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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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CAPE MAY – East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will have three audition days of open calls for Equity actors. On Sat., March 17 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Mon., March 19 from 1:00-5:00 p.m., the call will be at the theater’s venue, The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, NJ. Sign-up for auditions on March 17 begins at 11:00 a.m. and continues through 3:55 p.m.; sign-up on March 19 begins at noon and continues through 4:55 p.m. For the call on March 19 only, Equity actors may contact the theater for a definite time-slot by e-mailing the company at eastlynneco@aol.com. On Tuesday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the call will be at the Actors’ Equity Audition Center, 165 West 46th St., 2nd Floor, NYC. Sign-up for auditions begins at 8:30 a.m., and continues through 5:00 p.m. Lunch break is from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Non-union actors will be seen as long as no Equity actors are kept waiting.
The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract with rehearsals beginning on Monday two weeks before the opening-performance week, and a Wednesday through Saturday night performance schedule, with two exceptions, which are noted below. All of the rehearsals will be in Cape May.
Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth will be at all auditions and is directing all of the productions. Actors are asked to audition with a brief humorous monologue, or read from “The Poe Mysteries” or “It Pays to Advertise.” Sides will be available at the auditions. Visually-impaired performers may request an advance copy of the sides by e-mailingeastlynneco@aol.com. A reader will be provided for those auditioning with sides.
The Equity Stage Manager is already hired for the season, but since “It Pays to Advertise” has a cast of ten, an Equity ASM will be hired for this show. The ASM will be paid an extra $10 a week above the usual ASM’s salary for taking on a small role in the production as well as the duties of an ASM.
The season opener, “Ruth Draper’s Company of Characters,” is a two-person show revolving around the monologues written and originally performed by Ruth Draper. The two women are already hired for this Equity production, but actors may audition and be considered for this show, should there be a need for a replacement. It runs from June 13-July 21, except there is no show on Wed., July 4, and an added performance on Sun., July 8.
All roles for the other two shows are still available.
Seeking actors for the following: “The Poe Mysteries,” a world premiere written by James Rana, based on three C. Auguste Dupin detective stories (“Murder in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Purloined Letter”) in which four of the six actors play a multitude of characters in this true ensemble piece, running from July 25-Sept. 1; and “It Pays to Advertise” by Roi Cooper Mergue and Walter Hackett, a screwball comedy from 1914 that proves that “advertising is responsible for everything,” running from Sept. 19-Oct. 13.
(Note: there will be no performance on Wed. Oct. 3, but an added performance on Sun. Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.)
“The Poe Mysteries” (Although it takes place in Paris, no French accents will be used.) : AUGUSTE DUPIN – a highly intelligent, reclusive individual who helped police solve crimes in the 1840s, age range 35-60; HENRY WILLIAMS - an American journalist who is eager to interview Dupin for his newspaper, age range 30-45; ACTOR 1 – plays the Prefect (head of the police department), Dupin’s father, Sailor, and other roles, age range 35-50; ACTOR 2 - plays a professor, Jacques St. Eustache, the Minister, and other roles, age range 30-40; ACTOR 3 – plays Dupin’s mother, Estelle Roget, Agnes, and other roles, age range 35-55; ACTOR 4 – plays Josephine, Marie Roget, secretary, and other roles, age range 20-30.
“It Pays to Advertise:” MARY GRAYSON – a spunky, smart, career-minded woman, played by Carole Lombard in the film, age range 20-30; COMTESSE DE BEAURIEN – clever, street-wise American, who must speak excellent French, age range 35-55; RODNEY MARTIN – born into money and is only convinced to find a job to prove to the woman he loves (Mary) that he’s worth something, age range 25-35; CYRUS MARTIN – Rodney’s father, wealthy, and wants his son to be able to stand on his own two feet, age range 55-70; AMBROSE PEALE – a fast-talking advertising man who goes into business with Mary and Rodney, age range 35-55; DONALD MCCHESNEY – an advertising man, age range 30-45; ELLERY CLARK – son of the man who owns Ivory Soap who would rather paint than run a business, age range 20-30; GEORGE BRONSON – a buyer for Marshall Field, age range 30-55; WILLIAM SMITH, a friend of Cyrus’s, and JOHNSON, the Martin’s butler - played by the same actor, age range 45-60; MARIE, a French maid who must speak French, and MISS BURKE, a secretary – played by the same actor, age range 24-50.
The East Lynne Theater Company is committed to nontraditional casting and equal employment opportunities. Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204 – and not to the church. To learn more about the company, go to www.eastlynnetheater.org.

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