CASTING CALL FOR “SELF-HELP”

“Self-Help”, by the Canadian master of domestic comedies, Norm Foster, has six roles of varying length for 3 men and 3 women:

 
HAL SAVAGE and CINDY SAVAGE are the leads.  They are two married actors turned self-help gurus.  They should appear to be in their forties or fifties.

BERNICE is the Savage’s bumbling maid.  She can be of any age; a lovely opportunity for an actress who enjoys making the audience laugh.

RUBY DELVECCHIO is the Savage’s brassy agent. She can appear to be anywhere from 30 to 50 years old.

DETECTIVE SNOW investigates the disappearance of the Savage’s gardener.  He appears in the second act; though a character with fewer lines, an important one with some depth (he has just lost his wife to her lesbian lover and needs “help”).

JEREMY CASH is a nosy newspaper columnist.  He is also only in act two.  He can appear to be anywhere from 25 to 45 years old, depending on Bernice’s age, as he has ingratiated himself with Bernice to gain access to the Savage’s home.

As can be imagined given the following description of the play, rehearsals are going to be a lot of fun: “A married couple of second-rate theatre actors cast themselves as nationally renowned self-help gurus.  Their lives unravel in a farce as they try to conceal a body and hold on to their falsely won fame.”

The show opens December 1st and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday (a matinee) for two weekends.  Rehearsals will start right after Labour Day, which is September 4th.  We will rehearse 3 times a week, probably Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons, depending on the actors’ availability.  If the actors would prefer not to rehearse on Sunday, the Sunday rehearsal will be changed.  The actors playing Hal and Cindy will be required at every rehearsal, subject to their conflicts with specific dates.  Bernice, Ruby, Detective Snow and Jeremy will not be required three times a week until November.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON TWO NIGHTS AT THE BIJOU:

Tuesday , August 15th and Thursday, August 17th  at 7:30 p.m.

 

YOU NEED NOT PREPARE ANYTHING;YOU’LL BE ASKED TO READ FROM THE SCRIPT WITH OTHERS AND HAVE TIME TO PRACTICE.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND EITHER NIGHT AND WISH TO AUDITION, OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,

CALL SANDI, THE STAGE MANAGER, AT 519-794-4504, OR KEVIN, THE DIRECTOR, AT THE SAME NUMBER.