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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Exit 7 Players present: You Can't Take It With You Auditions

WHAT: Exit 7 Players present: You Can't Take It With You Auditions
WHEN:
Audition Dates:
Monday, November 5, 2018 from 7-9pm
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7-9pm
Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 7-9pm (callbacks if needed)
Performance Dates:
February 8, 9, 15, and 16 @ 8pm
February 10 and 17 @ 2pm
WHERE: Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA 01056

What to Expect When Auditioning:
Please bring a theater resume and headshot if you have them. If you do not, that is ok. We will have you complete a brief audition form (see form below) to collect information about your previous theater experience. You should also prepare a brief monologue (1-2 minutes) that demonstrates strong character choices. These will be performed in front of the production team, as well as others auditioning for the production. Finally, you can also expect to do cold reading from the script. You will be paired or placed in a group with others auditioning for the show and asked to read for various characters in a scene.

General Schedule:
Rehearsals will be held three times a week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings depending on cast conflicts and the holidays. The first read through will be on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, November 26, 2018 and run through January 31, 2019. Tech week will be February 1 - 7, 2019 and will require extended hours from the cast.


Characters:
All roles are available.

Penelope Sycamore: The daughter of Martin Vanderhof, mother of Essie and Alice, and wife of Paul, Penelope is the fluttery, gentle lady of the house. She decided to become a playwright when a typewriter was delivered to their house by mistake. Since that time this accidental playwright has spent much of her time writing works with titles such as Poison Gas.

Essie Carmichael: The daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and wife of Ed, Essie is a pixie in toeshoes. At the age of twenty-nine, she wants to be a dancer in the worst way--and, according to any unbiased observer, that is exactly what she is. The eternal student, she takes lessons from Boris Kolenkhov and is constantly dancing across the living room.

Rheba: The maid in the Vanderhof household, she probably understands this unusual family better than anyone.

Paul Sycamore: The husband of Penelope and father of Essie, Paul Sycamore is in his mid-fifties, but with a kind of youthful air. His quiet charm and mild manner are distinctly engaging. However, under that unassuming exterior lies a man who lives for his fireworks--the ones he manufactures in the cellar.

Mr. De Pinna: Years ago Mr. De Pinna was delivering ice to the Vanderhof home--and just decided to stay. Now the mad genius of pyrotechnics helps out Paul in the cellar.

Ed Carmichael: The husband of Essie, Ed is a nondescript young man in his mid-thirties. However, he has two passions: the printing press and the xylophone.

Donald: Rheba’s boyfriend, Donald spends a lot of comfortable time at the Vanderhof home.

Martin Vanderhof: The patriarchal head of the family, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof is about seventy-five, a man whom the years have treated kindly. He is a man who made his peace with the world long, long ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this. He does, however, have a long-standing “disagreement” with the Internal Revenue Service.

Alice Sycamore: The daughter of Penelope and Paul and sister of Essie, Alice is a lovely, fresh young girl of about twenty-two. Because she is a secretary in a Wall Street office, she is in daily contact with the world and seems to have escaped the tinge of mild insanity that pervades the rest of the family; however, her familial devotion and love are readily apparent. In the course of the play she is engaged to marry Tony Kirby, her boss’s son.

Tony Kirby: The boyfriend and later fiancé of Alice, Tony Kirby is a personable young man not long out of Yale and Cambridge. Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face (and his spirit) has something of the idealist in it, invoking in him a certain fondness for the Vanderhofs’ quirkiness.

Boris Kolenkhov: Essie’s dance teacher, Boris Kolenkhov is a hearty, explosive, Russian ballet-master.

Mr. Kirby: Tony’s father and Alice’s boss in the Wall Street office, Mr. Kirby is a successful businessman who wants his son to follow in his footsteps; thus, he is very disapproving of the Vanderhof family and of his son’s engagement to Alice.

Mrs. Kirby: Tony’s mother, Mrs. Kirby is of the same mind and temperament as her husband.

Wilbur C. Henderson

An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa, and can't understand why the latter won't pay income tax.

G-Man 1 (The Man), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac)

Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie's candy boxes, such as "God is the State – the State is God".

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina

She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. The rest of her family has had a similar fate, such as her Uncle Sergei, the Grand Duke, who is now an elevator man. She loves to cook as a hobby.

Gay Wellington

An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore's home.

Please contact the director, Chris McKenzie Willenbrock (chris.mckenzie.willenbrock@gmail.com), with any questions regarding the audition process or the production. We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

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