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Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
Director – Lorien Corbelletti
CAST REQUIREMENTS – Small adult cast – 3 men, 1 woman – see character descriptions below
Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When? Tuesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 5 at 7PM
*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated
Performance Dates: June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8:00pm; June 24 at 2:00pm
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6PM to 9PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7PM to 10PM
Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script.
This spy-caper spoof utilizes just four actors who transform using costumes, accents, and physicality into over 30 distinct characters.
ACTOR #1 Plays: Richard Hannay: The hero of our story. Hannay, 37, is recently back in London and finds himself bored with his life. His adventure begins when he meets Annabella Schmidt at a theatre performance, and must go on the run when he is accused of her murder.
ACTOR #2 Plays: Annabella Schmidt: A “beautiful, mysterious” secret agent. Hannay helps her escape from a gunfight at the theatre. When she is murdered at his London flat, Hannay becomes the primary suspect. Annabella involves Hannay in the mystery of The 39 Steps, and in her dying breath, she begs Hannay to help keep confidential information about British air defense out of the hands of a dangerous man missing his little finger. Pamela: A stranger on the Highland Express. When Hannay kisses her aboard the train to avoid detection by the police, she recognizes him from wanted posters in the paper and attempts to turn him in. When Hannay runs into her again at a political rally, she is once again pulled into the spy plot. Margaret: A Scottish woman Hannay meets while he’s on the run. Hannay takes shelter at her house, disguised as an itinerant laborer. After Hannay tells Margaret his identity, she helps him escape when her husband, the Crofter, calls the police.
ACTORS #3 and #4 play The Clowns: These two versatile performers play dozens of characters. Here are a few of their major roles in The 39 Steps. Mr. Memory: A performer who wows the audience at the London Palladium with his powers of recall. Crofter: Margaret’s husband. A crofter is a tenant farmer who rents land from a landlord. He is suspicious of Hannay’s intentions with his wife, Margaret, and turns Hannay into the police when he discovers that Hannay is wanted for murder. Mrs. Jordan: Wife of Professor Jordan. She is the proprietor of Alt-na-Shellach. Professor Jordan: The mysterious resident of Alt-na-Shellach. Annabella Schmidt tells Hannay he must visit Professor Jordan to prevent British secrets from leaving the country. The Heavies: Two thugs who arrest Hannay and Pamela while disguised as police officers. Sheriff: A Scottish police officer and friend of Professor Jordan. Dunwoody: The master of ceremonies at a political rally. He mistakes Hannay for the guest speaker at the event and forces Hannay to give an impromptu speech. Mr. and Mrs. McGarrigle: An old couple that runs The McGarrigle Hotel, where Hannay and Pamela take shelter from the Heavies.
Music and Lyrics by QUEEN
Story and Script by Ben Elton
WE WILL ROCK YOU takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation … rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians. The show features many of Queen’s chart topping hits including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Gaga,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We are the Champions,” and more. It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don’t miss the party!
Director – David Allen Prescott
Music Director – David Twiss
Choreographer – Kim Corbett
CAST REQUIREMENTS – looking for a large cast of 30 – 40 adults and teens
(Please review character descriptions below).
Where: Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When: Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 @ 7PM
Callbacks if needed: Thursday, May 24 @ 7PM
*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated
For the auditions all should:
- Prepare a short pop/rock vocal selection that displays range and ability preferably from the show (score will be available). Sheet music required if you decide to do a song not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.
- Wear comfortable clothing for a movement/dance audition.
Performance Dates: August 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8:00pm; August 19 at 2:00pm
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Primary days Sundays 6-9pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10pm. There will be double rehearsals on some Sundays as we get closer to performances. A calendar will be available at the auditions to review and compare with your personal calendar to define possible conflicts.
GALILEO (Male) A misfit who keeps hearing strange voices and songs in his head which deliver messages he can’t understand. Galileo won’t dress like a Ga Ga kid and has been caught trying to make music. He is confused and unaware that he is the one the Bohemians have been waiting for, who will lead them to the place where the last remaining live instruments have lain hidden for hundreds of years.
SCARAMOUCHE (Female) Another misfit who also gets into trouble with the Secret Police, Scaramouche meets Galileo in hospital and they run away together. Her sharp wit keeps Galileo on his toes and gradually they fall for each other.
KILLER QUEEN (Female) Killer Queen is a ruthless businesswoman and is in charge of Global Soft, the worldwide corporation which is responsible for the suppression of all live music. She’s power crazy and tough, as well as beautiful.
KHASHOGGI (Male) He works for Killer Queen, getting rid of any original or creative musical thoughts and going after the Bohemians. His victims are sent to the Seven Seas of Rhye.
SECRET POLICE (Male and/or Female) These semi-automated characters carry out the bidding of the Killer Queen and Khashoggi.
GA GA KIDS/TEEN QUEENS (Male and Female) Living in a world of consumerism and downloadable music, the Ga Ga kids don’t notice their own soulless-ness.
BUDDY (Male) Buddy is an old librarian and a hippy who has studied the sacred musical texts to the extent that even the Seven Seas of Rhye cannot entirely erase them from his mind. He’s a comic character who acts as a foil to Galileo and Scaramouche towards the end of the play.
THE BOHEMIANS (Male and Female) A group of rebels, determined to fight against Global Soft and its downloadable music. Their base is Tottenham Court Road Tube station, and they have taken the names of musical heroes from the past, such as Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, and Britney.
BRIT (Male) and OZ (Female) Two of the Bohemians who are intent on discovering the secrets of live music, and who believe that someone will come who will show the Bohemians the way. When they find Scaramouche and Galileo they are unsure at first, but are eventually persuaded that Galileo really does have strange musical lyrics in his head over which he has no control. When the Secret Police attack the Bohemian hide out, Brit is killed and Oz is captured along with the other Bohemians.
SUPER YUPPIES (Male and Female)
DOCTORS (Male and Female)
For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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