Audition Notice – Love, Loss, and What I Wore

A play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman

DATE: Tuesday 23 February
Time: 7.30pm for an 8pm start
Place: Pavilion Theatre

A show about matters of the heart and matters of the wardrobe

The play is a scrapbook of monologues and ensemble pieces about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Accessorizing these tales — which are mostly comic but sometimes sad or sentimental too — are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear and the sisters who’ve got your back. The life story of a woman named Gingy is woven in and out of the other tales; it follows Gingy through three marriages, multiple motherhood and the death of a child, each turning point marked by a particular item of clothing.
This play requires 5 confident female actors, 4 of whom will play multiple characters. A breakdown below is not ‘final’ but is indicative of the likely breakdown of characters played by each actor. There are some large monologues, and your comedic and dramatic skills will get a work out.

Cast of 5 Women

Actor 1 Gingy
Actor 2 Gingy’s mum, Nancy’s mum, Rosie, Lynne, Mary, Nora, Doctor
Actor 3 Nancy, Stephanie, Liz, Annie, Eve’s Shrink, Woman, Amanda
Actor 4 Alex’s mum, Holly, Merrill, Older sister, Pam, Dora, Eve, Lisa, Geralyn
Actor 5 Alex, Nancy, Young sister, Mary’s mother, Heather

Age is really not important as this play relies heavily on each actors ability to perform multiple characters of various ages without the aid of any costume changes, props or special effects. This is all in the acting. The exception to this is Actor 1 who only plays Gingy; I imagine this role will be 50 at the youngest but I am happy to be convinced otherwise!

For the Audition

Please prepare a monologue of no longer than 2 minutes. If you can do a New York accent or a decent general American I’d like to hear it however, this is not essential. The play is set in New York however the stories are universal so I want to cast first based on your acting not necessarily accents. We will also work from the script.

The Rehearsal Schedule

In an ideal world we will have a first read on Monday 29 February and at that time confirm a rehearsal schedule. The proposed schedule being Mondays and Thursdays from Thursday 3 March. This may seem early however we will have a break over the Easter long weekend and the Anzac Day holiday which, is also a long weekend. I am also building in some flexibility for whatever requirements and commitments the cast may have that need to be accommodated. Bump in will be Sunday 1 May and there will be a rehearsal or two on the weekends just prior to Opening Night on 3 June.

If you have any questions or want a copy of the script please contact Meredith Jacobs on 0402 645 808 or at meredith.jacobs@icloud.com
Thanks and cheeio
Meredith


Note: Castle Hill Players hold  6 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.