CELEBRATION
The Stirling Players

Written By: Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall
Directed By: Patsy Thomas

Celebration is a wonderful comedy from the ever witty pens of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. One family with two events and as the saying goes, “Weddings and funerals, nothing like them for bringing out the best and worst in people”. Set in the early 1960s this lovely play introduces us to a very Northern family. The first act sees the family making wedding preparations and the second act is set six months later with the family returning from the funeral of their Uncle Arthur whose much disparaged and ignored by the family, mistress turns up. A very entertaining observation of “the family”.

Roles Available:
Roles Available:
Stage ages given, good comic timing important.

Christine Lucas (The Bride) - 23 to 25 - ‘an ordinary pleasant girl’
Rhoda Lucas (Bride’s mother) – Middle aged, pleasant but strong willed woman
Edgar Lucas (Bride’s father) – Middle-aged, balding and of a rather retiring nature
Jack Lucas (Bride’s brother) – 25 to 30 – single, bombastic nature
Irene Howes (Bride’s cousin) –19 to 20 – a plain, slow girl with an obviously low I.Q.
Lilian Howes (Bride’s Aunt) – Irene’s mother – middle aged, a small, thin-lipped woman
Frank Broadbent (Bride’s Uncle) – In his mid-forties. The most prosperous member of the family and very conscious of this fact.
Arthur Broadbent (Bride’s Great-Uncle) – About sixty to seventy – he is more or less permanently, though not too obviously, drunk
Stan Dyson (Irene’s Fiancé) – Nineteen – an aggressive, wiry young man.
Bernard Fuller (The Groom) – 25 – an ordinary pleasant young man lacking in personality.
Edna Fuller (Groom’s Mother) – A wisp of a woman, perpetually concerned about her health who continually scratches the backs of her hands.
Alice Fuller (Groom’s Aunt) – Small “plumb” unfit middle-aged woman
Lionel Fuller (Groom’s cousin) – Mid-twenties, polite and in this company, almost unctuous. A high-pitched voice.
Margo Fuller (Groom’s cousin’s wife) – In her early twenties. A cheerful “tart” who shuffles about in old slippers.
May Beckett – in her fifties. A blowsy, badly made-up woman.
Sgt. Major Tommy Lodge – in his mid to late forties. A small and sprightly man who makes more use of the army than the army makes of him

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals:
Rehearsals held at Stirling Theatre, Stirling
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm – 10pm
Sunday afternoons – 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Starting Sunday 7 July 2019

Performances:
Performances at Stirling Community Theatre
13th (Opening Night), 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th September at 8pm
Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd at 4pm.

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

Auditions:
Auditions:
Tuesday 26 February from 7.00pm at Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling
There will be audition pages from Celebration provided at audition. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the allocated audition time to become reasonably familiar with these script excerpts. You may be asked to vary your interpretation of character during the audition and/or read an unseen piece from the play. An English accent is required although please note an English North country accent is not required.

Venue:
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling

More Information:
Contact Patsy Thomas on 0498 677 761 or email dth27480@bigpond.net.au

PRINCESS IDA
SA Light Opera Society (SALOS)

Written By: Gilbert and Sullivan
Directed By: Maria Davis (MD Helen Loveday)

The Prince Hilarion is awaiting the arrival of the Princess Ida to the court of King Hildebrand his father. The Prince was betrothed to the Princess in infancy twenty years earlier. Unfortunately, King Gama arrives with his three sons instead of his daughter Princess Ida. Prince Hilarion learns that Ida has renounced MANkind and started a ladies college from which men are strictly forbidden.

Hilarion does not give up hope! In an attempt to woo her, Hilarion, accompanied by his friends, Cyril and Florian, dress up as maidens and sneak into the ladies college at Castle Adamant. Inside the castle, the “maidens” are discovered by Lady Psyche – Florian’s sister, Lady Blanche and her daughter Melissa. Lady Psyche and Melissa attempt to keep their knowledge from Ida, but eventually she discovers and apprehends the intruders. It looks like violence is sure to erupt, but Ida finally relinquishes and agrees to marry Hilarion.

