Audition Notice: Jitters

By David French

Directed by Bryn Rowlands

Auditions will be held on December 1 and 2 (Sunday and Monday) from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Bedford Players Theatre (upper-level parking lot at All Saints Anglican Church,)

Jitters is a warm-hearted, lively and truly hilarious examination of backstage shenanigans by one of Canada’s leading playwrights.  Dealing with the trials and tribulations of a provincial theatre company as it approaches opening night of its latest production, the play will strike a responsive chord with all who have suffered through this agonizing/exhilarating process.  

Jitters will run for 11 performances Feb. 27-Mar. 14, 2020.  We will rehearse 3 times a week up until that time. Auditions are in the form of table reads, per Bedford Players tradition.

For more information, please call Bryn at 902-789-8027 or e-mail at brynbo.rowlands@gmail.com.

Preparation: 

No preparation is necessary. See notes below for relevant information.

Characters (3F/6M):

NameCharacter
(in The Care and Treatment of Roses)
Age RangeFirst Page# of Lines# Pages on Stage
Jessica LoganElizabeth Thompson, the Mom40-60725857
Phil MastorakisEric, the priest, Elizabeth's brother40-60718940
Tom KentJimmy, Elizabeth's son20-2577124
George EllsworthDirector35-55738468
Patrick FlanaganFrank, Elizabeth's lover40-60825766
NickStage Manager30-4098040
PeggyASM30-4093940
SusiFOH, Wardrobe20-30105123
Robert RossPlaywright25-401511551

Notes for auditioners:

  • Rehearsals 3 times a week, Sunday, Monday, Thursday 7-10.  3-4 practices before Christmas, then restarting in the new year.
  • Initial rehearsals will be very scene-selective to avoid actor down-time, so some days will be free for some actors
  • 11 performances, excluding preview Thu-Sun, Feb. 27 -Mar. 14.
  • Play is 3 acts with 2 sets and 2 changes, which will require actor assistance.  The intermission is after Act 2. It is a long play and the challenge will be to keep it short, with crisp dialogue. 

 

About the play:

The play begins on the set of “The Care and Treatment of Roses,” an ambitious work by a budding young local writer, which is now in final rehearsal by a provincial Canadian theatre company.  Animosity has already developed between the featured actress, a fading beauty who has worked extensively in the U.S. and hopes to make a comeback, and her leading man, a local celebrity who has been fearful of venturing afield and who resents his co-star’s haughty airs.  Among the others present are a veteran character actor who cannot retain his lines; the male juvenile, who attends a wedding before opening night and turns up soused; a tyrannical stage manager; an eager, if overly diplomatic young director; and the novice playwright, who radiates quiet desperation.  Whatever can go wrong does so but the show, despite all, goes on, even though the New York producer who has promised to attend never arrives, and the surprisingly good (if somewhat sententious) opening night notices set the cast members at each other’s throats — all lending special credence to a remark by one of the actors who, when the rattled director implores his cast to behave like adults, replies: “We’re not adults, we’re actors.”

Artwork: Matthew Goodmanson

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