Casting Call for
Whose Wives Are They Anyway?
January 10 at 5 pm and January 11 at 7 pm
Strauss Theatre Center
Directed by Terri Larson Cunningham
Strauss Theatre Center is holding auditions for Whose Wives Are They Anyway?, a farce by Michael Parker, on January 10 at 5pm-7pm and January 11 at 7pm-9pm.
All participants are asked to have a 1 to 2 minute dialogue prepared and memorized for the audition. We are looking for 8 adult actors, 3 male and 5 female, to portray the following roles:
- John Baker (Age 35-40): A vice president of The Ashley Maureen Cosmetics Corporation, he is a successful business executive, who, because of his kind and gentle nature, allows himself to be manipulated into compromising situations by the more dominant personality of David. Alternating between the roles of himself and David’s ‘wife,’ he is caught up in a whirlwind of events beyond his control, but nevertheless manages to show great strength of character and personality. (Hardworking, honest, straightforward and full of initiative)
- David McGachen (Age 45-50): A distinguished looking man, he has risen to become a vice president of The Ashley Maureen Cosmetics Corporation more by guile and cunning than ability and hard work. Relentless in his efforts to impress his new boss, he attempts to manipulate all those around him. Even when his plan to create two alternative wives begins to unravel, he never gives up scheming and plotting, and always seems to come up with ‘one more idea.’ (Clever and cunning, a relentless schemer)
- Tina (Age 20-30): The young, pretty country club receptionist. She is good at her job, impressing the guests wih her smile and personality. Once she has been persuaded to impersonate John’s wife, she embraces the role wholeheartedly. After a little to much champagne, she seems to have difficulty keeping all her clothes on, and ends up at the heart of many of the visual comic sequences. (Bright, sexy, a bubbling personality)
- Mrs. Carlson (Age 45-55): The club manager. A straight-laced, severe woman who, in a few years will no doubt become a typical ‘old battleaxe.’ A this stage in her life she prefers to take the moral high ground and does not hesitate to preach the evils of sex and adultery. She sees herself as a guardian of morality for the country club, and makes sure all her guests know it. (Dominant, bossy, efficient, yet rather likeable)
- Wilson (Age 60+): The club handyman. He is the complete and total hypochondriac. You name it, he suffers from it! An endearing and comic character, he lights up the stage at his every entrance with his chronic complaints. Never far from most of the comic sequences, he is a pivotal character who observes all the madcap happenings going on around him. (Likeable, funny, with a great sense of humor)
- D.L. Hutchison (Age 45-50): The new president of The Ashley Maureen Cosmetic Corporation. She is bright, smart and self-assured, with a ‘take charge’ nature. She is the ‘straight man’ of the plot, for whose benefit the duplicate wives have been produced. She is a somewhat overbearing character, serious in nature, who, at all times, is all business. (Smart, attractive, efficient and personable)
- Karly McGachen (Age 40ish): She is quite a strong character who reacts in a positive and forceful way to the apparent infidelity of her husband David. Determined to make him jealous, she is party to several hilarious scenes as she makes a play for the reluctant Wilson.(Determined and calculating, yet with a tender side)
- Laura Baker (Age 30-40): A pretty little thing who is somewhat dominated by the stronger character of Karly, she is a simple soul who just wants to love and be loved by her husband John. She never quite understands what is going on around her. She cries at the drop of a hat, and spends much of her time on stage in tears. (Tender, loving, naive)
We will be following the safety guidelines where you will have your temperature checked and you are asked to wear a mask and social distance when not auditioning for the show. We will not have more than 50 people in a setting. You will check in at the Box office and auditions will be held on the Strauss Mainstage.
To peruse the script, email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-323-6681.