Rehearsals are going apace for She Stoops to Conquer and the show promises to be an exciting and unusual interpretation of the play.
The cast is as follows:
Mick Cawson- Digory
Harry Doyle- Mr Hardcastle
Mary Ennis- Landlord
Nicola Foster- Tony Lumpkin
Ellie Hopkins- Maid
Alice Klapwijk- Mrs Hardcastle
Sofia Morin- Constance Neville
Iskander Najmuddin- Hastings
Lauren Powell- Kate Hardcastle
Richard Scott- Marlow
Jim Simpson- Sir Charles Marlow
Rehearsals have started for our November production and cast includes:
Mick Cawson, Harry Doyle, Mary Ennis, Nicola Foster, Ellie Hopkins, Alice Klapwijk, Sofia Morin, Iskander Najmuddin, Lauren Powell, Richard Scott, Jim Simpson
The play is directed by Tony Traxler and will show at Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing W5 on November 21 to 25. It will be an unusual and exciting production so put the dates in your diary now!
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07860 448597.
Everyone is welcome to attend so we look forward to see you
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.