We are happy to announce auditions for The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields. Directed by Ashley Johnson.
Auditions will take place on January 23 and 24 from 6-9pm at the Terrell-Everest Theater located at 14001 SE 1st Street in Vancouver, WA. Possible callbacks on Jan 25 from 6-9, if necessary. Please bring a resume and current headshot if you have them. Proof of vaccination is required if you are cast.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. This is a very physical show. Please come to auditions being prepared to do some movement.
Rehearsals are M-TH 6:30-9 and Sundays 2-5. Performance dates are March 4 to April 2. Performances are Friday 7pm, Saturday 7pm, and Sunday 2pm. On the last weekend, there will be two performances on Saturday and no Sunday matinee.
Annie is the company’s stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any character. She’s initially terrified by acting, but is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her terror turns to joy, and then to fury. She starts small, but grows and grows. American accent.
Chris/Inspector Carter is the director of the play-within-a-play Murder at Haversham Manor and plays the esteemed Inspector Carter. This is the biggest day of his life. He is rigid and uptight. The experience of performing the show is both nerve-wracking and exciting. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs, the pain deepens. RP accent.
Robert/Thomas Colleymore wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his presentational style. But he’s not a parody of a bad actor, just unaware of others around him. He does not feel bad when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There’s a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert). Must have RP accent and real vocal power.
Dennis/Perkins has no real desire to be involved in the theatre; he just wants friends. He believes if he does well in the show, he’ll be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony and a personal tragedy for him. He’s slightly oblivious, but understands when he gets things wrong. RP accent.
Trevor is the play’s curmudgeonly lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. He doesn’t like actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including talking to the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. American accent.
Jonathan/Charles Haversham is a bit bland personality-wise but sees himself as a James Bond-type. Excited and having fun. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but it’s mostly just for fun for him. The role of Charles Haversham is a very physically demanding role. RP accent.
Max/Cecil Haversham/Arthur has never been onstage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he’s told to do. He has zero connection with any of the actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the fourth wall and engages with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn’t think anything through. RP accent.
Sandra/Florence Colleymore is vain and has a huge ego. She wants to be loved. She has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants, but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). The stakes are high for her. Very physical role – RP accent.
We are an all-volunteer organization and there is no pay, however we have implemented an Actor’s Benefit Code to allow cast and crew to receive some compensation. We are committed to inclusive casting and encourage all to audition.
We ask that all auditioners for this show are 21 and over. If you are not yet 21, please send us an email so we can add you to a separate audition list! If you have questions or require any further information, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Play That Goes Wrong is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York.