The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts is setting the stage and dusting off the lights to host the first room since it reopened after the pandemic.
Auditions for the comedy “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jontathan Sayer and Henry Shields will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the arts center.
Art center director Brad Downall said they were excited to open the stage at the community theater.
“Our local actors struggled to come back on stage,” he said. “I hope they show up for auditions.”
The play follows the Cornley University Drama Society as it prepares for its new production of “The Murder at Haversham Manor”. In the 1920s thriller, things go from bad to worse with an unconscious lead actress, a corpse who can’t play dead, and actors who stumble over everything including their lines.
The actors fight through thick and thin to spend their last encore with hilarious consequences. According to a press release, the piece is partly Monty Python and partly Sherlock Holmes.
Performances will take place February 10-12, 2022 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, with regular rehearsals starting as soon as the piece is performed.
Downall said the play called for six men and two women, but two of the male roles could be both genders.
âThere are roles for men and women,â he said. “We also don’t put the ages because it really doesn’t matter.”
The play is a very slapstick and fun comedy, so the actors would have to be in good physical shape to perform certain stunts. He said the actors will have to play characters who play characters because it’s a play within a play.
The characters needed are Chris Bean, who plays Inspector Carter and is the director of the series; Jonathan Harris, who plays Charles Haversham; Robert Grove, who plays Thomas Colleymoore; Dennis or Denise Tyde, who plays Perkins; Sandra Wilkinson, who plays Florence Colleymoore; Max Bennett, who plays both Cecil Haversham and Arthur the Gardener; Trevor Watson, who plays lighting and sound; and Annie Twilloil, who is the stage manager.
People coming to audition must dress comfortably and masks are compulsory in the building. For the audition, the cast will read the script, which can be viewed through the Glema Center office. The production will be directed by PJ Woodside.
Downall said more information on the game itself will be released later next week during the season announcements.
The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts is located on the Madisonville Community College campus, 2000 College Drive.
For more information, call 270-824-8652 or visit the art centre’s Facebook page and click on the Audition event.