Upcoming Auditions at Oyster Mill Playhouse
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Directed by Aliza Bardfield and Michael Hosler
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. GONE WITH THE WIND is having its premier and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo since she believes this is Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage – which is several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
- All characters, except for Joe, are from the American South and accents should be attempted at auditions. Joe is from New York and a slight, although not heavy, New York accent should be attempted.
- The character of Peachy Weil is the only character in the show with red/ginger hair and actors/actresses cast must either already have the correct hair color or be willing to color their hair for the production to achieve this result.
- Please bring a list of all conflicts from the audition dates through the end of the run of performances on 5/12/19.
- Boo Levy – Female. Lala’s mother, Sunny’s aunt, and Adolph’s sister. Her husband is dead, and she struggles with wanting her daughter to be socially successful. Boo is the main character driving the play’s inter-Jewish racism. Late 40s-50s.
- Lala Levy – Female. Boo’s daughter. Obsessed with ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Somewhat childish. Lala fights with her mother over their Jewish identity and her social status. Early 20s.
- Reba Freitag – Female. Sister-in-law to Adolph and Boo. Reba is somewhat simple but has more sense than others give her credit. Like the other characters, Reba is oblivious to what it means to be Jewish. Mid-40s.
- Sunny Freitag – Female. Reba’s daughter. A junior at a well-to-do liberal arts college (Wellesley College), Sunny is interested in the works of Eugene V. Debs and Upton Sinclair. She struggles with her Jewish identity. Early 20s.
- Adolph Freitag – Male. Adores Sunny but has little tolerance for Lala. Adolph is a kind soul, who understands the good impact Joe has on the family. A businessman, late 40s-50s.
- Joe Farkas – Male. Works for Adolph Freitag. Challenges the family to reassess their ideas of identity and family. Adolph’s business assistant and of Eastern European Jewish decent. Mid-20s.
- Peachy Weil – Male. Known for his obnoxious behavior and outspokenness. A visitor from Lake Charles, 20s.
Performance Dates: 4/26/19 – 5/12/19 | Audition Dates: 1/27/19 & 1/28/19
Directed By: Patrick Hughes
Following the Tony-nominated revival of Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, Ken Ludwig’s, The Fox on the Fairway, debuted at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. on October 19, 2010. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. Genre: Farce
CASTING: 3M, 3F (ages listed are playing ages)
- JUSTIN HICKS – (25): Bingham’s new eager-to-please assistant who volunteers his services as a golfer to help Quail Valley win the golf tournament. He is romantically involved with Louise and proposes to her early on, but becomes emotionally distraught when things become difficult between them.
- LOUISE HEINDBEDDER – (23): A waitress at the Quail Valley Country Club. She is very attractive, and a bit flighty, but studious. She gets engaged to Justin early on, but a mishap results in her becoming very upset over their future together, making her bawl at a moment’s notice.
- HENRY BINGHAM – (mid 40s): Director of the Quail Valley Country Club. He is witty and cynical at times, much like Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers. He gets into a high-stakes bet on a golf tournament and is determined to do what it takes to win. He is also unhappy in his marriage to Muriel and becomes involved with Pamela.
- PAMELA PEABODY – (39): A member of the Quail Valley Country Club. She is very attractive and sophisticated, but a bit loose and a bit of a drinker. Throughout the play she aids Bingham in his plans to make sure their club wins.
- DICKIE BELL – (mid 40s): The director of the rival Crouching Squirrel Country Club, with whom Bingham gets into a high-stakes bet. He is a bit obnoxious, including his fashion sense, but tries to come off as good-natured. He is Pamela’s ex and has a thing for Bingham’s wife Muriel.
- MURIEL BINGHAM – (40s): Bingham’s wife, who runs an antique shop, which becomes part of the bet between Henry and Dickie. Generally overbearing and stern, she somehow has a soft spot for Dickie.
Performance Dates: 5/31/19 – 6/16/19 | Audition Dates: 3/31/19 & 4/1/19
Directed by Mike Raguski
Brighton Beach Memoirs at Oyster Mill Playhouse
Here is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Genre: Comedy Performance Dates: 7/12/19 – 7/28/19 | Audition Dates: 5/5/19 & 5/6/19
Directed by Lois Heagy
What ho! Bertie Wooster inflicts his charming ineptitude on America when he adventures across the pond armed only with his handsome fortune, talent for trouble, and his remarkable manservant Jeeves. But when a childhood friend gets Bertie mixed up with a vengeful thug named “Knuckles” McCann, he ends up mistakenly engaged to the meddling Vivienne Duckworth. Even the illustrious Jeeves may not be up to the task. Based on the stories and characters of Jeeves & Wooster created by P.G. Wodehouse. Genre: Farce
Performance Dates: 8/16/19 – 9/1/19 | Audition Dates: 6/9/19 & 6/10/19
Directed by Michael Hosler
One of Tennessee Williams’ more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the “plantation home in the Mississippi Delta” of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat”, Brick’s wife. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features motifs such as social mores, greed, superficiality, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression and death. Genre: Drama Performance Dates: 9/27/19 – 10/13/19 | Audition Dates: 7/21/19 & 7/22/19
Directed by Beverly Spangler
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic. Genre: Musical
Performance Dates: 11/8/19 – 11/24/19 | Audition Dates: 8/25/19 & 8/26/19