Keystone Theatrics at The Playhouse At Allenberry Announces Auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies!
Directed by Suzanne Delle
Two struggling actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes From Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in Amish country. When they hear that an elderly woman in York, PA plans on leaving her immense fortune to her late sister’s long lost children, Max and Steve, they see an opportunity to end to their woes. What seems like a perfect plan quickly dissolves into mayhem as they discover that the woman’s relatives are not nephews, but nieces! Jack and Leo give their greatest performance yet as “Maxine and Stephanie” in this laugh out loud comedy by the genius who brought us Lend Me a Tenor and The Game’s Afoot.
Audition Dates (please attend 1 and arrive at the posted start time):
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
Callbacks (if needed)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
Please be prepared to:
– Read a prepared one minute or less comedic monologue of your choice
– Read provided selections from the script
– Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts throughout the rehearsal period)
*Additional audition times may be scheduled ONLY if you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions. Please contact Keystone Theatrics Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an audition at least two weeks in advance if this is the case.*
Rehearsals will begin in December before breaking for the holidays. Tech week will be from Saturday, February 15 through Thursday, February 20, 2020. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances.
February 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM
February 22, 23, 29, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal period and performance schedule before auditioning. You must be willing to make the show a priority.
Performers high school aged and up are welcome to audition. Experienced or first time performers who enjoy acting are invited to audition. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend.
Roles Available (5 M, 3 F)
(All playing ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting)
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 (30-40s) 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 (30-40s) 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 (40-60s) 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 (60-70s) 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.