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Audition Notice

A Chorus of Disapproval

by Alan Ayckbourn

Performances

Performance Dates:

  • Thursday 22nd May 2014, 8pm
  • Friday 23rd May 2014, 8pm
  • Saturday 24th May 2014, 3pm
  • Saturday 24th May 2014, 8pm

The Bull Theatre, 68 The High Street, London, EN5 5SJ

Audition

St Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue N3 1BD

Sunday 23rd February 2014, 4:30pm

Director: Francis Beckett

We will be performing Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval at the Bull Theatre in Barnet on 22-24 May. 
 
It’s about a local amateur light operatic society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera. Guy Jones joins the society and rises rapidly during rehearsals from bit part player to the lead, while also getting into bed with two discontented married woman and finding himself enmeshed in the brutal politics of the local business community. 
 
A Chorus of Disapproval is, first and foremost, funny, and we’ll be doing everything we can to maximise that. 
 
Auditions will be on Sunday 23 February at 4.30pm – please note the earlier-than-usual time – and they will finish, we hope, at about 7.30pm. They will be at St Margaret’s Church Hall. 
 
Here are the characters needing to be cast, in the order in which they make their first appearance. Those marked (S) are required to sing. They don’t all have to sing well though!

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.

Roles:

NB - Age: The age shown against certain characters is the age of that character and not the age you have to be to play the part. If you think you can play that age - have a go!

  • (S) Guy Jonesage 30s or 40s.
  • (S) Dafydd ap Llewellynthe director, age 30s, 40s or 50s; must be able to sustain a strong Welsh accent.
  • (S) Hannah LlewellynDafydd’s wife, age 30s or 40s.
  • (S) Bridget Bainesage very early 20s, or even late teens.
  • Mr Amesthe pianist, who also plays the piano to accompany the singers. Age can be whatever he happens to be and so can his gender – there is no reason why he shouldn’t become Mrs Ames or Ms Ames if it suits us.
  • Enid Washbrookage 50s or 60s – a mouse of a woman, frightened of her own shadow.
  • Rebecca Huntley-Pikeage 50s or 60s – elegant and wealthy and often genteelly drunk.
  • Fay Hubbardage 30s, maybe early 40s, self-consciously sexy.
  • Ian Hubbardage 30s, maybe early 40s, Fay’s husband, untrustworthy, likes to think of himself as a ladies man.
  • Jarvis Huntley-Pikeage 50s or 60s, wealthy local councillor and businessman, corrupt and insensitive; must be able to sustain a strong Yorkshire accent.
  • (S) Ted Washbrookage 50s or 60s – like his wife Enid, self-effacing and timid.
  • (S) Crispin Usherage 20s. Probably describes himself as a 'babe magnet'. A bit of a thug too.
  • (S) Linda Washbrookage late teens or very early 20s, rebelling against her parents Enid and Ted’s conformism and timidity.

Audition Pieces:

Bridget, Crispin And Linda
Fay and Guy
Hannah, Guy and Dafydd
Ian, Jarvis and Guy
Jarvis and Guy
Linda, Dafydd and Bridget
Rebecca and Guy
Ted and Enid


For more information contact:
Francis Beckett francis@francisbeckett.co.uk

I’m looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at the audition.  
 
In addition to the audition pieces, those who need to sing will also be asked to sing a few notes – BUT if you’re not a wonderful singer, don’t let that stop you auditioning. This isn’t a musical, and a lot of the singing is supposed to be a bit ropey. 
 
Please don’t make a big effort to study, much less learn, the audition pieces. If you’ve a got a little time, it’s probably better spent reading the play. 
 
You may like to know that the cast will be doing a readthrough as soon as possible after the audition, hopefully within a week of it. I’m hoping to do backstories in the w/b March 3, and start rehearsals proper w/b March 17. We will rehearse two weekday evenings a week and late afternoon on Sundays. Of course, I won’t need the whole cast at every rehearsal, and I won’t waste anyone’s time. Once I know the cast’s other commitments, I will do a rehearsal schedule that ensures you are called only when you are needed. All rehearsals except the dress rehearsals will be held at St. Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue, Finchley N3 1BD.

Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 23rd February!
Francis Beckett