True North Theatre announces auditions for its spring production, “Table Manners,” by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Tricia A. Hobbs. All roles are available, including three women and three men.
The first of three plays in playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s “The Norman Conquests” trilogy, “Table Manners” takes place around the dining room table in the family home. Annie still lives at home with her elderly, invalid mother, but she is a woman with a plan: avoid her sort-of boyfriend Tom and dash out of town with her sister’s husband, the irascible but charming Norman. She asks her unsuspecting elder brother Reg and his wife Sarah to look after their widowed mother and the house while she is away, but once they arrive, her plan is soon discovered. Once Tom arrives, followed by Norman, and finally Norman’s wife Ruth, the stage is set for a dysfunctional family weekend. Too much tension, too much alcohol, and too little food make for a combustible and hysterical mix.
Roles available (all mid 20s-mid 40s) are:
Norman – Assistant librarian in a world of his own, cares for no one but himself. Time means nothing to him, and he is incorrigible and delightfully off the wall. Married to Ruth.
Annie – The exhausted caregiver of their elderly mother. Likes Tom and everyone knows it – except Tom; sister of Reg and Ruth; direct opposite of Ruth.
Ruth – Sophisticated, disinterested, vain. Thinks she is above the others, always carries her handbag and is nearsighted; sister of Reg and Annie.
Reg – Good ol’ boy with a sense of humour. He’s henpecked and doesn’t care; lets things roll off his back. Sarah’s husband; brother of Annie and Ruth – he grew up living in a house full of women.
Sarah – Motherly, strong-willed, has a strong take-charge personality. Is a know-it-all that no one listens to. British sense of decorum and maintaining appearances. Perfectionist.
Tom – A veterinarian who seems to understand animals more than people, he’s a little slow on the update but has a kind heart. Everyone knows that Tom likes Annie – except Tom himself!
Auditions will be held Sunday, March 18 from 1:30-3:30 PM and Monday, March 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main Street in Orono. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. If you are unable to attend one of the above times, special arrangements can be made by contacting the below email address in advance of auditions.
Rehearsals begin in early April, 3 times per week, with additional rehearsals in June. Performances will take place in Orono on the weekends of June 15-17 and June 23-25, 2018 at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the UMaine campus. For more information, please call (207) 619-4388 or email email@example.com. Furthermore, information concerning auditions can also be found at True North Theatre’s website (www.truenorththeatre.org) and our Facebook page (facebook.com/TNTTrueNorthTheatre)