NUTLEY LITTLE THEATRE SCHEDULES AUDITIONS FOR:
THE DIVINE SISTER
By Charles Busch, Directed by George Seylaz
Audition dates: Sunday, November 4th, and Monday November 5th both at 7:30 pm
Call backs – if needed – will be Wednesday, November 7th. also at 7:30 pm
The show will run for ten performances: February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23.
It’s swinging 1960s Pittsburgh and we are looking for actors not afraid to make BIG BOLD choices to take the audience through this outrageous homage to some our favorite Hollywood films featuring nuns, like The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Sound of Music and The Trouble with Angels to name just a few.
The Divine Sister, by Charles Busch – author of such hits as Psycho Beach Party and The Tale of The Allergist’s Wife – tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions”, sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, and a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin.
Please note – true to the style of the playwright we are seeking a MALE to play the role of Mother Superior.
The style of the piece is the golden age of Hollywood with touches of melodrama. So make BIG, BOLD choices when auditioning! Be Earnest, Be Intense, Be Broad but be truthful! Going over the top, chewing the scenery, using heightened emotion are not only welcomed but encouraged here, so long as it comes from a truthful place!
The cast is made up of 2 men / 4 women – two of the actors will double as another character – see below.
*Reminder we are looking for a MALE to play the Mother Superior.
Roles available are:
Agnes (20’s-30’s): An ethereal and very earnest young postulant, experiences visions.
Sister Walburga / Mrs. MacDuffie (double role) (30’s-50’s): A stern and severe nun with a German accent and a secret mission. / Old Scottish charwoman (one scene)
Sister Acacius aka Lil (30’s-50’s): Brash, a bit foul mouthed, sexually frustrated nun. Heavy New York Accent. Wrestling coach. Mother Superior’s confidant.
Mother Superior aka Susan (40’s-60s): Plucky and resourceful woman of God. (Played by a man.)
Mrs. Levinson / Timothy (double role) (40’s-60’s): A devout atheist and outrageously wealthy, patrician sort of woman. Classy but strong willed. / A precious and vivacious, effeminate male student at St. Veronica’s (two scenes)
Jeremy / Brother Venerius (double role) (40’s-50’s): A dashing and worldly reporter, and Mother Superior’s long lost flame. / a sinister monk with a secret (two scenes)
Auditions will be held at: Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Pl, Nutley, NJ