Roles Available:
KING HILDEBRAND (male) - STAGE AGE: 45+, VOICE TYPE: Bass / Baritone Bb2 – F4
The father of Prince Hilarion, a powerful bass voice and stage presence would be ideal with the ability to be a comic foil to some of the more ridiculous characters. King Hildebrand is a leader of great authority and fortitude.

HILARION (male) - STAGE AGE: 21, VOICE TYPE: Tenor B2 – Bb4
A figure of privileged inconsequence he is not possessed of any great intellect or personal qualities but does have a beautiful tenor voice. He has drifted amiably through life thus far and would like to enter marriage in a similar manner. As a female impersonator his appearance and behaviour seem unchanged and appropriate in any clothing.

CYRIL (male) - STAGE AGE: 20s - 30s, VOICE TYPE: Tenor C3 – A4
A creature of impulse and charm, Cyril, Hilarion’s friend is a fountain of terrible ideas and absolutely no ability to think of the consequences of his actions. He is a cheerful young man with sunny optimism and a boundless appetite. As a female impersonator he is the least convincing of the three.

FLORIAN (male) - STAGE AGE: 20s – 30s, VOICE TYPE: Lyric Baritone Ab2 – F4
Hilarion’s other friend. As a baritone, Florian is obviously more responsible and level headed than Cyril but possesses a whimsical sense of humour and is just as willing to join his friends on their adventure. As a female impersonator he takes to dressing as a woman like he was born to.

KING GAMA (male) - STAGE AGE: 45+, VOICE TYPE: Comic Baritone B2 – E4
This role requires an actor with excellent comedic acting ability both physically and when delivering dialogue, you also need to be comfortable with patter singing. Gama is a man described by all as twisted of body and mind. He takes delight in pointing out the foibles, hypocrisy, weaknesses, idiocy or mendacity of the world of fools.

ARAC (male) – STAGE AGE: 20+, VOICE TYPE: Bass / Baritone F2 – E4
Princess Ida’s brother and the leader of King Gama’s three sons, Arac sings the top line in the trio and is more bass than baritone. He is a warrior and needs to move and look like one. All three brothers are very simple men of action and lack intelligence, but they mean well and are devoted to their sister.

GRUON (male) - STAGE AGE: 20+, VOICE TYPE: Bass / Baritone F2 – E4
Second son of Gama with exactly the same character as his brothers, he sings the middle line of the trio.

SCYNTHIUS (male) - STAGE AGE: 20+, VOICE TYPE: Bass / Baritone F2 – E4
Third son of Gama with exactly the same character as his brothers, he drops to the bottom line of the trio.

PRINCESS IDA (female) – STAGE AGE: 20, VOICE TYPE: Soprano D4 – Bb5
A powerful presence with a strong voice and some demanding singing. Ida sees herself as a Joan of Arc type and models herself on the goddess Minerva. Ida is the founder and leader of the ladies college at Castle Adamant; she has no time for men, as a militant campaigner she is committed to her cause. She was betrothed to Prince Hilarion as a one year old and hasn’t seen him since.

LADY BLANCHE (female) – STAGE AGE: 45+, VOICE TYPE: Contralto G3 – E5
Professor of Abstract Science at the college, she is second in command to Princess Ida but would like to be first in command. To all outward appearances she is the perfect example of the absent-minded professor lost in her ivory tower of abstract thought and philosophy, she baffles most who hear her speak. She is a woman of wisdom and experience and carries herself with a sense of self-importance. It would be great to see this role played with dominance and a little bit of mystery.


LADY PSYCHE (female) – STAGE AGE: 20 – 40, VOICE TYPE: Soprano C4 – Ab5
As Professor of Humanities, Lady Psyche is well versed in her field and enjoys a senior position at the college but must be young enough for Hilarion and his friends to have known her as a child. She is Florian’s sister and is easily persuaded to try to help him and his friends hide in the castle. This role requires an excellent actor with the ability to create an interesting character with sharp wit and a lively sense of humour.

