PAPA is Hosting open Auditions for......
We are so excited that you're here, theatre is a community effort that needs all kinds of people! There are usually a lot of questions that come with wanting to be a part of a show. So we're going to do our best to answer them right here! If you have any additional questions that are not answered below, please feel free to email us at email@example.com or call (360) 244-1454.
When: - Thursday August 16 & Friday August 17 from 6-8PM,
Where: - Fort Columbia Theater, Chinook WA. (On top of the tunnel)
Do I need to come both days? - No! Feel free to drop in any day and any time between the hours posted!
What will I be asked do? - You will be asked to read a short monologue, and possibly read a sample of the script with someone.
What do I bring? - Feel free to just bring yourself and a friend! We will have monologues for you to choose and read from, unless you would like to bring your own family-friendly one.
Who can audition? - The auditions are open to all! You do not need to be from a certain area or a member of PAPA to join in the fun!
Are any roles filled? - No! All roles are open and needed! There will be a special spot on the audition form if you want to make sure we know you would like to be "Lotty" Or "Mrs. Graves".. or…
What if I can't make auditions but still want to be in the show? - We are more than happy to accommodate private auditions, preferably before the listed audition dates. Call the number above or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will fit you in!
Where are rehearsals? - Rehearsals will be at Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook, WA.
When are rehearsals? - Rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7:30. (Or 5:30-8, or 6-8:30, there is some flexibility depending on what’s best for the team.) You will not need to be at every rehearsal! Be prepared to be at all rehearsals the last two weeks in September, by then we will be running through the complete show.
When do rehearsals start?- We would love for rehearsals to start August 22nd.
When are performances? - We will perform two weekends, opening October 12th and closing October 21st. We perform Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. (We typically don't rehearse between performances, just weekends of fun!)
If there isn't a good role for me, can I still help? - Yes! We would love for you to be a part of the family! We will need lots of help producing this show and there are many ways to be involved. Head on over to our "Get Involved" tab to see all the opportunities!
About the Show
In the winter of 1922, Lotty and Rose, two very frustrated housewives find themselves trapped in the gloom of bleak marriages and perpetual London rain. All seems hopeless until they decide to use their dress money and little savings to rent a villa in Italy for the month of April. To ease the financial burden they are joined there by Caroline Bramble, a beautiful and exhausted socialite, and Mrs. Graves, an overbearing widow. As the month passes, verdant sun-drenched San Salvatore works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. And with the arrival of two chastened husbands and one attractive young artist, this mess of new friends blossoms in mysterious, hilarious and unexpected ways. This 2003 Tony Award nominee for Best Play promises to delight and inspire all who dream of wisteria blossoms, sunshine and new beginnings.
What ages are the characters?- The ages of our cast will depend on who auditions. Lotty and Mellersh should be about the same age, as should Rose and Frederick. Caroline (20's - 30's) is about the same age as Wildling. Mrs. Graves is 50+. Costanza any age.
A Hampstead housewife, Lotty's essence is of deep sadness and withering valiance, from which genuine hope spontaneously and regularly bursts fourth, leaving her endlessly off balance. She embodies openness, uncertainty and vulnerability, bringing joy and hope to the group. She is the most attuned to the transformation possible during this most enlightening process.
Also a Hampstead housewife, Rose is severe, emotionally taut and deeply saddened. The loss of a child still haunts her, and she restrains her feelings constantly. She is called a "disappointed Madonna” by other characters, and until she is in Italy, this does not shift for her. There, her sadness relaxes, and she finds her footing again with her husband and her life.
Lady Caroline Bramble
A socialite of the time, (a 1920's flapper), Caroline is also a young woman haunted by loss. Still, her youthfulness shines through her weary air. Exhausted from the London social scene, her desire is to simply escape from the constant attention of grabbing men. Italy tears down Caroline’s walls, allowing her to forge new friendships, giving her another chance at love.
A London matron of high moral standards and expectations, Mrs. Graves determinedly walks with a stick and clings to the past with fervor and stubborn intention. Italy helps her to let go of her past and find her youthfulness once again. We watch her transform from a closed, crotchety dowager, to a soft, vulnerable elderly woman, stealing everyone's heart in the end.
Lottie’s husband, Mellersh, is a forceful yet respectful solicitor who thinks too much of himself. He is thrifty about household matters but extravagant about food and lacks patience for his wife’s “foolishness”. Italy gives him a new vantage point concerning her charms and re-establishes a kindly, charming streak within him.
Rose’s husband and author, Frederick writes salacious novels under a pen-name and spends a great deal of time away from his wife. He knows Lady Caroline in his “other” world. Italy returns Frederick to his wife and re-establishes the romance of their relationship.
An artist and the owner of the villa, Wilding is initially smitten with Rose, whom he assumes is a war widow, eventually Mrs. Graves shows him the way into Caroline's heart. Although baffled by the hilarity of the group he has rented to, he is charming, kind and full of life.
Costanza (an Italian native) is feisty, funny, and full of fire. The housekeeper and cook for San Salvatore eventually finds her way into the cold hearts of the woman staying. A mother to Wilding after his mother's passing and a life long friend of the family, Costanza speaks only Italian.