Announcing Mercury Theatre's next production.
Ladies of Spirit*
by Georgina Reid
About this Production
Gibraltar School was founded as a school for young ladies by the two dear old Misses Pye, now deceased. The long-suffering teachers now have their lives made miserable not only by their pupils but also by the present head-mistress, Miss Rowe, known universally as “Hard Rowe”. Since Gibraltar is a private school, they resign themselves to the fact that there is little they can do about it, but they find help coming from a very unexpected quarter indeed.
Mercury Theatre Wynnum was founded by local identity, Win Davson, producing its first play, ‘Milestones’ by Arnold Bennett-Edward Knoblock at the Star Theatre, Wynnum Central on 7 July 1949. Win wrote that she began Mercury “to foster an appreciation and love of a great art whose field is the whole of human life with its laughter and tears, sorrow and tragedy”. The name was inspired by a London theatre of the same name. Mercury Youth Theatre was founded in April 1957 by Lois Lenihan and Daphne Raymond and continued to provide performance opportunities for local children for many years.
Mercury Theatre is a community-based (amateur) company governed and managed completely by volunteers. We rehearse at both the Wynnum Community Centre, Wynnum and the Manly-Lota RSL Hall, Manly. Performances will be held at the Manly-Lota RSL Hall, Queensland.
To participate in the show, you must be a member of Mercury Theatre Wynnum Inc. Successful cast members and crew will pay a Mercury Theatre Wynnum Inc
membership fee of $10 per person
Director: Silvana Siliato
Silvana joined Mercury Theatre some 7 years ago, and since then has been an integral part of our theatre as an active member, as an actor and participating in front-of-house duties. She has directed several plays with our theatre, such as “The Traveller’s Table” by Hugh O’Brien and “California Suite” by Neil Simon. Silvana has brought her vast experience to the committee in many aspects.
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Monday, 24 May and Wednesday 26 May 2021,
Place: Wynnum Manly Arts Council [Room 1:12], Wynnum Community Centre,
Address: 105 Florence St, Wynnum.
Requirements for characters:
Listed stage ages are preferred, but are open to the discretion of the artistic team. Depending on the character, you may wish to be considered to be cast in multiple parts.
Sally Burgess, school secretary : aged 22
Jane Cox, teacher : aged 28
Mrs Thorpe, teacher : aged 40s
May Danvers, teacher : aged 30 to 40
Miss Maudesley, teacher : aged 60+
Miss Rowe, headmistress : aged 45
Mrs Emmett, a parent : aged 35 to 50
Miss Harriet Pye, a former headmistress : aged 60+
Miss Matilda Pye, her sister : aged 60+
Please prepare one monologue of your choice, preferably comedic, the intention is to demonstrate your ability and proficiency to play different personalities.
You may be asked to perform a cold read of the script.
Please bring a colour or B&W headshot (minimum size 10cm X 15cm) printed at a Kmart kiosk or on your home printer is sufficient. Please note, this is non-returnable.
Please bring your audition form, completed in full, and ensuring you list ALL clashes with the show calendar.
Notification of Offer:
ALL auditionees will receive notification of the outcome of their audition by either email or phone call within a week of auditions.
IMPORTANT DATES, TIMES AND VENUES
If you are successful in receiving an offer for a role, you are expected to be available for all performances. You are likewise expected to be available for all rehearsals scheduled however, life happens, so please list any conflicts with rehearsal dates on your audition form. Updated rehearsal schedules may be released periodically throughout the rehearsal process.
On Monday, 7 June there will be a meet and greet session where you will be provided with your script.
On Mondays, 14, 21, and 28 June, read-throughs of the play will be conducted. When rehearsals commence in July, you will be expected to have a thorough understanding of the play, your character, and the characters your character plays!
Rehearsals will commence on Thursday, 1 July at the Manly-Lota RSL Hall, 184 Melville Tce, Manly, and thereafter each Thursday and Monday starting at 7.30pm promptly.
All performances will be at the Manly-Lota RSL Hall, 183 Melville Terrace, Manly.
Friday, 3 September and Saturday 4 September @ 7:30pm;
Friday, 10 September @ 7:30pm; Saturday, 11 September at 2pm (matinee) and 7.30pm.
To register for an audition please complete the Audition Form (pages 4 and 5 of the Audition pack) including your name, mobile number and the role/s you’d like to be considered for and email to:
Silvana at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact Rosemary on 0408 701 961
Do you know someone who would be interested in performing or being involved with the production in some other way, let them know!
*Ladies of Spirit is produced by arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company.