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Memorial Players Presents
 


Arcadia
 


Audition Information
 
Memorial Players is an education and outreach program of Memorial Episcopal Church, a diverse community in historic Bolton Hill near downtown Baltimore.  As a community theatre we have been producing fully staged musicals and plays since 2002 and welcome everyone to participate in our productions. The productions depend on voluntary contributions of time, talent, materials and funds to cover all expenses.   Auditions for the fall drama are open to all and we invite you to try out for our upcoming production of Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard.
 
Actors in this production will be non-equity and non-paid.
 
Performances will be November 14, 15, 16 and November 21, 22, 23
 
Audition Dates:
Friday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30
Saturday, June 14 from 10:00 to 1:00
Sunday, June 15 from 2:00 to 5:00
 
Call back Dates:
Wednesday, June 18 from 6:30 to 8:30
Sunday, June 22 from 2:00 to 5:00
 
Audition Venue: Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
 
Contact Information:
Kristine Smets, Producer
Phone: 410-733-0955, email: Kristine.smets@gmail.com
 
Those seeking roles will be asked to read director-selected a scene(s) from the play. Time will be given for actors to review material at the time of the audition. Familiarity with the play will be helpful, so advance preparation is recommended. Pictures and resumes are helpful, but not required.
 
Rehearsals will begin Saturday, September 6 at Memorial Episcopal Church. Rehearsals will be held three days a week:
Saturdays – 10:00 to 1:00
Sundays – 1:30 to 4:30
One scheduled week night – 6:30 to 8:30
 
Performances will be November 14, 15, 16 and November 21, 22, 23
 
Roles to be filled:
Thomasina Coverly: The 13 year-old (later 16-year-old) daughter of Lord and Lady Croom, Thomasina is a precocious young genius.
 
Septimus Hodge: (22 – 35 years old)  Thomasina's tutor and academic. While teaching Thomasina he works on his own research and has affairs with the older women of the house.
 
Jellaby: The Crooms' butler at Sidley Park. His chief functions are to spread gossip and to deliver letters.
 
Ezra Chater: (35 – 50 years old) An unsuccessful poet staying at Sidley Park whose wife's romantic affairs lead him to challenge Septimus to a duel.
 
Richard Noakes: Mr. Noakes is Lady Croom's gardener who throughout the play is at work transforming the classical, Arcadia-like landscape of Sidley Park into the Gothic style popular at the time.
 
Lady Croom: (35 – 55) Thomasina's imperious mother. There is a good deal of flirtation between her and Septimus (as well as other gentlemen)
 
Captain Brice: (35 – 55) The brother of Lady Croom (of 1809) is a sea captain who falls in love with Mrs. Chater.
 
Augustus Coverly: (15 – 18) Augustus is Thomasina's trouble-making younger brother, who appears in only a few brief scenes. Gus and Augustus are played by the same actor, and span the gap between past and present.
 
Hannah Jarvis: (30 – 45) The author of a popular best-seller on Byron's mistress, Lady Caroline Lamb. Hannah is researching the elusive “Hermit of Sidley Park”, who lived in the estate’s hermitage in the early 19th century.
 
Chloe Coverly: At 18, Chloe is the daughter of the modern Lady Croom. While not as rigorous as Thomasina's, Chloe theorizes that the Newtonian universe not working because of sex and the problems that it causes between people.
 
Bernard Nightingale: (30 – 45) A don at a modern university, Bernard comes to Sidley Park hoping to work with Hannah on his theory about Lord Byron staying at the estate. Foolishly, he disregards searching for further proof of his theories, and, hoping for fame, he announces his “discovery”.
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Valentine Coverly: (23 – 35) A graduate student of mathematics, Valentine is Chloe's older brother. After poring over several old documents, he comes to acknowledge Thomasina's genius.
 


 
                        
 

Memorial Players is a ministry of Memorial Episcopal Church, a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) organization.

Memorial Players is pleased to announce our 2014 annual musical, The Apple Tree.  This is a charming show with great music, by the writers of Fiddler on the Roof.  It is composed of three mini-musical acts; The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Lady or the Tiger, and Passionella.  There are numerous leading and supporting roles for all ages in this show, so we hope you’ll join us for the fun!

Auditions will be held the weekend of October 26th, 2013. Rehearsals will begin in mid-December.  Performances will be: February 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1, 2, 2014 

ADAM

Practical, and stubborn. At first confused and put-off by Eve, he soon learns to love her.

BALLADEER

The mischievous, all-knowing storyteller. Can double as the Tiger-Keeper.

BARBARA

A high-maintenance, seductive vamp. Barbara is the Princess and Arik’s daughter. She is secretly in love with a common soldier and becomes insanely jealous.

CAPTAIN SANJAR

A hardy and well-intentioned Captain who has just come back from a terrible war. He is secretly in love with the Princess Barbara.

ELLA / PASSIONELLA

An ordinary chimney sweep who becomes Passionella, the glamour girl, when she dreams of being a movie star. Humble, joyful, and full of passion.

ENSEMBLE

KING'S MEN; HANDMAIDS; GUARDS; PRISONERS; FILM CREW; SUBWAY PASSENGERS

EVE

Smart, curious, and playful. She knows what’s best, and greatly seeks Adam’s admiration and companionship.

FLIP / GEORGE L. BROWN

A normal, nerdy guy, who dreams of becoming a rock star. As Flip, he is part Marlon Brando, part Elvis, and part Bob Dylan.

KING ARIK

A hot-blooded, commanding King with absolute power and father to Barbara. Demanding, idealist, advocate of justice.

NADJIRA

A sweet-hearted girl, and one of Barbara's servants.
Speaking Role

NARRATOR

A dapper man in a tuxedo who guides the audience through the story. He takes joy in his all-knowing presence, and uses it to playfully tease the other characters.

THE SNAKE

A smooth-talking type. Stealthy and manipulative.


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