The Greenbelt Arts Center announces upcoming auditions for its production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Randy Barth, to be held Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27th beginning at 6:30 pm
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia has won awards and accolades ever since its first appearance in 1993. It is set in an English country house, and takes place in both early 1800s and in 2000. There scholars debate the relationships between past and present, order and disorder, and certainty and uncertainty. The (often inaccurate) sleuthing of the modern researchers is contrasted with those who lived there before and provide both comedy and drama. And indeed, there are scandals, both academic and personal, that keep the plot shifting. It presents a rich combination of farcical elements, clever wordplay, and omens of a dark future.
Auditions will be held at the Greenbelt Arts Center on Wednesday February 26 and Thursday the 27th beginning at 6:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Audition scenes will be posted in advance on www.greenbeltartscenter.org soon to allow actors to be familiar with them, though no memorization is expected.
Rehearsals will be held three weekday evenings a week beginning March 9, leading up to nine performances beginning on May 15 and ending on May 31. Be prepared to detail all conflicts you may have throughout the rehearsal and performance schedule.
All roles are non union and unpaid
Note: there is considerable flexibility in character ages, particularly in the older parts. The information below is only a guideline For more insight into the play and characters see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia_(play).
THOMASINA COVERLY – precocious daughter of Lord and Lady Croom, aged thirteen, later sixteen (actress may be older)
SEPTIMUS HODGE – her tutor, twenties
JELLABY – a butler, middle-aged
EZRA CHATER – a poet, aged thirty
RICHARD NOAKES – a landscape architect, middle-aged
LADY CROOM – Tomasina’s mother, middle thirties
CAPT. BRICE, RN – Lady Croom’s brother, middle thirties
HANNAH JARVIS – an author, late thirties
CHLOE COVERLY – daughter of modern (unseen) Lady Croom, late teens, early twenties
BERNARD NIGHTINGALE – a don, late thirties
VALENTINE COVERLY – Chloe’s older brother, late twenties, early thirties
GUS COVERLY & AUGSTUS COVERLY – former brother of Thomasina and latter brother of Chloe and Valentine, teenager (same actor plays both)
The Greenbelt Arts Center is supported in part by grants or contributions from:
The City of Greenbelt,
The Prince George’s County Council, District 4
The Honorable Todd Turner
Greenbelt Community Foundation of Prince George’s County
Community Foundation for the National Capitol Area
Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Community Forklift – communityforklift.org
and with generous gifts from patrons like You!
GREENBELT ARTS CENTER IS A PROUD MEMBER OF: American Association of Community Theatre
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