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December 10  2-4 PM
December 12  7-9 PM
December 14  7-9PM
Callbacks (if needed) December 16  1-4 PM

 
 

      Set in the North of England in April of 1912, the prosperous Birling family has gathered in the drawing room to celebrate the engagement of their daughter Sheila to Gerald Croft, heir to the most successful family business in the North of England. Their celebration is interrupted when Edna, the maid, announces the unexpected arrival of Inspector Goole, investigating the suicide of a young woman. As the Inspector’s questions unravel the mystery, secrets are revealed and each member of the family is linked to the tragedy. After the inspector’s departure, a few twists have everyone wondering what, if anything, really happened.

            Director Cass Cochrane is looking to fill the following roles:

                 Arthur Birling (male, mid-50s to 60): prosperous manufacturer who is eager to improve his social standing.

                   He is self-conscious about being from a working-class background and overcompensates.

                 Sybil Birling (female, 50s): Arthur’s wife and his social superior. Gracious but somewhat aloof. She is rarely,

                   if ever, wrong.

                 Sheila Birling (female, 20s): Arthur and Sybil’s daughter, she is delighted about her engagement. A giddy

                   and naïve young woman.

                 Eric Birling (male, 20s): Arthur and Sybil’s son, Sheila’s older brother. Rebellious, awkward, moody, and

                   ill-at-ease. He has a drinking problem.

                 Gerald Croft (male, 30s): Sheila’s new fiancé. Handsome, well-bred, charming, confident, upper class.

                 Inspector Goole (male, 40-60): Curious, keenly observant, blunt, and authoritative. Working class.

                   Edna (female, any age): The Birlings maid, working class.

         Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor.  Accents are not what the play is about but a standard, educated, upper class English accent should be evident. Some attempt at accent should be made at the audition.

         Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 2pm – 4pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 7pm – 9pm and Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 7pm – 9pm.  Callbacks (if needed) will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023: 1pm – 4pm

         Please keep callback date open until advised otherwise, and plan to be available for the full three hours.

         Performances will be on weekends from March 15-30, 2024.  Read-through will be January 2 & 4, with rehearsals beginning January 14 on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

         Audition times can be arranged by contacting director Cass Cochrane (cassbass@verizon.net) or call 908-472-3388.          On scheduled day and time, please bring headshot and theatrical resume.  Review the rehearsal and performance schedule listed above.  Sides will be provided at the audition.

        Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held at Westfield Community Players Theater, 1000 N Avenue W, Westfield, NJ   07090.

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