Audition Information

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Coming February 2022

AUDITION DATES:

Monday, December 13th at 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00PM

LOCATION:
Stewart Theater Black Box
114 N. Wilson Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334

  • Please be prepared to read from the script at the Director’s discretion
  • Audition Form can be completed in advance and brought with you to the audition. Printed copies will be available.
  • Please bring a headshot if available.
  • Bob Schmid, Director
  • Neva Chance, Stage Manager
  • Deanna Keen, Production Manager

Performance Dates: 

  • Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7:00PM
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 7:00PM
  • Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2:00PM
  • Friday, February 18, 2022 at 7:00PM
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 7:00PM
  • Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00PM

All performances will take place at the Stewart Theater (114 N. Wilson Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334).

Show Synopsis

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley are thrilled when Sheridan Whiteside, a brilliant, witty, and widely beloved radio celebrity, accepts their invitation to dinner on his tour through their little town of Mesalia, Ohio. However, when Whiteside injures himself by slipping on a piece of ice on their doorstep, and is confined to their home for the better part of December, the Stanleys are not so pleased with the change in their household. Brilliant, witty, and highly beloved he may be, but Whiteside has the behavior of a mischievous, sarcastic, entitled princeling, and he does not suffer fools. Demanding control of the entire household — on top of the $150,000 for which he is suing Mr. Stanley — in recompense for his injury, Whiteside commandeers the telephone, fills the library with penguins and cockroaches, and invites a band of paroled convicts over for lunch. For his part, Whiteside finds his small-town confinement to be incredibly irritating, and is bewildered and annoyed by his encounters with persistent Dr. Bradley, who has written a book, and Mr. Stanley’s spooky sister Harriet, who bestows a holly branch on him as a token of regard. Bert Jefferson, a personable young reporter with ambitions to be a playwright, seems to be the only local worthy of respect — but when Whiteside’s secretary Maggie Cutler, upon whom he relies for her sharp intelligence and endless patience, falls in love with Bert and declares that she will leave her job to marry him, Whiteside descends into a panic. He calls on glamorous vamp Lorraine Sheldon, an actress with quite an offstage reputation, to lure Bert away from Maggie, under the guise of pursuing his brilliant play. A brilliantly witty madcap play, which manages to combine the sophistication of great comedic literature, the frenetic energy of the silliest farce, and a genuinely sweet heart into one of the most beloved comedies of the American theatre. Filled with fascinating character roles and winking homage to the intellectual and popular culture of the 1930s, this play is both a great period piece and a timeless classic.

Cast of Characters

Maggie Cutler

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult (25-40)

QUALITIES – Intelligent, Patient, Quick, Witty, Secretary, Efficient, Businesslike, Lively, Personable, Good-Humored, Bold, Romantic, Hopeful, Observant, Knowing

Sheridan Whiteside

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (40-60s)

ROLE SIZE – Lead

QUALITIES – Irascible, Cranky, Grumpy, Cantankerous, Mean, Famous, Intelligent, Quick-Witted, Critic, Lecturer, Speaker, Orator, Charming, Manipulative, Immature, Charismatic, Crafty, Contrite, Standard, American, Accent

Mr. Ernest W. Stanley

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30-60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Solid, Substantial, Annoyed, Enraged, Businessman, Self-Important, Tyrannical, Confused, Overwhelmed, Authoritative, Pessimistic, Husband, Father

Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley (Daisy)

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30-60s)

QUALITIES – Nervous, Anxious, Overwhelmed, Starstruck, Fluttery, Indecisive, Excited, Mother, Wife, Socialite, Hostess

Richard Stanley

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult (20s)

QUALITIES – Youthful, Attractive, Pleasant, Artistic, Adventurous, Energetic

June Stanley

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Late Teen, Young Adult (18-20)

QUALITIES – Attractive, Pleasant, Lively, Youthful, Romantic, Earnest

Bert Jefferson

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult (30 +/-)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Personable, Persistent, Attractive, Intelligent, Writer, Playwright, Journalist, Direct, Outspoken, Self-Assured, Decent, Good, Guileless

Banjo

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult (30-40s +/-)

VOICE – Spoken, can carry a tune

QUALITIES – Comedian, Loud, Crude, Amorous, Goofy, Mischievous, Happy, Cheerful, Coarse, Physical, Kind, Wise-Cracker, New York Accent

Beverly Carlton

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult (30s – 40s)

VOICE – Spoken, Proper English Accent

QUALITIES – Cheerful, Snide, Flamboyant, Charismatic, Larger-Than-Life, TalentedPlaywright, Actor, Composer, Traveler, Mimic, Sophisticated, Gossip, English Accent

Lorraine Sheldon

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult (20s-40s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES –Chic, Glamorous, Charismatic, Beautiful, Seductive, Gold-Digger, Gossip, Actress, Famous, Celebrity, Vamp

Harriet Stanley

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (40s-60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Eerie, Creepy, Sister, Aunt, Odd, Batty, Delicate, Unreal

John (The Butler +)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Mature Adult (40s – 60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Servant, Professional, Friendly, Cheerful, Pleasant, Butler

Sarah (The Cook)

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (40s – 60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Cook, Servant, Amiable, Friendly, Pleasant, Professional

Mrs. Dexter

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30s-60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Friend, Neighbor, Curious, Excited, Starstruck, Busybody

Mrs. McCutcheon

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30s-60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Friend, Neighbor, CuriousExcited, Starstruck

Sandy

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult (20s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Young, Earnest, Attractive, Romantic, Political, Organizer, Worker

Mr. Baker

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30s – 50s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Prison Warden, Guard, Tough, Responsible, Tense

Expressman

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult, Adult, Mature Adult

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Expressman, Delivery Driver, Curious, Wry, Businesslike

A Plainclothes Man (Policeman)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Policeman, Plainclothes, Undercover, Detective, Responsible, Bribed

Professor Metz

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (40s-50s)

VOICE – Spoken (German accent)

QUALITIES – Strange, Eccentric, Scientist, Scientific, Disheveled, Mild, Germanic, Pleasant

Dr. Bradley

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Doctor, Hearty, Cheerful, Hopeful, Dense, Persistent, Foolish, Jolly, Needy, Ridiculous

Westcott (Technician)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Adult (20s-50s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Technician, Electrician, Radio Efficient, Annoyed, Focused

Miss Preen (Local Nurse)

GENDER – Female

AGE RANGE – Adult, Mature Adult (30s–50s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Nurse, Caretaker, Confused, Intimidated, Awkward, Terrified, Angry, Weary, Abused, Humorless

Luncheon Guests (3) (Uniformed Convicts)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult, Adult, Mature Adult (20s-60s)

VOICE – Spoken

QUALITIES – Guests, Criminals, Prisoners, Murders, Villains

Radio Technicians (2)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult, Adult, Mature Adult (20s-60s)

VOICE – Silent

QUALITIES – Technicians, Electricians, Efficient, Hard-Working, Quiet

Young Children (6)

GENDER – Male or Female

AGE RANGE – Child, Young adult

VOICE – Treble/Soprano, can carry a pretty

QUALITIES – Choir Singers, Tuneful, Wholesome, Performers

Deputies (2)

GENDER – Male

AGE RANGE – Young Adult, Adult, Mature Adult (20s-60s)

VOICE – Silent

QUALITIES – Deputies, Enforcers, StrongSilent, Burly

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