AUDITIONS: One Man, Two Guvnors

 

July 22 & 24

Director Mary Arnault will be holding auditions for One Man, Two Guvnors on July 22 & 24.

Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters is a modern riotous farce based on classic Commedia dell’Arte. Set in 1963 Brighton, comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancées dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Audition Dates:
Saturday, July 22; 1:00-4:00pm in the Art Studio
Monday, July 24; 6:00-8:00pm in the Art Studio

Production dates:
October 5-22, 2017

Directed by Mary Arnault
Produced by Cindy Parker
Music Director Malcolm Granger

 

Roles:

Francis Henshall: Male 20-49
An Essex boy driven by his stomach; a bit rough around the edges, but very charming; should be on the heavy-side; incredible comic presence; should be able to do complex physical routines; a teddy-bear quality helps, along with the ability to improvise and turn on a sixpence; sings.

Stanley Stubbers: Male 20-39
A posh public-school boy in love with Rachel; has a very dirty sense of humor, but is still charming and generally decent; good-looking, fit, earnest, utterly confident, and steeped in the arrogance of the upper classes; sings.

Rachel Crabbe: Female, 20-39
A London girl from a criminal family; sharp and quick-witted, driven by her real love for Stanley; disguised as her dead brother Roscoe (she’s described as looking very similar to Ringo Starr); as Roscoe, she is channeling Pinkie in Brighton Rock, the psychotic 1960s gangster, homosexual, vicious; as Rachel, she is strong-witted, brave, and good; Cockney accent (not too strong); must sing.

Harry Dangle: Male, 50-69
The stereotypical corrupt lawyer; loquacious, bombastic, and blustery; extravagant, red-faced, pompous; posh RP accent, which occasionally dips into Cockney; must sing; ukulele playing a plus.

Charlie “The Duck” Clench: Male 50-59
Pauline's father; small-time gangster; streetwise, but not intelligent; weaselly, shifty; has a great, prosaic turn of phrase; the stereotypical small time London geezer; Cockney accent, doesn't sing.

Lloyd Boateng: Male 40-69
Wise and sanguine owner of a pub; old friend of both Charlie and Rachel; Jamaican with a strong Caribbean accent; gregarious, helpful; doesn't sing.

Pauline Clench: Female 20-29
Sweet, pretty Cockney girl who is not very bright; in love with Alan; despite being dumb and occasionally shrill, she should be somehow appealing; must sing.

Alan: Male 20-29
An aspiring actor with little common sense; hot-headed and passionate, full of bluster but ineffective; attractive but in a characterful way; maybe tall and lanky, a bit goofy; from Brighton, so not posh RP; middle-class London accent, but not Cockney like the Clenches.

Dolly: Female 30-39
Charlie's accountant; smart and sassy; very sexy and very funny but not dumb; in fact, she's probably the smartest person in the play; gorgeous, flirtatious, curvaceous, a real firecracker; she's Northern so Lancashire or Yorkshire accent, Liverpool would work, too; must sing.

Ensemble: 18+
A variety of roles including waiters, porters, maids, etc.