|Audition Notice||Blithe Spirit||
by Noël Coward
This is Dan Usztan's fifth time directing for the Tower Theatre following productions of Wolf Hall, Road, One Man - Two Guvnors and After the Dance; he also played One Round in The Ladykillers in 2017. Elsewhere, he has directed productions of The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, Bear Hug and The Crucible (Woodhouse Players), The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Crucible Studio). He is an Assistant Artistic Director of the Tower Theatre.
CHARLES : What's the matter with Budleigh Salterton?
ELVIRA : I was an eager young bride Charles - I wanted glamour and music and romance - all I got was potted palms, seven hours every day on a damp golf course and a three-piece orchestra playing Merrie England.
The director writes :
Blithe Spirit, first seen in the West End in 1941, concerns the novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth.
One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?
The characters are :
There's a cast of seven and not a bad part in the show! Ages are a guideline, and as long they work together (i.e. the Bradmans could be any age from 40+ as long as both partners are the same age!). I'm open to whoever comes along. Ethnicity is also not an issue.
Charles Condomine (40+) : Celebrated novelist. Debonair, arrogant, bemused.
Ruth Condomine (35+) : Charles' second wife. Practical, sharp, witty.
Elvira Condomine (35+; now dead) : Charles' deceased first wife. Devilish, seductive, determined.
Madame Arcati (50+) : A medium. Spiritual, practical, eccentric.
Doctor Bradman (40+) : A friend of Charles and Ruth. Sensible, serious, dry.
Mrs Bradman (40+) : A friend of Charles and Ruth. Dotty, friendly, faded.
Edith (20+) : The Condomine's maid. Nervous, limber, confused.
We will make selections from the play available for the audition nearer the time; please have a read before you come along.
Please come prepared at auditions to give the Director any dates during the rehearsal period that you are unavailable. Please make it clear if you wish to audition for certain roles only and are not prepared to accept another part.