MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
John Worthing is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.
Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the non existent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamoured of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.
With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts. It is discovered that Miss Prism is the absent-minded nurse who twenty years ago misplaced the baby of Lady Bracknell’s brother in Victoria Station. Thus John, whose name is indeed Ernest, is Algernon’s elder brother, and the play ends with the two couples in a joyous embrace.
John Worthing J.P.30
Algernon Moncrieff 25
Rev. Canon Chasuble D.D.45/55
Merriman (Butler)+/- Middle Age
Lane (Moncrieff’s Manservant) +/- Middle Age
Lady Bracknell 50 ?
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax 23
Cecily Cardew 18/22
Miss Prism 45/55
WOMAN IN MIND
The comic poet of middle class life, always so very funny, goes deeper and darker in this triumphant play about a housewife named Susan who is married to a boring cleric named George. After getting knocked out by stepping on the tooth end of a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her oppressive and boring everyday life is replaced by a fantasy in which she is an ideal wife and mother with an ideal family. While her real family treats her with condescension and apathy, her fantasy family dresses in lovely white, always drinks champagne, lives in a stately home and tells her that she is wonderful. Eventually, the fantasy family becomes nightmarish and Susan begins to realize that she is going mad.
Susan 40 +
Bill 35 +
Andy 35 +
Lucy 20 +
Gerald 45 +
THE SNOW QUEEN
Adapted from the famous original story by Hans Christian Andersen, this is the story of Gerda, a little girl who searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda’s innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. They help her to the royal court, and on to Lapland, where good conquers evil and the children are reunited. The original story was the inspiration for the Disney movie “Frozen”
Old Troll 40-80
Snow Queen 20+
Wild CrowAny age
Tame CrowAny age
Robber 1 Any age
Robber 2 “
Robber 3 “
Old Hag Any age
Lapp Woman }Doubling/young actors
Fun Woman Any age
Trolls Any age
Ladies in Waiting Any age
Reindeer Any age
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES
Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter is having a dry run and his confidence is shaken. He does have some consolation in his on off relationship with Steffy a movie make up woman. He is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. With Steffy, his sometime paramour at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right.
David Lean’s iconic 1945 movie, Brief Encounter, was written by Noel Coward and was based on one of his one-act plays, Still Life, written a decade earlier. Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet, fall passionately in love but are doomed never to find fulfilment. Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre Company, has adapted this timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with nine Coward songs.
Alec Harvey30/40 – singer
Fred Jesson (also usher, Albert Godley + Stephen Lynn) 30/40
Beryl Waters (also usher waitress, Hermione + Dolly) 25 – singer
Myrtle Bagot (also usher, Margaret + Mary) 40 – singer/dancer
Stanley (also usher, Johnnie) 25/30 – singer
Plus ensemble players
Based on the classic Ealing black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
Mrs Louisa Wilberforce70 +
Louis Harvey40 +
Mrs Jane Tromleyton70 +
Plus friends of Mrs. Wilberforce (non speaking)
DUET FOR ONE
Based on the life of Jacqueline Du Pre this moving play won the London Theatre Critics Award for best play of 1980. An eminent violinist is struck down by multiple sclerosis which necessitates her retirement from the stage and also threatens her marriage l. The play is structured as a series of interviews between the violinist and her psychiatrist, Dr. Feldman in which she tries to cope with her illness and its effect on her life.
Dr Alfred Feldman60
WAITING FOR GODOT
Two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travellers arrive, one man on the end of the other’s rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece.
A boy16 +