By Ken Ludwig
Auditions will be held from Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00pm–3:00pm in the Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre at 1527 N. Galloway Avenue. (The Mesquite Arts Center is located one mile south of Hwy. 80 on N. Galloway Ave. at Range Dr.). Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. It is preferred that you bring your current headshot and resumé. If you don't have a headshot and/or resumé, don't let that stop you. Come on out and audition!
This production will run Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, October 7–23, 2022.
In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces!
MEG SNIDER (30s) - A young woman who dreams of a bigger world beyond York PA, Meg is vivacious, warm, loyal, and has a great sense of humor. She has a fresh, natural beauty. She loves Shakespeare and dreams about being an actor. As the author says, “our play is all about Meg,” as she transforms from innocent obedience to self-confident woman.
LEO CLARK (40s) - As Leo, he’s a Shakespearean actor with a British accent who masterminds the plot to steal Meg’s millions ... until he falls in love with her. As Maxine, she’s a chic and flamboyant diva who commands the stage and all those around her. A comedic tour-de-force, he/she must be able to switch between genders and voices constantly.
JACK GABLE (40s) - As Jack, he’s a Shakespearean actor with a British accent, who is the faithful accomplice to Leo’s schemes. As Stephanie, she is shy and demure at first, but eventually grows more comfortable with her feminine side. Requires great comedic timing, physical humor, and a willingness to do anything to win the love of Audrey.
AUDREY (20s) - An innocent girl that is kind and gullible, but she’s trying to improve herself and her vocabulary. Extremely attractive, very sweet and good-natured. She is pursued both by Butch and Jack. Enjoys playing Sebastian in Twelfth Night.
DUNCAN WOOLEY (60s) - The local minister, he’s a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, scatter-brained, and lives in his own world. He distains actors and is very suspicious of Leo and Jack. His telephone conversations with the police should demonstrate comedic timing and contrast his mild manner with occasional bursts of temper.
FLORENCE SNIDER (70s) - Meg’s aunt, she’s the richest woman in York. Florence is extremely crusty, has terrible eyesight, and is a tough old broad. Must switch quickly between sweetness and anger, life and apparent death.
DOC MYERS (50s) - The country doctor, he’s a cantankerous, likeable curmudgeon that takes no guff from anyone and often spars with Duncan and Florence. He’s also the Chief Moose in the local Moose Lodge. Doc is a loving father to Butch. Also plays a “rollicking” Sir Toby Belch in the Twelfth Night scenes.
BUTCH MYERS (20s) - A former high school football star, Butch isn’t the brightest bulb, but he is earnest and sincere, with a good heart. Loves Audrey. Argues with Doc, but they adore each other. Steals the Twelfth Night scenes as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.