Category Archives: Auditions

Our November Production: SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

NOVEMBER PRODUCTION

At the recent Group Choice meeting a vote was cast for the next production and the members present (thanks to all who attended the meeting) elected to present

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

(The Mistakes of a Night)                                                                                                                            by Oliver Goldsmith

Plot:

Wealthy countryman Mr. Hardcastle arranges for his daughter Kate to meet Charles Marlow, the son of a rich Londoner, hoping the pair will marry. Unfortunately, Marlow prefers lower class women, finding them less intimidating than women of high society. On his first acquaintance with Kate, the latter realises she will have to pretend to be ‘common’ to get Marlow to woo her. Thus Kate ‘stoops to conquer’, by posing as a maid, hoping to put Marlow at his ease so he falls for her. Marlow sets out for Mr. Hardcastle’s manor with a friend, George Hastings, an admirer of Miss Constance Neville, another young lady who lives with the Hardcastles. During the journey the two men get lost and stop at an alehouse, The Three Jolly Pigeons, for directions.

Tony Lumpkin, Kate’s step-brother and Constance’s cousin, comes across the two strangers at the alehouse and, realising their identity, plays a practical joke by telling them that they are a long way from their destination and will have to stay overnight at an inn. The “inn” he directs them to is in fact the home of the Hardcastles. When they arrive, the Hardcastles, who have been expecting them, go out of their way to make them welcome. However, Marlow and Hastings, believing themselves in an inn, behave extremely disdainfully towards their hosts. Hardcastle bears their unwitting insults with forbearance, because of his friendship with Marlow’s father.

Kate learns of her suitor’s shyness from Constance and a servant tells her about Tony’s trick. She decides to masquerade as a serving-maid (changing her accent and garb) to get to know him. Marlow falls in love with her and plans to elope with her but, because she appears of a lower class, acts in a somewhat bawdy manner around her. All misunderstandings are resolved by the end, thanks to an appearance by Sir Charles Marlow.

The main sub-plot concerns the secret romance between Constance and Hastings. Constance needs her jewels, an inheritance, guarded by Tony’s mother, Mrs. Hardcastle, who wants Constance to marry her son, to keep the jewels in the family. Tony despises the thought of marrying Constance — he prefers a barmaid at the alehouse — and so agrees to steal the jewels from his mother’s safekeeping for Constance, so she can elope to France with Hastings.

The play concludes with Kate’s plan succeeding: she and Marlow become engaged. Tony discovers his mother has lied about his being “of age” and thus entitled to his inheritance. He refuses to marry Constance, who is then eligible to receive her jewels and become engaged to Hastings, which she does.

The play will be directed by Tony Traxler and is scheduled for performance 21 to 25 November at The Questors Studio Theatre.

Auditions will be held on

Sunday 23 July at 3 pm and Thursday 10 August at 7.30 pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN

If you are unable to attend these dates but wish to take part in the production get in touch with Tony direct (07899 961813) to arrange for private auditions on his casting couch.  There ae quite a number of large and small roles for all ages available

 

Advertisements

Our May 2017 Production ‘Separate Tables’

At the play reading last Thursday 12th January the Group decided to select Terence Rattigan’s ‘Separate Tables’ as our next production to be staged at the Questors Studio Theatre on May 9 – 13, 2017.    Tony Traxler will be directing.

A reading of the play has been scheduled for Thursday 2nd February at 7.30 pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, W4 followed by open auditions on Thursday 9th February 7.30 pm and Sunday 12th February 2.00 pm at the same venue.  For further information email info@theatrewestfour.co.uk or text 07860 448597.

Everyone is welcome to attend so we look forward to see you

 

AUDITIONS for ‘THE MERCHANT OF VENICE’

After the fantastic success of The Magic of Gershwin, preparations are now in hand for our November production at Questors Studio theatre November 22 to 26.

