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Play Reading – Glorious!

Play Reading for ‘Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins. The Worst Singer in the World.’

12th June 2018 19.30 p.m.

Play Dates are 1st – 6th October
Normal rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s

If you are interested but cannot make the reading please get in touch a.s.a.p. to arrange an earlier reading.

Director: Hazel Phillips

Jenkins is the hottest ticket in town, an enthusiastic soprano with less than perfect pitch, she warbles and screeches her way through arias by Mozart and Strauss, accompanied by her trusty pianist. But this delusional and joyously happy woman pays little attention to her critics, and surrounds herself with devoted friends and fans nearly as eccentric as herself.

Based upon a true story, the play follows Florence through charity recitals, balls, bizarre recording sessions, and ultimately to her triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall.

Please contact Hazel if you are not able to make the reading or would like any more information: hazyphillips@ntlworld.com

CHARACTERS

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – Eccentric American lady 60-70’s. When she sings badly she hears the voice of an angel. (Helpful if the actress can sing and has some knowledge of Opera)

COSME McMOON – Male 30’s American pianist. Good comic timing. Piano playing not require but would be an excellent addition!

ST CLAIR – Male 60-70’s. Florence’s English boyfriend. Full of enthusiasm, thinks the world of Florence.

DOROTHY – 60-70’s Florence’s friend also eccentric and thinks Florence can sing.

MARIA – Female 30’s Mexican cook/maid. Can’t speak a word of English. Very funny part.

MRS VERRINDER-GEDGE – American 40’s upwards. Disgusted at Florence murdering the operas. Small part

Play Reading – It’s a Wonderful Life

Play Reading – It’s a Wonderful Life, adapted by Doug Rand

19th June 19.30 p.m.

Play dates are 19-24th November 2018
Normal rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s

If you are interested but cannot make the reading please get in touch a.s.a.p. to arrange an earlier reading.

Director: Ken Redfern

The play follows the life of George Bailey from age 12 in year 1919 through his early college years into getting married to Mary Hatch and having 4 children.

His father has a building & loan business and on his death it passes down to George even though that stops George going to university. The business is run for the benefit of the local folk who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a mortgage. Much to the annoyance of businessman Potter who tries his hardest to close down the Bailey company.

When George in desperation decides to commit suicide his guardian angel, Clarence, takes matters into his own hands.

This is a truly spirit-lifting play that could only be performed around Christmas time.

It is written for 70 characters but with exception of the main Bailey family and certain others such as Rotter Potter, we can keep the action of this play running fluently by giving each player at least 3 characters. Some are small character parts but this is a tremendous opportunity for everyone to be on stage and show off their acting prowess.

I have managed to reduce the 70 characters to 26. That is still a massive number when we sometimes cannot cast a typical play.

The 4 children play their parents at same age then become the children. Great chance for aspiring youth actors.

Unlike the film the angels are on stage almost the whole play. These are great parts.

George Bailey has as you would expect the central role.

Clarence is as they say “a part to die for”

CHARACTERS

Frankie – a More Senior Angel – any age
Jo – a Senior Angel – any age
Clarence- Low-Ranking Angel – 50+
George Bailey – The Protagonist – 30’s
Mrs. Bailey – George’s Mother – 50+
Uncle Billy – George’s Uncle – 45+
Cousin Tilly/Eustace – George’s Cousin – any age
Mary (nee Hatch) – George’s Wife – 30’s
Pete/Young George – Oldest Child – 12
Janie/Young Mary – Oldest Daughter – 10
Zuzu/Young Violet – Youngest Daughter – 9
Tommy/Young Harry – Youngest Child – 8
Annie – Maid to Ma & Pop Bailey – any
Harry Bailey – George’s Kid Brother – late 20’s
Violet Bick – Attractive – same age as Mary – 30
Mr. Potter – Crawley Morley – 50+
Pop Bailey/ Bert – Georges’ Dad/Cop – 40
Ernie – a Cabbie – 30+
Mr. Gower / Martini – Drug Store/ Bar Owner – 45+
Ruth Bailey (nee Dakin) – Harry’s Wife – same age as Harry
Sam Wainwright – George’s Classmate – 30’s
Marty Hatch – Mary’s Brother – same age as George
Mrs. Hatch – Mary’s Mother – 50+
Mr. Partridge – High School Principal – 45+
Freddie – an Appealing Young Man – 20-30’s
Mickey – a Troublemaker – 20-30’s

awards

Member’s Award Night 2018

Members Awards Night
21st July 2018 19.30 p.m.

Save the date

It’s Official, this years end of season party will be a second annual awards night to once again celebrate all the wonderful productions and people here at Droylsden Little Theatre.
The night will be a glamorous event for us all to get dressed up in our finest attire and enjoy some entertainment, an awards ceremony and disco.

More information to follow soon.

Play Reading – Rattle of a Simple Man

Play Reading – Rattle of a Simple Man
6th September 19.30 p.m.

