Auditions, Schenectady Civic Players “The Curious Savage”

curious2-200x200The Curious Savage
By John Patrick
Directed by Jennifer Van Iderstyne

Schenectady Civic Players Auditions:
February 21st and 23rd
at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse
12 South Church Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Sign ups at 7:00pm.
Readings start at 7:30pm.

Performance Dates:
May 5-7 and 10-14, 2017
Fri & Sat @ 8:00 PM / Wed & Thu @ 7:30 PM / Sun @ 2:30 PM

No monologues required. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Synopsis:

Set in the 1950’s, Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best of it, in spite of her step-children’s efforts to have her committed to bring her to her senses and thus gain access to her fortune. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

Characters:

The Residents:

Florence Williams: The elegant “mother” of The Cloisters, she believes she has a five-year-old son named John Thomas.

Fairy May: (20’s) Fairy is a childlike, compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She believes herself to be stunningly beautiful.

Jeffrey: (20’s-40’s) Once a military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others.

Hannibal: (20’s-40’s) Hannibal, once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully. He is a kind man with a vast array of knowledge stored in in his sometimes sarcastic head.

Mrs. Paddy: (30’s-50’s) Mrs. Paddy paints with the quality of Hannibal’s violin playing. Her main lines are lists of random things she hates, strung together loosely alphabetically.

The Savages:

Mrs. Ethel P. Savage: Referred to as “Mrs. Savage” for the majority of the play, she is a witty, kindhearted, woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity.

Titus: He is the eldest step-son of Mrs.Savage. He is sober, humorless, and direct. Titus also has a temper that tends to come out most when dealing with his mother.

Lily Belle: The middle step-child. A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured.

Samuel: The youngest step child of Ethel. He walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a sassy, short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down.

The Staff:

Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.

Miss “Willie” Wilhelmina: Miss Willie is an administrative assistant and nurse. She is extremely kind and understanding towards all the residents of The Cloisters.

Contact the director with any questions at jvaniderstye@yahoo.com, visit our Website http://home.civicplayers.org/ or see the Facebook event.

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