We are holding the talk-in and auditions for our next production, the fabulous musical GUYS AND DOLLS This will be performed at KING ALFRED's ACADEMY THEATRE, WANTAGE 31st October to 2nd November
TALK IN AND AUDITION will take place on Sunday 30th June CALL BACKS 7th July Venues and times tbc
Come along and meet the director, choreographer and MD, hear about the show and- if you want to be in the show- audition! Please register your interest by emailing AmEgos.Theatre@gmail.com
We are looking for cast of approx 25 as follows (nb featured/supporting parts will be expected to perform in ensemble numbers): Nicely-nicely Johnson Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan's loyal friend and lackey. Benny Southstreet Nathan's right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan's best interest at heart. Sarah Brown Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go. Arvide Abernathy Member of the Mission band, he is Sarah's loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her. Lt. Brannigan A New York police officer who is on to Nathan's illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character. Nathan Detroit A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways. Miss Adelaide Nathan's fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Outspoken, stubborn. Sky Masterson A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart Big Jule A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Ensemble Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers
We will audition for each part listed above and for the NY Ensemble; we expect auditioning actors to be familiar with the audition song, lib and dance routines.
Show Synopsis & Numbers The show opens with three gamblers, Benny Southstreet, Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Rusty Charlie, reading aloud the daily sports newspaper. They trade tips about different horses ("Fugue for Tinhorns"). As the gamblers finish, Sergeant Sarah Brown and the Mission Band enter ("Follow the Fold"). Sarah delivers a street-corner sermon on the evils of gambling, inviting all sinners to visit the Save-A-Soul Mission and repent before it's too late. Harry the Horse, another gambler, appears and asks Nicely if a location has been found for the floating crap game run by Nathan Detroit. Nathan has had trouble finding locations for his crap game because of increased pressure from the police, particularly Lieutenant Brannigan. When Nathan appears, he mentions he needs $1,000 to secure Joey Biltmore's garage for the game. Nathan is so broke he doesn't even have money to buy an engagement anniversary present for Miss Adelaide, a performer at The Hot Box Club, and his fiancée of 14 years. Nathan, Benny and Nicely sing about their frustration at possibly losing a chance to make lots of money from the game ("The Oldest Established"). Angie the Ox, another gambler, mentions Sky Masterson is in town and could surely supply the money needed for the garage. Nathan knows Sky will bet on almost anything and he comes up with a way to trick Sky out of the needed funds. Adelaide (who seems to have a perpetual cold) enters with three other women from the club and gives Nathan his anniversary present just as Sky enters, as Adelaide goes to a drugstore for cold medicine. Nathan proposes a $1,000 bet to Sky about which sells more at Mindy's: strudel or cheesecake. Sky, suspecting the bet is not on the level, won't take Nathan up on it. When Nathan asks why Sky is travelling to Havana alone, Sky says he could get any woman he chooses to go with him. Nathan bets Sky $1,000 that Nathan can pick a woman that Sky can't convince to go. Sky accepts. Nathan points to Sarah Brown as the Mission Band passes by. Sky goes to the Save a Soul Mission, as a gambler eager for redemption. When Sarah offers him pamphlets, he suggests she give him personal help over dinner. She declines the offer. Noting the absence of sinners in the Mission, Sky proposes a trade: he will give Sarah an IOU guaranteeing to fill the Mission with twelve sinners, if Sarah agrees to have dinner with him in his favourite restaurant, which happens to be in Havana. She indignantly throws the marker in the trash and asks him to leave. She tells him she'll know when the right man comes around ("I'll Know"). Sky tells her he, too, will know when the right woman comes along. Their song ends in a kiss. The mood is broken immediately as Sarah slaps Sky. At the Hot Box, Adelaide and the chorus girls perform a musical number ("A Bushel and a Peck"). After the show, she tells Nathan she is getting a raise and suggests they finally get married. She shows him the wedding veil she has had for the past three years. She also explains she has told her mother that Nathan and she are married and have five children. As Nathan offers reasons why they shouldn't get married, one of the other dancers arrives and complains to Nathan her date has been cancelled because of his crap game. Adelaide gets one of her chronic sneezing attacks as Nathan rushes off. She picks up a medical book which explains her cold symptoms are psychosomatic and caused by her frustration at being engaged (not married!) for 14 years ("Adelaide's Lament"). Benny and Nicely have been watching Sky follow Sarah and the Mission Band. They hope Sky fails in his attempts to take her to Havana so Nathan will get the cash to hold the crap game. They observe that men the world over have a weakness for falling in love ("Guys and Dolls"). Sarah and the Band return to the Mission. General Cartwright, the head of the Save-A-Soul Mission, arrives and explains that the Broadway Mission's poor performance in attracting sinners is forcing her to close the branch. Sky appears and protests the closing of the Mission. He also retrieves his marker from the trash and gives it back to Sarah. She then guarantees the General there will be