GreenMan Theatre Troupe to hold auditions for ‘Charley’s Aunt’ on March 10-11

GreenMan Theatre Troupe is hosting auditions for the classic farce “Charley’s Aunt” featuring the play’s original 1892 script by Brandon Thomas.

Auditions for its May production will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York St.

Delighting audiences for over 120 years, “Charley’s Aunt” centers on Lord Fancourt Babberley, an Oxford undergraduate whose university friends, Jack and Charley, persuade him to pose as Charley’s wealthy widowed aunt and act as chaperone when they invite their intendeds over for a romantic afternoon. Plot complications include the late arrival of the real aunt and the attempts of two elderly “gentleman callers” to woo the bogus aunt. Eventually, the various (and hilarious) mistakes are set right.

“Charley’s Aunt” “has such incredibly fun parts for actors,” said Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff, the play’s director. “It’s fast paced, slapstick and humorous, with a lot of mistaken identity. And emotions run high!”

The “Charley’s Aunt” cast will feature five female and six male roles. Auditionees should plan to read scenes and interact with others auditioning. Some improvisation may also be incorporated. Characters are:

• Jack Chesney, a young college-age man;

• Charley Wykeham, a young college-age man;

• Lord Fancourt Babberley, a young college-age man;

• Kitty Verdun, a young lady, Jack’s intended;

• Amy Spettigue, young lady, Charley’s intended;

• Ela Delahay, young lady, Lord Fancourt’s intended;

• Stephen Spettigue, older gentleman, age is relative, uncle to Amy;

• Colonel Sir Francis Chesney, older gentleman, but looks younger, father to Charley;

• Donna Lucia d’Alvarez, Charley’s real aunt;

• Brassett, manservant to Jack, a bit older, but active.

GreenMan Theatre’s “Charley’s Aunt” will run from May 3-19, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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In its 20th season, GreenMan Theatre Troupe is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide a source of cultural enrichment and pride for the community by presenting diverse, quality productions and providing opportunities for personal growth in the theatrical arts. GreenMan has been presenting plays in Elmhurst since being founded in 2003. Past productions include “The Odd Couple,” “Dracula,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” GreenMan also offers classes and workshops for members and the community and welcomes new members and participants in all aspects of theater production. GreenMan programs are partially supported by Explore Elmhurst, as well as other individual and corporate donations.

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