Thanks to everyone for the huge audition turn out for Dearly Departed. View the cast list at Dearly Departed.
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Paul James
April 25, 26, 27, 29 & May 2, 3, 4, 6
AUDITIONS: Feb. 20 & 22. (Callbacks Feb. 22 and/or Feb. 25) More info and Audition form to be posted in January.
Show Description: Leading Ladies is a hilarious comedy about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Hilarious complications ensue when Leo, disguised as “Maxine”, falls in love with Meg (who is engaged to Duncan) and Jack, disguised as “Stephanie”, falls for Audrey (who is pursued by Butch, to the dismay of his father, Doc). Leo and Jack constantly have to switch between their male and female identities. Meg also loves the theater, so Leo stages a performance of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s gender-bending folly that serves as the perfect backdrop for Ludwig’s masterful and side-splitting farce.
Short Description: When Leo and Jack, two D-list English actors, are stranded without a penny or prospects after a calamitous performance of “Scenes from Shakespeare” at the Shrewsbury Moose Lodge, they concoct a scheme to “inherit” the fortune of an old lady in York, PA … by impersonating her long-lost nephews, Max and Steve. A topsy-turvy, side-splitting roller coaster of a romantic romp by one of America’s most beloved playwrights.
Please dress comfortably for auditions. Auditions consist of readings from the script. See possible and partial list of sides below. The men auditioning for Leo and Jack need to have British accents.
The cast for LEADING LADIES includes a total of 5 men and 3 women. This is a broad and romantic farce set in the Victorian home of Florence Snider in York, PA and surrounding areas. The action takes place in the late 1950’s. Prepare yourselves for deception, high jinks, love and even a little Shakespeare. All of the ages listed are “playing ages,” and a couple of them are even flexible depending on how the other roles are cast. We are looking for strong characters that take themselves seriously despite ridiculous situations. LEO and JACK must have English accents and also be believable as women. LEO, JACK and MEG must appear to “speak” Shakespeare fluently; the others, less so. Almost EVERYONE kisses someone during the play and JACK is kissed quickly by DOC and BUTCH; however, no kisses will be required at auditions.
CHARACTERS: (Ages below are very broad ranges and not exactly restrictive. Very flexible casting as it relates to age range.)
Meg Snider: Meg is the quintessential girl next door. 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 a self-confident woman. (Age: 20’s- 30’s+-)
Leo Clark: A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England, marginally gifted, charming yet mildly pompous, prone to temper tantrums and longs to achieve stardom. 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 he’s disguised in a dress as Maxine. 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 with a dollop of physical comedy to boot. (Age: 20’s-30’s)
Jack Gable: A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England, Leo’s partner, easily dragged into Leo’s harebrained schemes (think Ethel to Leo’s Lucy), nice guy, longs to settle down…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. (Age: Late 20’s to 30’s)
Duncan Wooley: Local minister, engaged to Meg. He’s a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, scatter-brained, a tad egocentric and lives in his own world. He distains actors and is very suspicious of Leo(Maxine) and Jack(Stephanie). His telephone conversations with the police should demonstrate comedic timing and contrast his mild manner with occasional bursts of temper. (Age: 30’s-50’s+-)
Audrey: A well built, extremely sweet and good-natured, an “intelligent airhead.” Audrey roller-skates. A big heart prepared to deliver some very funny lines that she has no clue are funny. 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. (Age: 20’s-30’s+-)
Doc Myers: 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. (Age: 40’s-60’s)
Florence Snider: Meg’s aunt, she’s the richest woman in York. Florence is extremely crusty, has terrible eyesight, and is a tough old broad. She’s seen it all, done it all, and doesn’t take any crap, especially from the Doctor. Must switch quickly between sweetness and anger, life and apparent death. (Age: 60-70’s+-)
Butch Myers: 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. (Age: 20’s)
The following partial list of sides will be among some of those used at auditions, but do not need to be memorized. We recommend you read the script to properly prepare, understand the show and laugh hysterically.
A. MEG and DUNCAN (pp. 8 -11)
B. DOC (p.12) – Soliloquy to the Moose Lodge
C. AUDREY with LEO and JACK (pp. 20-23) – Audrey’s entrance to exit
D. MEG and DUNCAN (pp. 29-31)
E. BUTCH with DOC and MEG (pp. 31-32)
F. LEO (as Maxine), JACK (as mute Stephanie), BUTCH, DUNCAN, DOC, AUDREY, MEG, FLORENCE (pp. 31-38)
G. LEO (as Maxine) and MEG (pp. 42 -44) — Twelfth Night scene thru Meg’s line “Maxine? Hello?”
H. FLORENCE, DOC, DUNCAN, and JACK (as Stephanie) (pp. 49-51) – to Florence’s exit.
I. LEO, MEG and JACK (as Stephanie) (pp. 54-56) – Meg’s entrance to bottom of p. 56.
J. AUDREY, JACK, and LEO (as Maxine) (pp. 67-69)
K LEO (as Maxine), JACK (as Stephanie/Olivia), DOC (Sir Toby), BUTCH (Sir Andrew), MEG (Viola), AUDREY (Sebastian) (pp. 70-72) – Jack’s line (“Are you happy now?) to end of scene.
L. DUNCAN with FLORENCE (pp. 72-73) – Duncan on the phone with police.
M. JACK (as Stephanie), DUNCAN and DOC (pp. 80-83) – Jack’s entrance to Doc’s line “Good idea”
Please DOWNLOAD and complete your audition form in advance and bring with you to auditions. This will allow you to focus on your audition and avoid delays. Download will be posted in January.
Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.
Act Two shows play to large audiences with a loyal-season ticket subscriber base of theatre lovers. All performances take place in the beautiful 318-seat Performing Arts Theater at the St. Peters City Hall Cultural Arts Centre, adjacent to the Rec-Plex. The theater has comfortable seating and a terrific stage!
Theatre Location for Auditions
St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre
One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
Performing Arts Theatre is in the City Hall building, Western(far right) most building at the opposite end from the Rec-Plex. Act Two Theatre performs in St. Peters to one of the largest average audiences of local St. Louis area theatre companies. Each show runs 6-8 performances with attendance numbers ranging between 1000-1800 per run. Act Two’s loyal, large and enthusiastic season ticket subscriber base allows many to receive the gift, joy and magic of live theatre that our talented actors, directors, tech crew and volunteers create.
Act Two Theatre
2018 Audition Dates
Dates Subject to Change
The Great American Trailer Park Musical: May 15 & 17. (Callbacks May. 17 and/or May. 20)
Annie The Musical: August 21 & 23. Callbacks on August 26.
About Act Two Theatre:
2018 marks Act Two Theatre’s 25th season. We are proud to present another year of high-quality theatre in St. Peters, Missouri. We are located in the beautiful 318-seat Performing Arts Theater at the St. Peters City Hall Cultural Arts Centre, adjacent to the Rec-Plex. The theater has comfortable seating and a terrific stage!
Act Two Theatre performs to one of the largest average audiences as compared to other local St. Louis area theatre companies. Except for the Muny and Stages no other professional, regional or community theatre company boasts a larger following. Act Two’s loyal, large and enthusiastic season ticket subscriber base allows many to share in the joy and magic of live theatre that our talented actors, directors, tech crew and volunteers create.