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Audition Notice (Production and Tour): The Great Gatsby
Thursday January 16 @ 7:00 pm
Performance dates and venues :
Company members will be required to be in Cornwall from Saturday 29th August – Saturday 5th September.
Any financial costs (travel, accommodation) for the Cornwall Tour are the responsibility of the company member. However, the Tour Manager will help arrange your travel and accommodation if you wish.
Please make sure to confirm your availability for all these dates before auditioning.
These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only. Click here for details.
Audition Dates & Times :
Recalls on Saturday 18th January at 11.00, if required.
If you plan to audition, follow this link to the audition form.
When you audition for a role, YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH THE LONDON AND CORNWALL PERFORMANCES.
For the London performances, the full cast must be available for the get in and fit up all day on Sunday 26th July, and for Technical and Dress rehearsals on the evenings of Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th July.
Rehearsals will start in May and will take place weekday evenings and Sundays – actual dates and times to be confirmed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington.
If you have any questions about the play or the production, or cannot come to the auditions
David Taylor lives in Islington off the Caledonian Road by the canal. Early years were spent tinkering with model theatres and doing school plays but his first directing job for the Tower Theatre (as a very young man) was “The Boy Friend” in 1975. Since then he has directed and designed and occasionally acted in a wide range of shows. Favourite play productions include “Pygmalion, Nicholas Nickleby, My Night With Reg, As You Like It” and “Lark Rise”, and favourite musicals include “Mr Cinders, West Side Story, On The Town, Blitz, Valmouth, Sail Away, Guys and Dolls” and “The Producers”. which won the Minack Theatre trophy for the best production of the season in 2014. In 2016, he led the Tower’s team in their co-production with the RSC of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Play for the Nation”, which was presented at the Barbican Theatre in London and the RSC theatre in Stratford.
The Production Team :
Director : David Taylor
Music : Colin Guthrie
Movement : Janet South
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison and Sheila Burbidge
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
The director writes:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has become one of the most admired of the great American novels. It is an analysis of the American Dream depicting the hedonistic parties of the super rich during the Jazz Age. But at heart this is a dark story of dangerously twisted relationships. Set in 1922 when prohibition produced an underworld of bootleggers and speakeasys the story concerns the mysterious and charismatic Jay Gatsby and his obsessive love for Daisy – the girl he fell in love with before the war which kept them apart. This adaptation is a faithful telling of the story but which also allows great opportunity for a dramatic and cinematic staging.
Cast required :
Jay Gatsby (30s) : A romantic idealist. Good looking, rich, mysterious and enigmatic.
Daisy Buchanan (30s) : Southern. Beautiful and carefree but spoilt and depressive. A voice that sounds like money. Some singing required.
Tom Buchanan (30s) : Daisy’s husband. Rich, powerful, tough and controlling.
Jordan Baker (30s) : Daisy’s best female friend. Sporting and athletic.
Nick Carraway (30s) : A kind face, poor relation to Daisy and the narrator of the story.
Myrtle Wilson (30s) : Tom’s lover. New York. Sensuous and lively.
George Wilson (30 to 40s) : Myrtle’s husband. Garage owner. Ineffectual and anaemic.
An ensemble with good movement and acting skills will be used to represent American society in various ways and to help move the story along. They will form an essential part of the production. From this ensemble smaller speaking roles will be cast with characters that include Meyer Wolfsheim, Policeman, Mrs Michaelis, Mr and Mrs McKee, waiter, bystanders, servants and party guests.
If you have any queries or would like a copy of the script please contact the Director, David Taylor.