Nutley Little Theatre announces auditions for
by Charles Morey
directed by Eric A. Robitaille
Saturday, Feb 17 @ 1:00PM-4:00PM
Sunday Feb 18 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM
Call Backs Invitation Only:
Monday Feb 19 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM
Performances will be April 12-27 (a total of 10 shows):
4/12, 4/13, 4/19, 4/20, 4/25, 4/26 & 4/27 at 8:00PM
4/14, 4/21 & 4/27 at 2:00PM
A modern day adaptation of the classic French play “Le Mariage De Figaro”.
In the French Court of 1778. In the build up to the French revolution two young court workers Figaro and Suzzane, the steward and the lady’s maid, are engaged, bethroted, and affianced. And the only thing stopping their matrimony is the need for the Count’s seal of approval on their wedding certificate. But the wealthy residents of this Cheatue have other desires in mind.
The Count, bored by his wife the Countess, seeks to force Suzzane to be his lover in exchange for signing the wedding papers. And the cunning Marceline wants to sabotage the wedding all together so she can claim the young and attractive Figaro for herself.
The Countess schemes to regain her warwards husband’s attention. While Dr Batharolo and the music teacher Bazile scheme to take down Figaro for their own petty grievances. And all the while the young Cherubin is caught by the Count for being in a love affair with the gardener’s daughter and for flirting with the Countess. And now the Count seeks the boy’s head.
Each wealthy patron of this house believes themself to be the master trickster of this comedic play. But it is up to our working class characters to survive the nobel schemes and manage to come out on top and with their heads still on their necks.
This adaptation of the classic French play takes this classic story of the workers getting one over on the rich and updates its word-play, irony, and farcical scenes to be more compatible with modern comedic sensibilities.
FIGARO: Late twenties, Thirties. Comic lead. Very smart, very quick. A great heart and joy in life but a deep anger underneath. The “trickster”. Utterly devoted and obsessed to his fiance Suzanne. He harbors a great disheartenedness over his lot in life, abandoned as a baby and having to scheme and trick his way to his current position in life. And now the Count who he has been a loyal servant to for years threatens what little stability and prosperity he has managed to achieve. But he will not go out with one last plan up his sleeve to get ahead.
SUZANNE: Late twenties, Thirties. Smart and cunning, every bit a match for her fiance, Figaro. A loyal and trusting person whom is also a bit of a jokster. With her own set of schemes in her pocket she is prepared to stave off the threats made by higher ranking mamber of the court to protect herself and her future marriage.
COUNT ALMAVIVA: Forties, Fifties. Imposing and forceful. Aristocratic. A lecher with a comedic twist. Ultimately not un-likeable but still a very real threat to all those inhabiting his Chateau. And he is not against leveraging that fear over others.
COUNTESS ALMAVIVA (Rosine): Thirties, Forties. Beautiful, aristocratic, but deeply saddened by her husband’s neglect. Smart and resourceful when she needs to be.
DOCTOR BARTHOLO: Forties, Fifties. Smart, arrogant and somewhat aloof. Fancies himself a great thinker and cunning trickster but is often deflected by the schemes of other characters and has a hard time gaining an advantage over others in the court scheming.
MARCELINE: Forties, Fifties. Strong willed. Will do almost anything to get what she wants almost to the point of obsession. Little care for those she may damage on her way to her goals.
FANCHETTE: Teens, early Twenties. The only character in the show who is not plotting a greater scheme. Despite her position in society and the chateau, many men still seek her for her looks and charm. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer but not entrily dim ether. Is more than willing to aid the other workers in their plots to get one over on the Count.
CHERUBIN / DOUBLEMAIN: Teens, early Twenties.
Cherubin: Not much more than a boy. A tad melodramatic and a romantic at heart. Considers himself a great lover when in reality it is his natural charm and young looks that get him far not his intimate abilities.
Doublemain: officious court clerk
BAZILE / ANTONIO / BRIDOISON: Fifties.
Bazile: Officious, pedantic, self absorbed music teacher, maybe a little prissy.
Antonio: The Count’s gardener, father to Fanchette, a comic drunk.
Bridoison: Slightly dim Justice with a significant speech impediment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ERIC ROBITAILLE AT: email@example.com
NUTLEY LITTLE THEATRE SCHEDULES AUDITIONS FOR: FIGARO
** Updated September 20, 2022 **
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