Play Dates are 21st – 26th January 2019
Normal rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s

If you are interested but cannot make the reading please get in touch a.s.a.p. to arrange an earlier reading.

Directer: Tony Birch

Tammy Grimes impersonated a trollop with a vivid imagination in the Broadway production of the English hit. With an aristocratic background borrowed from novels she’s read, she picks up a lonely man who’s come down to London for a frolic, and takes him off to her basement apartment. His pretension to worldliness quickly goes sour, for he has no experience with women and is totally gauche in this new situation. Neither of them is really what he seems. One by one they strip away the pretences that mask their loneliness.

2 Male
1 Female

Play Reading – Is There Anybody There?

Play Reading – Is There Anybody There?

25th October 19.30 p.m.

Play Dates are 11th – 16th March 2019
Normal rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s

If you are interested but cannot make the reading please get in touch a.s.a.p. to arrange an earlier reading.

Director: Martin Roche

There will be an audition pack issued comprising character descriptions and an edited version of the script. This will encompass the three roles and a range of scenes which showcase the characters, relationships and themes.
For any queries or to receive the pack, please email: enquiries@martinpaulroche.com

Sue has spent her life married to an empty space. Her husband. A man who wasn’t ever there; not with her anyhow. And she fooled herself into thinking her manufactured life had been manufactured by her. But a perfect life is not always what it seems, and her husband made her realise that.

When Sue meets Ann, an employee of her late husband, she finds a soul mate in more ways than one. And following a chance conversation, they hatch a plan to laugh, to drink, to joke and to make fun with impunity about the afterlife and those who ask the question, “Is there anybody there?” But life can bring with it unexpected turns and what begins as a joke soon becomes much more.

CHARACTERS

Sue 35/45*. Attractive, slim. Always well, and expensively, dressed. She is self-assured, hard, bitter, in humour and in anger. Underneath and later, she is vulnerable, and her demons come home to roost.

Ann 35/45*. Business like, ‘safe’, initially, but there is a feeling that now and again, her character suggests that there is more to her, unexpected, uncharacteristic. In the beginning, she comes across as a person who sees in Sue an opportunity to be somebody very different, have a laugh, take risks. A trusted friend. But in resolution,
she is dark, manipulative, chilling.

The Woman 35/45*. A complicated character and very difficult to read, judge, categorise who or what she is. She is controlled, unemotional, expressionless, detached, calm, precise, articulate. At no point is anything said which indicates the nature of what she represents. I think to have the audience never having any definitive answer is the crux of the piece; let them imagine who or what she is. For the premiere she was simply dressed: jeans, white T-shirt and bare feet.

Play Reading – Our Town

Play Reading – Our Town

6th December 19.30 p.m.

Play Dates are 13th – 18th May 2019
Normal rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s

If you are interested but cannot make the reading please get in touch a.s.a.p. to arrange an earlier reading.

Director: Dorothy Wilkinson

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.

17 Male
7 Female

Play Reading – Split Ends

Play Reading – Split Ends
29th January 2019 19.30 p.m.

Play dates are 1st – 6th July 2019

Director: Jackie Hall

A very funny comedy, written with Frank Vickery’s usual panache and style. Nancy and Cyril are to meet their son’s girlfriend, Susan. Cyril, naturally bald, goes into hiding when his wig disappears, and reappears in disguise.

2 male
2 female

Play Reading – Baggage

Play Reading – Baggage

7th February 2019 19.30 p.m.

Play dates are 1-6th July 2019

Director: Mike Jordan

Sandra is a busy wife and mother with a rather demanding family. Annie is a homeless woman with a tragic past.
Through laughter and tears the two women form an unlikely friendship and find hope for the future.

2 female

MTA

Manchester Theatre Academy

Starting Saturday 9th November 2013.

Please follow the link for all details:

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Five Blue Haired Ladies

Metrolink takes to the stage in Droylsden

It’s show time for Metrolink as the tram lands a leading role in the famous ‘Five Blue Haired Ladies’ production at Droylsden Little Theatre, showing Monday 13 May to Saturday 18 May 2013.

With Droylsden tram stop only a few minutes’ walk from the theatre, its quick and easy to travel on the tram to the show and let your night start in style. Just hop on the tram and sit back and relax!

Make the most of Metrolink with unlimited weekend travel for only £5.50 for adults and £7.50 for a family of up to 5 travelling – just the ticket for travelling across Greater Manchester and Tameside to Droylsden Little Theatre.

Metrolink provides fast and frequent services from Droylsden across Greater Manchester. Trams run every 12 minutes from Droylsden to Manchester, calling at seven new tram stops at Droylsden, Cemetery Road, Edge Lane, Clayton Hall, Velopark, Etihad Campus, Holt Town and New Islington. The East Manchester line will expand further in Tameside to Ashton-Under-Lyne in Winter 2013/2014.

For more information, please visit www.metrolink.co.uk.

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