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Auditions For The Comedy/Drama "Sitting Pretty"

Auditions For The Comedy/Drama "Sitting Pretty"

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  • Sun 8 Mar ’15, 10:30am – 1:00pm


Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga



We are holding auditions for "Sitting Pretty", a comedy/drama by Amy Rosenthal and directed by Penelope Keegan.

This is a delightful play. Funny, poignant and well written. It is set in London and centres around the lives of two sisters – Nina, who is a guide at the National Gallery and is full of a ferocious energy (Nancy describes her “always being angry. Always. Even when she was a little girl”), and her older sister Nancy who has just lost her job and is suffering from depression and a lack of purpose to her life.

During the course of the play the main characters all go through changes that will alter the way they lead their lives. The intersecting circles of their lives become separate and ultimately stronger. It becomes clear that some people need others to be weak in order for them to feel strong.

As a director, I am convinced that a happy cast makes for a good production so will be looking not only for the necessary talent but – as far as is possible in the time auditions take – to recognise people who will be compatible off stage as well as on. My style of direction is that of welcoming input from actors. After all, you are the ones who will be developing your characters as rehearsals progress and your opinion matters to me. I believe we are a team.

I have had numerous roles in theatre over the last 20 or so years. Directing, acting, stage managing, front of house etc, so am well versed in the delights and frustrations that can occur.

Nina - early 50s. Major role.
Nancy - mid 50s. Major role. This actress has to be comfortable with getting naked on stage. I will do my best to come up with the easiest and most comfortable way of doing this as I realise that it’s a big ask for some.
Max - late 50s. Major role. A very kind man who has carried a torch for Nina for some years despite her obvious lack of reciprocation.
Philip - late 40s. Major role. A womanising art teacher who, until he meets Nancy, has lost his mojo for painting.
Zelda - 20s. Fairly major role. She is Philip’s lover and doing her best to extricate herself from the relationship.
Luka - 18-ish. Such a small role that he only has two lines! One of the art students.
Josie - Late 30s. Brittle and elegant in an unhappy marriage and sleeping with Philip, to whom she means nothing. Art student
Bridget- early 40s. Art student. Very keen. Married to Martin.
Martin - 40s. Bridget’s husband. A bit of a weirdo and is being dragged along to art classes with his wife because she wants them to have a shared interest – which this obviously isn’t!
Sylvia - 60s. A stately woman whose son is high up in political circles, much to her obvious pride.

I foresee starting our rehearsal period with an informal get together and readthrough (possibly around my kitchen table) on Saturday, 28th March, and starting rehearsals on Sunday 29th. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights and on Sunday afternoons. This is not a very long play, so we will have ample opportunity to work at an unfrenzied pace!

Season: May 9 to 30 (16 performances).
Perusal scripts are available from the office, 534-1401 or info@hlt.org.nz
For further information, Penelope can be contacted on 021 1713113 or email pekasufra@gmail.com

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