AUDITION: The Man Who Came to Dinner

AUDITION: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
Presented by The Majestic Productions (Adults 15+)

A COMEDY BY MOSS HART and GEORGE S. KAUFMAN

****NEW AUDITION DATES****

Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm / Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm

Performance Dates: June 14-23, 2019 at the Majestic Studio Theatre.

SYNOPSIS:

A Comedy by MOSS HART and GEORGE S. KAUFMAN. Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl’s charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert’s in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. The unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Tricking her into stepping into the case, he shuts the lid and blackmails his host into having the case carried to the airport, preparatory to a round-the-world cruise. Whiteside departs from the Stanley’s home triumphantly, but a second later a crash is heard—he has again slipped and fallen!  Source: www.dramatists.com

DIRECTED BY KELSEY DOMENY

 

CHARACTERS* (Ages are flexible – All Ages Considered):

  • SHERIDAN WHITESIDE: A middle-aged, Falstaffian-girthed celebrity / 30-40 / Lead Male
  • MAGGIE CUTLER: Whiteside’s private secretary & chief interference runner for the past ten years / 30-40 / Lead Female
  • MR. EARNEST W. STANLEY: Frustrated & discomfited host to the demanding invalid / 40-60 / Lead Male
  • MRS. DAISY STANLEY: Highly strung wife / 40-60 / Lead Female
  • RICHARD STANLEY: Talented amateur photographer / 20-30 / Lead Male
  • JUNE STANLEY: Young union organizer. Hopelessly in love with Sandy / 20-30 / Lead Female
  • HARRIET STANLEY: Elderly, eccentric, live-in sister with a sinister past / 50-60 / Lead Female
  • MISS PREEN: Miss Preen A spinsterish nurse who attends to Whiteside. A humorless prude. / 30-50 / Supporting Female
  • JOHN: The Stanley’s star-struck Butler / 35-65 / Supporting Male
  • SARAH: John’s wife, the talented household cook. / 30-60 / Supporting Female
  • MISS DEXTER: Star-struck neighbor / 35-60 / Supporting Female
  • MRS. McCUTCHEON: Star-struck neighbor / 35-60 / Supporting Female
  • DR. BRADLEY: Whiteside’s doctor / 35-60 / Supporting Male
  • BERT JEFFERSON: An interesting-looking young man / 35-60 / Supporting Male
  • PROFESSOR METZ: A strange-looking little man in his fifties. An entomologist. / 40-60 / Supporting Male
  • LORRAINE SHELDON: A temperamental, acid-tongued, self-serving actress, young & beautiful. / 20-30 / Supporting Female
  • SANDY: Handsome young man who is June’s Union-organizer boyfriend / 20-30 / Supporting Male
  • BEVERLEY CARLTON: Flamboyant English Entertainer ; MUST SING. / 20-30 / Supporting Male
  • WESTON: 25-40 / Supporting Male
  • MR. BAKER: Prison Guard / 25-40
  • 3 CONVICTS
  • EXPRESSMAN
  • WESTCOTT
  • RADIO TECHNICIANS
  • DEPUTIES
  • CHOIR
  • A PLAINCLOTHES MAN

*Please note that this is a large cast and most supporting characters are only in a few scenes each (where they get their big moment). Every effort will be made to maintain an easy rehearsal schedule the reflects this. We may also double roles if needed. 

 

SCHEDULES (Starts Monday, 5/6/19)

  • REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (at Majestic Studios)
    • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, and THURSDAYS from 6:30-9:30pm
  • MANDATORY TECH WEEK:
    • SUNDAY, JUNE 9th from 12:00-8:00pm (TBA)
    • MONDAY, JUNE 10th from 6:00-10:00pm 
    • TUESDAY, JUNE 11th from 6:00-10:00pm 
    • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th from 6:00-10:00pm 
    • THURSDAY, JUNE 13th from 6:00-10:00pm 
  • MANDATORY PERFORMANCES:
    • FRIDAY, JUNE 14th at 7:00pm
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 15th at 7:00pm
    • FRIDAY. JUNE 21st at 7:00pm
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd at 7:00pm
    • SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd at 2:00pm
      • *Followed by MANDATORY Strike for ALL CAST

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Monologues and welcome, but not required.
  • You do not need to make an appointment – auditions are “open call”
  • Be prepared to bring all schedule conflicts to list on the audition form.
  • There is a $25 production fee associated with this production.
  • Audition will also consist of readings from the script (provided at audition time).
AUDITIONS, REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES HELD AT:
The MAJESTIC THEATRE
Offices & Rehearsal Studios
880 Page Street
Manchester, NH 03109