He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He may be slightly oblivious but understands when he gets things wrong. The laughter is a personal tragedy/failure.
  • TREVOR, the Company’s lighting & sound Operator (Male, 25 - 40, any ethnicity) The play’s lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. Curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. He hates acting.
  • JONATHAN / Charles Haversham, deceased (Male, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type. Excited and having fun, but not naïve. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others. VERY Physical role.
  • SANDRA / Florence Colleymoore, Charles’s fiancée & Thomas’s sister (Female, 25 - 35, any ethnicity) She is vain and possesses a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). You know the type. The stakes are high for her. VERY physical role.
  • ANNIE, the Company’s stage manager (Female, 25 - 40, any ethnicity) The stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When Sandra is indisposed, Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in. Initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her initial terror turns to joy, and then to fury. She starts small but grows and grows.


Your audition will consist of reading from sides for the character(s) you wish to portray. The director may request you to read for additional roles. It is in your best interest to be familiar with the show. A good reference is this YouTube clip of The Play That Goes Wrong at The Royal Variety Performance 2015 - https://youtu.be/USger0TP238

Show dates are weekends (Friday & Saturday evenings @ 8pm, and Sunday matinees @ 2pm) beginning Saturday, February 18th through Saturday, March 11th, 2023. There is the possibility of 1 or 2 additional Thursday evening Benefit Performances during the run, TBD.

Rehearsals will be 3x/week (either 2 weeknights and 1 weekend day, or 3 weeknights) initially, increasing to 4x/week (3 weeknights and 1 weekend day) leading up to the 2 weeks until Opening.

ALL conflicts MUST be reported at your audition, so please have your most current calendar available. The rehearsal schedule will be compiled based on best reported availability.  Rehearsals will begin the week of 10/24/22.

Questions? Contact the Director, Alyson Cohn at alyson425@aol.com,  or ADs, Debbie Zika at debzTPTGW.BCP@gmail.com, and Michele Roth at rubyred48@aol.com.

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