Auditions for The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

24 Apr Auditions for The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Auditions for The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, to be performed at York Theatre Royal Studio:

16 November – 26 November 2016

Directed by Graham Sanderson, who writes:

The Auditions will be held at *Clementhorpe Community Centre, York, on Sunday 26th June from 2 -5 p.m. and Tuesday 28th June from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Please let me know nearer the time which audition you are coming to: graham@sandskirr.plus.com

The auditions will consist of readings from the play and work in small groups on short extracts for performance script in hand. Scripts will be provided. There is no need to prepare any audition piece, but you will be expected to stay for the whole session.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday 18th September.  From then on I intend to rehearse each Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m..  The get-in to the theatre should be on Monday 14th November with the technical rehearsal that evening. The dress rehearsal will be on Tuesday 15th.  We open on Wednesday 16th November and final performance is on Saturday 26th November.  I’m hoping to include two Saturday matinees, so 11 performances in all – Wednesday to Saturday the first week and Tuesday to Saturday the second week.

Below are brief descriptions of the characters of the play and their role in the plot. The play is set in an era in which even those on the fringes of polite society are much concerned with their appearance and how others see them and think of them – a ‘selfie’ society over two hundred years before our own. The play is a comedy, but the humour – much of it very funny indeed – arises not from larger-than life caricatures but from people whose human frailty we can all recognise; people who manage through foolishness or by twists of fate and fortune to get themselves into absurd situations… Like all good comedy, it flirts with potential disasters and tragedies…

 

The Rivals: character descriptions

 

Jack Absolute – a young army captain and heir to a considerable fortune, who assumes the humbler title of Ensign Beverley in order to enhance his romantic appeal to the young woman whose love he wants to win, Lydia Languish…

 

Lydia Languish – a wealthy, romantic young woman who would rather risk her fortune by eloping with a half-pay ensign than conform to the authority of her aunt, Mrs Malaprop…

 

Mrs Malaprop – Lydia’s aunt and guardian, determined to thwart Lydia’s plans for a love match, but involved in a romantic intrigue of her own, under the pseudonym ‘Delia’ with an Irish baronet, Sir Lucius O’Trigger…

 

Sir Lucius O’Trigger – a man given to fighting and duelling, who believes he is courting Lydia but is in fact corresponding with her aunt, ‘Delia’, through the letter-carrying services of Lydia’s maid, Lucy…

 

Lucy – Lydia’s maid who is earning a nice little income from carrying (or not) secret letters from lover to would-be lover, including from a country acquaintance of Jack Absolute, Bob Acres…

 

Bob Acres – a man who thinks he is courting Lydia, but whose letters are in fact going undelivered. He is encouraged by Sir Lucius to challenge his rival – Ensign Beverley – to a duel…

 

Sir Anthony Absolute – Jack’s irascible father, who is also guardian to Julia Melville, close friend of Lydia…

 

Julia Melville – Lydia’s friend, engaged to Faulkland, who saved her life and whom she loves constantly…

 

Faulkland – a friend of Jack Absolute and a man racked with doubt about whether his beloved Julia really cares for him, as a result of which he devises a series of false stories to test her love…

 

Fag – servant to Jack Absolute and witty observer of the lives of those he serves and encounters…

 

David – servant to Bob Acres and a sharp commenter on the foolishness of his master and others…

 

Thomas – coachman, a little old-fashioned in his ways and dress. His part is to be doubled with that of David.

 

*Clementhorpe Community Centre (photo attached) Lower Ebor Street, York, YO23 1AY. Travel and directions: http://www.itravelyork.info/planner/

 

Graham Sanderson – Director

graham@sandskirr.plus.com

Clementhorpe Community Centre

 

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