Readings & Auditions

Here are all the details about our annual auditions for the 2019-2020 season. We cast all our shows once a year for the full season, and auditions are open to anyone. All the readings and auditions will take place in the back room of Kings Langley Community Centre at 8pm. All welcome.

17th – 19th October 2019

Neighbourhood Watch – Alan Ayckbourn

Director – Jamie Yates

Reading – Monday 1st July

Audition – Monday 15th July

Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies’ neighbours congregate in their living room and together they agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incidents. But after the Massies’ beloved garden gnome Monty is thrown through their window, matters swiftly escalate, complicated by Martin’s burgeoning romance with Amy, wife of Gareth, who was formerly involved with Luther, husband of Magda… What begins as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community ends in violence and acrimony.

Present day

Setting – living room

Cast

MARTIN, 40s

HILDA, his sister, a little older

LUTHER, 30s

MAGDA, his wife, 20s

GARETH, 50s

AMY, his wife, 30s

ROD, 60s

DOROTHY, 60s

Ages are a guideline only and can be flexible, as long as the pairings work.

9th – 11th January 2020

Cinderella by Chris Jordan

Directed by Rebecca Davey

Reading – Thursday 4th July

Audition – Thursday 18th

The timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love!

Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life can begin …

Cast

Cinderella (Principle girl)

Prince Charming (Principle Boy)

Dandini (Principle boy)

Ugly Step Sisters, Flora & Marj (Dame x 2)

Baron Hard-up

Fairy Godmother

Buttons

Brokers Man

Plus Chorus

5th – 7th March 2020

The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh

Directed by Nick Davey

Reading – Monday 8th July

Audition – Thursday 25th July

Set in Ireland in 1993. The Northern Ireland peace process is taking its faltering first steps, and INLA man Mad Padraic is hard at work pulling out the toenails of Belfast drug pusher James, when the news comes through that his beloved cat, Wee Thomas, is poorly. Instead of slicing off James’s right nipple, as planned, he heads back home to the island of Inishmore. But, when he arrives at the family home, he discovers that Wee Thomas isn’t sick but has had his brains squeezed out like toothpaste. Padraic, a man considered too mad for the IRA and sorely trying the patience of his INLA comrades, is intent on revenge, even if that means wiping out his own father. Just as he’s about to put a bullet through Dad’s head, there’s an unexpected knock at the door.

Cast

Padraic: (Male. Age: 20 – 40)

Davey: (Male. Age: teens / 20s)

Donny: (Male. Age: 40 – 70)

Mairead: (Female. Age: teens / 20s

Christy: (Male / Female. Age: 30 – 50)

Brendan: (Male / Female. Age: 18 – 30)

Joey/James: (Male. Age: 18 – 30) Could be two parts, James is male, Joey is male or female.

17th – 20th June 2020

Urinetown. The musical

Directed by Andrew Knight

Reading – Thursday 11th July

Song practice – Monday 22nd July

Audition – Saturday 27th July (11 – 4)

Set in a Gotham-like city overcome by ecological disaster, Urinetown is a tongue-in-cheek tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its very weight in gold. A depletion of the earth’s water-supply has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The privilege to pee is regulated by a malevolent corporation which profits by charging admission for one of mankind’s basic needs – and which is ripe for overthrow…

Urinetown is also a satire of other musicals, this will become clearer as time goes on. It is a great ensemble piece with some fantastic production numbers and dance routines. The two policemen also have one of the best numbers in the show. As you will see everyone has a named part, but there is also space for extra people in the ensemble. There is something for everyone, it’s a very busy show, and the ensemble are hardly off the stage.

It’s another exciting project for the KLP which promises to have you humming the songs for quite some time.

Major Characters

Bobby Strong – The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise as the Assistant Custodian at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution, and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way.

Caldwell B. Cladwell – The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly moneygrubber who gleefully exploits the poor.

Hope Cladwell – Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she eventually joins Bobby as part of the Revolution.

Officer Lockstock – The principal narrator; a policeman in charge of finding guilty pee-ers.

Little Sally – A precocious, thoroughly irreverent and very intelligent street urchin; the co-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play’s logic.

Penelope Pennywise – The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms, but harbors a surprising secret.

Officer Barrel – Lockstock’s partner. He harbors a surprising secret.

Mr. McQueen – Cladwell’s assistant. A sneaky man who will do anything to save himself.

Senator Fipp – A corrupt politician in Cladwell’s pocket. He also harbors a surprising, and slightly disturbing, secret.

Joseph “Old Man” Strong – Bobby’s rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown.

Josephine “Ma” Strong – Bobby’s mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her.

The Poor

Hot Blades Harry – A dangerous and unpredictable rebel.

Little Becky Two-Shoes – A young, pregnant woman. Harry’s “Mate”.

Soupy Sue – An affectionate member of the gang.

Tiny Tom – A confused man-boy.

Robby the Stockfish – A poor rebel.

Billy Boy Bill – A poor rebel.

The Rich

Mrs. Millennium – Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell’s Head Secretary.

Dr. Billeaux – A scientist for Urine Good Company.