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Washington Street Players announces Auditions for Ken Ludwig's
"Moon Over Buffalo"




Sunday, June 12th @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:30pm

Holliston Upper Town Hall
703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA

The hilarious 'Moon Over Buffalo' centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing 'Private Lives' and 'Cyrano De Bergerac' in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

The play will be performed October 28, 29 & 30 and November 4 & 5 and is presented with permission of Samuel French, Inc.. The play will be directed by Jim Porter; auditions will be on Sunday June 12 from 7 to 9 PM and Tuesday June 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and will consist of cold readings from the script as well as some physical improv. For more info, email at WashStPlayers@gmail.com.

Character Descriptions:

George Hay - (Male, 50s) George is the owner-operator of the touring troupe. He is self-important, overly dramatic, a caricature of the boozing, womanizing actor. He must be capable of doing strenuous physical comedy, including pratfalls, running, stage combat (fencing), etc. He must also be versatile with British accents.

Charlotte Hay - (Female, 50s) Charlotte is George’s long suffering wife who serves as co-manager for the acting troupe. She plays all the female leads despite being a bit long in the tooth for most of them. She must also be skilled in a variety of British accents as well as capable of physical comedy and stage combat.

Ethel - (Female, 70s) Charlotte's mother, a former actress herself. She is a tough-as-nails curmudgeon who keeps stirring the pot and getting under people’s skin. She’s not thrilled with George, but supports her daughter as best she can. She is hard of hearing, which leads to many comic misunderstandings. She must be able to command a stage and have strong comedic skills.

Rosalind “Roz” Hay - (Female, 20-30 years old) George and Charlotte's daughter; she was a part of their acting troupe (ingénue) but quit to get away from her parent’s bickering and vices. She is now a part of the real world, but is visiting with George and Charlotte. She has to be able to do an upper-class British accent and be capable of physical comedy.

Eileen - (early 20s) - She is an actress (current ingénue) who is eager to please; she has (or may have) a crush on George and their affair has dire consequences for all involved. Can come across as naïve and silly, but she knows what she wants, and how to get it.

Howard - (late 20s-early 30s) – Howard is a weatherman and is Rosalind's fiancé. He comes across as a Casper Milquetoast, a nervous and excitable man-boy. He must be able to do strong physical comedy, pratfalls, etc.

Paul - (late 20s-early 30s) - He is a member of the acting troupe; he was Rosalind’s love interest on and off stage. He still loves her and wants her back, but he is devoted to the Hays and the stage and won't leave the troupe. He must be able to do strong physical comedy.

Richard - (50s) - He is George and Charlotte's attorney and handles their business affairs, but he would rather be handling Charlotte in an affair. He is wealthy, a mover and a shaker, and he is both amused and horrified by the lifestyle and hijinks of the Hay family.