Open auditions will be held between 2 pm and 4 pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July at Director Peter Woods’ home: 27 Ashchurch Grove, W12 9BT.  If you cannot manage either date but want to take part please ring Peter on 020 8749 0633 and he will make alternative arrangements

Rehearsals will begin with a full reading on Thursday 1st September at 7.30 pm at our rehearsal venue:  The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick,  Oxford Road North, W4 4DN

In addition, we will need someone to take charge of Wardrobe and Properties so if you would like to be involved in a non-active capacity and enjoy the buzz and thrill of being pat of a production, do get in touch with Peter at the above number.  We look forward to hearing from you.

ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS (DANCE) FOR ‘GERSHWIN’

2nd DANCE AUDITIONS:Thursday 4th Feb at 7.45pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN. 

Dancers wanted for Theatre West Four’s new production, GERSHWIN, featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Written and directed by Hazel Collinson and choreographed by Christina Balmer, the show will run the week commencing 16th May 2016 at the Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing.   These are open auditions so everyone is welcome!

Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons through March and April. 
For more information please contact Christina at padina_uk@hotmail.com

AUDITIONS FOR OUR MAY 2016 PRODUCTION

AUDITIONS:

Singers and Dancers required 
for a new production, GERSHWIN, featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Written and directed by Hazel Collinson and choreographed by Christina Balmer, the show will run the week commencing 16th May 2016 at the Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing. 

Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons through March and April. 
So if you are a keen singer or dancer (or both!) please come along to the auditions on  Sunday  24th January from 2.30 – 5pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN. 
Singers, bring sheet music if you would like to or just come with a song in your head. Everyone please wear suitable footwear and clothing to move in.

For further details email: info@theatrewestfour.co.uk or telephone 07860 448597

Cole-bedford3   Hazel Collinson

Chrissie Balmer wows the crowds at Cole

Christina Balmer

November Production

Hello playmates and interested friends,
Hope you are all enjoying your Summer break (if you have one)
Just to let you know that we will be reconvening Thursday 3rd September at 7.30 pm at our usual  venue The Friendship Club to read excerpts of Shelagh Stephenson’s ‘The Memory of Water’ which Hazel Collinson, (our intrepid Acting Director) would like to direct for our November production, 10 – 14 November at The Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing, W5
Auditions for the play will take place one week later:  Thursday September 10th, 7.30 pm.  (M2: 30s, any age, F4: 30s-40s), same venue at Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4
Everyone, even if you are not (yet) a member is very welcome to attend both events.
If you happen to have a copy of the play, please bring with you at the reading.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Kind regards,
Freddie Mauwer

OPEN AUDITIONS

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde

Pleased to let you know that members present the last choice meeting voted overwhelmingly to present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as our May production at the Questors.   Peter Woods will be directing and will be holding open auditions on

THURSDAY 5th February at 7.30 pm 

Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4 4DN

If you are unable to make this date but wish to audition, please get in touch with Peter direct on 020 8749 0633.

Because of time constraints Peter would like to do a first read through of the play on Sunday afternoon 8 February at 3 pm at the same venue.

The play is due to be performed the first week in May (Bank Holiday week)  5th to 9th, with a matinee on the Saturday at Questors Studio theatre.

Peter will be working from the Samuel French (3 Act version) edition.

The play is probably known to most of you but to remind you the cast is as follows:

John Worthing JP                                                                                                                              Algernon Moncrieff                                                                                                                                  Rev Canon Chasuble                                                                                                                              Lady Bracknell                                                                                                                                          Hon Gwendolyn Fairfax                                                                                                                        Cecily Cardew                                                                                                                                          Miss Prism, Governess to Cecily                                                                                                                  Lane,  manservant to Algernon                                                                                                              Merriman, Butler

(the latter two parts are smaller roles)

Backstage help is also required as always and if you can help out in any department we would be very grateful for your offer.  Especially a Stage Manager is required so if you would like to take this task on, please let Peter or myself know as soon as possible via fredmauwer@btinternet.com