Casting Call for "The Play That Goes Wrong" Play
ONLY LOCAL TALENT WILL BE ACCEPTED. Auditions for "The Play That Goes Wrong" open to performers of diverse backgrounds, including different races, ethnicities, genders, and those with disabilities. Please see the details below. About the project: Cornley Polytechnic Dramatic Society presents ‘Murder At Haversham Manor’, and everything that could go wrong, does. We are seeking truthful, funny, physically adept performers who can commit to the style of the play and fully inhabit the characters. Additional info: Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to check in and fill out any necessary paperwork. Please prepare a two-minute comedic monologue. Please bring a current picture and resume. Callbacks will be scheduled by invitation only on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm The company has contracted a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to advise them on best practices to ensure the safety of everyone involved in this production. For contract tracing purposes, we will inquire as to your vaccination status when signing up for your audition. If you are interested, please apply.
High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters. He is the director of the show and this is the biggest day of his life. Everything is riding on this. It is a nerve wracking and exciting night. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens. He has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors & the audience watching the play. RP ACCENT.
Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style. He is, however, not a parody of a bad actor. He is unaware of others around him. He does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert). Has real vocal power. RP ACCENT.
He has never been on stage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he's told to do. He has zero connection with any of the other actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall and engages with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn't think anything through, just looks for approval. RP ACCENT.
He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none). He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He may be slightly oblivious, but understands when he gets things wrong. The laughter is a personal tragedy/failure. RP ACCENT.
The play’s lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. Curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. He hates acting. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.
A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type. Excited and having fun, but not naïve. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others. Very Physical role. RP ACCENT.
She is vain and possess a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants, but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). You know the type. The stakes are high for her. Very physical role. RP ACCENT.
The stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When Sandra is indisposed Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in. Initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her initial terror turns to joy, and then to fury. She starts small, but grows and grows. STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT.