THE EXPLORERS CLUB, Burlington County Footlighters, 07/30/2017

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Start date of auditions: 07/30/2017

Audition dates: Sunday July 30, Monday July 31 at 7:00.
Call back (by invitation only): Thursday, August

3THE STORY: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship “Two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire.” —Time Out NY.

Directed By: Gabrielle Affleck

Audition requirements: All roles, with the exception of Luigi, require a proper British accent. Luigi speaks fluent Phatlabong. Many roles require physical comedy, rapid reflexes and dexterity. Dress comfortably!

Character Breakdown (All Roles Open)
Lucius Fretway: (M mid-30’s – 40’s) A botanist and a man of science. Intellectual and sensible, but lacks the confidence of his more flashy peers. Hopelessly in love with Phyllida, whom he is sponsoring for membership into the Explorer’s Club, but naïve in the ways of romance. He has a nerdy charm, and we root for his success.

Phyllida Spotte-Hume/Countess Glamorgan: (F mid-30’s – 40’s / Dual Role) PHYLLIDA: anthropologist. An intrepid woman in a very male-dominated field, in Victorian England. She’s proper, with perfect Victorian manners, but is not a wilting violet. She’ll fight back if provoked. Attractive and resourceful, witty and charming. COUNTESS GLAMORGAN: Phyllida’s twin sister, a posh, conceited, self-involved aristocrat.

Harry Percy: (M 30s – early 50’s) An intrepid Explorer. Rakish, arrogant, charming, self-assured and really quite dim. Charming and impossible. The pinnacle of Victorian manhood. His belief in himself and his appeal to the ladies knows no bounds. His expeditions usually end with someone dying or being left behind.

Luigi (M 30+) The tribal chief of the NaKong of the lost city of Pahatlabong – a very war-like people. Proud of his culture. Very smart and very observant. Truly a fish out of water in the Explorers Club, he speaks only a few words of English, but picks up on many English customs during the course of the play. MUST BE A GREAT PHYSICAL COMEDIAN. CHARACTER IS BLUE.

Professor Cope (M 40+) A herpetologist (snakes). Great friends with PROFESSOR WALLING. An unassuming, work-a-day scientist with a great attachment to his pet cobra ‘ROSIE’. A perfect Victorian gentleman, well-mannered and enthusiastic. A great defender of snakes, which he believes to be misunderstood. Terrible at charades.

Professor Walling (M 40+) A zoologist. Great friend with PROFESSOR COPE. A sensitive man and scholar, with great affection for his guinea pig ‘Jane’. A perfect Victorian gentleman, cheerful and gentle. Utterly undone when harm befalls Jane.

Professor Sloan (M 50+) An archeo-theologist; studies science in the Bible. Irritable and haughty; he does not like change. Opinionated and often abrasive. As one of the eldest members of the club, he is horrified at the idea of a woman joining the group.

Sir Bernard Humphries (M 40+) Private Secretary to Queen Victoria. Polished, distinguished, and refined. Smooth, and shark-like – a real operator. The man you send to sort out the unpleasantness. Hawkish, he is dedicated to protecting the honor of the crown

Beebe/Irish Assassin (M 30+ Dual Role) An explorer. Stoic and resilient. A strong-willed survivor. Left behind on one of PERCY’s missions, he joined an order of violent monks and has returned to the club seeking revenge. At his core, though, a proper English gentleman. Also plays AN IRISH ASSASSIN (Irish accent).

Note: Character ages are approximate. Director will cast based on the talent/chemistry of the actors.

This is a non-union/non-paying production.

All performances will take place at Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pamona Road, Cinnaminson NJ.

If you have conflicts with performance dates, please refrain from auditioning.

Performance Dates:
November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 8:00
November 5, 12 at 2:00
*November 19 set strike is mandatory for all cast members.

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts and administrative abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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