Blithe Spirit Auditions

AUDITION TIMES & LOCATIONS

Wednesday, March 16, 6-9pm
Thursday, March 17, 6-9pm
Friday, March 18, 6-9pm
Saturday, March 19, 9 am-12 pm

all auditions will be at SCCT Backstage

Callbacks on Sunday, March 20, if needed

Open Call  – No Appointment Necessary.
Those auditioning must arrive and register within the hours indicated.
Please note that the actual auditions may continue beyond the check-in times if turnout is heavy, but everyone that is checked in within the times above will be seen.

Auditions will be held at:

SCCT Backstage
171 Technology Drive
Suite 800
Boalsburg, PA


FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Bruce Fleischer, Director

This is a witty and sophisticated play about the unintended results of dabbling in the occult.  Charles is taken completely by surprise when, after a seance he has had performed by Madam Arcati, the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, appears.  He must now deal with both the ghost and his current wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear Elvira.  The situation only gets worse when Ruth also dies and Charles must now deal with the ghosts of two wives.  It is enough to drive even the most debonaire man mad.  The play will be approached realistically, with no “tongue in cheek” digs at spiritualism or the occult, but with the characters deal, each in his or her own way, with a completely extraordinary situation.  English to the core, this is very much a comedy of manners.

 


AUDITION & CASTING INFORMATION

Please come prepared to have fun at auditions. We want this to be an enjoyable experience you! If you are able, please download and fill out the audition form before arriving at auditions.

Auditions will consist of three parts:

1. Singing – Prepare a song of your choice, set in the style of the show (only 16 to 32 bars is necessary). This is preferred. Bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. Musical tracks are also welcomed via CD or MP3 (a player will be provided). A Capella is acceptable.
Note: People may be asked to do some vocalizing in order to determine range.

if you are ONLY planning to audition for the plays, the singing and dancing are optional

2. Reading – You will be asked to read an actual part from one or more of the shows (called a Side). These will be provided at the audition and you will have time to look over them before you audition.

3. Dancing – Everyone will be asked to learn a dance routine. Wear something that you can move in. This includes proper foot attire.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Callbacks – Some people may be asked to come back on Sunday to do some additional dancing, singing, and script reading. People being called back will be notified via phone call and/or email.

Casting – The entire cast list will be posted on the SCCT website and Facebook page. All cast members will be individually notified by phone and/or email by a member of the production team.

Please note also that current membership is required in order to perform in the show. If you are cast, you will be required to become a member prior to the start of rehearsals. More information on membership is available here.


REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin on April 18 and will follow SCCT’s normal rehearsal schedule – Monday through Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There are no rehearsals on Fridays. Note that participation at rehearsals will be scheduled as required during the rehearsal process – not all roles may be required to be at all rehearsals.

The venue for rehearsals will be:
SCCT Backstage
171 Technology Drive
Suite 800
Boalsburg, PA

Rehearsals will move to The PSU Downtown Theatre the Sunday before Performances.


PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Performance Schedule

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 8:00pm
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 3:00pm

Performance Venue:

PSU Downtown Theatre Center
146 South Allen Street
State College, PA  16801


Character Breakdown

EDITH – The maid, any age.
RUTH – Charles’ current wife, mid 30s.
CHARLES – A novelist, sophisticated, urbane.  Around 40 years old.
DR. BRADMAN – Middle age, a friend.
MRS. BRADMAN – Middle age, his wife.
MADAME ARCATI – a medium, any age.
ELVIRA – The ghost of Charles’ first wife, late 20s/early 30s


SYNOPSIS:

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.


MORE INFORMATION

For more information, contact the SCCT Office at (814) 234-7228, or by email at office@scctonline.org.