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Auditions for The Man Who Came to Dinner   - Project ID # 1590530
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   SRN
Location   Haddonfield, NJ Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   02-18-19
Audition Date   02-24-19 Submission Deadline   02-23-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   New York City, NY>Philadelphia, PA

A tender and intense adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel about one of the most inspiring episodes of human history: the rescue of the Danish jews during World War 2. Annemarie Johansen is surprised when her best friend Ellen Rosen arrives at her apartment to spend the night. When two Nazi soldiers appear at the door looking for the Rosen family, Annemarie’s parents pretend Ellen is their own daughter. Annemarie comes to realize that all the Jewish Danes are in terrible danger, and that it is up to their Christian neighbors to help them escape to neutral Sweden.

Role # 1 - Sheridan Whiteside Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Inspired by real-life drama critic Alexander Wollcott, Whiteside is an obnoxious, but famous, writer, critic and radio host. He travels the country giving lectures on literature and theatre, and is an overbearing and demanding house guest of the Stanleys. He has multitudes of famous friends and depends upon his long-time secretary, Maggie, to keep his life in order, just the way he likes it. Whiteside is quick-witted, often difficult, bigger than life. Will need strong articulation, the ability to memorize large amounts of text, and excellent comedic timing. Whiteside is in a wheelchair for most of the play.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 35 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Maggie Cutler Submit yourself for this role
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Whiteside's executive assistant, very businesslike most of the time, but also a romantic who falls in love with Bert Jefferson. Whiteside's private secretary and chief interference runner for years. She is sarcastic and cynical, and she knows where the bodies are buried. Maggie does everything for Whiteside, and until now, he has totally monopolized her time. After she falls in love with Bert Jefferson, she decides that the fast lane with Whiteside is infinitely less preferable than a conventional, happy, domestic life. The fear of losing a good secretary prompts Whiteside to try to destroy the blossoming relationship, but her seriousness about her feelings for Bert eventually brings Whiteside around to the idea. Will need excellent comedic timing and a strong stage presence.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 25 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Bert Jefferson Submit yourself for this role
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The owner and editor of the Mesalia Journal. He is an “interesting looking young man,” smart, and a genuinely nice-guy. Bert has written a producible play. He is an easy-going man, but can be assertive and ambitious at times. Bert naïvely allows himself to be lured by Lorraine and the chance of making it to the big time, even if it means the sacrifice of personal happiness. He truly loves Maggie.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Lorraine Sheldon Submit yourself for this role
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A snobby, beautiful actress. Based on Gertrude Lawrence. She is the vicious epitome of the glamorous, acid-tongued, self-serving, superficial superstar. She is busy trying to get Lord Cedric Bottomly to marry her (she wants to be a high society woman, and is a bit of a gold digger). She is always dramatic. Whiteside lures her to Ohio by telling her that Jefferson's play has a marvelous part in it for her. She unwittingly lets herself be used to break up the romance between Jefferson and Maggie. Seducing a man for some sort of benefit is, for her, all in a day's work. Requires a big personality and some physical comedy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 25 to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Miss Preen Submit yourself for this role
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Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task of taking care of him. She tends to be stressed and unhappy. She becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation. Strong comedic and sarcasm skills needed. Lots of physical comedy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Dr. Bradley Submit yourself for this role
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Whiteside's doctor while Whiteside is in Mesalia. He diagnosed Whiteside's injuries in error by looking at the wrong X-rays. He is also an aspiring author who repeatedly tries to get Whiteside to read his book, “Forty Years an Ohio Doctor.” Requires excellent sense of timing.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 45 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Beverley Carlton Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
English playwright, actor, songwriter, musician. A flamboyant Noël Coward-like character who dashes around the world composing and writing plays and being devastatingly charming. Over the top! Ego as big as a Buick! He breezes in to visit Whiteside and wish him a Merry Christmas. During his visit, he sings a number from his most recent show, and Maggie enlists him in an attempt to lure Jefferson away from Lorraine Sheldon. Actor must sing a song, and must be able to do an upper-class British accent. Ability to play piano a plus, but not required.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 50
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Banjo Submit yourself for this role
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A famous Hollywood comedian in the style of the Marx brothers and Jimmy Durante, a grown-up adolescent. He is as loony off-screen as he is on-screen! Banjo drops in to visit Whiteside, but he good-heartedly allows himself to be the means by which Maggie can retrieve her happiness. Requires a strong character actor a good handle on physical comedy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 50
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Mr. Earnest Stanley Submit yourself for this role
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Wealthy factory owner, uptight. Frustrated and put out by the audacity of his unexpected long-term guest. He tends to be stuffy. Very much the man of the house, whose word is the law--until Whiteside comes along.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 - Mrs. Daisy Stanley Submit yourself for this role
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Mr. Ernest W. Stanley’s wife. Always trying to play the hostess, and keep her husband from flying off the handle. Rarely speaks her own mind, unless she just has to! She is a sweet but somewhat high-strung woman.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 40 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 - Richard Stanley Submit yourself for this role
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Grown son of Earnest and Daisy. A talented amateur photographer, who wishes he could travel the world and take pictures.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 17 to 25
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 - June Stanley Submit yourself for this role
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Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy. She wants to get married to Sandy, a young labor organizer who is stirring up union trouble at the factory her father owns.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 17 to 25
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 - Harriet Stanley Submit yourself for this role
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Earnest Stanley's eerie live-in sister, who floats in and out when Whiteside is alone. Harriet is very eccentric, with a sinister past. Character is based on Lizzie Borden.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 45 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 - John Submit yourself for this role
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The Stanley’s butler, who has been around awhile. Genuinely a very nice person. Efficient, and star-struck by Whiteside.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 35 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 - Sarah Submit yourself for this role
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The Stanley’s cook and housekeeper, who has been around awhile. She is very sweet, a great cook, and is star-struck by Whiteside.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 35 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 - Professor Metz Submit yourself for this role
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"A strange-looking little man," an entomologist. He is the first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his recovery. He brings the great man a gift: a colony of ten thousand roaches. Ability to do a German accent a plus! Will require strong characterization.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 - Sandy Submit yourself for this role
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Youthful visionary, handsome, big & strong. A labor-organizer trying to unionize the workers in Mr. Stanley's factory. In love with Mr. Stanley’s daughter, June.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 17 to 25
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 18 - Mrs. Dexter Submit yourself for this role
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Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley. A local busy-body. A fan of Sheldon Whiteside. May also be included in the local choir, or double other small ensemble roles.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 25 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 19 - Mrs. McCutcheon Submit yourself for this role
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Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley. A local busy-body. A fan of Sheldon Whiteside. May also be included in the local choir, or double other small ensemble roles.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 25 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 20 - Additional Roles Submit yourself for this role
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Luncheon Guests/Prisoners, Westcott (Head Radio Man, who handles Whiteside’s broadcast), Radio Technicians, Mr. Baker (Prison Guard), Local Choir, a Plainclothes Man, Delivery Men and Deputies. These roles will likely be doubled.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -