Parkland Theatre will hold open auditions for its first performance of the 2104-2015 season, Ken Ludwig’s cross-dressing comedy Leading Ladies, Saturday, Aug. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Callbacks will be held Sunday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the theatre.
Director Sandra Zelinski will cast eight male and female actors ages 18+ for a funny, classy, chaotic, joyous, and stylish farce by the author of Lend Me a Tenor
and Moon Over Buffalo
. The audition will consist of selected readings from the script.
In Leading Ladies
, English Shakespearean actors Jack and Leo find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Penn., is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.
No appointment is necessary to audition. Performances take place October 2–12. All members of the community as well as Parkland and U of I students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org