Audition Date: Sunday 8 July 2 p.m.
Masque Theatre Foyer
No prepared parts are necessary. Call-backs (if required) will be announced later.
Dates of Production:
Wed 7 to Sat 10 November 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Rehearsals will begin in the last week of July.
Rendezvous Club House
The Cast (Ages are only a guide)
Madame Ranevskaya = (+/-40) Central Character to the plot. A rather scatterbrained yet charming woman. A Large part.
Gayev = (+/-45) Brother to Madame Ranevskaya. A talkative eccentric, addicted to billiards. A medium part.
Lopakhin = A merchant (+/- 35 -55) a wealthy man, he has his sights set on the cherry orchard. He tries to help Gayev and his sister. Challenging part.
Pishchik = (+/-45 – 65) A landowner in financial difficulties. A comic part. Medium
Anya = (+/- 17) Ranevskaya’s daughter, virtous, strong and loyal to her mother. A challenging part.
Varya = (+/- 20 - 25) Ranevskaya’s adopted child. The opposite if Anya. She is temperamental and difficult. A challenging part.
Trofimov = (+/- 20 - 25) In love with Anya. He is a “perpetual student” and very left-wing. Challenging part.
Charlotta = (+/-25) A governess, melancholy and out of place, sees herself as a victim. Interesting part.
Yepikhodov = (+/-20) A loyal “yokel”, clumsy and unlucky. In love with Dunyasha. A comic part.
Dunyasha = (+/-18) A housemaid above her station. Trying hard to be lady-like. In love with Yasha.
Yasha = A manservant (+/-20) Handsome and arrogant, he is predatory and flirtatious. He despises and mocks the family. A small but effective part.
Fiers (pronounced “Fierce”) = (+/-60) Aging and eccentric manservant. Talks nostalgically of the old days. Represents Russia’s past. Challenging small part.
A tramp = a cameo part. He seems half-mad, half devious.
No Russian accents needed. South African accents are quite acceptable as the characters, in reality, would be speaking in Russian or French.
Chekhov billed the play as a comedy. More correctly, it is a tragic-comedy, as the plot is about a family unravelling as it faces great challenges.
The play is a great opportunity for experienced and less experienced actors.
Back stage crew is also needed.
Lighting and sound
Any help would be gratefully accepted!
Alastair Duff, Director
(Tel: 021 788 4984)