Audition Notice : ENCHANTED APRIL by Matthew Barber, from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Tuesday November 26 - November 30
Performance dates and venues :
These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only. Click here for details.
The next company auditions are scheduled for December 1st and January 5th.
Audition Dates & Times :
Recalls (if required) will be arranged as soon as possible after auditions.
If you plan to audition, follow this link to the audition form.
All cast and crew will be required for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals on Sunday 26th, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April. Rehearsals will take place from mid- February. Exact dates to be determined, but there will normally be three rehearsals during the week, plus one at the weekend.
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.
If you have any questions about the play or the production or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown please contact the Director, John McSpadyen.
John McSpadyen is now in his 30th year as a Tower member, having been an ASM, SM, sound/ lighting operator, set designer, actor and director. He has been onstage in (amongst others) “Blue Remembered Hills”,” Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, “The Factory Girl”s, “Translations”, “Dealer’s Choice”, “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll”, “Farragut North”, “Hindle Wakes”, “Pravda” and “Harvey”. His productions as director include “Copenhagen”, “Faith Healer”, “The Constant Wife”, “Bash”, “Speaking in Tongues”, “Farewell to the Theatre” and “Henry V”. John is also a regular member of the build team for Sunday get-ins.
The director writes:
“To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine. Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for the month of April. Cook, gardens, ocean view. Reply Box 11”…
London, 1922. Lotty Wilton and Rose Arnott, two middle-class London housewives, read the same advertisement in The Times. They are frustrated and unhappy with their lives and with their husbands, but for very different reasons. Together they plan a holiday that is part adventure, part escape. Joining them to share costs are Lady Caroline Bramble, a beautiful ‘modern’ tired of the burden of London society, and Mrs Graves, an elderly widow who clings to her past. Arriving in Italy, the four women initially experience tension between themselves. However, they find rejuvenation and common ground in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope & love as its magic works upon them…
Based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s beloved novel of the 1920s, Enchanted April is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners, full of wit and pathos. Against a backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I, Enchanted April offers to its characters (and audience) a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal. I am very much looking forward to working on this gem of a play.
Cast required :
All playing ages given are approximate. Please do not be put off from auditioning if you feel you aren’t quite the right age.
In the course of the play several characters speak Italian, with varying levels of proficiency. Don’t panic! Assistance will be provided.
Lotty (Charlotte) Wilton (late 20s/early 30s) : Housewife. Sad but determined. Prone to excitable outbursts of hope and excitement.
Rose Arnot (mid to late 30s) : Described as a ‘disappointed Madonna’. Pious, reserved. A sense of holding-in of emotion, which is released in Italy. She and Frederick have the shared pain of losing a child.
Lady Caroline Bramble: (mid 20s) : Socialite. Young but weary, weighed down by the life she leads.
Mrs Graves: (60s+) : A widow. Highly proper, dignified, waspish, but beneath it kind and caring.
Mellersh Wilton: (early 30s) : Lotty’s husband. Solicitor. Projects himself as older & wiser. Can be slightly pompous.
Frederick Arnott: (30s/ early 40s) : Rose’s husband. Writer of ‘racy’ historical biographies. His frivolous demeanour hides pain and sadness.
Anthony Wilding: (mid 20s) : Owner of San Salvatore, the ‘small castle’. Artist. Open and pleasant. Served as an officer in Flanders during WWI.
Constanza: (50s plus) : Italian housekeeper (and mother of nine!) Opinionated and feisty. Very fond of Wilding, who she has known since he was young. NB: Only speaks Italian.
If you are interested in any of these roles or would like to discuss any aspect of the production please contact the Director, John McSpadyen.
Please try and read the script before auditioning. The edition we are using is published by Dramatists Play Service. If you do not want to buy it, a reading copy will be available from the Tower Office.