Auditions at the Footlight Club

Auditions for Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
By Helen Jerome
Adapted from the Novel by Jane Austen


Directed by Kristin Hughes

The Footlight Club is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Kendall, directed by Kristin Hughes and produced by David Rodrigues.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Thus begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's most well-known and beloved novel of love ad manners. In this sparkling adaptation by Jane Kendall, Mrs. Bennet is desperate to marry her five daughters creditably, with or without her husband''s aid. Her hopes are raised when the lovely Jane falls deeply in love with the wealthy Mr. Bingley. Alas, things are more complicated for the spirited Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy, and the course of true love is far from smooth - at least at first!

There are roles for up to 11 women and 5 men of various ages. Character descriptions below; Some roles may be doubled.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday March 21 and Thursday March 23 at 7 PM. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, March 26. Auditions will be by appointment, in groups of 10 - 12 in one hour slots, and will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be made available by Sunday, March 12.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition appointment.

The director is looking for actors who have facility with the language, comic timing, and can show the genuine emotion underlying the dialogue.. British accents will be used in the production, but may not be necessary at the auditions.

Performances are June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays in April, and we will add Sunday evenings in May. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals.

Age ranges are relative; we are interested in building an ensemble, so don't type yourself out! Please note that any role with an asterisk(*) next to it may be doubled.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bennet - early 20s. Lovely, spirited, and intelligent, Lizzie Bennet is her father's favorite, and her mother's torment. She is impulsive, witty and quick to judge. She loves her sister Jane and all her family very much in spite of their faults, and she is initially deeply annoyed by Darcy's disdain for her and her loved ones.

Jane Bennet - mid 20s. The oldest Bennet daughter, she is considered the beauty of the family. Gentle, kind, and shy, she falls deeply in love with Mr. Bingley but is too reserved to let that show.

Mrs. Bennet - 40s-50s. Mrs. Bennet is devoted to her daughters, and genuinely concerned for their futures. She is also foolish, shallow, and extremely transparent in her matchmaking.

Mary Bennet - 18-20. Mary is the quintessential middle child; she is the least attractive of hte girls, and has become the 'bookish' and 'accomplished' daughter to get attention. Unfortunately, the Bennets don't have a governess and she comes across as more smug than smart.

Catherine Bennet (Kitty) - 17-19. Kitty is flighty, and very much under the sway of Lydia, the stronger personality of the two. She lives for parties, and officers, becuase Lydia does.

Lydia bennet - 15-16. Lydia is the youngest, flightiest, and most headstrong of the sisters. Her manner is forward, and she has no thought in her head but for pretty clothes and pretty men, preferably in uniform. She does love her sisters and her mother, but she could have benefited from a more structured environment.

*Charlotte Lucas (late 20s). Elizabeth's friend Charlotte is quiet, reflective, and shy. She is determined not to be an old maid, and that is extremely likely at her 'advanced' age.

*Lady Lucas (mid 40s-50s). Mrs. Bennet's friend is as determined as Mrs. Bennet to get her daughter married off well - but she's got the social skills to at least mask that fact better than Mrs. B.

*Miss Bingley (20s). Charles Bingley's fashionable sister has two goals: to marry off her brother to money, and to marry herself off to his extremely eliglble friend, Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet may derail both of these laudable goals.

*Lady Catherine de Bourgh (50s - 60s). Lady Catherine is Mr. Darcy's proud and domineering aunt. Elizabeth Bennet will not do at all, and she makes that very clear.

Hill - the Bennet's servant. Usually female; could be male. Any age. Ideally the actress (or actor) will make their feelings on the family's goings on clear.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (mid to late 20s). Mr. Darcy is reserved to the point of coldness, but that reserve covers a deeply passionate and loving nature. He is very aware of his own consequence, and has high standards for those around him. He is taken aback by his growing attachment to Elizabeth.

Mr. Charles Bingley (mid 20s). Mr. Bingley is easygoing, charming, and an open book compared to the closed off Darcy. He is also somewhat insecure, as he is easily persuaded that Jane does not share his regard for her.

Mr. Bennet - late 40s - 50s. Mr. Bennet is a fond parent, but he has been driven by his wife's foolishness to hide in his library whenever possible. He takes refuge in his books, a sly sense of humor, and his love for Lizzie, in particular.

*Mr. Collins (late 20s-30s). Mr. Collins is Mr. Bennet's heir; he is a sycophantic and pompous clergyman who is extremely devoted to his patroness, Lady Catherine. Lady Catherine has demanded that he find a wife; and he has the happy thought of marrying one of the Bennet daughters.

*Mr. Wickham (mid to late 20s - same age as Darcy). Mr. Wickham has very charming manners, and is initially lattracted to Elizabeth. Alas, his manners are the only charming thing about him.

LOCATION:

Eliot Hall, 7a Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA



*Please note that the Footlight Club is a community, non-equity theater. The Footlight Club welcomes and encourages qualified performers of all ages, ethnicities and abilities to audition. Auditions are open to all.