Saint John’s High School Auditions!
Open auditions for High School Age Women
From the original farce by Mark Twain
Thursday, November 16th 2:30-5
Call backs, Monday, November 20th 2:30-5
Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. Please bring a small headshot (photo of yourself) to attach to the audition form. Anyone interested in auditioning who is not available on Thursday should see Mr. Colby for an alternate time.
All auditions will take place in the Saint John’s High School Black Box in the Ryken Center:
Saint John’s High School
378 Main Street Shrewsbury MA 01545
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
February, 8th- 10th in the Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center, Saint John’s High School
Rehearsals will primarily be:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s from 2:30-5 in the black box. Starting after Thanksgiving.
Questions should be directed to:
Mr. Colby – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.
Jean-Francois Millet: The renowned realist painter. The play takes place before he has attained his fame, and facing financial ruin he fakes his death and disguises himself as his fictional twin sister, the widow Tillou. Heels and lipstick will be required.
Agamemnon Buckner ("Chicago"): A young artist. Millet's American friend, quick witted and clever, but rough around the edges. He delivers a lot of one-liners, like an old time comedian. Hatches the plot to fake Millet's death and forms the secondary love interest with Cecile.
Hans von Bismarck ("Dutchy"): A pupil of Millet and a German ethnic stereotype. The second of Millet's inner circle of friends. More down-to-earth, he tends to play the straight man of the trio.
Phelim O'Shaughnessy: A pupil of Millet and an Irish ethnic stereotype. The third of Millet's friends. Hot-tempered, he often plays the fool. If he were a Marx brother he'd be Chico, only Irish.
Papa Leroux: A down-on-his-luck widower, and father of both Marie and Cecile. Like Millet, he faces foreclosure. After "the widow Tillou" saves his family, he falls in love with "her".
Marie Leroux: Millet's love interest. She is heartbroken when her true love "dies".
Cecile Leroux: Sister to Marie. At once prudish and incessantly jealous of her love interest, Chicago, Cecile gets in on the cross-dressing act by disguising herself as a policeman to spy on him.
Bastien Andre: The play's villain. Millet's and Leroux's creditor, he attempts to blackmail first Marie, and then the widow into marrying him.
Madames Bathilde and Caron: Millet's neighbors. They adore the artist, but are powerless to help him. They always appear together, often repeating the other's line or finishing the other's sentence.
Basil Thorpe: An English ethnic stereotype. A potential art buyer who only wants paintings by deceased artists.
Claude Riviere: A reporter for "Le Figaro".
Charlie: The widow Tillou's servingman.
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