MELISSA (female) – STAGE AGE 18 – 25, VOICE TYPE: Mezzo – Soprano C4 – G5
The daughter of Lady Blanche, Melissa is young in action, attitude and years. Although Melissa can be manipulative she is not by nature, adventurous, militant, or keen to put herself forward. Melissa has never seen a man before and is quite interested in Hilarion and friends’ rough chins and deep voices.

SACHARISSA (female) – STAGE AGE 18 – 25, VOICE TYPE: Soprano G4 – Eb5
An undergraduate at the ladies college she is inquisitive but naïve and not afraid to speak her mind. Sacharissa is punished for brining a set of chessmen into the college, in act 3 she is put in charge of tending to any wounded created by the invading army.

CHLOE (female) - STAGE AGE 18 – 25, VOICE TYPE: Any - no solo singing required
Another undergraduate at the ladies college; she is punished for doodling a perambulator and yet trusted enough to lead the rifles during the castle siege.
Involved in three short but varied scenes with no solo singing the person playing Chloe will also be included in other chorus numbers.

Rehearsals:
Wed and Fri at 7:30pm – 10pm, starting May 15th (other rehearsals as needed by director)
Production week: Sun August 18th from 1pm, Mon 19th – Thurs 22nd August at 7pm as needed.
Where: St Elizabeth of Hungary Anglican Church, 12 Dwyer Rd Oaklands Park or Tower Arts Centre, Pasadena.

Performances:
(dates to be confirmed)
Fri 23rd August at 8pm
Sat 24th August at 2pm
Sun 25th August at 2pm
Thurs 29th August at 8pm
Fri 30th August at 8pm
Sat 31st August at 2pm
Sat 31st August at 8pm
Sunday 1st September at 2pm
Where: Tower Arts Centre, Cnr of Daws Road and Goodwood Road, Pasadena

Venue:
Tower Arts Centre, Pasadena

Information Night:
Monday 25th February at 7:30pm
At St Elizabeth of Hungary Anglican Church, 12 Dwyer Rd Oaklands Park

Character audition packs will be available for roles as of the info night.

To be considered for either a place in the chorus or a principal role you must audition

Auditions:
Monday 4th March at 7:30pm – 8:30pm - CHORUS AUDITION ONLY no need to prepare. This audition will be run as a group audition in the style of a workshop; you will not be expected to sing solo.
To register for this audition please phone Pam on 8294 6582 or register in person at the info night.

Monday 11th March – PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS ONLY by appointment, to register for this audition please phone Pam on 8294 6582 or register in person at the info night.

Venue:
All Auditions will be held at St Elizabeth of Hungary Anglican Church, 12 Dwyer Rd Oaklands Park


More Information:
Contact Pam Tucker on 82946582 or email geoffpamme1@bigpond.com

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT
St Jude's Players

Written By: Jeffrey Archer
Directed By: Vicky Horwood

In the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey Sire David Metcalf, distinguished QC and Chairman of the Bar Council, is conducting the most important defence of his career -- his own.

Accused of the wilful murder of his terminally ill wife, Sir David finds himself locked in legal combat with his old rival, Sir Anthony Blair Booth QC, prosecuting counsel. After a tense and gripping courtroom scene, Act I ends just as we are about the hear the jury's verdict.
Act II takes us back in time to the fateful night of Lady Metcalf's death and before, and the plays ends with a surprising twist.

Roles Available:
Anthony Blair-Booth
Age range: 50-65
Description: Blair-Booth a war horse of a prosecutor and worthy adversary to Sir David now has the chance to win a case against his greatest rival. A savvy QC intent on securing a guilty verdict in a seemingly open and shut case. Jealous of Sir David’s career successes Blair Booth also lucked out in marrying David’s long time and loving wife Millie and so is spurred on further to win the case.

