HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre
Spring 2017 Production
by Larry Shue
Directed by Eden Lee Murray
Friday, Feb. 3 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 4 – 1:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 5 – 1 pm (callbacks)
Friday and Saturday are open auditions.
Sunday is callbacks, but if you are only available on Sunday please come then!
Friday, March 31 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 2 – 4:00 pm
Friday, April 7 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 8 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 9 – 4:00 pm
This delicious, character-driven farce takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. Charlie Baker, a depressed and self-effacing British gentleman desparately seeks solitude. In order to guarantee the peace and privacy Charlie desires, his buddy introduces him to the locals as an exotic, non-English-speaking foreigner. The plan backfires, however, and soon Charlie finds himself at the very center of the madness, as nefarious Southern villains concoct outrageous schemes. The ingenious solutions Charlie and the not-so-halfwit that befriend him come up with are hilarious.
ROLES IN THE PRODUCTION
Charlie Baker Principal: the “foreigner” of the title. British. Shy, unassuming, unprepossessing, zero self-esteem at the start, but there’s more to him than meets the eye, as he, the other characters and the audience discover through the course of the play. Partners most closely with Ellard Simms. Good comic timing a must, and ability to improvise. This character is in every scene.
Froggy LeSueur Principal: Charlie’s cockney sidekick. Responsible for introducing Charlie into the world of Betty Meeks’ back-country B&B. A blustery take-charge sort of military bloke. Prides himself on being a creative problem solver, fancies himself quite the ladies’ man.
Betty Meeks Principal: middle-aged character, although could be played by younger character actress. A good-hearted, maternal bustle. Pronounced Georgia hillbilly twang. Recently widowed, and manages a run-down B&B about to be condemned. Comes to believe she has a special “extra-circular communication going’” with Charlie.
Rev. David M. Lee Principal: leading man type, presents as straight-arrow preacher man, but we discover with dark, ulterior motives. Skillful devious manipulator, shameless liar, but we have to believe him at first. Proves to be no match for Charlie when the “foreigner” hits his stride. Engaged to marry Catherine Simms, but not for the right reasons.
Owen Marshall Principal: comically sinister character actor. Middle-aged, heavy-set Georgia cracker. Misogynist, racist, chauvinist, the epitome of a redneck hillbilly, and full-blown member of the KKK, with Trump-esque attitude to all “furriners,” a term which for him means all “non-Amurrikins,” including blacks, Catholics, Jews, Muslims—and just about any “other” you could want to name. A villain we love to hate, and are happy to see undone.
Ellard Simms Principal: character actor. Good-hearted brother of Catherine Simms, deliberately set up as a half-wit by the Rev. Lee, and subsequently dismissed as “simple” by those who know him. Thanks to Charlie, though, Ellard turns out to be the heart and soul of the story. Deliciously funny scenes as the bumbling, well-intentioned Ellard undertakes to teach Charlie how to speak English. Pronounced Georgia hillbilly twang. Good comic timing essential. Extensive partnering with Charlie.
Catherine Simms Principal: Ellard’s sister. Young leading lady type. Smart, sadder-but-wiser former debutante with low self-esteem. Engaged to Rev. David M. Lee, and to her dismay, finds that the wedding date will have to be moved forward, for the usual reason. Desperate for companionship, she adopts Charlie as her special confessor-confidante, assuming that he can’t understand a word she says. Georgia backcountry twang, but not as pronounced as Betty’s or Ellard’s.
Note: The age ranges given indicate the ages of the characters in the story, not the ages of the actors. Auditions are open to the wider theatre community, with priority given to current HPU students.
Anyone wish to be considered for a role MUST attend auditions.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Scripts will be available for perusal on the premises at the windward and downtown campuses: LB basement lounge, and HLC theatre office. It is highly recommended that you be familiar with the script before coming to auditions, although not mandatory. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings from 7 pm until 10 pm and some weekend days as needed.
Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus’ Paul and Vi Loo Theatre
45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe (just off the Pali Highway)
For more information call Eden Lee Murray: 808-384-2157 or Janine Myers: 808-386-4753