Francis Wilson Playhouse will be holding Auditions for the classic Lillian Hellman Drama THE LITTLE FOXES on Sun January 20th and Monday January 21st at 7pm.

Readings will be from the Script. Production dates are March 28th to April 7th.

A Synopsis: In a small Alabama town in the year 1900, a southern family’s selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. Three siblings — the manipulative Regina, the cruel and arrogant Oscar, and the possessive Benjamin — have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-gotten wealth. But Regina’s terminally ill husband, Horace, refuses to give them the money they need. In the end, blood and money mix with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.

The roles available are:

Addie – servant to the Giddens household (African-American), age 30 up

Cal -servant to the Giddens household (African-American), age 30 up

Birdie Hubbard – appears 40, timid, nervous, well-bred wife of Oscar, mother of Leo

Oscar Hubbard – appears late 40’s to early 50’s. Husband of Birdie, father of Leo, brother of Regina and Ben. Overbearing.

Leo Hubbard (20’s) Son of Oscar and Birdie and works for Horace

Regina Giddens – appears 40’s. Wife of Horace, sister to Oscar and Ben

William Marshall – appears mid 40’s. Visitor who desires to go into business with the family

Benjamin Hubbard – appears 55-60. Jovial brother of Regina and Oscar

Alexandra Giddens – appears 17. Delicate daughter of Regina and Horace

Horace Giddens – appears 55-60. Banker and Husband of Regina

The Francis Wilson Playhouse is excited to announce Auditions for the local premiere production of CHESS [Broadway version musical – Music by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus – Lyrics by Tim Rice]

Auditions will be held on Sunday February 24th at 7pm and Monday February 25th at 7pm. Performances will be at the Playhouse from May 2nd to 19th, 2019

The collaborators on Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals, and here they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. In this musical, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian.

From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Auditioners will be asked to sing a song of 16-32 bars left, pop/rock musical theatre style a plus. [Example: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, etc. Songs from Chess are allowed.] There will be a movement audition and some auditioners may be asked to read from the script.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

FLORENCE – strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so shouldn’t look like an “All-American Girl”); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick’s chess “second.”

FREDDIE – Rock tenor (to C). Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.

ANATOLY – Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.

MOLOKOV – Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly’s chess “second.” An actor who sings well.

SVETLANA – strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence – not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

WALTER – Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

ARBITER – rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

GREGORY VASSY – Florence’s Father Baritone
YOUNG FLORENCE – Young child version of Florence in 1956
NIKOLAI
JOE
HAROLD
A LARGE ENSEMBLE OF STRONG SINGERS AND DANCERS