twelve sinners in the Mission the following evening. All the craps shooters, including Big Jule (a very tough gun-toting gangster from Chicago) are wearing red carnations as they're the badge of entry for the game, which still has no location. Brannigan appears and, noticing all the red carnations, asks Nathan what is going on. Benny sees Adelaide coming over with some of the other Hot Box dancers and tells Brannigan the carnations are for the guests of Nathan's bachelor party. Adelaide hears this and excitedly announces they should get married the following night after her show. As Adelaide rushes off with her girlfriends, Nathan tells Benny he still has not received the money from Sky. Benny wonders if Sky actually took Sarah to Havana. Sarah and Sky are in Havana. After a bit of sightseeing they end up in a street café. Sarah orders a milk shake, which Sky translates to the waiter as "Dulce de Leche," a potent alcoholic drink. After several drinks, Sarah jealously interrupts when a dancer flirts with Sky, precipitating a huge barroom brawl. Sky has carried Sarah away from the brawl. As he sets her down, she kisses him. He asks her how she feels. She tells him she feels wonderful ("If I Were a Bell") and falls into his arms. Realizing he is falling in love with her, a guilty Sky tells her about the bet he made. "How else would a girl get to meet a gambler?" she responds. She reluctantly allows him to take her back to New York. Outside the Mission at 4:00 AM, Sky and Sarah run into Adelaide, who is returning from a bridal shower thrown for her by the Hot Box dancers. Sky explains to Sarah that he loves this time of day and she is the only woman he has ever wanted to share it with ("My Time of Day"). Sky and Sarah sing to each other about their newfound love ("I've Never Been In Love Before"). At the end of the song they are met by Arvide, who is returning from a night of Mission work. As they are talking, police bells are heard. Suddenly, Benny, Nicely, Nathan and the other gamblers run out of the Mission chased by Brannigan; Nathan has held the crap game in the Mission. Sarah is convinced Sky's trip to Havana was part of Nathan's plan all along, and angrily breaks off with him. Act Two
Adelaide and the other dancers perform another number at the Hot Box Club ("Take Back Your Mink"). After the number Sky enters and is approached by Nicely, who is looking for Adelaide. He has been sent to tell her Nathan won't be coming to get her after the show. Nicely tells Sky that Nathan is still at the game because Big Jule, who is losing, won't allow the game to end until he wins back his money. Adelaide arrives and, after hearing Nicely's message, realizes Nathan is still running the crap game. She asks Sky to tell Nathan she never wants to see him again. (Reprise: "Adelaide's Lament") Sarah, angry she is in love with Sky, and convinced he helped set up the Mission crap game, tells Arvide she wants to leave. Arvide sings about his dreams for her future ("More I Cannot Wish You"). Sky and Nicely pass by, on their way to the crap game. Sky tells Sarah and Arvide he intends to honour his IOU to Sarah. He and Nicely open a manhole cover and descend to the crap game, being held in the sewer. At the game, Big Jule again demands they all stay until he wins back the money he has lost. He announces he will play with Nathan only, using his own dice. When Sky and Nicely arrive, Sky tries to talk to the gamblers about the Mission and proposes a bet on one throw of the dice: if he loses, Sky will pay each gambler $1,000; if he wins, each gambler has to show up at the Mission for the meeting taking place that night. The gamblers all take up Sky's bet. Sky prays to Lady Luck for help ("Luck Be A Lady Tonight"). Harry the Horse and Big Jule complain about having to go to the Mission. Nathan sees Adelaide and tells her they can't get married before midnight because he has to go to a Mission meeting. Adelaide complains about all of Nathan's lies as Nathan tells her he loves her ("Sue Me"). At a few minutes past midnight, all the gamblers enter the Mission to the surprise of Sarah Brown . Various gamblers tell how they're sorry Sky won his bet. The testimonies continue with Nicely recounting a dream he had about being on a boat to heaven ("Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat"). After the song Nathan confesses to Sarah about his bet with Sky, explaining Sky admitted to losing the bet. Sarah is puzzled by Nathan's statement, since Sky had actually won his bet. Sarah and Adelaide meet on the street in the early morning and commiserate about Sky and Nathan. They come to the conclusion they should just concentrate on getting married and worry about changing their men afterward ("Marry the Man Today"). Adelaide appears in a wedding gown and calls for Nathan, who now operates a newsstand. He emerges from the stand and tells her he hasn't yet found a place for their wedding. The Mission Band enters, led by Sky and Sarah, and Nathan asks them if he and Adelaide could get married in the Mission. Arvide, who has already performed the marriage ceremony for Sky and Sarah, promises to do the same for them. When Adelaide details her plans for a little place in the country, Nathan lets out a huge sneeze (Reprise: "Guys and Dolls").
We are holding the talk-in and auditions for our next production, the new Gershwin musical, Crazy for You
This will be performed at
KING ALFRED's ACADEMY THEATRE WANTAGE 24th - 27th October 2018 7.30pm
TALK IN AND AUDITION DANCE PRACTICE will take place on Sunday 3rd June 2018 - 2 - 5pm Childrey Village Hall, OX12 9UE
Come along and meet the director and choreographer, hear about the show and go through the auditions dances. AUDITIONS will take place on Sunday 10th June 2018 - 10.30am - 3pm Letcombe Bassett Village Hall Gramps Hill Letcombe Bassett Oxfordshire OX12 9LP BOOKING REQUIRED.