Dr. Weeden
Age range: 55-65
Description: Long time trusted and loyal friend and doctor to Sir David and crucial witness for the defence counsel. Weeden is a kind hearted and caring doctor and regularly enjoys the company of the Metcalfes.

Robert Pierson
Age range: 25-35
Description: A young upcoming lawyer on the rise Robert is the eager, loyal and trusted Junior Counsel for the defence. Robert looks up to David as a mentor, close colleague and friend of the Metcalfe family.

Mr Cole
Age range: 20-35
Description: Junior counsel to the Crown. A non-speaking role, but important visually as he busily tends to the prosecuting counsel’s needs by providing Blair-Booth with evidence, notes and silent advice throughout Act I.

Rehearsals:
Sun afternoon
Tues night
Thurs night

Performances:
November
14-16,
21-23: 8pm evening, Matinees both Saturdays at 2pm

Venue:
St Jude's Players
444 Brighton Road
Brighton

Auditions:
Sat March 16 at 2pm

Venue:
St Jude's Players
444 Brighton Road
Brighton

More Information:
Contact Vicky Horwood on 0404079823 or email Vicky Wray

ROOKERY NOOK
Tea Tree Players

Written By: Ben Travers
Directed By: Barry Hill

Newlywed Gerald has arrived to stay at ‘Rookery Nook’, a holiday cottage, presided over not only by a harridan of a housekeeper, Mrs. Leverett but worse, by his sister-in-law Gertrude.

After Gerald has gotten rid of everyone for the night a pretty girl turns up in nothing but pyjamas, demanding to be rescued from her tyrannical German stepfather. So, compromising a scenario must be kept secret at all costs. All would be fine were it not for nosy neighbours, dastardly friends, fearful relatives and impending wives.

Roles Available:
M -Gerald Popkiss - A newly wed. Married to Clara, Gertrude’s sister. Awkward and prone to speaking before thinking. Cultured English accent essential - Stage age 30s or 40s (613 Cues)

M -Clive Popkiss -Gerald’s cousin, a charming young man with an eye for the ladies. Currently staying with the Twines. Cultured English Accent essential -Stage age 30s or 40s (to match Gerald’s age) (414 Cues)

F -Gertrude Twine – Formidable - A ‘well to do’ woman, suspicious and critical of others. Cultured English accent essential Stage - age 50s (143 Cues)

M- Harold Twine - Gertrude’s weak, hen-pecked husband. Timid, easily led – Cultured English accent essential - Stage age 50s to match Gertrude (196 Cues)

F -Mrs Leverett - The housekeeper of Rookery Nook, very nosy and likes to gossip. Takes no nonsense. English regional accent - Stage age – 50s (138 Cues)

F -Rhoda Marley - An innocent young girl who mysteriously turns up at Rookery Nook in her pyjamas. English accent - Stage age – late 20s or early 30s (170 Cues)

F -Clara Popkiss- Sister to Gertrude and married to Gerald. Suspicious of Gerald’s behaviour. English accent - Stage age – 30s (35 Cues)

F -Poppy Dickey - A local zany girl with a questionable reputation. Sells flags to raise money for the lifeboats. English regional accent - Stage age 20s (35 Cues)

M -Putz -Rhoda’s Prussian father. A strict, domineering man with a savage dog. German accent - Stage age late 40s or 50s or 60s (50 Cues)

M -Admiral Juddy - A fierce and weather-beaten veteran who plays golf and swears in Chinese. (does not have to know any Chinese) English accent - Stage age 50s or 60s (37 Cues)

Rehearsals:
7/7:30pm Monday and Wednesday Evenings, Some sundays (tbd)

Performances:
8pm Wed the 21st of August to Saturday the 24th of August and 8pm Tuesday 27th of August to Saturday the 31st of August, 2019
2:30pm Matinee each Saturday

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park)
Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads,
Surrey Downs

Auditions:
7:30pm Monday the 6th of May, 2019 and Wednesday the 8th of May, 2019

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park)
Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads,
Surrey Downs

More Information:
Contact Barry Hill on 0400 827 634 or email barry1953@hotmail.com

