Auditions for "The School for Lies" Spring Theatre Production

Date & Time:
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location:
LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Description: 

Auditions for 2020 Spring Theatre Production ("The School for Lies") will take place in LeFevre Theatre.  Auditions will be Sat., Jan. 18th 1-6pm. There will no longer be audtions on Sun., Jan. 19 1-4pm. Callbacks will be on Feb. 10 6:30-10pm.

SPRING 2020 THEATRE AUDITIONS

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES

by David Ives

(a contemporary adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy, The Misanthrope)

directed by Daniel Larlham

 

***SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT AT THE LEFEVRE THEATRE BOX OFFICE WINDOW.***

 

PREPARING FOR THE GENERAL AUDITION: 

Auditioners should prepare two pieces: 1) a short comedic or dramatic monologue of their choice (about 2 minutes in length); and 2) one short monologue from The School for Lies, available in the folders posted alongside this audition notice.

The School for Lies is a comedy that skewers human folly with dazzling wordplay, but it also deals with the emotional complexities of love, loss, jealousy, and pride, so either a comedic or dramatic monologue will work for the general audition.  

The audition monologues from The School for Lies (3 options) should be delivered “on book,” with script in hand; memorization is not required.

Auditioners without a prepared monologue are welcome to simply present one of the monologues provided from The School for Lies.

 

CALLBACKS will be held on Monday, February 10th, from 6:00-10:00 PM.  Students will be called back for particular roles during specific time-blocks, and will be given short scenes and speeches from the play to prepare.

 

QUESTIONS?  WANT TO READ THE SCRIPT?

If you would like to read the full script of The School for Lies, or to request pdf versions of any of the audition monologues, please email the director Daniel Larlham, at dl15@stmarys-ca.edu, or the stage manager, Katie Gubler, at kcg5@stmarys-ca.edu.  Also, feel free to email them with any questions about the audition process or production in general.

 

PLOT SUMMARY:

 

The fabulously glamorous Celimene entertains her esteemed guests and hapless suitors in her fashionable Paris salon. But then a surly newcomer named Frank arrives on the scene, causing a sensation with his attacks on the shallowness and hypocrisy of high society. Insults fly and lawsuits follow, along with amorous intrigues and the dynamics of unrequited attraction. But, true to form in a comedy, a happy ending comes about, through royal intervention and the irrepressible force of love.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION: 

 

The Saint Mary’s production will take a “seventeenth century remix” approach to the School for Lies script, drawing inspiration from today’s world of high fashion (Christian Dior, the Met Gala, etc.) and synthesizer versions of baroque music. The goal: to create a theatrical reality that references the flamboyance of the seventeenth-century period but also shines with a fresh, contemporary sensibility.  In terms of acting style, the production will emphasize pace and precision in the verbal delivery of rhymed verse, and clarity, boldness, and FUN in the physicality of comedic characterization.

 

Anticipated cast size: 9 or 10 actors

 

CHARACTERS:

 

Frank: the misanthrope; a native of Paris, newly returned; proud and haughty

Celimene: a young widow of Paris society; glamorous, witty; a force to be reckoned with

Eliante: Celimene’s cousin; compassionate, kind, naïve in love but full of desire

Philinte: Frank’s good-hearted friend; in love with Eliante

Arsinoé: a puritanical rival of Celimene’s; jealous, scheming, razor-sharp

Clitander: a vain, influential courtier; suitor to Celimene

Oronte: a not-so-talented poet; suitor to Celimene

Acaste: a rich marquis, renowned for his stupidity; suitor to Celimene

Dubois: personal assistant to Celimene; clownish commentator on the action

Basque: downtrodden valet to Frank

The Queen: Queen Marie-Theresa of France; the radiant deus ex machina

Contact: 

Tara Sundy
Performing Arts Department Coordinator & Events Manager
St. Mary's College of California
(925) 631-4670
tms8@stmarys-ca.edu

Additional Dates & Times: 
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
School for Lies Spring 2020 Theatre Production