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AUDITIONS: The Radio Play Disaster

THE RADIO PLAY DISASTER

By Don Zolidis

Auditions will be held on
Thursday, May 9th, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, May 13th, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
Monson Memorial Hall
198 Main Street Monson, MA

Callbacks will be on
Thursday, May 16th, 2024 @ 6:00 pm

AUDITION PROCESS

  1. Please fill out an Audition Sheet if you have not brought one with you.  Feel free to attach resumes, but they are not necessary.
  2. Return the Audition Sheet to one of the staff and have a seat in the waiting room.
  3. At the beginning of the process the Production Staff will address auditioners as a group.  You will then be asked to wait until your number or name is called.
  4. Once called, please go to the room where you are directed.  
  5. You will have the opportunity to do a prepared reading* and a cold reading from the script and may be assisted with actors who are there just to read with you.

*Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue in the style of a dramatic comedy.

Once you have completed this stage of the audition, you do NOT have to stay.   We will see every one once.  If for some reason you would like to be seen a second time, you can wait until the end and we’ll be happy to see you again. It is not necessary to come to both

CALL BACKS

Call Backs will be Thursday, May 16th, 2024 @ 6:00 pm.

An e-mail will be sent after Monday, May 13th. Just because you do not get called back for a role, does not mean that you are not going to get a role.  Call Backs are for refining our decisions.  You may be just what we need and won’t need to come to a call back.

We will cast the show by Saturday, May 18, 2024 and post the cast list on the website (http://monsonartscouncil.org) as soon as possible.   As much as we would like to cast everyone, we are limited due to cast size and stage space. 

Read through will be Sunday, May 19, 2024, with performances on July 19-21, 2024 .

CHARACTER DESCRITIONS

HARLAN BEAN
Genius of a writer hoping to be the next Orson Wells, but realizes the era of radio is fading as TV comes into view. He’s desperate to make his mark before his time is up. Real “voice for radio” kinda guy.

MAX
Typical stage manager type, over skilled, overworked

TRIXIE FLANDERS
Foley Artist for the show. Feels underappreciated and has a less than ideal working relationship with Harlan. Becomes a disruption to the live broadcast.

OTIS SHARIDAN
A strong but nervous actor, Otis is thrown into the position of playing every reporter at the last moment. His strong improv skills work in tandem with his growing nerves and irritation.

SAMANTHA POWERS (aka LANDRIEU)
It’s clear she wasn’t cast for her quick wit. Although she plays “the world’s leading scientist”, she struggles to follow the script and has no presence of character outside of her own, slightly dimmer, but bubbly personality.

LARISSA JACKS (DR. LANDRIEU’S ASSISTANT
Firmly believes she deserves a better role than she was given, and she is  probably correct. As the show progresses Larissa decides to take what she deserves.

SIR BRINSLEY CATAMOUNT
Plays both Cletus and Delilah. He is a famous British actor on loan from a very fancy theater. Preferable British accent.

JOSIE O’CONNER (aka JOSEPHINE MAXWELL)
A wannabe dramatist who over acts and hams it up just a little too much.

ADRIENNE LUCAS (aka BRIANNA ARMTRIAGE)
Very nervous young person whose character is witness to horrible atrocities.

TONYA BRISTOW (aka MAYOR PATRICIA DUNBAR)
A combination of winging it and phoning it in, Tonya is married to Branford. She’s trying to recapture her youth through radio dramas.

BRANFORD BRISTOW (aka TIMOTHY DUNBAR)
Dragged into this show by his wife, he is an awful actor playing a dull husband. Big stretch.

MARIA SPUMANTE (aka PRESS SECRETARY MINIONS)
Maria is deathly ill, but trying her best to hide it through the performance. It isn’t going well.

FURIOUSE HAMSTER (aka THE WALK ON)
After winning a walk-on role, this meat head thinks the louder he is, the better his acting is. Over the top kinda guy.

 
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