VINTAGE HITCHCOCK - A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Tea Tree Players

Written By: Joe Landry
Directed By: Selena Carr

We’re on the air in five, four, three two…
‘Tonight, WBFR Playhouse of the Air and our sponsors present a trio of stories of suspense and mystery…’

Murder, mayhem and nostalgia collide in Vintage Hitchcock: A live radio play. A retelling of three of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous stories — The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), Sabotage (1936), and The 39 Steps (1935)— in the style of an old-time radio broadcast. Complete with sound effects and vintage commercials, all performed live onstage, it will take you back to the 1940’s, and, as it’s narrator announces eerily at the beginning, will ‘put murder back in the home- where it belongs’. So, relax, lean back and enjoy yourself – until the coroner comes...

The Lodger; a serial killer known as ‘The Avenger’ is stalking the streets of London in 1888. Have Mr and Mrs Bunting unwittingly taken as a lodger the very same man? And what will happen to their beautiful daughter Daisy, who is the very type of girl that the Avenger chooses to target…

Sabotage; Mr Anton Verloc owns a cinema in the heart of London with his American wife, Winnie and her teenage brother, but this is just a cover for his terrorist activities. Will the police discover his secret before his most daring plan is put into action?

The 39 steps; Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in an international spy ring known only as ‘The 39 Steps’. Murder soon follows, and after a case of mistaken identity he must elude the police. Together with his unwilling accomplice, Pamela, he must clear his name and stop British secrets being sent abroad.

Roles Available:
Casting/Casting Call

Vintage Hitchcock: A live radio play has over 60 speaking parts, with all actors required to voice multiple roles and perform sound effects live on stage. Have you ever wanted to play a dashing hero, the devious villain, the damsel in distress or the nosy neighbour? Well, this is your chance to do it all! The ability to speak dialects (particularly English variations) is a plus, but not a must. What you must be is energetic, vocally flexible and willing to work in a group. The ensemble cast will serve as voice actors and Foley artists performing multiple parts with scripts in hand, just as you would for a traditional radio broadcast. We need the classic BBC presenter voice, Cockney, American, English with a European accent and an epic scream! We even need jingle singers! Bring your best voices and your enthusiasm and show us what you can do.

Notes: Auditions will be a cold reading in groups. You will be required to read at least 2 roles (with different voices) and demonstrate the ability to insert a sound effect on cue as required in the script (necessary properties will be demonstrated and supplied). If you have any special talents (musical, sound effect, voices) please let us know as we would love to utilise existing talents.

Rehearsals:
7/7:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Some Sundays May be required. TBA.

Performances:
8pm October the 2nd to the 5th, 2019
and 8pm, October the 7th to October the 12th, 2019

2:30pm Matinee each Saturday

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Tilley Recreation Park)
Gate one, Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads
Surrey Downs

Auditions:
7:30pm Monday, June the 17th and Wednesday June the 19th, 2019

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Tilley Recreation Park)
Gate one, Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads
Surrey Downs

More Information:
Contact Selena Carr on 0402 283 089 or email selenahcarr@gmail.com

ARTHUR HARDY - THE FORGOTTEN HERO OF THE HILLS [WORKING TITLE]
Peter Maddern / Palmerston Projects

Written & Directed By: Peter Maddern


This is a new one-man play about the life of a significant South Australian during its formative years - mid 19th century. It requires a lead actor for its initial seasons.

The play is about the life of this man as an immigrant to this country set against the often harsh realities of life in those times and making it in a new country where survival was not guaranteed.

This is Peter Maddern's fifth play and second one man drama following on from Kokoda which was invited to and did perform a season at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe (and returns this Fringe before going onto England in May / June.)

Roles Available:
The character is aged about 60 years and so a middle aged male from say 45 - 70 years of age is suitable.

The actor needs to be experienced and up for committing to this new and challenging role. He needs to be confident that he is capable of sustaining the monologue for around the 60 minute production length.

Those interested should provide CV via the email address below.

