Auditions are closed for this play.

Private Lives

Aug 9th-Sep 8th 2019
A Classic Comedy
by: Noel Coward

Directed by: Larry Steckling
Produced by:Gil Savage & Brent Stringfield

Audition Notes:
Auditions Monday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (arrive early for paperwork and schedule comparison)
PowPAC Theater, 13250 Poway Road, Poway CA 92064
Readings from the script
Upper Class English dialects will be required, except for the Maid
Please bring a resume of your theatrical experience and one head shot.
Appointments not necessary.
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Rehearsals are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, Saturdays 1-4 pm and Sundays @ 6:30 pm --starting June 29th
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from August 9th through September 8th. (There will also be one additional Saturday matinee on August 24th.)
Cast Requirements:
ELYOT (Amanda’s ex-husband)—(Mid-30s – early 50s)
SYBIL (Elyot’s new wife)- -(Mid-20s- Mid-30s)
VICTOR (Amanda’s new husband)---(Mid-30s- late 40s)
LOUISE (the maid) (Age indeterminate)
AMANDA (Elyot’s ex-wife)---(Early 30s – late 40s) A stunningly attractive woman. She is always fashionably dressed, but with a distinctive individual flair. While she can be “theatrical” in manner, and overly expressive in her speech, Amanda is very bright and has a razor sharp wit. She can also be described, at times, as a tempestuous vixen!

ELYOT (Amanda’s ex-husband)—(Mid-30’s – early 50’s)
An equally attractive man possessing the air of an aristocrat, but with a dash of vivacity thrown in. He is highly intelligent and has an irreverent sense of humor, as well as being an incurable romantic. Elyot really wants it to work with Amanda again, but he can’t seem to quite figure out how to make it happen. This adds to his frustration and makes the play more humanly funny.

SYBIL (Elyot’s new wife)- -(Mid-20’s- Mid-30’s)
A sweet-looking girl with rather simple tastes, and quite sincere about everything. She adores Elyot, but is not at all sure why. She looks as though she may turn out to be something of a shrew in a few years. Pelting Elyot with questions about his past seems to be her specialty. A line from the play that perfectly describes her is…”Don’t quibble, Sybil!”

VICTOR (Amanda’s new husband)---(Mid-30’s- late 40’s)
A nice, proper-looking gentleman. Extremely practical and irritatingly sensible, his unfailing earnestness and obvious good nature tends to make people feel uncomfortable around him. In the end, though he seems to gain some audience sympathy, one cannot help but be bored to tears by his insipid personality.

LOUISE (the maid) (Age indeterminate)
The only uniformed member of the cast, she is able to show her own quirky personality, despite her brief appearances in Act 3. The one essential for her character to be effective is that she must seem to be thoroughly French! Indeed, most of her lines are in French. A native speaker is not required, nor is fluency in the language. But, high school or college training in French would be very helpful.
Plot Synopsis:
A 1930s comedy of manners that borders on French farce. It concerns a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same French Riviera hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realize that they still have feelings for each other. Britain, where the play was first introduced, almost censored sections of the play for its supposed “graphic” references to sex. It was a huge hit however, and was made into a film in 1931 and adapted for radio and television multiple times. It can be seen as a commentary on the naive idealism of marriage, and the difficulty of having a healthy and enduring relationship. But, to most audiences it is so much fun to be the voyeur and revel in some of the most delightfully clever dialogue ever written.

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