The Play That Goes Wrong
HAYSWOOD THEATER ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Cornley Polytechnic Dramatic Society is presenting its newest production, ‘Murder At Haversham Manor’. Unfortunately for the Dramatic Society, everything that can go wrong, does as it all unfolds in front of the audience. Winner of the 2015 Oliver Award and considered one of the funniest shows to ever appear on Broadway, TPTGW is a comedy ensemble’s dream show.
show dates: June 15-25
ABOUT THE CAST:
PLEASE NOTE: This is a physically demanding show. Most roles will require varying amounts of crawling, climbing, lifting, running, and/or falling. There is also a sword fight and some hand-to- hand combat. We will be working with a trained movement/fight coach. The set moves and pieces (intentionally) fall at times, so specific blocking and safety procedures provided will need to be strictly adhered to.
Age ranges for characters are flexible (18+) and will depend upon groupings and pairings found through auditions.
CHRIS: (The director of the show – also plays Inspector Carter). A first-time director but a fairly decent actor if maybe a little melodramatic. Maybe he’s been in a Shakespeare play once. He tries his best to keep the show on track while gritting his teeth at the ineptness which surrounds him. [Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a high platform with no railing.]
JONATHAN: (Plays Charles Haversham, deceased). Poor guy. He’s been cast as a corpse but has trouble playing dead. Don’t worry – he actually has some lines as the play progresses. [Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a high platform with no railing.]
SANDRA: (Plays Florence Colleymore, the fiancé of the deceased who is having a secret affair with his brother). She is the company’s leading lady; a bit of a diva who thinks she’s more talented than she really is. (Or maybe she’s not too bright? There’s room for interpretation.) [Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.]
MAX: (Plays Cecil Haversham, brother of the deceased who is having a secret affair with Florence – also plays Arthur the Gardener in Act II). This role is fairly open to interpretation. Is he the company’s typical male ingenue? Their go-to character actor? A bit of a ham who likes applause?
ROBERT: (Plays Thomas Colleymore, the deceased best friend and Florence’s brother). This is the sort of actor who always gets cast as the ‘best friend’ or ‘brother.’ Earnest and optimistic, he always believes the show is going much more smoothly than it really is. Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a high platform with no railing.
DENNIS (Plays Perkins the Butler). Probably the worst actor of the bunch. Has difficulty pronouncing big words and has to write a cheat sheet on their sleeve. [Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable performing on a high platform with no railing.]
ANNIE: (The Stage Manager). Generally able to solve problems quickly. When she has to substitute as the leading lady, she goes from nervous to confident to downright competitive.
TREVOR: (The Sound Tech Guy). Occasionally misses his cues or forgets to turn his mic off. Generally stays backstage until he must substitute as the leading lady. (This is the least physically demanding role and is less of a time commitment.) [Note: The actor cast in this role will need to be comfortable being in an enclosed box for up to 5 minutes.]
ABOUT THE AUDITION:
Audition Dates (Auditioners MUST attend an in-person audition and arrive at the posted start time):
• March 5, 2023 at 7:30 P.M.
• March 6, 2023 at 7: 30P.M.
• Callbacks March 6, 2023 8:30 PM
Please be prepared to:�
• Take part in a movement audition
• Read provided selections from the script
• Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts. Tech week will be from June 10, 2023 through June 14th. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances.)