Mar 312019
 

Leading Ladies

The 1812 Theatre

3-5 Rose Street

Upper Ferntree Gully 3156

Director: Pip Le Blond

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0400 350 792

Date: June 23rd & 24th – 7pm

Season: Nov 14th – Dec 7th

Rehearsals Commence:  August 1st

Leading Ladies
From the comic genius of Ken Ludwig, this hilarious comedy set in the 50’s finds
two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, so down on their luck that they
are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the
Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is
about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they
resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The
trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews,
but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, disguises, deception, and plot
twists abound in this side-splitting farce.

 The ages listed for the characters are those actually stated or suggested in the
script, however, actors auditioning for these roles can be younger or older than
the stated age. For many of the characters, their age in relation to that of the
other characters is more important than any specific chronological age.

 Actors reading for the roles of Leo / Maxine and Jack/ Stephanie will be asked to
speak in British accents for both their male and female roles and show off their
best Shakespearean voice as well. I plan to have a dialect coach on the team.

 While all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity, several characters
are blood relatives, and as such must be similar in appearance.

 Leo Clark / Maxine – (30s or older) Clean shaven, Shakespearean actor (English
accent) possessing real talent, and a clever, quick-on-his-feet thinker, Leo contrives
the scheme and directs it for the most part, posing as Maxine. When he falls in love
with Meg, his skills are tested to their limits.
 Jack Gable/ Stephanie – (30s or older) Clean shaven Shakespearean actor (English
accent) of some talent as well. A reluctant partner in crime with Leo… more sincere
and not so clever or conniving as Leo, who does know how to push Leo’s buttons.
His female persona is that of Stephanie.
 Meg Snider – (20s to early 30s) A bright, vivacious young woman (in line for the other
1/3 of Florence’s fortune) who loves the theatre and secretly dreams to experience
far more of the world than York can possibly offer, but apparently resigned to settle
for less as she has agreed to marry Duncan, an older, stuffy minister.
 Duncan Wooley – (40s) A local minister, engaged but substantially older then Meg. A
good man at heart, set in his ways and anxious to control Meg’s inheritance money.
He suspects that Leo and Jack are frauds and would like nothing more than to
expose them as such.
 Audrey – (20s or early 30s) A sexy, attractive young woman, brighter than she
appears to be at times. Ability to roller skate is a plus but not required.
 Chief Moose/ Doc Meyers – (40-50’s) Florence’s doctor and family friend and father
of Butch. Doc is basically a genuine guy who married for love but encourages his son
to marry into money. At some point, he misperceives that Stephanie (Jack) is in love
with him.
 Butch Meyers – (20s to early 30s) Doc’s stocky (played high school football) son
who, notwithstanding his dad’s advice, is in love with Audrey. He is honest and
sincere although a bit slow-witted at times.
 Florence Snider – (60s or older) A kind but crusty old lady with terrible eyesight but a
sharp mind and tongue.