AUDITION NOTICES

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AUDITION NOTICE

The Fleeing Artists Theatre are hosting Open Auditions for their Fall production of Neil Simon's side-splitting comedy classic, THE ODD COUPLE.

Auditions are Monday August 30 & Tuesday August 31; performances are October 22-24.

Directed by Kära Ernst-Schalk

PLEASE NOTE: This production is intended to be a maskless production. As such, all auditionees MUST be fully vaccinated. No exceptions.

 

SYNOPSIS

Seeking 8 actors (minimum age 18+), between ages 20s-50s*, for two lead roles (ages 40s-50s) plus six supporting characters (ages 20s-50s).

THE ODD COUPLE is a hilarious comedy about the two unlikeliest of roommates being forced to live under the same roof.
Oscar—an easygoing slob—invites down-on-his-luck Felix to stay with him in his apartment after Felix is thrown out by his wife. Unfortunately, Felix's uptight, neurotic quirks get on the nerves of everyone around him...including Oscar. As days drag into weeks, their friendship is put to the test in increasingly hilarious ways, culminating in a disastrous double-date and spaghetti flying everywhere.

THE ODD COUPLE is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, and has spawned the classic 1960s film, multiple TV sitcoms over the past 50 years, two reboots of the play in the 1980s and 2000s, and countless laughs from millions.

Rated PG for mild language, references to drinking and gambling, and adult situations.

*A Note on casting: although the script calls for six men (ages 30s-50s) and two women (ages 20s-40s), our theatre operates under a color-blind, gender-blind, age-blind casting policy.
If you feel you could play a character based on their description below, you should attend our auditions even if you think the role is against your "type".

 

AUDITION DETAILS

Auditions are open to the public: no appointment necessary.

Where: Auditions will be held at the Rhode Center for the Arts in downtown Kenosha. (514 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140)

When: Auditions will be held Monday August 30th & Tuesday August 31 at 6:00 pm. Auditionees only need to attend one of the two dates. If possible, auditionees should arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out an audition form.

What to prepare: Auditions will consist of multiple cold readings from the script, including both scenes and monologues. (Sides are available in advance upon request.)

Actors also have the option of presenting a memorized monologue from another play (must be modern, and must be no longer than 60 seconds—you will be timed). This is completely optional.

Actors also may bring a resumé and/or headshot to auditions. This also is optional.

Tentative callbacks will be held on Wednesday September 1st at 6:00 pm.

Covid-19 policies: all auditionees MUST be fully vaccinated, or must agree to be fully vaccinated. All auditionees must wear masks or be socially distanced. No exceptions.

 

 

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Rehearsals typically will be held Mondays thru Thursdays from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Additionally, a few Saturday morning/afternoon rehearsals may be held, depending on actor availability.

First read-thru begins Wednesday September 8th at 6:30 pm.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at the Rhode Center for the Arts in downtown Kenosha (514 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140)

Tech Weekend will be held Saturday October 16 and/or Sunday October 17, times TBD.

Performances will be held October 22-24 (Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm).

 

QUESTIONS?

Email us at fleeingartists@gmail.com

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

(To reiterate: our theatre has a color-blind, gender-blind, age-blind casting policy. The following descriptions of characters' ages, etc., are from the script, and are not set in stone.)

OSCAR (40s-50s), slovenly sportswriter, recently divorced, hosts poker games with friends. Invites Felix to stay with him, but quickly begins to regret his generosity.

FELIX (40s-50s), neurotic hypochondriac, about to get divorced. Stays with Oscar, and forces his higher, more organized standard of living upon his new roommate.

MURRAY (30s-50s), a poker-playing friend of Oscar. Police Officer.

SPEED (30s-50s), a poker-playing friend of Oscar. Overly harsh and sarcastic, a bit of a bully but means well.

VINNIE (30s-50s), a poker-playing friend of Oscar. Soft-spoken, the kinder one of the group of friends.

ROY (30s-50s), a poker-playing friend of Oscar. Accountant, quite witty.

CECILY PIGEON (20s-40s), sister to Gwendolyn. Upstairs neighbor of Oscar, British and recently divorced. Very giggly.

GWENDOLYN PIGEON (20s-40s), sister to Cecily. Upstairs neighbor of Oscar, British and recently widowed. Very giggly