Auditions

Auburn University Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for its fall productions of Nunsense by Dan Goggin and Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill on August 20-21-22, 2014 in the Telfair Peet Theatre. Interested performers should prepare two contrasting 30 second monologues from plays of their choice and a 30 second excerpt from an up tempo Broadway show tune for the August 20 general auditions. Nunsense callbacks will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 21-22, with Thursday’s session devoted to cold readings from the script and Friday’s callbacks devoted to singing auditions using material from the show and a dance audition. Callbacks will be held for Vinegar Tom on Thursday, August 21 beginning with singing auditions and followed by cold readings from the script. Actors are not required to prepare material from Nunsense or Vinegar Tom for the August 20 general auditions, but will be expected to read and sing from the scripts themselves at callbacks. For more information please contact Dan LaRocque (Nunsense) at larocdj@auburn.edu or Chase Bringardner (Vinegar Tom) at cab0023@auburn.edu Auditions for these two productions are open to the entire Auburn University community. Both directors are actively seeking diverse casts, with a particular need for an African-American female actress/singer in Nunsense.

 

Nunsense with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, started out as a cabaret act in New York City, and grew into an international sensation, complete with six sequels and a staggering 3,672 performances Off-Broadway (where it won four Outer Critics Circle Awards). The star-studded rosters of actresses that have played these beloved nuns include Rue McClanahan, JoAnne Worley, Phyllis Diller, and Georgia Engle. The hilarious plot turns on the fact that five out of 52 nuns remain alive at the Little Sisters of Hoboken, where their cook Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the rest with her vichyssoise. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior decides they need to raise funds to bury the nuns. With four nuns in the freezer and no funds, the five remaining nuns decide to stage a variety show in order to raise the money to let the dead runs rest in peace. What ensues is an audience pleasing fun filled show complete with outrageous songs, dancing and an audience quiz.                   -- Cin.Stages.com

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Vinegar Tom is a play by British playwright Caryl Churchill examining gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. The script employs both dialogue and song, and was inspired by the British Women's Rights Act of 1970. It explores the notion that women were treated unequally to men in England, both at the time in which the play takes place, and the time in which the play was written in 1976. -- Wikipedia

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With potent images of disturbing injustices, Vinegar Tom uses a seventeenth-century witch-hunt to condemn the past and present oppression of women. Caryl Churchill shows how marginalized women, who did not fit into the narrow social categories of the patriarchy, were often labeled witches for little reason other than their non-conformity.                                             -- Drama Online

 

In Vinegar Tom, as in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the witch-hunt illustrates the way a group of people can be made scapegoats. But Churchill goes beyond metaphor to make the case that the witch-hunts were pointedly antiwoman by making the four characters accused of witchcraft in her story threatening to men. Alice, an unwed mother known for her promiscuity, is the unwitting center of Jack's frustrated fantasies, and she and her mother are accused of putting a spell on him and his livestock. The midwife Ellen is targeted for giving out alternative medicines, along with Susan, a weary wife and mother who resents her pregnancy. A fifth woman, Betty, fears she'll be attacked for refusing to marry the man chosen for her. Churchill's well-made point is that women, as child bearers and objects of sexual desire, have power that some men want to snuff out because they can't control it.                                                          – Chicago Reader

 

 

VINEGAR TOM CAST BREAKDOWN

Women (7)

Alice, a village girl, early 20s

Susan, a married friend, early 20s

Joan, Alice’s mother, a poor widow, 50

Margery, Joan’s neighbor, a farmer’s wife, 30s

Betty, the landowner’s daughter, 16

Ellen, a cunning/conjuring woman, 35

Goody, Packer’s assistant, 30s

Kramer & Sprenger, authors of MALLEUS MALEFICATUM (played by the actors who play ELLEN & JOAN)

 

Men (2 to 5)

Jack, Margery’s husband, a tenant farmer, 30s

Packer, a witch hunter, 35*

Man, a gentleman, 30*

Doctor, a professional, 50*

Bellringer, a local*

 

* May be all be played by one individual actor, or separate actors

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Last Updated: August 19, 2014