2019-2020 Season Auditions

 
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Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesserling

Newnan Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling. Auditions will be Sunday and Monday, June 2 and 3, from 7 - 9 pm. The performance dates are August 15-18 and 22-25. The show will be directed by Andrew Miller.

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster and his slightly crazy family. He has two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Through the midst of all this, Mortimer thinks he is ready to marry the girl next door, but, should he bring her into this madness?

Audition: will consist of cold readings from the script. 

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Casting three male roles:
Abby Brewster
 – stereotypical “little old lady” – between 55 – 65 yrs old. Just a bit doting, but very caring. 

Martha Brewster – Same as her sister Abby

Mortimer Brewster – Early 30’s – Abby and Martha’s nephew – Considers himself sophisticated but tends to panic most of the time when stressed. 

Teddy Brewster – Early to mid 40’s – Martha and Abby’s brother – thinks he is President Teddy Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster – age undetermined, but older than Mortimer – psychopathic murderer on the run from the law.

Dr. Einstein – age undetermined – Jonathan’s “personal physician” and hopeless alcoholic – scared only of Jonathan.

Elaine Harper – early to mid 20’s – Mortimer’s fiancée. 

Rev. Dr. Harper – Older gentleman – Elaine’s father

Officer Klein – a police officer

Officer O’Hara – late 20’s to 30 – a police officer with a LOT of stories

Officer Brophy – a police officer

Lieutenant Rooney – older and tired police lieutenant – just wants to get through his shift without issues

Mr. Gibbs – late 60’s – early 70’s – a grumpy old man with no family

Some roles may be doubled.

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Auditions will be held at Newnan Theatre Company, located at 24 First Avenue, Newnan, Georgia at 7 pm both nights, with possible callbacks to be announced.

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Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind to any performer to take part in our productions. 

All roles are non-equity/non-paying.
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If you have questions about these auditions or any production please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org.