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Auditions Jan. 19 for "What the Butler Saw"

January 19, 2011

What do you get when you combine a lecherous psychiatrist, his nymphomaniac wife, a fanatical government official, a naïve young girl, a smarmy black-mailing bellhop and a bumbling sergeant?

The answer: Joe Orton’s critically acclaimed play, “What the Butler Saw.”

Orton, who is considered by many critics to be a modern-day Oscar Wilde, invites us to peer into the world of a private psychiatric clinic where cross-dressing, straight-jackets, mistaken identities and hilariously botched attempts at seduction are the order of the day. Join us as we take a trip deep into the Id, Ego and Superego of modern comedy.

Auditions for the production, which will be presented at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park for four performances April 21-23, will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts (theatre building), 5600 Oakland Ave., in a room to be announced. Look for signage on the outside doors.

The open-call auditions will consist of cold readings. A headshot and resume is preferred, but not required. This is a non-Equity audition.  Callbacks will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Actors invited to the callback will not be expected to be there for the entire 4-hour period.

Roles are available for four men and two women, and all must speak either British or cockney dialect. Dr. Prentice, who has a talent for bungling already sticky situations, can be in the 30s to 50s age range. His sharp-tongued wife, Mrs. Prentice, is also in the 30s to 50s age range, and must be comfortable in running around only in a slip. Geraldine Barclay, a naïve applicant to be Dr. Prentice’s secretary, is in her late teens to early 20s, and must be comfortable running around in a bra and undies. Nicholas Beckett, a smarmy bellhop, is in his late teens to early 20s, must be comfortable running around in only boxers and socks as well as wearing a dress, and also good with physical movement. Tumbling or combat experience is a plus, but not required for both Beckett and Sergeant Match. Dr. Rance, incompetent and pompous, is in the 30s to 60s range. Sergeant Match can be of any age and good with physical movement.

Rehearsals will begin mid-March and the play is being directed by Suki Peters. If you have questions or would like to audition, but can’t make it on the Jan. 19, contact Peters at: starvingdiva@hotmail.com.