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22 Mar, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
About the Show:
AWAY is an Australian classic set in the late 1960’s. The production opens with a school performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the great Shakespearean themes of suffering, regeneration and reconciliation persist. It’s Christmas 1967 and time to re-enact the rituals of the summer holiday. Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful AWAY exposes the comedy and tragedy of their lives.
The play has eight strong roles that give actors a chance to demonstrate their talent and versatility, plus an ensemble of fairies/other characters for those who want something smaller in the production and can play multiple characters. A nine week rehearsal period, three times a week : Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday nights (although not everyone is required at every rehearsal!).
TOM, a student – 18-20’s (looks 17, talented actor, outgoing/shy contradictions)
MEG, a student – 18-20’s (looks 17, friendly, earnest, thoughtful, understanding)
ROY, the Headmaster – 40-60’s (authoritative, solid, plodding, thoughtful)
CORAL, his wife – 30-50’s, (frail, grieving for her son who was killed in Vietnam, yet flirty, scattered)
GWEN, Meg’s mother – 35-50 (supportive, vindictive, manipulating, bitdhy)
JIM, Meg’s father – 35-55 (henpecked, understanding, a rock)
HARRY, Tom’s father – 40-55 (English immigrant, easygoing)
VIC, Tom’s mother -35-50 (English immigrant, protective)
Leonie, Camper, Fairy, F – 20-30s+
Rick, Hotel Guest, Camper 1, Fairy, M – 20-30s+
Miss Latrobe, Hotel Guest, Camper, Fairy, F – 20-30s+
MC, Hotel Guest, Camper, Fairy, F, M – 18-40s+
There will be a READING of AWAY for those that want to know what the play is all about, and what roles might suit you.
SUNDAY 20th MARCH 1:30-4:30
@ the LC Theatre, 60 Cleaver Tce, Belmont.
Come along and have a read, get the feel for the play and the character/s you might be interested in. ALL welcome.
TUESDAY 22nd and WEDNESDAY 23rd MARCH
6.30pm – 9.30pm in one hour timeslots (i.e 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm), with four to five people booked per timeslot.
Auditionees will be required to read selections from the Script, although they may wish to perform a 2-3 minute monologue of their choosing if they wish to do so.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
or contact the director Christine Ellis (0430 494 924) with your preferred audition date and time.
ARENA is an independent, not-for-profit Western Australian Theatre Company producing Theatre For Schools, Community Theatre and professional Co-Op productions.
Since 1988, we have created more than 200 Arts Projects, which have had over 5000 performances for an audience in excess of 1 000 000.
We aim to provide creative opportunities in the Arts, to encourage the growth of local, grass-roots theatre, and to create works to reach new and existing audiences.
We look forward to you becoming a part of the ARENA experience.
Author: Michael Gow
Venue: LC Theatre, 60 Cleaver Tce, BELMONT
Theatre Company: ARENAarts
Show Dates: JUNE 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 8pm and June 12 & 19 @ 2pm
Director: Christine Ellis