A Bunch of Amateurs
Audition time
Saturday, 7 March, 10.30am
Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Audition
Show dates
12 - 19 Sept
Show dates
About

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians - who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people… along with his inner Lear!

Requirements

• JEFFERSON STEELE - A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity. Playing age 45 - 60 - requires an American accent

• DOROTHY NETTLE - Director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel. Playing age 40 - 55

• JESSICA STEELE - Jefferson's teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it. Age 17 – 19. Requires an American accent

• NIGEL DEWBURY - Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy. Playing age 35 - 60

• MARY PLUNKETT - Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan -- although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her. Playing age 55 - 65

• DENIS DOBBINS - Handyman and village Mr. Fixit. Avuncular though slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one. Playing age 25 - 45

• LAUREN BELL - Marketing executive, former physiotherapist and the sponsor's wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be, she's treated as a bimbo because of her looks. Playing age 30 – 35.

• JOURNALISTS - We only hear them offstage. May possibly double up.

Audition downloads
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Further information
Email: Nicky Main
Tel: 07714694004
Venue: Rugby Theatre Central Hall
West Side Story – WORKSHOP
Audition time
Wednesday 29 April, 7pm
Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Audition
Show dates
17 - 24 Oct
Show dates
About

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid 1950s.

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang led by Riff. Tony, a former member of the Jets falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

West Side Story is as relevant now as it was when it was written in the 1950s

Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Jet Song", "Something's Coming", "Maria", "Tonight", "America", "Cool", "One Hand, One Heart", "I Feel Pretty", "Somewhere", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "A Boy Like That".

Requirements

We are holding a workshop evening where you can come along and get to know the creative team and their vision for this fantastic show:

Director Emma Bright
Musical Director Liam Walker
Choreographer Carrie Bianco.

Over the course of the evening we will sing through the audition songs, learn some of the choreography and practice our best New York accents in anticipation of the main auditions.

We will be auditioning Tony, Maria, Anita, Riff and Bernardo on 20 May and the rest of the company on 21 May.

AGES - 17 and over - otherwise, we have no preconceived ideas on age. We are looking for 2 gangs of people that fit and work well together. Don't feel too old, don't be put off. Come along and let's see what you can do and make it a hard decision for us!

**NO BOOKING REQUIRED ** You do not need to book into the workshop - simply turn up in clothing/footwear that allows you to move freely.

Audition downloads
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Further information
Tel: email
Venue: Rugby Theatre Central Hall
West Side Story – Principals
Audition time
Wednesday 20 May, 7.30pm
Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Audition
Show dates
17 - 24 Oct
Show dates
About

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid 1950s.

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang led by Riff. Tony, a former member of the Jets falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

West Side Story is as relevant now as it was when it was written in the 1950s

Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Jet Song", "Something's Coming", "Maria", "Tonight", "America", "Cool", "One Hand, One Heart", "I Feel Pretty", "Somewhere", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "A Boy Like That".

Requirements

This audition is for Tony, Maria, Anita, Riff and Bernardo only.

AGES - 17 and over - otherwise, we have no preconceived ideas on age.
We are looking for 2 gangs of people that fit and work well together.
Don't feel too old, don't be put off.
Come along and let's see what you can do and make it a hard decision for us!

See resource 1 for character details.

Audition packs available by emailing Emma.

If you are unsuccessful auditioning for a principal role and want to be considered for a company role, you do not need to attend company auditions unless you want to.

Audition downloads
Further information
Tel: email
Venue: Rugby Theatre Central Hall
West Side Story – Company
Audition time
Thursday 21 May, 7.30pm
Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Audition
Show dates
17 - 24 Oct
Show dates
About

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The story is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid 1950s.

The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang led by Riff. Tony, a former member of the Jets falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

West Side Story is as relevant now as it was when it was written in the 1950s

Bernstein's score for the musical includes "Jet Song", "Something's Coming", "Maria", "Tonight", "America", "Cool", "One Hand, One Heart", "I Feel Pretty", "Somewhere", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "A Boy Like That".

Requirements

This audition is for Company roles:

SHARKS
Chino and other male Shark gang members
Rosalia, Consuela and other female shark girls

JETS
Action, A-Rab, Baby JOhn and other male Jet gang members
girl shark gang members
Anybody's (female tomboy)

ADULTS
Krupke, Schrank, Doc, Glad Hand, Doc

"Angel" - female to sing Somewhere

AGES - 17 and over - otherwise, we have no preconceived ideas on age.
We are looking for 2 gangs of people that fit and work well together.
Don't feel too old, don't be put off.
Come along and let's see what you can do and make it a hard decision for us!

See resource 1 for character details.

Audition packs available by emailing Emma.

Audition downloads
Further information
Tel: email
Venue: Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Contact us
Box Office: (01788) 541234
Email: box.office@rugbytheatre.co.uk

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