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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR SELECT ROLES IN ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard
(Tucson, AZ--December 18, 2007)— Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, 11 S. 6th Ave., will hold auditions for select roles in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Sewell, on Sunday, January 6, 2008, from 4-6:15p with callbacks at 6:30p. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 622-4460 to make an audition appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please prepare two one-minute contrasting monologues - 1 comedic and 1 dramatic - of any theatrical style/genre (do not have to be memorized) and bring a resume and headshot with you.
Rehearsals will begin mid-January 2008 with Tech week from March 12-March 19, 2008. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30p and Sundays at 1:30p from March 20, 2008-April 13, 2008. Auditions are open to everyone who has the ability to portray the ages and characteristics of the roles listed below. Stipends are paid.
Synopsis: "Arcadia is a brilliantly inventive play that moves back and forth between centuries, populated by a varied and vastly entertaining cast of characters who discuss such topics as the nature of truth and time, the difference between the classical and the romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life and - according to the author - "the attraction,” which Newton left out.
Available roles include:
Bernard Nightengale, late 30s: The quintessential present day British don. His research speciality is the early nineteenth century poet, Lord Byron. He is impressed with his own eminence and therefore eminently arrogant, though not without some charm and a touch of vulnerability. A substantial and challenging role.
Ezra Chater, age 31: A Regency-age poet, though not a particularly good one. He is likeable, well spoken, and somewhat gullible. He is not a brave man, but he is willing to defend his honor, something he is obligated to do often as his wife cheats on him every chance she gets.
Captain Brice, mid-30s: An officer of the Royal Navy in 1809 and brother-in-law to the Earl of Croom. He is Ezra Chater's patron, which provides him with ample access to the seemingly insatiable Mrs. Chater. Relatively small but good character part.
Jellaby, a butler (1809), middle-aged: Discreet about what goes on behind closed doors, but a half-guinea in his hand can buy a lot of information. Small, but fun part.
Richard Noakes, middle-aged: A landscape architect of 1809, very much a Romantic age artist. His main challenge is assuring Lady Croom that his cutting-edge garden design will not result in an over-the-edge disaster. Good character part.
Hannah Jarvis, late 30s: A present day author and researcher, she has recently published a book about Caroline Lamb, a one-time companion of 19th century poet, Lord Byron. Self-assured, attractive, very intelligent; very single, but very selective. A substantial and challenging role.
Lady Croom, mid-30s: Attractive, charismatic, and very aristocratic wife of the Earl of Croom (1809). As the lady of the house, she commands respect and obedience. Lady Croom is very discreet with her dalliances.
For further information, call the theatre office at (520) 622-4460.
Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production.
Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim for its productions, including seven MAC Award nominations. The company has presented over 200 performances to Tucson audiences since 2002 and has served hundreds of artists through its productions. The theatre also provides performance and rehearsal space for other Tucson theatre companies. For more information, log on to www.beowulfalley.org.