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Ken Ludwig's "Leading Ladies" Auditions   - Project ID # 1601464
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Vienna, VA Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   09-09-19
Audition Date   10-23-19 Submission Deadline   10-21-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Washington, DC>Baltimore, MD

This romantic farce centers on two D-list English actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania in the 1950s. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave two-thirds of her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, Max and Steve, they resolve to pass themselves off as these beloved relatives and get the cash. When they discover that ‘Max’ and ‘Steve’ are really ‘Maxine’ and ‘Stephanie,’ they continue, undaunted, in drag (think Some Like It Hot). Complicating matters, Leo falls head-over-heels in love with the old lady’s niece, Meg, heir to the other third of the fortune, and Jack falls in love with Audrey, a friend of the old lady’s family, necessitating that they play both the nieces and themselves. Meg, who’s engaged to the local stuffy minister, knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. What follows is a classic farcical pastiche full of deceptions, romances, chaos, lots and lots of quick costume changes (think Mrs. Doubtfire / Tootsie) but not so many slamming doors.


Auditions will consist of readings from the script and everyone auditioning should come with a short (1 minute) Shakespeare soliloquy (or sonnet) or monologue. Please provide an accurate list of all tentative and known conflicts between October 26 and February 2. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors’ conflicts to the best of her ability. Since there will be no double casting, conflicts during the last two weeks of rehearsal or during performances may affect casting decisions.

Role # 1 - Meg Snider Submit yourself for this role
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A young woman who dreams of a bigger world beyond York PA, Meg is vivacious, warm, loyal, and has a great sense of humor. She adores theatre, loves Shakespeare, and dreams about being an actor. As the author says, “our play is all about Meg,” as she transforms from innocent obedience to self-confident woman.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Leo Clark Submit yourself for this role
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As Leo, he’s a Shakespearean actor with a British accent who masterminds the plot to steal Meg’s millions … until he falls in love with her. As Maxine, she’s a chic and flamboyant diva who commands the stage and all those around her. A comedic tour-de-force, the actor must be able to do physical humor and switch between genders and voices constantly.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Jack Gable Submit yourself for this role
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As Jack, he’s a Shakespearean actor with a British accent, who is the faithful accomplice to Leo’s schemes. As Stephanie, she is shy and demure at first, but eventually grows more comfortable with her feminine side. Requires great comedic timing, physical humor, and a willingness to do anything to win the love of Audrey.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Audrey Submit yourself for this role
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A sweet and very naïve young local girl who is on a self-improvement quest that leads her to try out every new word she learns in a quite adorable fashion. She is pursued both by Butch and Jack. Enjoys playing Sebastian in Twelfth Night.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Duncan Wooley Submit yourself for this role
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The local minister, he’s a good man at heart, but rather fussy, set in his ways, scatter-brained, and probably more in love with Meg’s inheritance than the lovely lady herself. He disdains actors and is very suspicious of Leo and Jack. His telephone conversations with the police should demonstrate comedic timing and contrast his mild manner with occasional bursts of temper.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 59
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Florence Snider Submit yourself for this role
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Meg’s aunt, she’s the richest woman in York. Florence is extremely crusty, has terrible eyesight, and is a tough old broad. Must switch quickly between sweetness and anger, life and apparent death.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 60 to 79
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Doc Myers Submit yourself for this role
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The country doctor, he’s a cantankerous, likeable curmudgeon that takes no guff from anyone and often spars with Duncan and Florence. He’s a loving father to Butch and plays a “rollicking” Sir Toby Belch in the Twelfth Night scenes. May double as the Moose Chief, leader of the local Moose Lodge, and Train Conductor.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 50 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Butch Myers Submit yourself for this role
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A former high school football star, Butch isn’t the brightest bulb, but he is earnest and sincere, with a good heart. Loves Audrey. Argues with Doc, but they adore each other. Steals the Twelfth Night scenes as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. May double as Moose Frank.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Chief Moose Submit yourself for this role
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Energetic and friendly. Works the audience at the top of the show. Gets the crowd going by demonstrating and leading them in the local Moose Lodge call. Also plays the train conductor and caterer at the party.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 - Moose Frank Submit yourself for this role
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Energetic and just a wee bit tipsy. Is in the audience at the top of the show. Supports Chief Moose in demonstrating the local Moose call and baits Leo and Jack during their performance.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -