Present Laughter

The Black Box Theatre

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Spring 2024 Production Auditions on December 11 and 12

The Black Box Theatre is proud to announce auditions for the Spring 2024 production of Noel Coward’s witty and hysterical play, Present Laughter, directed by Angie Kells. At the center of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic, and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. Noel Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change (Concord Theatrical).

There are roles for 11 actors of all genders. Roles include Garry Essendine, a self-obsessed famous London actor; Liz Essendine, Garry's stylish and poised wife; Morris Dixon, Garry's theatrical manager and friend; Henry Lyppiatt, Garry's longtime producer and friend; Joanna Lyppiatt, the confident, glamorous wife of Henry; Monica Reed, Garry's tolerant secretary and confidante; Daphne Stillington, a pretty debutante and ardent admirer of Garry; Roland Maule, an earnest, aspiring playwright who is an obsessed fan of Garry; Fred, Garry's easygoing, unrefined valet; Miss Erikson, Garry's chain-smoking housekeeper; and Lady Saltburn, a wealthy aristocrat.

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Auditions for Present Laughter will be held Monday and Tuesday, December 11 and 12 from 6–8 p.m. in The Black Box Theatre. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, December 14 from 6–10 p.m. Please prepare a two-minute comic monologue with a British accent. At callbacks, actors will read from the script.

Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, January 17, and will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6–9:30 p.m. Performances will be held on March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24.

Meet the cast for the Fall 2023 Production of Frankenstein

The cast of Frankenstein stands outside in three rows

Top row, left to right: Jay Geller, Nicole Molgado, Wyatt Mizerk, Addie Keller, Nathan Bodecker, Ethan Sherman, Sheri Warren, Trinity Anderson

Second row, left to right: Maggie McCord, Izzy Griffin, E.J. Svendson, Lucy Hagen, Mailin Contreras, Jake Seelye, Lucinda Nicholas, Rachel Loeding, Taylor Runge

Bottom row, left to right: Carol Foreman, Asa Pittner, Angel Zuhlke, Bobby Roberts. Not Pictured: Willow Broussard.

Photos courtesy of Christy Sturm.

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