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Auditions for "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" Dec. 14-15 at Forest Park

November 23, 2011

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With shades of "Sex and the City" and "Designing Women," the lives, loves and misadventures of five bridesmaids are explored in the comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”

Auditions for this performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14 and 15, in Room T204 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The play will be performed four times Feb. 23-26, with show times at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. It is recommended for mature audiences.

Roles are available for five women, primarily in their 20s and early 30s, and one man, around 29 (one scene). All must speak in Southern accents.

Written by Alan Ball, who created “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” and won an Oscar for the “American Beauty” screenplay, the 1993 work is set at a society wedding in Knoxville, Tenn. During an ostentatious reception at an old-money estate, five reluctant bridesmaids hide out in the upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

Auditions will consist of cold readings of the script in groups onstage and a brief interview with director Lynn Venhaus. Rehearsals will not begin until after the holidays.

The characters include:

  • Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered Christian fundamentalist -- naive, age 21. She's a cousin of the bride.
  • Meredith, the rebellious younger sister of the bride. She's athletic, edgy, a wild child, age 22, with attitude to spare.
  • Trisha, 32, the bride's sorority sister and lifelong friend, a worldly woman who knows how to be beautiful. But she's jaded and cynical. Has her eye on a younger bad-boy usher. 
  • Georgeanne, an unhappily married lady. She acts out in outrageous ways. She's an old school chum of the bride and Trisha.
  • Mindy, the lesbian sister of the groom. She's cheerful but gets in her share of zingers, a lot of wisecracks. She's in her late 20s/early 30s.
  • Tripp, whose real name is Griffin Lyle Davenport III. He's a cousin of the groom, age 29, and an usher. He appears only in the final scene.

For more information, contact Venhaus at or 314-644-9744.