Director - DONNA STORMS Stage Manager - TIM PHILLIPS
PERFORMANCE DATES Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 | 8PM Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 | 3PM
Friday, Mar 23, 2018 | 8PM Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 | 8PM Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 | 3PM
Friday, Mar 30, 2018 | 8PM Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 | 8PM
Monday, January 8, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm
No appointments are needed. Those auditioning will be reading from the script and pages will be provided. The production is being directed by Donna Storms with Stage Manager Tim Phillips.
Actors of all ages, ethnicities and experience level are encouraged to audition. All roles are open and are as follows: Froggy LeSueur, Charlie Baker, Betty Meeks, Rev. David Marshall Lee, Catherine Simms, Owen Musser, Ellard Simms and “Towns People”
Performance dates for the show are March 17 through 31, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. You must be available for all performance dates in order to be cast. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, January 21 and will be scheduled as follows: Sundays 6-8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm.
About The Show The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by“Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. He does fuel the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: Froggy Lesueur: A British military demolitions expert who occasionally conducts field operations in rural Georgia, Froggy is Charlie's caring friend and devises the scheme that protects Charlie from having to interact with the other guests at the lodge.
Charlie Baker: A science-fiction copy editor for a book publishing house, Charlie is in his late forties, British, and is a pathologically shy little man who has a very unfaithful wife, no personality that he can think of, and a need for peace and quiet. He has accompanied his friend, Froggy to a Georgia fishing lodge much against his own better judgment. Betty Meeks: The proprietor of a Georgia fishing lodge, Betty is past seventy, a widow, and a long-time friend of Froggy. She is pleasant, wise in some ways, naïve in others. She is a good-hearted, generous, “down-home” Southerner who speaks the hardy local dialect. Reverend David Marshall Lee: Neither the stereotypical pallid young divinity student nor the hearty backslapping evangelist, he appears to be a regular guy, one that you would like to have on your side. He is not what he seems, however, and he is clearly the brains behind the plot he engages in with Owen Musser to get control of Betty Meeks's fishing lodge and Catherine Simms's fortune. Catherine Simms: The very pregnant and potentially rich fiancée of the Reverend Lee, she can be a formidable force and occasionally almost too much for the good reverend to handle. She has a ready wit and a sharp tongue. She badly needs someone to talk to, and, since Charlie doesn't bother giving advice, he suits her needs perfectly. Catherine is Ellard's sister. Owen Musser: The Tilghman County property inspector, Owen is a two-tattoo man: one of them, he may have gotten while drunk or on a dare; two of them means he went back for more. Beware of a two-tattoo man. Owen and the Reverend Lee are cooking up a plot to condemn Betty's lodge so that it can be bought for their own nefarious purposes. Owen, we find, is the absolute stereotype of an ill-bred southern Klansman. Ellard Simms: Catherine's brother, Ellard is an agreeable young man who is a bit slow-witted. He works as a sort of handyman for Betty and needs a considerable bit of instruction in his tasks, but may not be as dull as he seems. He is due to inherit a share of the Simms family fortune, unless the Reverend Lee can convince Catherine that Ellard is too stupid to manage money, or anything else, on his own. Ellard befriends Charlie and even decides to teach him to speak English. Various Townspeople: Edith Eliot, Amy Fassberg, Leah Hocking, Bryan Johnson, Andy Mellon, Steve Peck, Theresa Plikaitis, Robert Wells.