Eden Prairie Players will be holding auditions for The Man Who Came To Dinner, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and directed by Stephen Houtz.
When: Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15. You can sign up for one night or the other in the audition form. Callbacks will be on November 16 if needed.
Time: Sign-ins begin at 6:30 pm. You will receive a script side to read for your audition when you sign in. You must sign in by 8:00 pm to be considered. Plan to stay at least an hour; you may be asked to read more than once.
Where: Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, in the Garden Conference Room on the lower level. Sign in in the Garden Room. (Map)
What: Auditions will consist of readings from the script. You will be given time to prepare an assigned scene with other actors.
The Play: Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl's charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert's in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. The unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Tricking her into stepping into the case, he shuts the lid and blackmails his host into having the case carried to the airport, preparatory to a round-the-world cruise. Whiteside departs from the Stanley's home triumphantly, but a second later a crash is heard—he has again slipped and fallen!
Sign Up To Audition: Please fill out and submit an audition form. Our audition form is an online form. You will be asked to upload a picture of yourself and a theatrical résumé if you have one. The picture can be a headshot or informal photo of just you, preferably of just head or head and upper torso, in portrait orientation. It should be a JPEG file. The résumé should be a PDF file. If you don’t have either of these files you can still submit the form. Check your calendar and be prepared to enter rehearsal conflicts.
If you cannot upload either a photo or a résumé, you can bring them with you to the audition. If you do not have a résumé, please fill out the “recent theatrical experiences” section of the form.
First read, script distribution, and costume charting: December 18,
7:00 - 9:45 pm.
Rehearsals: Tuesday, January 2 through Thursday, February 8
Monday through Thursday, 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm.
Load-in and set build: Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. 3-4 hours required.
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 15, call time 6:30 pm.
Strike: February 25, immediately after the matinee performance.
February 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm
February 18 at 2:00 pm
February 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm
February 25 at 2:00 pm
Eden Prairie High School Auditorium.
Roles to be cast:
Sheridan Whiteside - Acerbic, high maintenance radio personality who comes to dominate the Stanley household. He says and does whatever he wants regardless of the consequences.
Maggie Cutler - Efficient, smart assistant to Sheridan. She’s all business and has no time for Sheridan’s narcissistic nonsense. She’s restless though and eager for a little romance.
Lorraine Sheldon - Beautiful, over-the-top stage actress who will do anything for a part. She’s convinced she’s right for every role and every man.
Bert Jefferson - Earnest, ambitious local newspaper man, who is eager to interview Sheridan. He is warm and charming and clearly bright.
Mrs. Stanley - Traditional, socially-ambitious, upper-class housewife of late 1930s.
Mr. Stanley - A conservative, proper businessman and father. He is used to order in his upscale, Ohio home. He tolerates Sheridan’s chaos at first to appease his wife, but his patience wears thin.
Richard Stanley - Son of the Stanleys. He’s earnest, hard-working, and well-intentioned. He respects his parents, but is ready to set out on his own and pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.
June Stanley - Spirited and charming daughter of the Stanley’s. She, like her brother, loves her parents, but is ready to be set free. She has a secret romance with Sandy, a man who does not meet the approval of her father.
Harriet Stanley - Elusive and mysterious sister of Mr. Stanley, who is “not quite of this world.” She seems to appear from no where and has an odd and mysterious connection to Sheridan.
Miss Preen - No nonsense nurse, whose face tells it all. Her deadpan delivery and matter-of-fact manner contrast sharply to Sheridan’s verbal calisthenics.
Beverly Carlton - Confident, British actor, who dominates a room when he enters. He has a rich voice and is able to sing.
Banjo - A comedy dynamo who bursts onto the scene in act 3. He’s a long-time friend of Sheridan. He’s an energetic, funny, crazy actor up for anything.
Professor Metz - The world’s greatest authority on insect life. Crazy hair and mad scientist demeanor.
Dr. Bradley - Benign, hapless doctor, who gets a little confused by the details of medicine. He is desperate to have his memoirs published.
John - The head butler of the Stanley household. He runs a tight ship, but early on develops an affinity for Sheridan’s chaotic and colorful life.
Sarah - The very talented chef of the Stanley house. She’s quite taken by Sheridan, especially when he praises her soufflé.
Sandy - Boyfriend of June, working-class union leader who is trying organize the men in Mr. Stanley’s plant.
Mrs. McCutcheon - Nosey neighbor who is out of her mind that “the” Sheridan Whiteside has arrived in town.
Mrs. Dexter - Mrs. McCutcheon's friend and sidekick, who is also eager to meet Ohio’s most famous guest.
Westcott - Radio producer, who has one task: deliver the Christmas broadcast of his lifetime, despite chaos erupting around him.
Three prisoners; Baker, the guard; Expressman; Radio technicians; Choir; Plainclothesman; Deputies - Non-speaking roles.
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