Please register your interest by emailing AmEgos.Theatre@gmail.com
If you would like to audition but are unable to attend on this date, please contact the director via email AmEgos.Theatre@gmail.com
We are looking for cast of approx 20 as follows (nb featured/supporting parts will be expected to perform in ensemble numbers):
Bobby Child, Male Lead, Baritone, Dancer
Polly Baker, Female Lead, Mezzo-Soprano, Dancer
Lottie Child (Mother), Female, Supporting, Speaking Part
New York / Nevada Ensemble, Either Gender, Ensemble, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Some Dancers
We will audition for each part listed above and for Follies Girls and NY/Nevada Ensemble and expect auditioning actors to be familiar with the audition song and dance routines.
SONGS AND DANCE ROUTINES AVAILABLE FROM 27th MAY
Please register your interest by emailing AmEgos.Theatre@gmail.com
Crazy For You -- the fabulous Gershwin musical comedy -- is the classic tale of a boy, a girl, and a theatre in need of salvation. Stage-struck Bobby Child works as a banker for his overbearing mother, Lottie, but spends his off hours practicing dance routines and sneaking in to audition for Zangler’s Follies, the most popular show in New York City, run by Bela Zangler, a temperamental Hungarian producer.
Unfortunately, Bobby’s showbiz career is going nowhere, and his strident fiance is insisting that he name the date, so when Lottie demands that he investigate a far-away customer who has defaulted on a mortgage, Bobby jumps at the chance to get out of town. Arriving in hot, quiet Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls for Polly Baker, the sweet and sturdy postmistress, whose father happens to own the beautiful, but decaying, Gaiety Theatre - which he has been sent to reposess
Now lovestruck, Bobby comes up with a plan: call in his friends, the Follies Girls, all the way from New York City, cast the locals-- a bunch of rundown cowboys with latent musical talent--and put on a show to save the old building. Polly starts to fall for Boby, but is furious when she discovers that he comes from the bank.
In order to spend time with the furious Polly, Bobby disguises himself as Bela Zangler of Zangler’s Follies, all the better to produce and direct. But while “Zangler” is talking up Bobby to the unsuspecting Polly, Polly is falling for the impersonation of dashing Zangler…. and when the real Zangler arrives in town, chasing Tessie, his beloved dance captain, things really get “Crazy!”
With a fast-paced and light-hearted script by Ludwig, and a collection of the most beloved tunes of George and Ira Gershwin, including the day-dreamy “Can’t Be Bothered Now”, the catchy, high-energy “Slap That Bass”, and the plaintive, romantic “Someone To Watch Over Me”, Crazy For You is a truly delightful homage to the beloved, optimistic musicals of the 1930s: a world of showgirls and cowboys, in which a city boy and a country girl reconcile their differences, fall in love, and save a theater, the old-fashioned way.
We are holding the talk-in and auditions for our next production, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's A Bunch of Amateurs if you want to be involved, please do come along.
This will be performed at
KING ALFRED's ACADEMY THEATRE WANTAGE 12th - 14th April 2018 7.30pm
TALK IN AND AUDITIONS take place on Sunday 7th January 2018 - 5pm Childrey Village Hall, OX12 9UE
Come along and meet the director and hear about the play; after a short talk-in, auditions will take place. We are looking for cast of 4 Female, 3 Male
Jefferson Steel; a fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity. Has a daughter (see below), so needs to look the right age, and able to hold a convincing american accent
Dorothy Nettle; director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet accommodating manner conceals her inner strength
Jessica Steele; Jefferson's 20ish daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father, and now wants to make him pay for it. Able to hold convincing american accent and be believable as Jefferson's daughter
Nigel Dewberry; solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy
Mary Plunkett; Owner of the village B&B. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steel fan - although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films.
Dennis Dubbins; handyman and village Mr Fixit. Avuncular though slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one
Lauren Bell; Thirty-something marketing executive, former physiotherapist and wife of the theatre's sponsor. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be.
We will audition for each part and expect the auditioning actors to be familiar with the audition text and to be prepared to interact with other actors in their scenes.
We are holding the talk-in and auditions for our next production, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ... if you want to be involved, please do come along.
Email us for more details - AmEgos.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 27th November 2016 - 2pm Childrey Village Hall
We are holding the talk-in and auditions for our next production, Cole Porter's glittering musical High Society ... if you want to be involved, please do come along. More details on the High Society Show Page and on the Facebook Events page -
Sunday 10th January 2016 - 1pm Childrey Village Hall
We are holding Readthroughs for our next production, Michael Frayn's NOISES OFF ... if you want to be involved, please do come along. More details on the Noises Off Show Page and on the two Facebook Events pages -
August 6th and 10th 2015, 7pm. Upstairs at King Alfred's Head, Wantage