Rehearsals:
To be confirmed.

Most work will be both in May and then after mid August.

Performances:
The initial preview season is targeted for late October 2019 with follow up seasons either soon after or / and Fringe 2020 and History month, May 2020.

Given the nature of the character, it may that the play will be shot as a film for on-going use.
This is a paid role, (per performance basis) though not at anything that may be considered a substantial rate.

Venue:
Star Theatres - to be confirmed

Auditions:
TBC

Venue:
Unley, TBC

More Information:
Contact Peter Maddern on 0414344447 or email peter@livinglifeimages.com.au

ALADDIN - PANTOMIME
Tea Tree Players

Written By: Joshua Dixon
Directed By: Damon Hill

Join our hero Aladdin on his thrilling quest to outwit the evil magician Abanazer, marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine and earn his fortune; all with a bit of help from the legendary Genie of the Lamp! Giggle at Wishee Washee’s gags, marvel at Widow Twankey’s fabulous frocks and immerse yourself ina story of magic, love and adventure.Featuring toe-tapping numbers, dazzling effects and comedy by the lamp-load, this panto is everything you could wish for!

Roles Available:
ALADDIN- (F) Male role played by a female. Widow Twankeys son and Wishee Washee’s brother. Helps out in the Chinese laundry. Aladdin is streetwise but goodhearted. Confident and a bit cocky without being annoying or irritating. He also interacts directly with the audience in a few places. Needs to be able to sing and move. Stage age 20-25

PRINCESS JASMINE-(F) The female heroine role. Lives in the palace with her overbearing mother. Virtuous and beautiful but certainly not a pushover. Keeps her wits about her. Needs to be able to sing and dance. Stage age 18-25

WIDOW TWANKEY-(M) The dame role played by a male. Aladdin and Wishee Washee’s mother. She runs a chinese laundry. Loud, boisterous, doesn’t suffer fools lightly. Always on the prowl for a new lover. Needs to be confident in interacting directly with the audience and throwing banter. Needs to sing and move. Stage age 40-60

WISHEE WASHEE-(M) The audiences friend. Works in the chinese laundry with his brother Aladdin and mother, Widow Twankey. He is overly enthusiastic and energetic and easily builds a rapport with the audience. Needs to sing and move. Stage age 20-30

ABANAZER- (M) The villain. A conniving and scheming Egyptian magician and sorceror, who has a cohort of demons at his will. He elicits boos and hisses from the audience. Must be confident in interacting directly with the audience and bantering with them. Needs to sing and move. Stage age 30-60.

SPIRIT OF THE RING-(F) A good sorceress. She is good and kind but has a lot of sass and is more down to earth than a traditional panto sorceress or fairy might be. Stage age 25 -60

PC PING- (M or F) One half of a bumbling pair of Policemen. Makes up part of the comic duo. Requires good comic timing and lots of energy. Needs to sing and move Stage Age 20-40

PC PONG- (M or F) The other half of the bumbling pair of Policemen. Makes up part of the comic duo. Requires good comic timing and lots of energy. Needs to sing and move Stage Age 20-40

EMPRESS –(F) Princess Jasmines strict and snobby mother, who overacts badly. Rather austere. stage age 40-60

Genie of the Lamp (M) a loud and brash egotist who thinks he is nothing short of fabulous. Wise cracking and enjoys showing off. Fancies himself quite a bit. Needs to sing and move. Stage age 35-50

Rehearsals:
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm and some Sundays from late July, 2019

Performances:
7:30pm - November 22nd/23rd and 29th/30th and December 6th and 7th, 2019
2:30pm Matinee each Saturday (23rd/30th of November and 7th of December)

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Tilley recreational Park)
Gate One, Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads,
Surrey Downs

Auditions:
7:30pm, Tuesday July 23rd and Thursday July 25th, 2019

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Tilley recreational Park)
Gate One, Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads,
Surrey Downs

More Information:
Contact Damon Hill on 0415460212 or email damo_hill@hotmail.com