Auditions

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Adapted by Noah Smith.

Directed by Paul Sztelma

 

Audition Date: 24 September, 2019

7.30pm for 8pm start at the Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill

Production dates (incl. previews): 27 Jan to 22 Feb, 2020

Rehearsals will begin in mid-October with a one week break over Christmas.


THE PLAY:

Victorian London, 1888. Dr Henry Jekyll, shy and unassuming, is content with his reputation as a moral, upright citizen. Or so it would seem. Frustrated by his dull normalcy and intrigued by the notion of the “dual nature of man”, Jekyll secretly creates a formula to unleash his hidden bestial nature. And Edward Hyde is born. Hyde indulges in drink and debauchery while Jekyll’s life of propriety continues – until Hyde’s passions begin to turn up a body count.

Noah Smith’s intimate adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic blends science fiction, drama and horror to create a unique theatrical experience.


THE ROLES:

MAID (F, late 20s and upwards)

BUTLER (M, late 20s and upwards)

These aren’t your typical supporting “maid/butler” roles. Both these characters narrate the story, play multiple characters that populate London and become part of Jekyll’s subconscious – equally goading and chastising the Doctor. They need to work as a team, be physically fit and capable of portraying a certain menace. They can be any age, as long as they fit the criteria above. English accents of varying degrees of class.

JEKYLL/HYDE (M, 30s and upwards)

Jekyll – shy, retiring, not comfortable around women, proper and of good name. Hyde – the exact opposite. Though both are undeniably brilliant – just in different fields. The actor playing Jekyll and Hyde will need to be able to convincingly portray both sides of the coin whilst hinting at what lies beneath each individual personality. Though the script calls for an actor capable of undergoing a physical change, we’ll be doing a lot of work tailoring the nuances of the Jekyll/Hyde dichotomy with the strengths of the actor cast. Bald heads, wigs and crippled arms (as stated in the script) aren’t necessarily required! English accent, upper class.

LANYON (M, 30s and upwards)

Well-bred Londoner. A medical professional and peer of Jekyll. Aghast at the Doctor’s more preposterous theories and perhaps also jealous of his brilliance. Lanyon’s Christian propriety causes revulsion at Jekyll’s defiance of nature’s law. English accent, upper class.

UTTERSON (M, 40s and upwards)

Another well-bred Londoner, a lawyer and peer of Jekyll. Of the Jeckyll/Lanyon/Utterson trio, is the oldest, the wisest and has probably seen his fair share of horrors. He is also the Uncle of young Enfield and though he’s aware of his nephew’s proclivities, he still loves him. Utterson’s decency ultimately saves him. English accent, upper class.

*A note about the Jeckyll/Lanyon/Utterson trio: The script calls for each of the men to be in their 50s. Ignore that! I’m more interested in how you can play the part than your age.

ENFIELD (M, late 20s to early 30s)

A real rotter, gadabout and frequenter of brothels. Though he thinks himself more of a whimsical free spirit. Wants to sow as many wild oats as he can before his marriage to Helen. Conceited and revelling in his own youth, Enfield is still able to come across as a decent man when it suits him. English accent, upper class.

HELEN (F, early 20s to early 30s)

A woman of means, inquisitiveness and natural intelligence. Well-read and abundant in the qualities that make decent men fall in love with her. Modest and completely unaware of her effect on men, she may even be a little too trusting. Helen’s curiosity and intellect prove the downfall of Jekyll/Hyde. Standard American accent.

CYBEL (F, 30s to 40s)

A prostitute not so much with a heart of gold (though she is) but a mind like a steel trap. Cybel’s lot in life may have defeated a lesser woman but Cybel knows who she is, what she is and she’ll be damned if anybody thinks less of her for it. She is a formidable match for Hyde. English accent, working class.


Contact the director (me) on paul.sztelma@uts.edu.au to get a script emailed to you. Please read the script BEFORE the audition so you understand what you might be in for. I will also give you the excerpts from the script that we’ll be reading at the audition – I want you to come PREPARED.

 

And if you have any questions before the audition, I’m happy to talk (0400 460 233) or converse via email.

Paul Sztelma.


AUDITION NOTICE

Things I Know to be True
by Andrew Bovell
22nd October 2019

Director: Carol Wimmer
Stage Manager: Donna Sim
Set Design: Steve Wimmer

 

 

Audition Information

Where: The Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill Showground (off Showground Road)
When: Tuesday 22nd October 2019. Doors open at 7.30 for an 8.00pm start.
Format: This will be an open audition.
Please prepare a one minute monologue from your favourite Australian play OR tell us a funny story about your family!

Following this we shall work on extracts from the script.

Performance Run: 27th MARCH to 18th APRIL 2020 including two previews.
Please note this includes the April school holidays and the Easter break, except for Good Friday (10th April)

Rehearsals: There will be a reading in November, some individual character work and two readings/discussions in December, then twice weekly rehearsals, usually on Mondays and Thursdays from 2nd January.

Background: This beautifully crafted family drama written by one of Australia’s most perceptive playwrights (The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling, Strictly Ballroom – screenplay) is set in the garden of a home in suburban Adelaide. Written in 2016, it has played in Adelaide, London (a four-month run to full houses), the USA, Germany and had its very first Sydney production at Belvoir St in July this year.

Theme: Fran and Bob Price love their adult kids dearly. Their kids love them just as much. But things are not always what they seem … and sometimes that comes as a shock, not just to Fran and Bob! How the family deals with the changes life brings shows the strength of their love

CHARACTERS:

Bob Price Aged about 63, Bob is a retrenched factory worker. He’s taken his retrenchment fairly well, concentrating his energy on the garden and looking after his grandchildren after school. Bob is relatively easy-going, with a wry sense of humour. He has worked hard to give his kids the opportunities he feels he didn’t have.

Fran Price Aged about 57, Fran is a registered nurse who works different shifts at the local hospital. She is a busy person who has always multi-tasked, balancing her job, the family and their finances adeptly. She hides her own emotions well but is remarkably perceptive about the feelings of others.

Pippa Their daughter, aged 34, has been promoted from the classroom to Curriculum Development with the Dept of Education. She is married with two school-aged daughters. She has felt the ‘brunt’ of being the eldest child.

Mark Their son, aged 32, is an Information Technology specialist. He’s kind, caring but has been keeping a secret from the family that he knows will cause heartache.

Ben Their second son, aged 28, works in Finance. He is smart, easy going, persuasive, ambitious – and still brings his shirts home for Fran to wash!

Rosie Their youngest child, aged 19, is still deciding what she wants to do after a ‘gap year’ trip to Europe. The age gap between the children means that Rosie looks up to the others and they feel protective of her – as do her parents.

Please ring or email me for a copy of the script and READ it before the audition so you ‘get to know’ the family and understand the dynamics. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all.

Carol Wimmer: 0412 386 943 carol@wimmer.com.au