"What I did Last Summer"

By: A.R. Gurney

Directed by: Steve Russell

Produced by: Linda Conway and Liz Woosey


The Story

"What I did Last Summer" is set in a well-to-do vacation colony on the shores of Lake Erie, in 1945, during the final stages of World War II.
Charlie, an incipiently rebellious fourteen-year-old, is summering with his mother and sister (his father is fighting in the Pacific) before going off to an expensive boarding school in the fall. Although he intended to spend the summer loafing and socializing with his friends (such as Ted), the need for spending money forces him to take a job as handyman for an iconoclastic, bohemian art teacher, Anna Trumbull, a former member of the "upper crust" who has lost both her fortune and her regard for the ideals of her upbringing. Sensing a kindred spirit in Charlie, she tries to stretch his mind by teaching him painting and sculpture - and exposing him to "radical" ideas about life and love that, in time, persuade Charlie to reject the notion of going back to school. The result is a family crisis and, more specifically, a showdown between Anna and Charlie's conservative mother, a clash of philosophies that raises as many questions as it answers and, in the end, stimulates the self-awareness that will shape the man Charlie is destined to become.


Performance Dates

Friday July 15th - Sat. July 23rd


Audition Dates and Times

Monday April 25th and Wed. April 27th - 7 PM


Callbacks:

Thursday April 28th - 7 PM


Place of Auditions

Peterborough Theatre Guild


Cast

The cast consists of 2 male and 4 female roles.
Charlie - Lead of the show. 14 years old
This role could be played by an actor between the age of 14 and 20. He is a kind, naive child. This is truly a story of him growing up. Struggles with trying to be his own person, pleasing his mother, impressing his friends, and "growing to his full potential" with Anna. Kind of artsy. Best friends with Ted.
Anna Trumbull - A wildly spiritual art teacher.
She was once a mistress to a rich doctor. She views life with a different view on the world than most do - sort of an early version of a hippie. She doesn't believe in laws or rules - that life shouldn't have strings tied to it. She is very easy-going and quirky. Has been an outcast basically her whole life.
Grace - Charlie's mother.
She is home taking care of two children alone, while her husband is out fighting in the war. She struggles over forgetting her past, and trying to move forward with her life. She wants what is best for her children. Has a fire within.
Elsie - 19 years old. Charlie's older sister.
Since all of the boys her age are away at war, she is "depressed" with her life. She causes a great deal of stress on her mother. In a state of MAJOR teen angst, she is slightly overweight, and mentions it a few times throughout the show.
Bonny - 14 years old. The annoying girl next door.
She is always following Charlie and Ted around. She is described as quite nerdy and dorky.
Ted - 16 years old. Cute, young Canadian boy.
He is also in a stage of growing up, but is further along than Charlie. Struggles with being treated like a grown man when he is not quite ready for it. Can drive. Works for a lawn mowing business. Sort of the "cool kid in town."

The young teen actors could be played by slightly older actors as we are "looking back" on past events.


For more information

Please contact Linda Conway






“Wait Until Dark”

By: Frederick Knott

Directed by: David Russell


The Story

Three deadly con-men, desperate to recover illicit narcotics, prey on a vulnerable, young, blind woman in Greenwich Village, New York circa 1966.
A classic, terrifying thriller.


Performance Dates

3 weeks starting mid to end of September


Audition Dates and Times

Sunday Feb. 28th & Monday Feb. 29th - 7–9 p.m
Sunday March 6th - 3–5 p.m.

Arrive early, at start time or arrive any time within the times given:
First arrivals will be first to audition!

If you are unable to make the above audition times, please contact the director and we will see if we can work something out!


Callbacks:

Monday March 7th - 7-9 p.m.


Place of Auditions

Peterborough Theatre Guild


Cast

1 Female role, Susy (25 -35) (the lead)
a newly blind, married woman living learning to live in New York
3 Male roles (25 – 45) (major roles)
con-men, two fresh out of jail & a third who instigates “the con”
1 Male role (30 – 45) (supporting, but very important role – one major scene)
the husband of the blind woman, photographer
2 Male roles (20 - 40) (supporting, one short scene at the end of the play)

1 Female role , a young girl (10 – 14) - neighbor to Susy & her husband, a loner with a lot of spunk) (major role)
WE WILL BE AUDTIONING SEPARATELY FOR THIS ROLE on Monday March 21st & Tuesday 22nd - 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Audition Preparation

Some scripts will be available to read at the Guild ASAP.
You may be asked to perform very short, fun improvs and or to read short monologues that will be provided.


Rehearsals

We will have some initial read-throughs in late spring.
We will be rehearsing in August and September.


For more information

Please call 705-755-0087 (David)
We will be looking for many people to help backstage for this production. Please let us know if you would like to contribute!





“Eclipsed”

By: Patricia Burke-Brogan

Directed by: Jennifer Gruer and Patricia Young

Produced by: Ina Stenner


The Story

A story begging to be told. “Eclipsed” is the revelation of a tragic history of six young “penitent” women (unmarried mothers, orphans and mentally unfit) Placed in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries in 1963. This award winning play has been performed throughout Ireland, England, Scotland, America and Italy. Joy and resilient spirits are revealed in the relationships forged among these forsaken women, despite their struggle and suffering. Eclipsed is about lost freedoms and brings to light the hypocrisies of religion and government and a failure of contemporary society to express sufficient outrage at these crimes against humanity.


Performance Dates

November 2016 (exact dates t.b.a.)


Audition Dates and Times

April 12 and 13, 2016 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Please arrive by 6:30


Callbacks:

Thursday April 14- 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Monday April 18 (if needed)


Place of Auditions

Peterborough Theatre Guild - Gwen Brown Studio


Cast

8 Women
1 age 16 to 18
5 age 18 to 30
1 age 30 to 40
1 age 50 to 70

Audition Preparation

Having read the script beforehand would be helpful.
Be prepared to read from the script at the audition.


Rehearsals

Rehearsals will begin mid August with exact dates being determined after the show is cast.


For More Information

Contact
Directors:
Jennifer Gruer
705-932-3288
jennifergruer@nexicom.net

Patricia Young
705-743-5257
belisanapydh@yahoo.ca

Production Manager:
Ina Stenner
705-742-6080




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