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Noises Off

AUDITION DATES
Monday, November 12 @ 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 @ 7 p.m.

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

SYNOPSIS
Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe's production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal, to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!

Everyone in the cast will be expected to use a standard British accent. Please come to auditions prepared to read as British. For the comedy of Noises Off to be effectively delivered, the dialogue must be performed at a brisk clip and with utter sincerity (except for Lloyd who is always a bit facetious.)

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Lloyd Dallas: Lloyd is the sarcastic director of "Nothing On." He has an inflated self-image, comparing himself to God, and does not seem to care much about the production of "Nothing On," as he keeps talking about other plays he is working on. He is in a love triangle with Poppy and Brooke.

Dotty Otley: a middle-aged actress who is very forgetful. She has a romantic relationship with Garry and provokes him by showing interest in Freddy. Dotty is a middle-aged woman with a warm personality. She has invested money in the production of "Nothing On." Her star may have shone bright at one time but now she keeps forgetting her lines and can't keep the props sorted out. She plays the part of Mrs. Clackett, who is the housekeeper for the Brent's home.

Garry Lejeune: Unless he is reciting lines from the script, Garry is unable to finish a sentence. He always ends his utterances with "you know," forcing the others to guess what he means. He respects Lloyd but is unhappy with the unprofessional attitude of the other actors. He has a crush on Dotty, which leads to attacks on Freddy, who is friendly with her. Garry plays the role of Roger Tramplemain, the estate agent who is looking to rent Flavia and Philip's house, which he uses to impress his date, Vicky.

Brooke Ashton: Brooke is a young and inexperienced actress who is oblivious to what is happening around her. She keeps losing her contact lenses, which leads to delays in the production. She is part of the love triangle with Lloyd and Poppy. Brooke plays the role of Vicky, who works for the tax authorities and is on a date with Roger. Director's Note: Brooke spends the majority of the show in her undergarments. You must be comfortable performing in little more than a bra and underwear.

Frederick Fellowes: is an insecure man who gets a nosebleed whenever he witnesses violence. He constantly asks for motivation, claiming that he must understand why his character is doing things to portray the character accurately. In "Nothing On," Freddy plays the parts of Philip Brent and the Sheikh. Philip is the owner of the estate that the play is set in and lives in Spain to evade the tax authorities. He secretly came back to England to spend his anniversary with Flavia at home. The Sheikh is interested in renting Philip's house.

Belinda Blair: Belinda is a reliable and talented actress who tries to keep the production together with her improvisations. She also protects Freddy from Garry. In "Nothing On," she plays the role of Flavia Brent, who secretly visits her house with her husband.

Poppy Norton-Taylor: Poppy is the assistant stage manager. However, she can be very emotional. She is part of the Lloyd-Brooke-Poppy love triangle, which is further complicated by her understudying the part of Brooke. During the production, she reveals to Lloyd that she is pregnant.

Selsdon Mowbray: Selsdon is an elderly actor with a drinking problem. He often forgets his lines or forgets to show up altogether, so the others have to look for him. He plays the burglar in "Nothing On," breaking into the Brent's house; he turns out to be Vicky's father.

Timothy Allgood: Tim is the stage manager. He has not had a break in days because Lloyd keeps him busy with odd-jobs. He even has to understudy the roles played by Selsdon (the burglar) and Freddy (Philip Brent and the Sheik).

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