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Rumors (Expired)

PERFORMANCE DATES: 10th NOVEMBER – 2nd DECEMBER
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT: THEATRE ON CHESTER, CNR CHESTER & OXFORD ST., EPPING. FROM 7.30 P.M.
PLEASE CONTACT JOY SWEENEY ON divajoy@tpg.com.au or 0418293494 FOR AN AUDITION TIME.

AUDITIONS WILL BE A “COLD READ” BUT YOU WILL BE GIVEN TIME TO LOOK OVER THE CHOSEN SCRIPT PIECES BEFORE YOU AUDITION.

PLEASE NOTE: AMERICAN ACCENTS ARE ESSENTIAL

REHEARSALS ARE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THEATRE ON
CHESTER. PERFORMANCES (see dates above) ARE FOR 3 WEEKS/4
WEEKENDS. THEY CONSIST OF WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS
(NIGHTS ONLY) AND SUNDAYS AT 5.00 P.M.
IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL YOU WILL NEED TO BE A FINANCIAL MEMBER –
COST $10

Synopsis:

“Rumors”, by Neil Simon, is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located in New York in the year 1988. The characters are arriving as guests at a 10th Anniversary Dinner. The first couple to arrive discovers that one of their hosts (Charley) has apparently attempted suicide…unsuccessfully. Charley’s wife, Myra, is nowhere to be found and neither are the servants. Through the course of the show, the audience never meets Charley or Myra. As more guests arrive, there are cover- ups, deceptions, mistaken identities, and a lot of huge laughs.

Characters:

The primary characters are the four couples that arrive as guests at the dinner. The other characters are a male and female police officer who arrive in Act II.
Character age is somewhat flexible. The primary concern is that couples look like they “go together”. General age range for the entire cast, ideally, would be from early 30s to early 50s. At the outside, mid 20s to 60 if you can play older or younger.

CHRIS GORMAN (F)
Chris is an attractive woman. She is nervous and neurotic. She recently quit smoking but quickly falls off the wagon.

KEN GORMAN (M)
Ken is Chris’ husband and is Charley’s attorney and friend.
Ken is pompous, serious, a know-it-all…when he can hear. About midway through the first act, Ken has a slight accident with the shotgun. It goes off next to his head and leaves him virtually deaf for a good part of the centre section of the show.

CLAIRE GANZ (F)
Claire is an unimpressed, laconic smart mouth who is seemingly amused by everything that is going on.

LEONARD “LENNY” GANZ (M)
Lenny is Claire’s husband. He is Charley’s accountant. Lenny is by far the most foul-mouthed, outspoken member of the cast. He is also HILARIOUS. IMPORTANT NOTE: Lenny has a bizarre three page monologue at the end of the show where he is posing as “Charley” and tells his version of just what’s been going on. Lenny and Claire have also had a car wreck on the way over and Lenny’s neck keeps locking up on him.

COOKIE CUSACK (F)
Cookie is a flamboyant host of her own cooking show. She is garish, a bit ditzy and will be expected to deliver quite a bit of physical comedy. Cookie has a bad back…so bad that she carries a special pillow with her everywhere.

ERNIE CUSACK (M)
Ernie is Cookie’s husband and Charley’s analyst. He is a somewhat quiet and calming presence in the midst of the storm of confusion. (Although he does lose it a couple of times) He helps Cookie prepare the meal for the evening and is mistaken for the butler at one point.

GLENN COOPER (M)
Glenn is a candidate for the State Senate and quite handsome.

CASSIE COOPER (F)
Cassie is Glenn’s wife. She is younger, very good looking and totally nuts.

OFFICER BEN WELCH (M)
No nonsense cop in his 40s-50s. Has a couple of smaller monologues.

OFFICER PUDNEY (M OR F)
Much younger than Welch. Welch’s partner. Minimal lines.

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Starts
Thursday 3 August, 2017
Ends
Thursday 10 August, 2017
Venue
Theatre On Chester
Venue Address
Cnr Chester & Oxford St
Location

Victoria, Melbourne

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