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2 Apr, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

About the Show:

We all know that the real drama in a theatre takes place backstage and creates quite a comedy to watch! This has never been more true than at Theatre Baroque, where the star, one-time matinee idol Burton Cavendish, suddenly dies an hour before the premiere of “Don Juan in Cleveland.” Once it is discovered that Cavendish has passed away, Lou, the director, calls on Ajax, the understudy, to fill in. But Ajax must play Cavendish both on and off stage, and he can’t tell anyone — not even his own mother! It is to be the great star’s last performance… and Ajax’s greatest performance ever. He reluctantly agrees, only to face nasty critics, doting mothers and one very large goon sent to collect a bundle from the great actor. Ajax even has to fool his own mother, who shows up backstage to say hello to Ajax and meet the famous Cavendish! (Little does she know she achieves both of those goals at one time!) Lines and plot twists fly in this theatrical farce where over-the-hill prima donnas reign — or think they do — and most of the rest of the cast is betting on who comes out on top.

Available Roles:

Max – the superstitious stage manager
Claire – sarcastic character actress
Mercedes – pompous aging actress
Polly – young assistant director
Efrem – gentlemanly character actor
Yolanda – costume lady
Ajax – young, ambitious understudy
Lou – (Louise) fast thinking female director
Skippy – nervous young playwright
Ginger – young actress looking for a free meal
Agnes – amiable actress
Goose – lighting director
Mr Oberclaw – anxious productor and theatre owner
Hattie – Ajax’s star-struck mother
Tyler – arrogant newspaper critic
Pete – large overbearing gangster

Audition Preparation:

Auditioned need to prepare a monologue 3-5min in length

Audition Contact:

auditions@laughinghorse.asn.au, 0439 132 232

Show Details:

Show: Backstage
Author: Pat Cook
Venue: Koorliny Arts Centre
Theatre Company: Koorliny Arts Centre & Laughing Horse Productions
Show Dates: July 15th, 16th (2 shows), 17th, 22nd and 23rd (2 shows)
Director: Kelly van Geest & Adam Salathiel


2 Apr, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Laughing Horse Productions


Koorliny Arts Centre
Sulphur Road
Kwinana, WA 6167 Australia
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9467 7118