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    Deadline for application submission: Midday Tuesday 9th May 2017

    Auditions: 12:30 – 5:30 Sunday 14th April 2017

    Location: SY13 2AS (same for first performances)

    Our Aim:

    A unique adaptation of the classic fairytale, strictly for adults and not for the easily offended. A 17-strong cast is sought for shows beginning in October 2017 (dates to be confirmed). There will be no compensation for the first few shows. However, the aim is to perform between 8 and 10 shows between October and December 2017 at village halls in the Shropshire area, to trial the reception, before taking the performance to major venues throughout 2018. Once in major venues, performances will be paid work.

    We are just starting out in this business but are extremely passionate about entertaining audiences, particularly with laughter. The writer of the production is an experienced writer, who has published several novels. His interest lies in comedy, meaning the show will be great fun to be a part of! On completion of a successful tour, further works will be written (a second already has been) and it would be preferable to develop good working relationships with reliable actors/actresses/stage hands, so that they can be called upon in the future. We're friendly people and we want to find success for us and for you, whilst enjoying ourselves along the way.

    The Show:

    The storyline follows 'Dickey', a cheeky chappy, who is trying to get into Snow White's knickers. The only way he can do that is to become a Prince, as she couldn't settle for anyone less. He embarks on his funny journey to achieve this, and meets several crude and colourful characters along the way! Everyone seems just as they do in the classic telling, until they open their mouths of course! It's fun and laughter all the way, with a bit of rudeness thrown in!

    The show should be around an hour and three quarters in length, depending on whether everybody sticks to their lines! If you make a slight mistake, or forget the odd line, that's okay, just be aware that Dickey will be rushing on stage to jokingly admonish you in front of the audience!

    A Final Word:

    The show has great potential. If we start off small, and gather together a reliable, enthusiastic group, we will only get bigger and better. This is a niche market and if we pull it off, we could really reach a climax.

    Please Note: frequent sexual speak and bad language
    Rehearsal / production dates:
    Rehearsal dates to be confirmed. Performance dates between October and December 2017.
    Characters Sought:
     
    Snow White
    Female, 18 – 32, youthful, innocent, a delightful girl. Prepared to be flexible. Actress must be able to sing and must also not be a prude. No nudity required but may be required to appear on stage in lingerie.
    Females, aged 18 to 32 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Maximum Dress Size: 12
    Evil Queen/Old Peddler Woman
    Male or Female, 40 – 55. Prepared to be flexible. Must be comfortable with swearing. An ugly old cow who is mean, haggard, but thinks she is beautiful.
    Any gender, aged 40 to 55 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Hunstman
    Male, 35 – 45. Ideally stocky. Prepared to be flexible. Loyal to the Queen because he has to be but occasionally his real thoughts slip out.
    Males, aged 35 to 45 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Scrotum
    Male, 28 – 35. Smart. Prepared to be flexible. Handsome and dashing would be a plus. The character is a posh, refined person, with a sarcastic tone.
    Males, aged 28 to 35 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Seven Ugly Bastards
    Unsurprisngly, seven parts available. Prepared to be extremely flexible. Males are mainly sought, but females also considered. Differing heights are ideal. Any ages may apply. These parts feature in the second half of the performance. Some of the parts are very minor but still very much needed. Moderate singing talent is required. These characters have kind but vulgar personalities.
    Any gender, aged 18 to 70 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Villagers
    Six parts available. Not main parts but still essential to the production nonetheless. Three male (one has leanings towards other men) and three female, 18 - 32. Prepared to be flexible. Females to be comfortable with their bodies, as may be required to be in lingerie. The Villagers will also double/triple up in other minor parts throughout the show.
    Any gender, aged 18 to 32 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Backstage
    Ideally, the Villagers that are cast will help with some duties backstage. However, if unwilling, the it would be beneficial to have some enthusiastic people on board who have musical backgrounds, and technical experience. If people want to apply for solely backstage work, this is perfectly fine.
    Any gender, aged 18 to 70 from United Kingdom
    Minimum Acting experience: No previous acting experience
    Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Book of Musical and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone bursts to life on the Bridewell Theatre stage this May.
    A Man sits at home, and looks for a cure for his “non-specific sadness”. He turns to his record collection and selects a little-known recording from the glory days of Broadway, “The Drowsy Chaperone”. As the record plays, we are transported into the world of a 1920s musical where there are gangsters, mistaken identities and a wedding that may or may not happen. While the musical comes to life around him, we not only learn more about the characters of the farcical production, but more about The Man and how he came to be sitting alone, feeling blue.
    Both a riot of musical silliness, and a commentary on the transformative powers of story-telling, this short show will appeal to the theatre geek in all of us.
     
    Bridewell Theatre
    Bride Lane, Fleet Street
    London EC4Y 8EQ
    3-13 May 2017

    Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
    No show on Sunday or Monday (amdram calendar will not accept that info!)
     
    Box office: sedos.co.uk
     
    Tickets £14.50-23
    Early bird offer: buy tickets before the end of March 2017 and get £1 off the price of a ticket (discount prices automatically shown on the box office for all tickets bought before 31 March)
     
     


    Sedos, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company, stages Candide in London this winter, in a revival which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the show’s Broadway premiere, on 1 December 1956.


     
    “I first performed in Candide about 15 years ago in San Diego, when I played The Governor, and I’m delighted that I now have the chance to direct it on this special anniversary,” said director Michael Smith. “It’s an honour to celebrate 60 years of Candide with our production.”

     
    Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre, with music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics by Richard Wilbur. Sedos will use the 1999 National Theatre version by John Caird.

     
    A naïve young man, Candide, is thrown out of the Baron of Thunder-Den-Tronck's castle when he attempts to marry the Baron’s daughter Cunegonde. They embark on a round-the-world journey in which their idealistic belief that all’s for the best in this “best of all possible worlds” is challenged by a series of absurd misfortunes.

     
    Among their adventures, Candide, Cunegonde and their friends become tangled up in wars, shipwrecked, cheated out of a fortune, repeatedly separated, forced into prostitution and marriage, and struggle to determine the meaning of life.

     
    Michael added: “Performing in Candide 15 years ago proved to be one of the most influential experiences of my life; the importance of the message of the show — ‘make your garden grow’ and don't look for a symbolic larger goal, especially through others — and the quality of music only grew more resonant as my life progressed.

     
    “However, the message of this work may be lost in a potentially meandering story and a lushness in music, set or period costumes. I decided to present this show using the great talent I found at Sedos, and I had a vision to set the show in a way that would frame it simply and truthfully.

     
    “I hope that this production moves you for the rest of your life — as it has me — with the depth of meaning imbued by Voltaire, delivered artfully through Bernstein's glorious music and the witty National Theatre's libretto at the fore.”

     
    The production runs from 23 November-3 December 2016 at the Bridewell Theatre, just off Fleet Street, where Sedos is the resident theatre company. The anniversary on 1 December will feature a Glitter and Be Gay gala night, when the audience are encouraged to wear something that sparkles.
    This is the first time Sedos has staged Candide, but the company has put on West Side Story, with music also by Leonard Bernstein, three times — in 2011, 1996 and 1987.


     
    Tickets: sedos.co.uk


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