Eidolon Theater adaptation of The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
Open auditions for The Monkey’s Paw Halloween variety show. All roles open.
Format: A staged blacklight (ultraviolet lighting) presentation in format of a Halloween-themed variety show.
The story of ‘The Monkey’s Paw is presented in 3 scenes separated by blacklight acts.
Performance location: The Troy Gasholder Building, 1115 5th Avenue, Troy, NY
Performance dates: October 20-22 (Friday 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm).
Audition dates: September 6 & 7, O’Brien’s Public House, 43 3rd Street, Troy, NY 7 ‘ 10 pm
Alternate times and dates might be arranged upon request.
The audition will consist of cold readings from the play, and dance movement or improvised action
Story: A soldier brings a memento from his adventures in the Far East to the home of a friend, condemning the friend and his family to tragedy and terror. 4 speaking roles under standard lighting.
Roles: Morris Sgt Morris, a retired mercenary and childhood friend of Mr. White. Dour disposition.
Mr. White Husband, father, dreamer, with a continual reserve of humor. [Wallace]
Mrs. White Mother, wife, homemaker, matriarch. Dotes on son, Herbert. [Evie]
Herbert Son, Navy enlistee–just discharged, has father’s humorous disposition. [Some mime]
VARIETY ACTS: 20 to 24 non-speaking roles (2 roles for children), performers may be cast in multiple roles, dancing and non-dancing. All roles require ability to move freely and integrate into choreography. Choreographers sought, and ideas for additional acts will be considered for inclusion. Puppets are adult-sized, perform dance routines, and
controlled by ‘invisible’ puppeteers dressed in black. 3 to 4 ‘shadow-hands’, dressed in black, perform in background to assist the visible performers.
Arachnostreggae … 4 to 6 dancers. Lively comic dance routine to contemporary music.
Sweet Tweet … … 2 dancers, 3 dancing puppeteers. Comic vaudeville routine.
Devils’ Hill … … Act with multiple, varied dance routines. 8 to 12 performers. A gypsy maiden visits a graveyard where she is captured and forced to join a battle to save the spirit of a young girl from undead marauders. For dancers and non-dancers. The highlight of scene is a swirling gypsy dance. Choreographer desired.
Gypsy Maid, 2 Hags, Mother (ghost) dancers
Innocenta (child ghost) dancer
Demons and Undead 5 to 8 zombies, demons, skeletons, some may dance.
Pick & Peck … … 2 dancing puppeteers. Comic dancing-and-clowning birds
Buzzard Pie … … 4 to 6 dancers. Comic swing dance routine, blacklight costumes
Pierrot Dreams ’ 2 ballet dancers (1 male, 1 female), 1 non-dancer. Dance and mimed actions.
Polar Snooze … … Clown mime with 2 adult performers and one child. Non-dance, costumed.